OpenStack & Beyond Podcast – Episode 5 | Konichiwa from the OpenStack Tokyo Summit

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We set out to ambitiously broadcast live from the OpenStack Summit again, and despite having wifi troubles (hence the shaky start), and no real viable quiet place to sit – we went for it nonetheless, and came out with an excellent (albeit somewhat noisy) show joined by the very awesome panel of OpenStack aficionados including Ben Kepes (Analyst), Florian Haas (Hastexo), and Flavio Percoco (Red Hat), and hosted by our own Arthur Berezin and I (Sharone Zitzman).
This episode focuses on the news and headlines that came out of the event, as well as our panel’s take on what’s interesting…and what’s less so as well.

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The intrigue begins when staunch OpenStack evangelist Florian encounters Ben’s kiwi bluntness and at times less supportive OpenStack stance, and Flavio’s real-world take from down in the developer trenches.
Some fun sound bites from the show:

It’s been really exciting to see a lot of the projects begin to merge, like Neutron for example that is starting to see some of its problems fixed…I think this is a big win for the community from a governance perspective, and a development perspective.
Flavio Percoco
It’s been difficult getting to as many sessions as I would have liked to have gone to…especially having more of my talks accepted than expected.
Florian Haas
There’s a general sense that the overall community is becoming more mature, and focusing less on the new features, rather stabilizing features that are already in place and making sure they’re production-ready.
Arthur Berezin
Containers are the new cool so everyone is jumping on that…for the right reasons or the wrong reasons.
Ben Kepes
We’re finally establishing our best practices, we’re agreeing on how we want to do things, and we’re streamlined implementations of those across vendors, and I think that’s very encouraging.
Florian Haas

Listen to the show here:


Our Panelists:

Florian Haas

Drawing from a decade of experience in open source technology, Florian is among the most renowned open-source high availability experts in the world. He has worked with customers of all sizes and markets, and is a frequent and highly sought-after conference speaker.
Besides his CEO duties, Florian serves as a consultant and instructor to our most high-profile clients.
Prior to co-founding hastexo, Florian wore many hats at Linbit. Florian has spoken at LinuxCon,, LinuxTag, the MySQL User’s Conference & Expo, and many other conferences and events. Even in his CEO role, Florian continues to devote time to the open-source high availability community, and he can be frequently found on the Freenode IRC channels #drbd, #linux-ha and #linux- cluster. His IRC nick is fghaas.

Ben Kepes

Ben is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. I am the director of Diversity Limited, a business that is a vehicle for my work in investment, advice and consultancy. Diversity has holdings in manufacturing, property and technology companies and undertakes advisory work. For my complete disclosure statement, click here. I have a background across various industries, owning businesses in the manufacturing, property and technology sectors and make my day to day living consulting to technology vendors and customers. I cover the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. My areas of interest extend to aviation technology, enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

Flavio Percoco

Flavio spends most of his time hacking on storage (Glance, Cinder, Swift) and messaging modules. He has both Italian and Venezuelan roots, and is currently based in Italy where he works remotely for Red Hat. Flavio is also an actively open-source contributor, part of Mongodb Masters group and a Rust Language contributor.
Prior to Red Hat, Flavio worked on Big Data oriented applications, search engines and message systems. He was also an active member of Gnome’s a11y team where he contributed to Orca and created MouseTrap, a head-tracker application. Outside Red Hat Flavio likes to take pictures, swim, travel, hang around with family and friends and whatever seems interesting.


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