Imagine it's eight o'clock on a Thursday morning and you awake to see a bulldozer out your window ready to plow over your data center. Normally you may wish to consult the Encyclopedia GalÃ¡ctica to discern the best course of action but your copy is likely out of date. And while the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (HHGTTG) is a wholly remarkable book it doesn't cover the nuances of cloud computing. That's why you need the Hitchhiker's Guide to Cloud Computing (HHGTCC) or at least to attend this talk understand the state of open source cloud computing. Specifically this talk will cover infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and developments in big data and how to more effectively take advantage of these technologies using open source software. Technologies that will be covered in this talk include Apache CloudStack, Chef, CloudFoundry, NoSQL, OpenStack, Puppet and many more.