Submitted by Christopher Aedo on November 07, 2012
I really enjoyed the opportunity to present a quick “OpenStack 201″ session for the Nexenta OpenStorage Summit. The sessions were all done via WebEx, and Nexenta had put together an exciting and fast-moving program detailing the current storage landscape, with great coverage on OpenStack.
The Morphlabs session followed OpenStack 101 presented by Mirantis, which was a fantastic introduction to the core projects. I picked up where their introduction left off, and the audience had an opportunity to ask questions throughout, so I was able to get a good gauge of their interest in and enthusiasm for the options provided by OpenStack. Since the participants had a reasonable level of familiarity with OpenStack itself, I spent most of the time talking generally about the ways in which we’ve optimized our OpenStack appliance, the mCloud Helix, and specifically about how and why we chose to make NexentaStor a core component of our product. The performance and reliability gains we’ve seen in production deployments have proven this was a good move time and again. And based on the questions and comments from the crowd, it seems that there is a broad appreciation for our decision to use the most stable storage platform available.
I also had a few minutes towards the end to talk about the work we’re doing with Nexenta to bring their volume driver forward into full compatibility with Folsom and ensure it works with Cinder (the block-storage project) for future releases. It’s exciting to see Nexenta keeping pace with such a rapidly-evolving open source project, and I’m thrilled we have the chance to collaborate on improving it with them for the benefit of the greater OpenStack community.
Check out my presentation slides here!
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