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This may be the best thing you’ve seen at a conference this year

May 14, 20141 min

OpenStack goes “Between two ferns”

Those open source folks over at OpenStack seem to know how to keep conferences light.

This week more than 4,500 OpenStack faithful have descended upon Atlanta for the organization’s bi-annual summit. During one of the keynote sessions by OpenStack Foundation executive Mark Collier, he brought up on stage someone who looked at awful lot like Hollywood actor Zack Galifianakis.

Then this happened:

(The whole video is 54 minutes, but the fun starts at 41:51. Here’s a link to the full video.)

If you’re not familiar with why this is funny, then refer to the website Funny or Die and check out Galifianakis’s recurring series of short “Between Two Ferns” videos. The sketch gained wide popularity when President Obama was featured on the show. It’s pretty dry humor, but it’s funny.

While the real Galifianakis didn’t show up at the OpenStack summit, the bit is still pretty good. And now OpenStack has its own version of Between Two Ferns.

Senior Writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing for Network World and He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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Senior Editor Brandon Butler covers the cloud computing industry for Network World by focusing on the advancements of major players in the industry, tracking end user deployments and keeping tabs on the hottest new startups. He contributes to and is the author of the Cloud Chronicles blog. Before starting at Network World in January 2012, he worked for a daily newspaper in Massachusetts and the Worcester Business Journal, where he was a senior reporter and editor of MetroWest 495 Biz. Email him at and follow him on Twitter @BButlerNWW.

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