Time Lapse: Building Dell’s Big Data/OpenStack MDC — allowing customers to test at hyper scale

April 1, 2013

Back in September I posted an entry about the Modular Data Center that we set up in the Dell parking lot.  Here is a time lapse video showing the MDC and the location being built out.

The MDC allows customers to test solutions at scale.  It is running OpenStack and various Big Data goodies such as Hadoop, Hbase, Cassandra, MongoDB, Gluster etc…

Customers can tap into the MDC from Dell’s solution centers around the world and do proof of concepts as well competitive bake-offs between various big data technologies so they can determine which might best suit their environment and use case.

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Talking about Gluster: Clustered Cloud Storage

November 17, 2009

With today’s post, I’m right at the mid-point of my series of video interviews from Cloud Computing Expo.  Today’s post offers a two-for-one special, Gluster CEO Hitesh Chellani along with Jack O’Brien who heads Gluster’s product management.

Some of the topics Hitesh and Jack tackle:

  • Gluster as a general-purpose open source cluster platform that runs on top of commodity hardware like Dell.
  • Their goal to transform the storage market the way Red Hat transformed the server market (Gluster employs a subscription model just like Red Hat).
  • What would you do after spending time at Lawrence Livermore National Labs putting together the second fastest super computer in the world?  Hitesh thought he’d distill the experience and apply it to the storage space.
  • Some of the performance-driven verticals Gluster started out in.
  • The new hot area of virtual storage next to virtual servers.

Pau for now…

Back from the Bay Area with a fist full of cloudy videos

November 6, 2009

This week I made the trek out of the Lone Star state and headed west to the Bay Area.  I spent the first day in San Francisco where I took our sales folks through my cloud presentation and then had meetings with a few members of the press.  Here is the outcome of a couple of those meetings:


Down on the Peninsula

From the city I headed down to Santa Clara and the Cloud Computing Expo.  I don’t think I saw a single customer at the event but I did run into a bunch of interesting companies in attendance.  With my trusty Flip Mino I even recorded a bunch of interviews that I will be rolling out in the days to come.  Here’s the list

  • 3Tera — Barry Lynn, CEO
  • Heroku — Oren Teich head of product
  • Oracle VM — Adam Hawley, Director of Product management
  • Gluster — Hitesh Cellani, CEO and Jack O’Brien head of marketing
  • The Planet — Rob Walters, director of product management
  • Stoneware — Rick German, CEO
  • Cloud Camp — Dave Nielsen, co-founder

Stay tuned.


A Zoho billboard in the San Jose airport, right in the heart of Google country.

Pau for now…

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