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  • 27 May 2013 17:16

OpenStack Brings Open Source Cloud to CeBIT

Local OpenStack Innovators and Tech Leaders Will Demonstrate Cloud Capabilities at Premier Technology Event

SYDNEY May 27, 2013 – The OpenStack® community will take part in CeBIT Australia for the first time when the show opens in Sydney tomorrow, bringing the promise of cost savings, speed of deployment and freedom from vendor lock in to Australian enterprises. CeBIT will run from May 28 through 30 and will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour; OpenStack will be on stand 001 in the Cloud Ecosystem section in Hall 4.

Representatives from OpenStack member companies Aptira and Rackspace will give live demos of how to switch from barebone servers to an OpenStack cloud, as well as showcase interoperable OpenStack cloud flavours using hardware generously provided by Xenon Systems and Arista. In addition, OpenStack Board member and leader of the OpenStack International Community Forum, Tristan Goode, will lead a workshop on Virtualisation Management at the conference.

“Cloud and virtualisation is the inevitable destination for organisations of all sizes,” said Tristan Goode, CEO of Sydney-based Aptira and a member of the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors.

“OpenStack’s open source, modular design and multi vendor support takes the virtualised infrastructure foundation of the enterprise and accelerates it into truly scalable, elastic cloud computing, delivering cost savings with speedy flexible deployments.”

With more than 183 individual members of the OpenStack Foundation and a healthy proportion of contributors to the software project, Australia has become an important hub for OpenStack. The Australian OpenStack User Group has become one of the largest OpenStack user groups in the world per capita with 400 members, and Australia is home to one of the biggest OpenStack Compute deployments in the world at NeCTAR. Earlier this year,, one of the world’s premier open source conferences, featured an OpenStack miniconference.

“The opportunity for cloud in Australia is enormous, rivalled only by the enthusiasm of the community here. CeBIT 2013 is the right place for our Australian service providers and members to showcase their traction with implementations, as well as demonstrate the software’s ease of use, flexibility and scalability,” said Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation. “We are proud of many valued contributions the region makes to both the software and the ecosystem, and will continue to keep them tightly plugged into our growing global community.”

Last month at OpenStack’s biannual user and developer Summit in Portland, OR, over 2,600 people attended the sold-out conference, more than doubling the number attending the previous Summit just six months earlier in October 2012. Highlighted at the Summit were new OpenStack users including Comcast, Best Buy, Bloomberg, HubSpot, NSA, CERN and others. In addition, University of Melbourne Research Infrastructure Architect, Tom Fifield, presented a session about the NeCTAR Research Cloud. Videos of their talks and other Summit sessions can be found at

Also in April, OpenStack announced its seventh release, Grizzly, with over 230 new features to support production operations at scale and greater integration with enterprise technologies. The Grizzly release focused on supporting practical use cases for deployers and operators.

Following the OpenStack Grizzly release, the community revealed the roadmap for its eighth release, called Havana, coming in October, 2013. The next OpenStack Summit will be in Hong Kong this November.

About OpenStack®

OpenStack is open source software for building public and private clouds. OpenStack powers some of the most widely used SaaS applications and eCommerce sites, the world’s largest public clouds, and Global 1000 enterprises alike, each of whom rely on OpenStack to run their businesses every day. The open source cloud platform controls pools of compute, storage and networking resources at massive scale, making them available via a self-service dashboard. OpenStack is backed by an independent Foundation and global community with more than 8,800 members representing 850 unique organizations across 114 countries. To get started with the software or join the community, visit

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