Hits from O'Reilly's 16th Annual OSCON 2014

Jul 24 2014 | by Laurie Ben-Haim

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This week over 3,000 developers, innovators, business people, investors, and more, flocked to Portland, Oregon to attend O’Reilly’s 16th annual OSCON (Open Source Convention).

With hundreds of sessions, tutorials, activities, and over 50 relevant speakers, the event was chock full of interesting tidbits that covered a full range of open source languages and platforms, coupled with practical tutorials that drilled deep into technical skills, new features, applications, and best practices.

Keeping with the events reputation for being one of the most important venues to announce groundbreaking open source projects and products, there were two out of the five keynotes I found to be notable.

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First, 14-year-old Shadaj Ladded kicked off Tuesday’s series of keynotes with a presentation entitled “The Wonders of Programming.” Here, Ladded shared his love of technology and served as living proof that kids can begin to learn programming at any age, as he was six when he began. He started down his path by creating his own video games and quickly advanced to processing DNA and neurological data using algorithms. He hosts his projects on GitHub and has an educational channel on YouTube. Click here to view his full keynote. I’m fairly confident this will not be the last we hear about this remarkable young man!

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The second keynote I found noteworthy, as it relates to the cloud computing industry, was a presentation by Omri Gazitt of Hewlett Packard, “Bringing OpenStack Based Cloud to the Enterprise.” During his presentation, Gazitt talked about how more and more enterprises are identifying OpenStack as a viable option for cloud deployments, and how HP’s debut of the developer network and launch of the community edition of Helion — the latest addition to the OpenStack distribution—enabled enterprises to leverage OpenStack by providing a scalable, secure and stable cloud environment for complex workloads. Check out the full presentation here.

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As a major contributor to the OpenStack project since its inception 4 years ago, HP is well suited to cover the burgeoning topic of Enterprise in the cloud. The OpenStack project currently has more than 100,000 commits and 2,000 developers from more than 200 companies, HP being number one in both commits and reviews for OpenStack’s latest cycle, Juno.

Here at Cloudyn we’re also excited about the momentum of OpenStack adoption, especially for our enterprise-level customers. That is why we announced our support of OpenStack during their Atlanta Summit in May. Now companies have a means to monitor, compare, and optimize all of their cloud deployments and assets from a single access point with our SaaS solution.

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