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Developing and shipping Apache CloudStack is just part of the the community's mission. We also want to ensure that people are using Apache CloudStack, and a big part of that is getting the word out by attending – and even holding – events to help inform and educate people about Apache CloudStack.
It takes a fair amount of planning to run a good meetup or event, and we should reduce the amount of duplication as much as possible. This page is for collecting reusable resources for planning events:
We're currently in the process of getting a few more attractive blank templates created for CloudStack presentations. In the meantime, we've uploaded one blank presentation in PowerPoint format that can be used for new presentations.
There is also a draft of a blank presentation template in progress.
This is a second draft of a blank template in Open Office format (.odp) and PowerPoint (.POTx) (with sample text to show the layout of the template). This presentation uses the Arial font family, which should already be available on your computer.
This is a draft of a blank template in a "freedom-friendly" format (currently LibreOffice; can also be converted to OO if people like it.)
One item to note is that this presentation uses the Roboto font family, a free (Apache License 2.0) font available for usage. It bears a close resemblance to the font used in the Apache CloudStack logo. Directions are provided within the presentation template itself, but will also be provided on the wiki if people like it.
Please provide comments on the marketing mailing list as the draft turns into a completed thing.
For an audience that doesn't know much about cloud concepts. A presentation that can cover the basics of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, and then discuss the concepts of IaaS in more detail, then the features/offerings from Apache CloudStack. Usually geared to an audience that has at least a familiarity with basic networking, server OSes, etc.
Crash Course to Open Source Cloud Computing by Mark Hinkle.
For the audience that doesn't know much about Apache CloudStack, but understands cloud concepts and doesn't need to have the difference between (say) IaaS and PaaS explained. Should have some interest in standing up an IaaS cloud, experience with Xen, KVM, and/or VMware ESXi, etc.
The CloudStack community has developed many, many presentations. See:
If you need to contact someone urgently about a press-related matter (e.g., a journalist on a tight deadline), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Any member of the PMC should be able to help with a story, or help find the right person to answer questions.
Many CloudStack PMC members and committers can be found in #cloudstack-dev on Freenode.
We have several CloudStack logos for use in promoting Apache CloudStack. Be sure to review the trademark guidelines before using any CloudStack marks to ensure that you're within the guidelines.
Whether you're attending an event that someone else is organizing, or putting together an event from scratch, it helps to have a "Runbook" to make sure that you're all set for managing our presence at the event.
Preparation is the key to a successful event. Please let us know if we've omitted anything from this guide!
If you do attend or hold an event, it's helpful to send an event report to the mailing list(s) to talk about your experience. When you're attending an event for CloudStack, you're in a position to report useful feedback to the rest of the community that's not able to attend.