Xen Day Boston 2011
Xen Day was held on Dec 9, 2011 in Boston, MA (it was co-located with USENIX LISA '11). A big thanks again to TripAdvisor for letting us use their test lab to prepare materials and also to Citrix Bedford for letting up borrow hardware to use during Xen Day.
Xen Day Presentation Slides
Xen Day was held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel:
Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199
Tel: +1 (617) 236-2000
Room Detail: Jamaica Pond, which is located on the 5th floor.
For questions, please contact Todd Deshane.
Do you dream of being able to spin up ten or twenty (or a thousand) virtual machines in an instant?
..Discover and repair resource bottlenecks without moving a finger?
..Dodge the loss of an entire storage array with no-one noticing?
..Span across data centers with a fleet of virtual machines?
This is no sales pitch; during Xen Day, we'll describe and demonstrate.
This deep-dive into Xen is intended for both those ready to wholeheartedly embrace virtualization and those already seasoned in general virtualization practices.
You'll leave with a collection of pre-made tools that you can use right out of the box or modify to your liking.
Participants' choice: if you have a wish list of cool concepts you'd like to explore (but never seem to have the time) let us know: we'll tailor a portion of Xen Day to your needs and interests.
The Xen Day activities will be broken up into a series of units, which will include hands-on tutorials, interactive sessions, and training on topics ranging from Xen and XCP to cloud computing and the future of Xen.
Todd Deshane is a technology evangelist for Xen.org. He began his involvement with Xen in 2003 as a graduate student at Clarkson University. Todd has published several research papers in virtualization and is a co-author of the book "Running Xen". He has also taught tutorial sessions on Xen and presented research at conferences. Todd's current role at Citrix includes testing XCP integration with cloud orchestration stacks. His interests include virtualization, computer security, open source software, information technology, and human-computer interaction.
Steven Maresca is the lead developer of the Zentific management interface. Over the past five years he has worked as an application developer, sysadmin, and systems analyst for the University of Connecticut's IT Services Network Security Group. He spends much of his free time as in Freenode's ##xen IRC channel, providing assistance and working closely with the Xen user base. He also volunteers at MySBK, a non-profit organization providing computers to the underprivileged, where he manages bulk system imaging for Linux based machines.
Josh West is a technologist with a passion for large scale, enterprise deployments of free and open-source software. While he converted over to Linux in the 90's, he has been a specialist and expert in cloud and virtualization systems since 2005, deploying Xen-based infrastructures supporting thousands of virtual machines. His areas of interest and focus extend beyond virtualization and reach to bridge the many components of enterprise infrastructures (networking, systems, and security) together through the use of programming and automation. You'll find Josh asking not how to solve one problem, but how to solve it repeatably in a sustainable, supportable, highly available, and scalable manner.
Patrick F. Wilbur
Patrick F. Wilbur is a computer science Ph.D. student at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, USA, where he is a member of the Applied C.S. Labs. His research and teaching interests include usable security, identification, virtualization, operating systems, file systems, artificial intelligence, game theory, ubiquitous computing, systems biology, and human-computer interaction. He is a co-author of Running Xen: A Hands-on Guide to the Art of Virtualization (Prentice Hall, 2008). In his spare time, he enjoys being involved with his local church, hiking, cooking, and writing essays, poetry, and music.
Schedule of Events
- Xen versus Xen Cloud Platform
- Xen and Xen Cloud Platform installation and configuration
- Exploring the concepts of XCP -- pools, hosts, storage, networks, and VMs
- Building a private cloud with XCP
- Exploring the XCP API
- Migrating from a first generation virtual infrastructure
- PXE deployment of hosts
- Templating guests
- Importing existing VMs (dd, XenConvert)
- Best practices and avoiding common pitfalls
- From 0 to 60: building a private cloud with XCP from bare hardware in half an hour
- Automation and monitoring with Python
- Highly Availability infrastructure for storage and networking
- Advanced networking with XCP
- Open vSwitch
- Statistics monitoring, analysis, and forecasting
- Enterprise Cloud Orchestration
- Security in virtualized environments:
- PCI Compliance
- Working within a heterogeneous environment
- VMware, Amazon EC2, KVM, etc
- Future of Xen and XCP:
- Project Kronos
- Xen on ARM
- Participants' Choice