September Meeting- The Tech and Business Behind 3D Printing

3D printing is the future, 3D printing is growing rapidly, 3D printing is here! Every industry and corporation with a pulse is paying attention to, or investing in some form of 3D printing. The possibilities seem endless and the applications are astounding. Please join us for our quarterly meeting as we learn about the tech behind this emerging and exciting industry. Our speaker is Michael Raphael, President and CEO of Direct Dimensions, Inc. the largest 3D printing company on the east coast. You can visit his Maryland based company’s website here at www.directdimensions.com and feel free to check out his bio here. I encourage everyone to bring a friend and enjoy free soda and pizza as we pick the brain of Michael Raphael and listen to his is awesome presentation on 3D printing.

Speaker Bio:

3d.png Michael Raphael is President and CEO of Direct Dimensions, Inc a world leader in 3D printing. He has his Bachelors in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Engineering Administration from George  Washington University. He founded Direct Dimensions after leaving the Aerospace field in 1995 and has grown his company to 25 employees while becoming a leader in the field of 3D printing.

 

 

 

March Meeting – The Practical Gamemaster: Design & Execution of IT Emergency Operations Drills

Practical IT drill design brings together emergency response and operations, business continuity, disaster recovery, and IT architecture. During this talk, you will learn key concepts in emergency operations center and incident headquarters design, methods of introducing such concepts to your organization, and a sequence of basic-to-advanced drill designs.

Keeping IT folks engaged in a drill simulation can be very challenging. Become a practical gamemaster worthy of designing and executing drills on likely emergency scenarios and realistic function failures for your organization.

d10s included.

Speaker Bio:

Adele Shakal currently heads up project and knowledge management at Metacloud, Inc., a cloud solutions company providing Carbon|OS, non-stop private cloud based on OpenStack.  In her prior work in technical project management at USC ITS, she designed IT emergency operations and the ITS Great Shakeout 2011.  She has more than two decades of experience in IT project management, business process design and continuity, knowledge management, emergency operations and drill planning, service management and system administration, with Bachelor of Science in geochemistry from California Institute of Technology.  She has presented at CENIC, EDUCAUSE, APRU, USENIX LISA and CascadiaIT conferences.

February Meeting – Vagrant: Not Just for Developers

February’s meeting promises to be a good one as OmniTI’s own Mark Harrison will be giving a talk on Vagrant.

Summary:

Vagrant’s tag line is ‘Development environments made easy’, and it is indeed a tool that vastly improves working with developer virtual machines. However, it can also make the life of a Systems Administrator much easier, providing throwaway test environments to help with troubleshooting, deploying new infrastructure, and playing with new technologies.

This talk will introduce you to the fundamentals of vagrant, what it provides over and above virtualbox/vmware alone, getting your first virtual machine running, setting up networking, and provisioning with configuration management tools.”

Bio:

Mark Harrison is the Lead Site Reliability Engineer at OmniTI Computer Consulting, Inc and has been in Systems Administration for 8 years. At OmniTI he helps clients scale their web architectures as well as keeping OmniTI’s systems infrastructure running smoothly. He’s passionate about automation and operations tools, and has made several open source contributions to tools that assist with web operations.

December Meeting Update – HPC & 10GbE Networking (or How I Learned to Love Dell Networking)

Scott Roberts has volunteered to present at our December meeting! A description of what you can expect is below:

Background: Scott is an IT manager and professional system administrator with a proven track record of systems analysis and design, project management, information security, programming, and innovating solutions. He has a diverse background in computing, networking, and programming technologies, and is an engineer at heart.

Topic Summary: While there is a case to be made for Infiniband, not everyone has the time or a consultant budget when it comes to implementing high speed low latency networking.  Join Scott on the path down the rabbit hole where Scott and his staff found how to get such a network installed and configured in less than 8 hours, 7 hours of which was spent cabling.  He will show you step-by-step how they identified the problem and arrived at the solution for a small HPC environment.  You will also find out just how a fully fault-tolerant Clos network is obtainable on a limited budget.  Scott will also give a demonstration of Dell’s Active Fabric Manager which is the sauce (nay, FM!) behind their Force10 switch deployments.

