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Controlling your Cloud: Puppetising OpenNebula

  • Talk: Controlling your Cloud: Puppetising OpenNebula
  • Speakers: Ken Barber, Puppet Labs.
  • Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
  • Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
  • Date: Tuesday, 19th July 2011 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
  • Start time: 19:00
  • Finish time: 20:30


Free Software is about having control of your computing. Cloud computing is a platform that allows rapid deployment and scalability. Cloud computing is often done on someone else's cloud and so you lose control. But it needn't be that way, you can run your own cloud and use Free Software, so you are controlling your cloud.

OpenNebula is a free software cloud computing platform.

Puppet is a free software "platform for IT systems management". It enables a desired server state to be described in high level way and the server be brought into that desired state. More information at

"The talk will cover deploying and controlling an OpenNebula private cloud using Puppet. This will also give an insight into how you can use Puppet to configure other systems."

The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate in the pub afterwards.


"Ken Barber is an employee of Puppetlabs and has 12 years experience in Configuration Management as a Systems Engineer in the telecommunications and ISV industry. He has worked for such companies as Research in Motion, Alfresco Software and Singtel Optus Australia."


The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter. "(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)". The venue provides wifi. The talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place Called Common).



Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost after 6pm on Tuesday but get full up. There are paid parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab. A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP. If you can't decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale.

Public Transport

Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram station and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab. Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach Station are not too far either.

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