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This year I, along with Linux.com Editor-in-Chief Libby Clark, collated the 2016 Guide to the Open Cloud with input from various experts in the cloud computing industry. It’s a directory of this year’s most relevant cloud computing technologies. The report covers: IaaS PaaS...
Presented at Linux Collaboration Summit 2015 in Santa Rosa, CA on February 20th, 2015. Abstract: In a very short time cloud computing has become a major factor in the way we deliver infrastructure and services. Though we’ve quickly breezed through the ideas of hosted cloud and orchestr...
My presentation at the Bay Area Open Source Meet-Up - OS in Big Organizations: Failures, Success Stories & Best Practices on August 13, 2014. Mark Hinkle runs the Citrix Open Source Business Office and has spent 20 years working with open source communities and delivering open sour...
I’ll be presenting an updated version of my Crash Course on Open Source Cloud Computing presentation at OSCON 2014. I have some new material on Docker and SDN along with the latest updates on cloud software. Here’s the official excerpt: The open source mantra is to release ...
The organizers at Devops Days Amsterdam asked me to give the keynote this year. It was a great event and got to meet a lot of cool people. Here’s the abstract of the talk and slides: The term DevOps has crossover over from a culture movement around improved IT delivery to a buzzw...
Thanks to Amy Lewis(@commsninja) for inviting me to join the Geek Whisperers podcast with John Mark Troyer(@jtroyer) and Matt Brender(@mjbrender). We talked about: What makes some businesses consider Open Source a sexy strategy while others consider it a waste of time?What’s it like to...
I started giving this presentation last year to try to cover the various noteworthy open source cloud computing technologies. I have given it numerous times and keep updating it as the landscape changes. Sometimes I throw in a whole section on notable systems management tools to help m...
I was asked by Black Duck Software to contribute this article to the Open Source Delivers portal focusing on Open Source in 2014. Open source users benefit not only from free software, but the ability to customize solutions to your needs for added agility in your IT infrastructure. If ...
I was flattered to see my article featured on Wired.com  - Open Source: A Platform for Innovation here’s an excerpt: The beauty of open source is that it’s a huge ecosystem of innovators who are no longer competing for scarce resources but rather sharing knowledge with others to ...
Last month I was fortunate enough to give a couple of talks at OSCON. I was particularly pleased with the reception my keynote received on Creating Communities of Inclusion, which touched on some topics beyond the typical licensing and community around open source software.  I was was ...
Aaron Delp(@aarondelp) had me on the Episode #95 of the CloudCast as a special co-host with AnsibleWorks founder, Michael DeHaan(@laserllama). Michael is somewhat of a cult open source systems management hero if there is such a thing a she has developed the popular Linux provisioning t...
Over the last years few years the Linux Foundation has extended their charter beyond Linux. They provide a home for  a number of open source projects that extend beyond the Linux kernel. Open Daylight – A Software Defined Network Controller Xen Project – Virtualization Open...
The Software Freedom Conservancy has a plan to help all non-profit organizations (NPOs) by creating an Open Source and Free Software accounting system usable by non-technical bookkeepers, accountants, and non-profit managers. You can help them do it by donating now. To keep their books...
This June 23-25 the CloudStack Community is holding their second open source cloud computing users conference in Santa Clara, CA. The conference is also your opportunity to share ideas, discuss plans for Apache CloudStack, and conduct workshops and sprints. There will be a hacker space...
This weekend I was at LinuxFest Northwest in Bellingham, Wa. I had the opportunity to see a lot of interesting talks. Here’s the talk I gave LinuxFest NW 2013: Hitchhiker’s Guide to Open Source Cloud Computing . Abstract: Imagine it’s eight o’clock on a Thursday morning and...
Today the Linux Foundation announced their newest collaborative project, the Open Daylight Project. “Daylight” is an open source project formed by industry leaders and others under the Linux Foundation with the mutual goal of furthering the adoption and innovation of Softwa...
One of the best references for developing open source software is Karl Fogel’s Producing Open Source Software. This book is perhaps the best resource for individuals and companies who want to participate in the open source community. The thing I really admire about Karl’s b...
Citrix commissioned Wakefield Research to conduct a survey of over 1,000 American adults in August of this year via an online survey. The resulting survey generating the following results. 95% of those who think they’re not using the cloud, actually are 3 in 5 (59%) believe the “workpl...
Over the last few months I have been recovering from a bilateral tendon tear that has kept me from doing just about everything I love to do. Today I was told my orthopedist that I am going to have to repeat the surgery and start from square one. Another surgery, another extended hospit...
Normally I don’ t share too many deep personal things on my blog.  And recently I haven’t shared  much at all here but over the last month I have developed some new interests particularly around the use of technology in the medical field. So I thought I would tap out a few ...
