At the SNIA Conference
By pkasper on Sep 22, 2008
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.