Using OpenStack APIs: Present And Future

Cloud Computing
Location: Portland 251
Tags: cloud, ruby, storage
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OpenStack started with an ambitious idea – to build a completely open, community driven standard for cloud storage and computing. Based at its core on the Rackspace Cloud Files storage platform and the NASA Nebula compute architecture, OpenStack consists of proven technology that is undergoing integration and development now on a community level. This development includes building and improving the APIs that allow developers to harness the power of the OpenStack technology.

In this session, you will learn the ins and outs of the OpenStack APIs from developers who have spent time in the trenches building useful projects with them. We will cover the OpenStack Storage API, the current state of the OpenStack Compute API, and the relevant differences between it and the Rackspace Cloud Servers API. You’ll learn tips and tricks, gotchas and workarounds, and have the opportunity to pick some brains.

We will be going over the API at a high level (primarily looking at JSON requests and responses), and code examples will be in Ruby and Objective C.

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Wade Minter

Custom Communications

H. Wade Minter is the chief technology officer at Custom Communications in Raleigh, NC. Previously, he was part of the founding team and CTO at TeamSnap and the engineering lead at WeaveUp and Adwerx. He is also the public address announcer for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and the ring announcer for GOUGE Professional Wrestling. He leads a weird life.

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Michael Mayo


Mike Mayo is the creator of the Rackspace Cloud and Slicehost iPhone apps and builds open source software for the Rackspace Cloud. He has worked for Coupa Software, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and FedEx. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Christian Brothers University, maintains a blog at, and actively talks about technology on Twitter as @greenisus.