Friday Jan 09, 2009

New OpenSolaris Storage Community Page

Question: So, what have I been working on? 

Answer: A new update to the OpenSolaris Storage Community page.

The new home page now provides a What's New section, an easy way to see the latest Storage Stop blog entries and storage announce posts, and a Video Highlight section.

Peter Buckingham and I plan to provide regular updates to both the What's New and Video Highlight sections, so keep checking back.

If you have any questions or suggestions, email me (paul.kasper at sun.com), leave a comment, or post to the storage discuss forum.

Tuesday Sep 30, 2008

Storage Networking Dictionary

When I attended the SNIA conference last week, I was fortunate to pick up a hardcopy of their 2008 dictionary.  It is a really exhaustive list and a good reference. 

Here's the online version:

http://www.snia.org/education/dictionary/

I was nice to see that Sun is one of the sponsors that make the dictionary possible.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

SNIA Conference: Day Two

It's been a long day listening to talks about the emergence of flash memory, cloud computing, open source storage solutions, and general purpose storage servers.  My favorite talk was by Art Licht, who is a principal engineer at Sun.

His presentation, General Purpose Storage Servers, talked about how it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell storage boxes and servers apart.  In fact, by using OpenSolaris and ZFS, companies can create much-less expensive storage than what is currently being provided by proprietary storage solutions.  And, in most cases, the performance and reliability are better!

And, this solution doesn't mean you have to buy Sun hardware, although we hope you do.  OpenSolaris runs on Intel and AMD-based machines...really, it's true! 

Oh, BTW, here's a link to the caricature of me drawn by Doug Shannon during the OpenSolaris Summit on Sunday.  I'm the one on the right, top row.  Not pretty....

Monday Sep 22, 2008

At the SNIA Conference

I'm in Santa Clara right now attending the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) conference.  It's a chance for storage developers from all over the industry to get together and share what's happening.

On Sunday, the day before the conference, Sun hosted an OpenSolaris Storage Summit and around 100 folks attended.  One interesting note is that we used a wiki for the summit registration, and it worked out really well.  After a day of talks about OpenSolaris storage technology, not only from Sun but from the community, we had a very fun island-themed party. Since I work from home most of the time, it's great to get out of my basement and meet a bunch of people face-to-face...both from Sun and from other companies.  

One of the most interesting presentations during the Summit was from Paddy Sreenivasan, who talked about the work being done on Amanda for OpenSolaris.  According to their website, Amanda is the most popular open source backup and recovery software in the world. The Amanda community is using OpenSolaris and ZFS, which is a great example of how open source communities can work together.  I plan to learn more about Amanda and how they manage their enterprise and community deliveries.

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