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Disruptive Cloud Technologies, Auckland Seminar Nov. 19

Disruptive Enterprise IaaS Cloud Technologies - Catalyst IT Seminar Nov. 19


A half day introduction to and overview of several critical disruptive technologies that you will need to understand in 2014: OpenStack, Ceph, Samba 4 and Puppet.

While you're with us, we'll be serving up a great lunch at Toto's Montecristo Room as well as a couple drinks on us afterwards where you'll have an opportunity to chat with our presenters and your fellow attendees.

Public-Private Cloud, right-sized for NZ

OpenStack is free open source software delivering a massively scalable and flexible cloud computing platform. The project was originally founded by NASA and RackSpace and is the fastest growing open source project in history. More than 150 companies have joined the project so far and OpenStack is likely to become the de-facto standard platform for building private and public clouds.

Cost Effective Distributed Storage

Ceph is an open source software-based storage solution that runs on a cluster of commodity servers. The system is designed to be completely distributed, without a single point of failure, scalable to the exabyte level and to be both self-healing and self-managing. The data is seamlessly replicated, making it fault tolerant. It is designed to present object, block and file storage from a single solution, simplifying the storage stack, decreasing the administration overhead and drastically reducing storage costs.

Configuration Management and Automation

Puppet is IT automation software that helps system administrators manage infrastructure throughout its lifecycle, from provisioning and configuration to orchestration and reporting. Using Puppet, you can easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage change, scaling from 10s of servers to 1000s, on-premise or in the cloud.

Windows Interoperability

Samba 4 is an open source software solution that allows interoperability between Microsoft and non-Microsoft hosts. It can be used as an Active Directory Domain controller, as a Windows file and print server or to allow non-Windows environments (eg: Linux) to join a Microsoft network and interact with Windows clients and servers.

Please note: Entry is free but spaces are limited - book now to ensure you do not miss out.



12:00-12:10 Introduction - Don Christie, Founder Catalyst IT

12:10-12:40 Keynote "What the cloud can do for you?" by Alan Perkins
Alan will share his understanding and experience with the introduction of utility computing into enterprise environments.

Alan Perkins is an internationally recognised Cloud Computing visionary and pioneer. He was named amongst the top twenty “People to Watch [in Australian Technology] in 2012 by The Australian and is currently Rackspace Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific region.

12:40 - 1:30 Lunch

Not to be missed, Toto' puts on one of Auckland's best menus.

1:30 - 2:10 "OpenStack live demo" by Doug Thompson

Released on 4th April 2013, OpenStack Grizzly (2013.1) is the latest stable version of OpenStack. This is a product tour where you will see some of the new features in Grizzly and how easy it is to provision and manage your infrastructure resources (virtual servers, storage and networks) with OpenStack.

Doug Thompson is an infrastructure solutions consultant at Catalyst IT, passionate about open source, automation and cloud computing. He has been helping many of New Zealand's largest IT departments manage and design their mission critical infrastructure for longer than he cares to admit.

2:20 - 3:00 "Ceph distributed storage" by David Clarke

Ceph is a unified storage platform, capable of serving object, file and block storage and designed to scale massively while providing high-availability and high-performance. It is challenging the storage industry in the same way that OpenStack is challenging the cloud industry. Ceph storage can be consumed by applications using its native APIs, or gateway APIs that emulate OpenStack, Amazon S3 or Rackspace clouds.

David will introduce you to Ceph, highlight some of its features, describe how it works under the hood and explain how it can be consumed by OpenStack or your applications.

David Clarke is a solutions architect at Catalyst IT with many years of hands on experience with critical architectures, common components used by cloud solutions. He has been involved with Ceph since 2012 when Catalyst began its research and development work with open source cloud computing and storage technologies.

3:00 - 3:20 Afternoon Tea

3:20 - 4:00 "Samba 4 as a replacement to Active Directory" by Andrew Bartlett

Samba 4.0 is a major release of the Samba file, print and authentication server. With the 4.0 release, it can now be an Active Directory domain controller, either alone, with other Samba DCs or while participating as a peer domain controller in existing Windows Active Directory Domains. In this presentation Andrew Bartlett will describe the new features available in Samba 4.0 and what lies ahead in the Samba roadmap.

Andrew Bartlett is a software engineer and Samba core developer. He is an active member of the Samba team, particularly focused in the area of integrated authentication. He is the primary maintainer of the AD Server as well as Samba's authentication layers generally.

4:10 - 4:50 "I'm inherently lazy, you can be too." by Patrick Brennan

Puppet is a flexible, customizable framework available under the Apache 2.0 license designed to help system administrators automate the many repetitive tasks they regularly perform. As a declarative, model-based approach to IT automation, it lets you define the desired state - or the “what” - of your infrastructure using the Puppet configuration language. Once these configurations are deployed, Puppet automatically installs the necessary packages and starts the related services, and then regularly enforces the desired state. In automating the mundane, Puppet frees you to work on more challenging projects with higher business impact. Puppet runs on all major Linux distributions, major Unix platforms like Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX, and Microsoft Windows.

Patrick is an infrastructure solutions consultant at Catalyst IT. His experience in infrastructure automation spans the public sector, telcos and major airlines.

4:50 - 5:00 Closing - Don Christie

5:00 - 6:30 Networking Drinks

Stick around for a drink on us, meet the presenters and your fellow attendees.


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