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A little clarification...

As you undoubtedly heard, a French services company has been acquired this week, in a deal worth approximately € 50M in cash plus € 20M in the acquirer's common stock.

As a result of news breaking about this deal, we have heard from community members about rumors floating around regarding our relationship with said acquiree, which are either erroneous or misleading. And just so we're all on the same page, I believe it is time to clarify.

  1. No external company has invested in, nor acquired any stake in, nor lent to, hastexo at any time in the past. (And just in case you're wondering: acquiring shares in secret would not have been an option anyway, as information about GmbH shareholders is legally required to be public in Austria, where hastexo is incorporated.)
  2. Given that they are now being acquired, it is unlikely that this specific company will do any of the above in the future.

Yes, said French company was in talks to acquire hastexo. This I can confirm without breaching any NDA, as word about this had been leaked as early as February of this year (and not by us, as they have previously acknowledged).

However, these talks did not come to a successful conclusion. Even if I were privy to more information about the reasons on the other party's end (which I am not), I could not elaborate further, as that would possibly involve information under NDA.

I am sorry if you're an employee of either company and were looking forward to working with us as colleagues, or if you spoke to someone who told you that the deal was already done, but neither of those assumptions are true. For the professional services and training quality that our customers love, and for our excellent OpenStack training offered under the hastexo Academy brand, drop us a note! We'll always be happy to help.

Disclosure: Both companies involved received 20 hours notice before the publication of this post, so as to point out any factual inaccuracies. They did not, but instead they did warn us against mention of their company names in this post, ostensibly under trademark restrictions. I am not a lawyer, but I am rather certain that the mere mention of their names would have constituted Fair Use under the applicable trademark laws and policies. Still, we respect their wish.

Hungry for Icehouse? Want to learn? GigaSpaces is here to help!

Right on the heels of the OpenStack Summit, there will be not one but two OpenStack classes offered by our friends at GigaSpaces:

From May 19-21, the week after the Summit, there's the GigaSpaces OpenStack Training NYC class. If you're on the East Coast, want to learn about OpenStack Icehouse, and can't make it to the Summit (or want do dive deep into Icehouse right after your return), this one is perfect for you.

From May 27-29, the week before OpenStack Israel, there is another in Ra'anana (hosted at HP). This is the perfect run-up to the OpenStack Israel conference itself, which this time features a stellar lineup including OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce, Ubuntu founder and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth, OpenStack release manager Thierry Carrez, and OpenStack icons Mark McLoughlin and Monty Taylor.

Both scheduled classes feature an OpenStack Cloud Fundamentals course combined with Orchestration and Scaling for OpenStack, a deep-dive into OpenStack Heat and releated technologies.

You can sign up today:

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Last call for OpenStack Israel talk submissions!

OpenStack Israel is one of my favorite conferences on the circuit. This time around, I have the high honor of serving on the selection committee and it's thus part of my job to recruit speakers and ask for talk submissions. But even if I weren't on the committee, I'd still do it — because the conference is awesome. And time is running out to submit talks, so you need to get cracking!

The next OpenStack Israel conference is on June 2 this year at the Arts Hall HaBama Herzliya in Herzliya, Israel (just north of Tel Aviv). The speaker lineup is already stellar with Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, OpenStack Release Manager Thierry Carrez and Mr. OpenStack Infrastructure Monty Taylor. And you can make it even better! You can still submit talks, but the submission deadline expires this week, on April 30. So put your thinking caps on, hit your keyboard and submit your talk!

Hello Icehouse!

The OpenStack Icehouse release is here, and it's time to give another shout-out to all those fantastic OpenStack developers and contributors out there. Thanks for building something great!

And we have two humble announcements of our own to make on this day:

Catch Martin Loschwitz and Syed Armani talking about Ceph this week!

Just coming off Percona Live 2014, we're speaking at two more conferences this week: the Open Source Data Center conference in Berlin, and the OpenStack India meetup in Mumbai. We'll have two of our best speakers covering Ceph at both of these events.

Hey Brazil! Adolfo wants to talk to you about OpenStack!

Just a quick reminder for all those who are not following us on Google+ or Facebook or Twitter (but actually, why aren't you? start now!) and happen to be in Brazil: we have an OpenStack Hangout on Air coming up in just a little over two hours, hosted by the Incredible Instructor, the Exalted Explainer, the Terrific Teacher Adolfo Brandes himself — and it'll be em português!

Voting for the OpenStack Summit is under way, cast your votes today!

The OpenStack Summit is coming to Atlanta in May, and voting on talks is currently under way. There are a number of talks that the hastexo team has submitted for presentation or co-presentation -- here's a quick summary.

Adolfo has submitted two hands-on workshops:

Want to be the first to learn about OpenStack Icehouse? Make plans to come to Berlin!

At this year's LinuxTag in Berlin, you can get the latest and greatest on OpenStack Icehouse —even before everyone else does at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. Here's how.

linux.conf.au 2014, or My Annual Journey To Awesome

Earlier this month, I got on a flight to Perth, WA to make my annual trek to linux.conf.au, the largest open-source conference in the Southern Hemisphere and one of my favorite conferences on the circuit. LCA is an excellent, volunteer-run, hugely insightful conference and well worth the 26-hour trip.

More OpenStack training: calling all SampaStackers!

Right on the heels of our OpenStack classes in Munich (Dec 9-13, get in quick, they're filling up fast), and some OpenStack training I'll have the honor of teaching on behalf of OpenStack Israel (Dec 10-12), here's a brand new addition to our list of OpenStack training locations: hastexo Academy is coming to São Paulo!

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