 

With any time that may remain after Scott’s presentation we’ll do an end of year retrospective on things – discuss what happened in the world of sys admins in 2013, what the trends were, etc.

 

Looking forward to seeing everybody there!

December Meeting Announce

We’ve not been able to locate a speaker for our December meeting so I’m proposing one of two possible things for our December meeting:
 

  • One of you awesome people volunteer to come speak!
  • or

  • We have a roundtable discussion on some topics currently of interest in the sys admin community: data security? DevOps? Nothing is off limits!
No matter what we end up discussing we’ll be meeting Wednesday, December 4th at 7pm at the offices of OmniTI.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

November Meeting – LISA is here!

Our November aligns with the annual LOPSA meeting at LISA so we’ll be converging our meeting into theirs for the month – everybody is invited to attend!

 

Full details of the meeting are available here.

 

In addition, there are some great free events you can take part in for those of you whose employers may not be willing to pay for you to attend. Greg Riedesel (aka SysAdmin1138) from LOPSA DC sent out some great information about these free events. I’ve provided the information he sent out below:
 
  • Data Storage Day: Something of a tradition, but several big storage vendors are putting together a day of nice presentations of large scale storage. This will be Wednesday, same as the first day of the technical sessions. Details here: https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa13/dsd

 

Hope to see you all there!

September Meeting – ZFS (Now Supported on Linux!)

Eric Sproul of OmniTI will be doing presenting a discussion on ZFS at our next meeting.

Date: Wednesday, September 4t
Time: 7-9pm

ZFS is a file system that is more than a file system.  It is a file system, volume manager and RAID controller all in one. It’s simple to administer and features transactional semantics, end-to-end data integrity and scalability as well as enough other goodies to make any hardened IT admin weep for joy.  Once you discover how amazing ZFSis, you’ll never want to use anything else.

July Meeting – Hail to the Vagrant!

July’s presentation is courtesy of our very own John Skarbek. John will giving an exciting talk on what he has learned since he started using Vagrant.

Summary: Greet the guy that is going to help you put together, very quickly, a single machine or an entire environment for which you can develop/test something that can be made portable, easily reproducible, highly customizable, and light on the resources. Make a sysadmins life easier and develop locally and build a solution that easily be shared with the community.

Who is John Skarbek?

jskarbek has been a System Administrator for the last 4.5 years and loves what he does. You can find more about him at the following places:
http://jtskarbek.wordpress.com
http://github.com/jtslear
http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnskarbek

Date: Wednesday, July 3rd
Time: 7-9pm

April Meeting – Balancing Risks for Glory

Just a reminder to everybody that April’s meeting is tomorrow, April 3rd, from 7-9pm.

This meeting is a make up of the March meeting that was cancelled. Full details are available below.

March Meeting – Balancing Risks for Glory

The March meeting promises to be an exciting one as we take a step outside the box and take a look at risk balance and what can be learned from failure. Anybody in IT Operations worth their weight has been involved with some sort of failure at at least one point in their career. However, what did you learn from it and how did you use that knowledge to balance risks in the future to maximize your probability of success? The insight gained from dealing with a failure has the potential to be far greater than anything learned from a success.

Our March speaker, Bryan Fafaul, is Project Manager of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), Flight Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Mr. Fafaul has worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center since 1986 in a wide variety of technical and management positions. Bryan started his career in the Parts Branch and then moved into project management. He has served as the Mission Manager for the Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE), the Instrument Systems Manager for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Servicing Mission 3A, 3B and 4, the Deputy Project Manager for the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP), and the Project Manager for Glory prior to his current position as the Project Manager for JPSS.

Date: 3/6/2013
Time: 7:00PM EST – 9:00PM EST
Where: OmniTI Office
11830 West Market Place, Suite G
Fulton, MD 20759
(entrance is in the back, between 11820 and 11830)