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Thursday Oct 09, 2008

A Time to Remember

A Time to Remember

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” - Deuteronomy 4:9 – New Internal Version

This is my last blog post as a Sun employee and is a great opportunity to remember. To remember the people that helped make Sun a wonderful place to work – more appropriately a wonderful family. It is also a time to refresh the memories of past lessons.

Let's start with the people. From the early days in Colorado Springs, folks like Dale, Mike, Lynn, Paul, Rick and Lou. Then there were people while I was helping with Sun Education. Dave, Howard, Siusaidh, and many others. That brings me to the past 11 years with Solaris. There have been so many great folks I could never mention them all. The great managers: Fred, Bev, Eric, Dave, Barry, Martie, Bijan. The stellar program managers: Gina, Reg, Eoin, Tina, Ann. And of course the amazing engineers: Sanjay, Jeff, Mark (at least 4 of them), Susan, James, Jean, Tony, Steve (x2), Moriah, Tom, and so many more. Then to OpenSolaris friends: Deirdre, Jim, Tim, Glynn, Theresa, Kelli and the community Ben, Dave and again many more.

It is because of all of these folks that I was able to do anything. They provided support, encouragement, kicks in the butt, prayer. They were all there to support the initiatives and move forward the relationships. I cherish these folks and the little bits they gave to me over the 14 years here at Sun.

This company has been home for over 14 years. My eyes have seen many things and there are many lessons that I plan to pass on to my children. Lessons like:
  • lend a hand to someone in need
  • stay what you mean and mean what you say
  • care about people and they will in turn care about you
  • a simple smile goes a long way to smoothing a difficult conversation
  • new ideas are always waiting to be found, you just have to find the friend to help uncover them
  • if you listen, your voice can be very loud

In all this has been a great time. Many wonderful memories, just as many friends and a very exciting future.

While leaving the group and the OS I love is not easy, the OpenSolaris Storage community in great hands, Peter, Lynn, Paul and Deirdre will serve it well. I look forward to the exciting innovations becoming realities and plan to watch very closely.

With this I bid you Peace,


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Friday Sep 26, 2008

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Using remote storage with PostgreSQL

I stumbled upon an interesting blog post this morning. Jignesh Shah from the Sun ISV partner group blogged ZFS with Cloud Storage or Faraway Storage. In this post he describes how us uses some of the latest features of ZFS, like the ZFS L2 ARC and the Separate Intent Log to gain some performance when using remote storage. Seems like an interesting use of these ZFS features.

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Thursday Sep 04, 2008

OpenSolaris Storage - no more white shoes

Traditions - an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior.

There are all kinds of traditions in families, cultures, religions and even companies. Some of my personal traditions range from making my grandmother's cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, saying bed time prayers with my son, and writing monthly status reports. One odd tradition in the US is that women (and I guess men too) can not wear white shoes between the Labor Day Holiday and Memorial Day.  As I did a bit of research for this post I found that I'm not supposed to wear sandals after Labor Day either! Bagh ... For those who know me sandals or flip-flops are part of my attire most of the year. I have never understood the tradition of no white after Labor Day, but if guess there are lots of people who need rules and need traditions to survive in the fashion world. Just as it seems people have traditions in their personal worlds, so do they in the corporate/ work worlds. Some times these traditions are called best practices and other are just word of mouth policies.

Traditions, as great as they are, only go so far. They keep us connected to the past, but don't really enable a different future ... what about breaking with tradition, not being the new monkey, looking for new ways to do things ... I'm here to talk about the folks who are not afraid to break from tradition, the people who are willing to take a chance on something different. As I worked up the monthly report for the storage community It hit me that there are many folks who are using OpenSolaris at the heart of their storage environment or who are using new technologies to get beyond the limits of their traditions. There are customers like Joyent who were one of the first companies to put ZFS into production (before it was officially supported!). Guys like Nexenta who are creating new products with OpenSolaris ... or what about greenBytes? (I'm not sure what they guys are up to, but ZFS+ and a the tag line "Expect some magic on 9/15" makes me wonder...) There are also folks like OurStage and Liveammo that are putting the storage technologies of OpenSolaris into their production environment. ... all of these examples breaking the traditional image of storage ... what are your examples of breaking with tradition? If you will be in Santa Clara, CA on Sept 21,2008 come by the OpenSolaris Storage Summit and hear from some some of the people changing the storage industry.

So what's next? Have you checked out the latest project "Hadoop Live CD at"? or what about Project Celeste? These are some great examples of thinking about storing and retrieving "things" differently. I'm sure these project teams would love for you to stop by their project pages, take a look around and then start asking questions. Even better maybe you can jump in and help out.

With all this build up ;-) ... I will present the OpenSolaris Storage Community monthly report for August 2008.

The community also saw continued growth in message traffic (year over year) and in page views. Both of these stats showed monthly declines which seems to map to a general trend. I'll close this post with one final invitation to the OpenSolaris Storage Summit. Todate we have over 40 registered atendees, talks from Ben Rockwood, Mike Shapiro, Jeff Bonwick, and Bill Moore. Our attendee list represents a broad spectrum of OpenSolaris users and the after party looks to be a great time. If you happen to be in Santa Clara, CA on September 21, 2008 plan to stop by and enjoy the FREE event.

Here I am writing about the OS I love. Trying to show other people how cool the innovations are in [Open]Solaris.


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