LCA2013 Cloud Computing Miniconfs Announced

[D] [Digg] [SU] [R] [SU] [SU], Australia's premier open source conference, have announced the first three miniconferences for 2013, all of which address different angles of cloud computing. Miniconfs are day-long sessions on a specific topic. As the name suggests, they are expected to be run as a miniature conference, with a formal schedule published ahead of time listing speakers and sessions for the day.

Open source is at the core of cloud computing across the world. In 2011, the Cloud Computing Outlook survey* reported that a whopping 97% of respondents used some form of open source technology in their cloud implementations.

Cloud Infrastructure, Distributed Storage and High Availability: This miniconference discusses how to build reliable infrastructure, from bare metal deployment of cloud compute and storage systems, to applications built on top of IaaS offerings. This is a core business to operations engineers across the world, and an important aspect of cloud computing.

OpenStack: The OpenStack project was started by NASA and Rackspace, and is now supported by a large number of companies including Red Hat, Canonical, Suse, Hewlett Packard, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, and Yahoo! The OpenStack miniconference will cover recent developments in the project, and provides a chance to explore deployment strategies.

MobileFOSS: Mobile computing has come a long way in the past couple of years. Thanks largely to open source, mobile smartphones and tablet computers are well within the reach of ordinary consumers. This miniconference discusses the mobile landscape, and how the open source community can grow with it.

About showcases the best of open source and community-driven software and hardware, and it's coming to the Australian National University from 28 January to 2 February, 2013. The conference provides a great opportunity for open source developers, users, hackers, and makers to share their ideas and further improve their projects. Early bird registrations open 1 October, see for all the info.

* The 2011 Cloud Computing Outlook Survey was conducted by BitNami, and Zenoss, and can be read here: