Everyone is talking about Clouds. Cloud this, cloud that,
cloudy cloud cloud.
What is it? To begin with, there's no such thing. If you
store your data "on the cloud" it's still being stored SOMEWHERE by
SOMEBODY. It's just that you're not storing it yourself. You are paying someone
else to do it. Well, they are storing it on real hardware. Real servers and
storage. Then, they are charging you to use their hardware (or maybe giving you
the space for free and charging advertisers).
Now it turns out the ZFSSA is an excellent storage device
for Cloud services. There are many cloud service software products out there.
OpenStack is one of them, and it's open source, so that's cool. Icehouse is the
newest version of it. Version 9 I believe. There is a plug-in for OpenStack for
My Colleague, Roden Kofman, has a new blog showing how this
plugin works with the ZFSSA. Check it out here: https://blogs.oracle.com/ronen/entry/running_openstack_icehouse_with_zfs
You can read more about OpenStack Icehouse here: http://www.openstack.org/software/icehouse/