Linux wireless networking, Gluster and Ceph distributed storage, the OpenStack cloud and much more are on the agenda for this year's LinuxCon/CloudOpen North America conference, whose program the Linux Foundation has announced. Here's a look at some of the highlights that the channel can look forward to at the event, which will take place in New Orleans Sept. 16-18.

This will be the fifth LinuxCon North America conference, which first began in 2009. It's the second year for CloudOpen, which the Linux Foundation first organized last year, when it was also integrated into LinuxCon.

LinuxCon has tended to focus more on planning and technical development than on major product announcements—although open source vendors have used it in the past to discuss their Linux plans—and that tradition will continue this year. Some of the highlights of the program include the following sessions:

  • High Availability Solutions for MySQL and MariaDB, presented by Max Mether, SkySQL. This presentation promises to provide insight into ways that developers and enterprises can use relatively old database technology to meet the next-generation needs of Big Data.
  • QEMU 2.x and Beyond: The Foundation of the Open Cloud, presented by Anthony Liguori, Open Virtualization Development Lead at IBM (IBM) Linux Technology Center. Stop by here to learn about the future of open source virtualization and its role in the cloud.
  • Lessons Learned Building a Hybrid Cloud Service, by Noa Resare, Senior Engineer at Spotify. As hybrid clouds grow in popularity, this could provide insight into how enterprises are deploying them on open source platforms.
  • Building a Secure Cloud, presented by Matthew Garrett, Nebula. Cloud security is something developers and administrators should probably talk about more often, and this may be a good place to start.

The conference will also feature keynotes by some big names in the open source world and beyond, including Linus Torvalds, Jonathan Bryce of OpenStack, Wired Magazine's Kevin Kelly, Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton and Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation.

Standard registration for the event runs through July 28, with late registration available thereafter.