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Hong Kong hosts OpenStack Summit for the first time

Computerworld Hong Kong staff | Nov. 8, 2013
Hong Kong was chosen due to the support from Cyberport and Internet Society Hong Kong.

While OpenStack runs thousands of virtual machines to support PayPal's self-service developer model, PayPal's internal team manages deployment and operations, using OpenStack Compute, storage and shared services, according to the company.

"We needed agility without sacrificing availability. By leveraging the collective innovation of the OpenStack community, we can develop and grow our private cloud much quicker without having to reinvent anything," said Saran Mandair, senior director of infrastructure engineering at PayPal.

With a lean team of four people, PayPal's manager of cloud infrastructure Jonathan Pickard, noted the OpenStack platform has been critical for the company to deal with peak holiday transactions. The firm processed more than US$26,000 in mobile payments every minute in 2012.

2014 focus
In 2014, the OpenStack Foundation will primarily focus on product certification, said Bryce. The organization will also aim to provide individual training, education and certification on OpenStack while building an ecosystem with the introduction of an ambassador program and intellectual property programs.


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