ZFS Workshop at LISA'08

We have organized a ZFS Workshop for the USENIX Large Installation Systems Administration (LISA'08) conference in San Diego this November. I hope you can attend.

The call for papers describes workshops as:
One-day workshops are hands-on, participatory, interactive sessions where small groups of system administrators have an opportunity to discuss a topic of common interest. Workshops are not intended as tutorials, and participants normally have significant experience in the appropriate area, enabling discussions at a peer level. However, attendees with less experience often find workshops useful and are encouraged to discuss attendance with the workshop organizer.

There is an opportunity to seed the discussions, so be sure to let me know if there is an interesting topic to be explored. 

The LISA conference is always one of the more interesting conferences for people who must deal with large sites as their day job. Many of the more difficult scalability problems are discussed in the sessions and hallways. If you are directly involved with the design or management of a large computer site, then it is an excellent conference to attend.

My first LISA was LISA-VI in 1992 where I presented a paper that Matt Long and I wrote, User-setup: A System for Custom Configuration of User Environments, or Helping Users Help Themselves, now hanging out on SourceForge. The original source was published on usenet -- which is how we did such things at the time. I suppose I could search around and find it archived somewhere...

Much has changed from the environments we had in 1992, but the problem of managing complex application environments continues to live on. I think that the more modern approaches to this problem, as clearly demonstrated by connected devices like the iPhone, is to leverage the internet and the browser-like interfaces to hide much of the complexity behind the scenes.  In a sense, this is the approach ZFS takes to managing disks -- hide some of the mundane trivia and provide a view of storage that is more intuitive to the users of storage. The more things change, the more the problems stay the same.

Please attend LISA'08 and join the ZFS workshop.

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