A look back at LOPSA San Diego’s first year

As LOPSA San Diego begins its new life as a full local chapter, it is interesting to look back over the past year to see how we started and what we’ve accomplished, so far.

A local LOPSA chapter for San Diego had been discussed by some of us as far back as 2006, shortly after LOPSA itself was formed. But it wasn’t until LISA 2012, that the pieces finally began to come together. A few of us who had been around for a while, and a few who were new to LOPSA all decided that now was finally the time.

The first meeting of what has become LOPSA San Diego was held in January 2013 at Callahan’s, a local pub that would host several of LOPSA San Diego’s social gatherings throughout the year.

LOPSA San Diego became a provisional LOPSA chapter in late January, and the next few meetings were devoted to building our network of system administrators and deciding just what we want our chapter to look and feel like.

April debuted our first technical presentation.  John H. Robinson, IV, from the UCSD Libraries talked about “Reddit, the New Slashdot (or: When Dr. Seuss Goes to War)”. It was an in-the-trenches account of being accidentally DDoSed by an unexpected onslaught of Web traffic when a UCSD site suddenly became a hot topic on Reddit, and many thousands of unexpected users showed up at once. This meeting was hosted at Anonymizer, Inc. and began with a happy hour at another pub popular with the tech crowd, Karl Strauss.

Our May presentation  featured a presentation by Tom Perrine. His talk was  “IPv6: Is it ready for you? Are you ready for it?” Tom is a global IT architect at Sony Playstation, was elected the first President of LOPSA in 2005, and he co-founded our local chapter.  He also related some experiences with two IPv6 rollouts (one at his home, another in progress at work). The Chapter also talked about David Colon’s proposal for a rural Wireless ISP (WISP) in Escondido. Anonymizer was our host again, and the pre-meeting happy hour tradition was continued.

June brought a new location and a new format. Lightning talks! Five minutes of presentation followed by Q&A. Our host for June was Qualcomm.  Three lightning talks were:

  • Tom Perrine (Playstation) – Playstation DDoS attack experience
  • Jeff Makey (SDSC) – ZFS,
  • David Colon – Wireless ISPs

July found us back at Callahan’s for professional networking and tech talks.

In August Jeff Makey (SDSC) had a presentation on  OpenStack, the private cloud solution, which included a live demo to play with hands-on. Qualcomm was the host, with a pre-meeting happy hour.

September  brought a talk from Tracy Reed about “Logstash: Centralized logging with a searchable interface for system administration, security, and general troubleshooting”. He demonstrated how to set it up, scale it, and how to use it to discover things about your systems and network which you never knew before. Tracy is a Sr. Security Engineer for a large San Diego based company with a 20 year background in Linux and security.

Our October meeting was hosted by The Active Network, where Josh Penix talked about Zabbix, an open source availability and performance monitoring system.  Its flexible distributed architecture can scale to support very large environments, but it remains simple enough to be useful in environments of any size.  If you find yourself lost in the complexity of commercial monitoring products, or grafting a bunch of add-ons onto your Nagios system to get it to do what you want, Zabbix may be worth a look! Josh Penix is currently piloting Zabbix at The Active Network.

November was a social gathering, since the meeting was so close to Thanksgiving. We decided to not meet in December, as most people are too busy with the holidays to attend.

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