Connecting the client to the cloud - The Sputnik Story

Barton George (Dell), Michael Coté (Dell)
Location: F150
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Project Sputnik was born of the idea to create an Ubuntu based laptop targeted specifically at developers. The project, which was made possible by an internal incubation fund, was announced last OSCON as an upcoming offering and now is a reality.

This session will discuss, how thanks to the power of the community, this concept went from project to product in a little over 6 months. It will go into the two key software projects tied to the effort, the Cloud Launcher and the Profile tool:

The Cloud Launcher: The Cloud Launcher utilizes either JuJu or Chef to launch an entire application environment that has been modeled in LXC to the cloud and then grow or tweak that environment.

The Profile tool: The idea behind the profile tool is that a community library of development stacks or “language profiles” can be accessed and then installed on your laptop as you need new languages.

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Barton George


Barton George is the Director of Developer Programs at Dell and leader of Project Sputnik. Barton has been at Dell for over 3 years and previous to his current role, he served as Dell’s cloud evangelist. Before Dell Barton spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems in a variety of roles last of which as Open Source evangelist, and driver of Sun’s Linux strategy.

Barton began his professional career with a four year stint in Tokyo where he worked for Sony working with ISVs for their UNIX-based “NEWS” workstation. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, he headed east for higher education and attended Williams College and Harvard Business School.

Michael Coté


Cote leads cloud strategy at Dell. Prior to that he was in corporate strategy at Dell focusing on software.

Before joining Dell Cote was an analyst at Redmonk and prior to that, a developer at BMC.


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