Talking SwiftStack with Founder and CEO Joe Arnold

November 11, 2013

At Venture Beat’s CloudBeat I moderated two panels, the first was with PayPal and Puppet Labs and the second was with Disney, CloudStack and SwiftStack.

After the Disney panel I grabbed some time with SwiftStack’s CEO and Founder Joe Arnold.  SwiftStack is based on the OpenStack storage project, Swift, and helps operations teams implement and manage an easy-to-use, multi-tenant and highly scalable private cloud storage platform.

Take a listen to what Joe has to say:

Some of the ground Joe covers

  • [0:20]  What is SwiftStack?
  • [0:56]  Where did Joe get the idea for SwiftStack
  • [2:15]  What additional pieces does Swift Stack add to OpenStack’s Swift project?
  • [3:26]  What is coming down the pipe? (Spoiler alert, it has to do with Erasure coding and Storage policy)

Extra-credit reading

  • Full Support for Global Clusters Now Available in OpenStack Object Storage – Syscon media
  • OpenStack Object Storage (“Swift”) – Wiki

Pau for now…


Talking to OpenStack Chief Architect – Rick Clark

November 11, 2010

Yesterday, near the end of day two of the OpenStack design summit, I caught up with Rick Clark, chief architect of the OpenStack platform.  I wanted to get Rick’s thought’s on how the four-month old open source cloud computing project and the summit were going.

Here’s what he had to say:

Some of the ground Rick covers:

  • The goal of the summit as well as the goal of the next two releases.
  • How ready the various code bases are e.g. object storage and compute
  • The diversity of the attendees
  • How many of the attendees are open source vets vs newbies
  • Where the next summit will be

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


What’s happening — A Dell / OpenStack Update

September 15, 2010

A couple of days ago Bret Piatt, who handles Technical Alliances for OpenStack, came up to Austin to have further discussion with our team’s software engineers around OpenStack.  If you’re not familiar with OpenStack, it is an open source cloud platform founded on contributed code from Rackspace and NASA’s Nebula cloud.

The project was kicked off a couple of months ago at an inaugural design summit held here in Austin.  The summit drew over 25 companies from around the world, including Dell, to give input on the project and collectively map out the design for the project’s two main efforts, Cloud Compute and Object Storage.

Since the summit, and the project’s subsequent announcement the following week at the OSCON Cloud Summit, the community has been digging in.  The first object storage code release will be available this month and the initial compute release, dubbed the “Austin” release, is slated for October  21.  Additionally, the second OpenStack Design Summit has been set for November 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas, and is open to the public.

OpenStack visits Dell

During Bret’s visit to Dell he met with a bunch of folks including two of our software architects, Greg Althaus and Rob Hirschfeld.  The three talked about how things were going with the project since the summit as well as specific ways in which Dell can contribute to the OpenStack project.

Below you can see where I crashed the three’s whiteboard session and made them tell me what they were doing.  I then followed them, camera in hand, down to the lab where Greg and Rob showed Bret the system that we have targeted for running OpenStack.

Some of the topics (L -> R) Bret, Greg and Rob touch on:

  • Bret:  Getting ready for the object storage release in September and compute in October.  Looking to get the right hardware spec’d out so that people can start using the solution once its released.
  • Rob: Learning about how the project is coming together since the design summit.  Interested in how the 3 code lines, storage, NASA compute and Rackspace compute, along with the input that was gathered at the Design summit and community input, are coming together.
  • Greg and Rob take Brett to the lab to show him the C6100 which could be a good candidate for open stack.
  • Next step, getting OpenStack in the lab and start playing with it.

Extra-credit reading:

Pau for now…


Talkin’ to the project lead of OpenStack Object Storage

July 18, 2010

The first code that is available from the OpenStack project, and its available today, is the code for the storage effort, “Object Storage.”  The man at the technical helm of this effort is Will Reese of Rackspace.  Will’s daytime job is development manager and system architect for Rackspace’s Cloud Files, the source of the code for Object Storage.  Will and I grabbed some time at last week’s design summit and he briefed me on the project:

Some of the topics Will tackles:

  • Object Storage is based on the open sourced code from Rackspace’s Cloud Files.
  • What attracted NASA to Cloud Files (think scale).
  • Rackspace will lead the project to get the community kick started but is looking for the community to take over.
  • Storage and Compute will each have their own tech boards made up of members from Rackspace, NASA and the community.
  • In the second half of the interview Will takes us through a quick overview of the cloud files architecture which is written in python, leverages eventlib, and borrows concepts from memcache and some  key-value stores –>  To learn more, check out Will’s talk at OSCON this Wednesday.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


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