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Let’s Get Festive

Increasingly, a feature of open source projects is gatherings to talk about the project, use cases, and issues that users face. These birds-of-a-feather gatherings work well for keeping open source focused on those adopting it and not on some internal criteria, and they tend to ease users into the system and help them get past common hurdles that others have already overcome.

That’s why we here at StackIQ are stoked to announce that our first StackiFest is coming to San Jose on March 24th. Our team that contributes to Stacki and users that have implemented Stacki in the enterprise will be on hand to happily share the how/what/when/where of Stacki implementation, and to chat about issues or problems that might come up.

Many of the core Stacki developers have submitted presentations for StackiFest, as have customers, meaning a selection of sessions will be available for everyone. Add to that the fact that nearly half of the core developer sessions will be workshops showing how to achieve goals and get Stacki installing what you want where you want, so you can see it happening, and learn by experience.

Pair sessions on the workings of Stacki with workshops on working with Stacki, and throw in chances to chat with others who are interested in the project, and you have a recipe for making your implementation successful. Whether you simply want to find out more about Stacki to see if the project suits your organizations’ needs, or you want help getting over a thorny implementation issue in a complex datacenter environment, StackiFest is the right place for you!

Specific sessions aimed at helping users get the most out of Stacki include:

  • An overview discussing the parts of Stacki and how they work together by Anoop Rajendra.
  • An overview of Carts, and how they can be used to extend Stacki installations for local datacenter needs by Joe Kaiser.
  • A workshop building on what Joe presented showing how to create and configure carts to install specific software during the OS provisioning process.
  • A workshop by Greg Bruno showing how to install/configure an entire set of servers, showing hands-on usage of the info in Anoop’s presentation.
  • An overview of what’s coming in Stacki by Mason Katz.
  • Case studies highlighting Stacki use in the wild.
    • Salesforce: The 1600+ Server Journey by David Peterson
    • PayPal: By the Stacki Core Team

Can’t make it to StackiFest, but have an interest in Stacki and how it can help automate your operations? Check out our Stacki Meetups page to find a meetup near you. While not as large or full of presenters as StackiFest, they are a good place to connect with others using Stacki and learn from some of the core development team. And depending upon where you live, they’re likely to be more convenient.

But if you have the time and inclination, regardless of your level of experience with Stacki or your implementation timelines, we hope you’ll come join us in San Jose!

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Don MacVittie is founder of Ingrained Technology, A technical advocacy and software development consultancy. He has experience in application development, architecture, infrastructure, technical writing,DevOps, and IT management. MacVittie holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Northern Michigan University, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.