One of the many ways I put myself through college was as a bartender. At the time I perfected my Bloody Mary recipe but as time has gone on I have forgotten the exact recipe so I have been trying to figure out the right proportions. This still isn’t quite right but it’s get...
If you are going to operate a cloud at scale then you most certainly need to use some ways to automate the configuration and other tasks like provisioning when you spin up cloud infrastructure. One of my favorite open source projects for doing this is Puppet sponsored by Puppetlabs. Pu...
Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing View more presentations from Mark Hinkle. This is a presentation originally given at SCALE 9x and revised for the  Indiana Linuxfest 3/26/2011.
My slides from my Crash Course in Cloud Computing talk from SCALE 9x, it was my first talk on the subject and based on some feedback I think I am going to add some additional information. On the open source tools I think I am going to add RunDeck and MCollective for orchestration. Cras...
This Friday at SCaLE 9x in Los Angeles, CA there will be a special build an open source cloud day teaching users how to use technologies from Cloud.com, OpenStack, Opscode and Zenoss to deploy, configure, manage and monitor infrastructure-as-a-service using open source software. “Bui...
When the iPad came out I wasn’t convinced that I wanted/needed one but as the days progressed and my co-worker flashed his cool new toy around, I decided to buy a 64GB Wi-fi model. After nearly five months, I am not advocating it as a laptop replacement or the must have gadget fo...
Here are my slides from today’s talk at LinuxCon on “Open Source Toolchains for Cloud Computing“. The talk focused on what open source tools could be used to create automation for managing cloud computing. I really enjoyed giving the talk and the discussion afterward,...
I like my iPad for traveling as it gives me easy access to read and reply to email. However, I don’t like to type on it the same way I would on a regular keyboard, I prefer to use a stylus to hunt and peck rather than my fingers. I also like to draw and [...]
In celebration of System Administrator Appreciation Day I published a story at Linux.com called Open Source Toolchains for Systems Administrators, here is an excerpt: “Software developers are very familiar with toolchains, series of programs where the output of one program forms ...
Here are my slides from today’s talk at today’s OSCON, Open Source Tool Chains for Cloud Computing presented with John Willis (VP of Services at Opscode) and Alex Honor (Founder of DTO Solutions and Leader of the Control Tier Project). The idea we hoped to convey is that integration b...
There’s a real explosion of cloud platforms and management tools, it seems you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one these days. In the commercial proprietary solutions space you have – CA’s 3Terra Rackspace Champion's Open Source CloudAppLogic, Enomaly, Nimbula, RightScale. In op...
For the last few years I have had an interest in configuration management of IT infrastructure. While by no means an expert I have a considerable amount of experience with the problems associated with mass server configuration and have come to believe it also one of the most under-serv...
I saw this presentation linked from my new co-worker  Josh’s blog, it’s Simon Sinek’s TED talk on How Great Leaders Inspire Action. He uses Apple as an example of a success and Tivo as an example of a failure. Sinek asserts that leading companies lead because of the w...
It was a lot of fun to be a guest on Twit.tv’s FLOSS Weekly with Randal Schwartz and Simon Phipps this week. My partner in crime, Zenoss Community Manager Matt Ray, and I gave them the lowdown on Zenoss and had a great time talking to the two excellent co-hosts. If you are podcas...
I wrote this post for the Zenoss community blog today, on cloud lock-in today. Rather than cross-posting I’ll just give you the lead in and you can read it there if you like. 2010 is definitely the year of the cloud, The IT world is abuzz with the benefits of cloud computing and ...
Right on the heels of this Stanford study on iPhone addiction, Retreveo published these usage stats about social media usage and “addiction”. Twitter and FaceBook: 48% of people check/update FaceBook and/or Twitter after they go to bed; 18% of people under 25 years old can’t go more t...
Interesting tidbit from the folks at Geeknet (They are the owners of  SourceForge, Slashdot and Ohloh). OSS projects hosted on SourceForge are increasingly becoming more platform agnostic. Since early 2005, the percentage of projects that are platform agnostic has increased from approx...
I work for a start-up and like the folks at virtually every start-up we dream of being covered by one of the Big 8  business publications: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, The Economist, the Financial Times, and USA Today. The folks at ITData...
This week I am very excited because we released Zenoss Core 2.5.2 with a cool new feature,  Xen hypervisor monitoring. I am very happy to see Zenoss put this out as open source software, because it’s the beginning of what could be a great piece of software. Now that this is out ...
On February 6, the White House Open Government Initiative launched a government wide public participation opportunity.  As part of the Open Government Directive issued in early December, every major agency published an open government website. In response the Open Source for America (O...