This week Racksburg is hosting the Glance Liberty mid-cycle meetup.

Rackspace_Cloud_Images_vert_clrThat sentence probably doesn’t make any sense without some background. “Glance” is the name of the OpenStack Image Service. “OpenStack” is the open-source cloud software project founded by Rackspace and NASA, and is the software used to run the Rackspace Next Generation public cloud. “Liberty” is the name of the twelfth OpenStack release. OpenStack works on a six month release cycle. Planning for the Liberty release began in May at the OpenStack Vancouver Summit, and the Liberty release will happen in October. So right now we’re in the middle of the Liberty release cycle. The teams working on the various OpenStack components are distributed throughout the world and hold weekly meetings on IRC, and while you can get a lot of work done on IRC, it’s helpful to have a face-to-face meeting in the middle of a release cycle to touch base about how well development is occurring and to discuss what needs to happen during the time remaining before the release date.

That’s what’s happening at Racksburg this week.

Attendees for the meeting are coming from as far away from Ireland. Companies represented include Rackspace, HP, IBM, Redhat, VMWare, and Johns Hopkins University.

The Glance project handles all virtual machine image cataloging, storage, and data transfer in an OpenStack cloud. It’s also the basis of the Rackspace Cloud Images product.

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