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Original Post From Sam Dean

It's hard to believe that we're only a couple of years into the OpenStack story. Back in 2010, Rackspace and NASA announced an effort to create a sophisticated open source cloud computing infrastructure that could compete with proprietary offerings. Since then, OpenStack has won over countless tech titans that are backing it, and has its own foundation.

OpenStack is also young enough that many people are looking to understand it better, though, and kicking its tires. If you're looking at some good opportunities to kick OpenStack's tires, take a look at what the Data Center Knowledge site offers. It has surprisingly easy to follow and rich video demos and explanations of the OpenStack platform, and more.

If you're totally new to the OpenStack cloud platform, look into Data Center Knowledge's OpenStack 101 video, which comes originally from Rackspace and NASA. As the site notes: "Rackspace, one of the original founders of the OpenStack project along with NASA, published this video that gives quick primer on OpenStack, what it is and who uses it. This 6-minute video, which is part of an ongoing series on OpenStack, introduces the cloud OS and dives into it from a high level to give you the basic understanding of this disruptive technology."

Among other OpenStack-focused videos and posts worth taking a look at, Data Center Knowledge offers:

Closer Look: Piston Cloud Computing

Closer Look: OpenStack OS for Clouds

Video: Demo of PentOS Open Stack Cloud

Video: OpenStack and its Open Source Cloud

Dope’n'Stack – We’re Gonna Rock Your Cloud

For even more, look into the video archive, and the Data Center Videos channel on YouTube.

And, we've collected much of our own OpenStack and cloud computing coverage, including many interviews, in this post.

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