Category Storage

The AWS Love/Hate Relationship with Data Gravity

I received the e-mail above from Amazon Web Services after recently signing up for another test account. The e-mail had me thinking about the impact of data gravity on AWS, both positively and negatively. For those who are new to the term, data gravity is a concept first coined by Dave McCrory, current CTO of Basho. It refers to the idea […]

Follow Up Post: Using Persistent Storage With Containers

This is a follow up to an earlier post asking if persistent storage is a good idea for containers. I received good feedback on that post with readers falling on different sides of the issue. So I thought it would be worthwhile to respond by talking about three “approaches” for handling persistence for containers. I put “approaches” […]

Is Persistent Storage Good For Containers?

The value of persistent storage for containers has been something I’ve been thinking about so I thought I would raise a couple of concerns I have and see what folks thinks. In particular, I am thinking of people who’ve thought through this topic and who are smarter than me, like Clint Kitson from EMC {code}, John Griffith […]

SolidFire Storage: Appearing At A Platform9 OpenStack Cloud In Your Datacenter

One of the primary benefits of an open platform such as OpenStack is its ability to be an integration engine for various cloud technologies. This gives users the flexibility to choose best of breed  compute, networks, and storage technologies to build out their private cloud while retaining the benefits of a common management framework for operators and […]

The Problem SDS Under OpenStack Cinder Solves

I wanted to write this post a while ago but decided to wait until I had made my job transition.  To be clear though, my thoughts have not materially changed from what it was when I was a Rackspace employee.  I’ve been saying the same things for over a year, as folks from various storage vendors […]

An Opportunity Too Good To Pass Up

There are times in your career when you search diligently for the next big opportunity.  That was the case when I made the decision last year to focus on OpenStack by moving to Rackspace, one of the co-founders of the OpenStack project.  Pursuing the next big opportunity led me to transition, earlier this year, to […]

Laying Cinder Block (Volumes) In OpenStack, Part 2: Integration With vSphere

In part 1 of this series, I provided a basic overview of the OpenStack block storage service project, called Cinder, and how it is implemented with commodity storage as well as various other storage solutions.  As you would expect, most of these solutions and the use cases defined are for the KVM hypervisor.  In the […]