Cloud Computing Summer School 2016 – highlights

The Service Engineering group just finished the Cloud Computing Summer School 2016 last Friday. Summer School is a yearly activity at ZHAW, organised in the first 2 weeks of July, in collaboration with the Grand Valley State University (GVSU), USA.

Students of both universities attend the lectures in Winterthur. Swiss students are given the option to attend 2 complimentary weeks in the USA right after the Summer School in Winterthur. The program was slightly changed this year by introducing guest lecturers. In the previous years all lectures were given by the SE group members, which we modified this year by inviting known experts in the field of Cloud Computing from Switzerland and abroad, to talk about the current technologies as well as the current practices in their organisation. This mix of academic and applied modules was very well received by the students.

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Highlights – 13th OpenStack Switzerland Usergroup meetup

Last evening we organised the 13th OpenStack user group meetup at ZHAW premises in Winterthur. The meetup was also a celebratory event to mark the 6th b’day of OpenStack and the OpenStack foundation supported the event by sponsoring it. I thank the OpenStack foundation on behalf of the Swiss OpenStack community.
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Highlights – Open Cloud Day 2016

Last week on 16th June, we held our 5th Open Cloud Day. It took place this year at our campus (ZHAW Winterthur). We co-located another event of ours with the Open Cloud Day, the SDN Workshop.

Open Cloud Day is a joint activity, organised annually by ch/open/ and our research group, Service Engineering. The SDN workshop, a biannual event, focussing on the Software Defined Networking topic in cloud computing, is a joint activity between SWITCH and us.

The one day event hosted about 130 people, ran in 3 separate tracks; main, SDN and workshops, and covered a vast area of cloud topics. PaaS undeniably was the most discussed topic where some speakers took a provocative stance and others towards a positive and “game-changer” aptitude. Continue reading

7th Docker Switzerland User Group Meetup highlights

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Last evening we organised the 7th Docker user group meetup in Bern. The kind folks from Die Mobiliar hosted and sponsored the event. There was incredible participation for this meetup and about 160 people joined in.

There were 3 talks held in the meetup, Die Mobiliar and SBB shared their experiences about using Docker in production. The third presentation was from Swisscom, who talked about using Docker in Cloud Foundry. The speaker took the opportunity to release the Docker support feature for the Swisscom Application Cloud. The slides are in line, in the respective names.  Continue reading

Docker training + 3rd b’day celebration

On 23rd March, we celebrated Docker’s 3rd b’day. The lab is actively involved in organising Docker meetups in Switzerland, join the group to learn more about the upcoming events.

This particular meetup was one amongst the worldwide series of events that Docker was supporting. The 3rd b’day celebration event was held by offering free Docker training to the newbies. We had about 55 people who joined in the training and several of them successfully finished the training. Following picture shows the number of people who successfully finished the training and could pin up in the worldwide Docker map.

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12th OpenStack Switzerland User group meetup

On 9th of March, we organised the 12th OpenStack meetup. A big shout out to Red Hat Zurich who sponsored the event. They also provided the location, at Neue Borse Zurich. As past OpenStack meetups, we had 6 talks again.

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Our past recent events – Docker & Cloud Foundry meetups

I’m happy to say that this year has started with a lot of energy in terms of tech events in Switzerland. January was a little quiet, with people slowly recovering from the Christmas and New Years festivities. But come February, Zurich was a very busy location with several meetups happening every week.

We also took this opportunity to get back into organising our meetups. Last week, on 17th of February we organised the 6th Docker Switzerland User Group’s meetup. The meetup was held in the premises of DeinDeal, a Swiss online shopping platform and coupons offering company, in Zurich. The meetup turned out to be quite good. More than 70 people turned up at DeinDeal’s office. There were 3 talks in total held and all of them delighted the participants with a demo about their coolness in using Docker.  Continue reading

Announcing 5th Open Cloud Day

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We are extremely happy to announce that the 5th Open Cloud Day is going to take place at ZHAW, Winterthur, on the 16th of June this year.

We co-organise the Open Cloud Day with the Swiss Open Systems User Group. The main goal of the event is to foster open clouds and the interoperability of the clouds. We have seen tremendous interest and enthusiasm about this event from Swiss industries. We again welcome our friends from the industry and academia to join us at this event. Continue reading

Martin Skoviera

Collaboration is always a good thing

Martin Skoviera is a researcher at ICCLab, InIT ZHAW, focusing on the Rating-Charging-Billing initiative and its OpenSource solution – Cyclops.

Martin received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Master’s degrees in Management and Information Technologies from Brno University of Technology. Martin also has an MBA specialising in International Business and Trade Management from the Ligs University, Prague. He brings his technical as well as business expertise to the RCB team.

In the past Martin was actively involved in the banking sector, developing mobile solutions, and working with both ITIL and COBIT management frameworks. Martin’s first introduction in ZHAW was as an exchange student, where his work centred around Business Engineering and Production.

Martin is now working on the SafeSwissCloud and ScaleUP projects, as well as contributing in the lab’s EU projects – TNova and MCN.

Contact: martin.skoviera[at]zhaw.ch

Service Engineering Highlights 2015

The year 2016 has arrived. I hope you had an excellent time with family for the Christmas and New Year celebrations and are prepared for 2016 with vigour and motivation.

Looking back at the year 2015, we witnessed a plethora of events around the world that will shape a different tomorrow. Detrimental changes in technology, politics, weather that moves or pushes humanity to a new era, sometimes bringing positive changes and some occurrences forcing a step backwards. Continue reading