The weight behind the Kilo release, Geocaching in Vancouver and how the cloud could save you from foolish pursuits.


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It’s a big week for the OpenStack Foundation with the release of Kilo.

For context, check out Barb Darrow over at Fortune.
Her main takeaway about the 11th release centers on the new identity (ID) federation capability "that, in theory, will let a customer in California use her local OpenStack cloud for everyday work, but if the load spikes, allocate jobs to other OpenStack clouds either locally or far, far away." Darrow, skeptical of how different brands of cloud and time zones will play together nicely, goes on to talk about the massive investment from the big dogs (AWS, Microsoft) that shaping the data center landscape. Calling the Foundation "scrappy," she concludes "So the OpenStack gang, if they want to play in public cloud, need to make sure that this federation plan works as promised."

It’s always nice to be right. Randy Bias over at the Cloud Scaling blog predicted the recent AWS earnings and now puts into context what this could mean for the rest of the cloud world. "I’ve always been bullish on public cloud and I think these numbers reinforce that it’s potentially a massively disruptive business model. Similarly, I’ve been disappointed that there has been considerable knee-jerk resistance to looking at AWS as a partner, particularly in OpenStack land."

For the 30,000-foot-view of the week: father of the iPod and internet-of-things pioneer Tony Fadell recently blew out his hamstrings while water skiing. Better data – managed in the cloud – might have prevented the Nest founder’s downfall, he tells the Wall Street Journal. "As a male over 30, in frigid water, the odds of seriously hurting myself were incredibly high. One medical journal listed water skiing as among the most common causes of my injury—alongside bull riding. An enormous amount of information was all right there, it just wasn’t in front of me right when I needed it."

If you’re coming to the OpenStack Vancouver Summit and looking for something fun to do, Rich Bowen suggests Geocaching. There are something like 500 of these treasures planted around the Vancouver convention center, Bowen notes. As a map lover (cartophile?), I can attest that this is a good way to visit a new place beyond eyeballing the monuments. "If you’re interested in Geocaching in Vancover, let me know, and we’ll try to set something up,"says Bowen, who works for Red Hat. Who’s in?

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