My Head in the Clouds – Cloud Computing

06/11/13 – I went to my first Colorado Technology Association (CTA) event on Tuesday. It was a presentation on cloud computing hosted by CTA, OCx Networks and Nebula, Inc. with Chris Kemp, co-founder of Nebula, Inc. as the keynote speaker. The audience was a fun mix of sales representatives and engineers and lucky for me OCx Networks was giving out notebooks. As far as I know, I was the only student there. There should really be more students at these things.

What is cloud computing? 

Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or  service provider interaction. (

If that went over your head, cloud computing is what allows Google Drive, Dropbox and social media to exist. It’s what allows 1 million Android users to download Instagram in one day.

What can I do with Cloud Computing?

Kemp talked mostly about Openstack. Openstack is an open source software for building
private and public clouds ( It is one of the fastest growing open source technologies and is growing one of the biggest developer communities. As a computer science student, I asked Kemp, “What should I focus on to become an Openstack developer?” Here are some of the resources mentioned by Kemp and a guy sitting behind me who’s name I didn’t catch:

If you know of any good Openstack or cloud computing resources, both online and local, please share them in the comments.