OpenStack, the open source software for building public and private clouds, recently turned two years old. In those first two years, OpenStack developed a global community of more than 190 companies and 3,300 individuals, including tech stalwarts such as Dell, HP, IBM, NetApp and Red Hat. With a community that rivals any other open source project in history, it’s amazing that OpenStack is only celebrating its second birthday. Joshua McKenty, one of the project’s founders at NASA and a driving force behind its continued success, will discuss how OpenStack got its start, the reasons behind all of the hype and what can be expected in the year to come. Joshua will also discuss how OpenStack has changed the landscape of cloud computing and how it will continue to transform the industry in years to come.
- by Joshua McKenty , CEO of Piston Cloud Computing
Prior to co-founding Piston Cloud Computing, Joshua McKenty was the Technical Architect of NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Platform and the OpenStack compute components. As a member of OpenStack's Project Policy Board, Joshua plays an instrumental role in the OpenStack community. Joshua has over two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, management and software engineering and architecture. He was the team lead for the development of the Netscape Browser (vs. 8) as well as AOL's IE AIM toolbar, and a senior engineer at Flock.com. He also led the successful first release of OpenQuake, an open source software application allowing users to compute seismic hazard, seismic risk and the socio-economic impact of earthquakes.