Tuesday, February 21, 2017

OpenStack Summit Boston: Vote for Presentations

The next OpenStack Summit takes place in Boston, MA (USA) in May (8.-11.05.2017). The "Vote for Presentations" period started already. All proposals are now again up for community votes. The period will end February 21th at 11:59pm PST (February 22th at 8:59am CEST).

This time I have submitted a proposal together with WDLabs:

  • Next Generation Hardware for Software Defined Storage - Software Defined Storage like Ceph has changed the storage market dramatically in the last few years. While software has changed, storage hardware stayed basically the same: commodity servers connected to JBODs utilizing SAS/SATA devices. The next step must be a revolution in the hardware too. At the Austin summit the Ceph community presented a 4 PB Ceph cluster comprised of WDLabs Converged Microservers. Each Microserver is built by starting with an HGST HE8 HDD platform and adding an ARM and DDR running Linux on the drives itself. WDLabs provided access to early production devices for key customers such as Deutsche Telekom for adoption and feedback. This talk will provide insight into our findings running a Ceph cluster on this platform as a storage provider to OpenStack.
This period the voting process changed again unique URLs to proposals seems to work again. So if you would like to vote for my talk use this link or search for the proposal (e.g. use the title from above or search for "Al-Gaaf"). As always: every vote is highly welcome! 

As the last times I highly recommend to search also for "Ceph" or what ever topic your are interested in. You find the voting page here with all proposals and abstracts. I'm looking forward to see if and which of these talks will be selected.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

OpenStack Summit Barcelona Presentation


Yesterday I conducted my talk at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona. You can find the presentation here: "Vanilla or Distributions: How Do They Differentiate?" and the video from the session on the OpenStack Foundation youtube channel


Any feedback would be welcome, please don't forget to rate the presentation in the OpenStack Foundation Summit app.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

OpenStack Summit Barcelona

Today the OpenStack Summit started in Barcelona, Spain, with the keynotes.

Looking forward to my talk later today: Vanilla or Distributions: How Do They Differentiate? and a interesting summit the next days.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

OpenStack Summit Barcelona: Vote for Presentations

The next OpenStack Summit takes place in Bacelona (Spain) in October (25.-28.10.2016). The "Vote for Presentations" period started on 26.07.2016. All proposals are now up for community votes. The period will end August 8th at 11:59pm PDT (August 9th at 8:59am CEST).

I have submitted this time two proposals:
  • OpenStack and Ceph @ Converged Microservers - On the Austin Summit the Ceph Community and WDLabs presented about running a 4 Petabyte Ceph cluster on ethernet attached Converged Microserver He8 drives. WDLabs provided access to early production devices for key customers for early adoption and feedback. This talk will provide insight into our experience with running a Ceph cluster on these devices as a storage provider for our OpenStack environment.
  • Vanilla or distributions: How do they differentiate? - If it comes to OpenStack there is always the question: vanilla or a distribution. You have the agony of choice, it will highly depend on your usecase and organization. We will take a look behind the curtain of the OpenStack products. What should you know about the offerings? Is there anything you may should evaluate before you choose a solution? There is more to take a look at than only the OpenStack product itself if you include also e.g. KVM and Ceph. What about the base distributions and support?
This period the voting process changed slightly. Based on community feedback, unique URLs to proposals are no longer available. So if you would like to vote for these talks, you have to search for them (e.g. use the title from above or search for "Al-Gaaf"). As always: every vote is highly welcome. I recommend also to search for "Ceph" or what ever topic your are interested in. You find the voting page here with all proposals and abstracts. I'm looking forward to see if and which of these talks will be selected.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

OpenStack Summit Barcelona: Call for Speakers

Barcelona (Spain) will be the venue for the next OpenStack Summit this October (25.-28.10.2016). The "Call for Speakers" period started. You can submit your presentation here. The deadline to fill your application is July 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm (PDT) / July 14 8:59 CEST.

In May there was a long discussion in the community about changing the selection process for the presentations, especially about if there should be a voting at all. The process changed slightly compared to Austin, checkout the current selection process.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Deutsche OpenStack Tage 2016


Tomorrow the German OpenStack Days 2016 (Deutsche OpenStack Tage) will start in Cologne. I will give a talk on Ceph and OpenStack about "OpenStack at 99,999% availability with Ceph".


It seems the event is already sold out completely, but as far as I know the presentations (mostly conducted in German) will be recorded and available after the conference. If you have already a ticket, have a interesting OpenStack conference in Cologne!

Monday, April 25, 2016

OpenStack Summit Austin - Start

Today the OpenStack Summit starts in Austin, TX. Sitting right now in the keynote hall with live music and wait for the keynotes to begin. This time my talk wasn't selected. Nevertheless I expect a great summit with numerous interesting sessions and locking forward to meet with other fellows and partners from the OpenStack and Ceph communities.