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Open Source Tools for Distributed Systems Administration

Project: OpenStack Infrastructure Team

Distributed systems administration teams are becoming more common. This is often fueled by the increased desire for gathering the best talent regardless of location and as the need for worldwide systems coverage grows.

The OpenStack Infrastructure Team does this today and is also staffed by individuals from several companies and organizations which strengthens our need for solid collaboration tools even more. From code review to chat channels and meetings to collaborative editing tools, this talk explores the fully open source tool set that the OpenStack Infrastructure Team uses to collaborate on a daily basis, handle maintenance windows and remain a cohesive team regardless of distance. It will also dive into some of the struggles of time zone hand-offs and the bi-annual in person gatherings which help keep the team on track with project work.

Elizabeth K. Joseph

Elizabeth K. Joseph is an Automation and Tools Engineer at HP working on the OpenStack Infrastructure team which runs the fully open source infrastructure built for OpenStack development. In addition to her work on OpenStack, she is the co-author of the 8th edition of The Official Ubuntu Book. At home, she serves on Board of Directors for, a non-profit in the San Francisco Bay Area providing Linux-based computers to schools in need.

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