I had a great time in Hong Kong this last week. Pleasant people, beautiful scenery, and OpenStack too. In reality, I was actually there for the OpenStack Summit that heralded the Havana release of the ever-growing cloud platform. But the people and scenery of Hong Kong will have a lasting affect on me as well. I’ll have a little more on the people and scenery later. Continue reading
Earlier in the week I talked about how NetApp and OpenStack weren’t such an odd coupling of technologies. I wanted to take things just a little further in this post and show you how to use NetApp storage with OpenStack. Specifically, we’re going to use NetApp storage for Cinder and Glance. And while Glance won’t require anything special, Cinder will require a little driver configuration.
Let’s get to it. Continue reading
I just got back from LinuxCon, KVM Forum, and oVirt Workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and the city. It’s always great to see old friends and make new ones. One of the questions that came up frequently, whether asked directly to me or indirectly (overheard), was what is NetApp doing here? The other one was, “why is NetApp getting involved with OpenStack”? The second one seemed to have quite a bit of resentment in addition to the genuine curiosity. Back to that later. Continue reading
I’m proud to announce that NetApp has formally joined the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) as a governing member, joining the founding member companies HP, IBM, Intel, and Red Hat. You’ll have to excuse me while I temporarily put down my “Captain KVM hat” and put on my “NetApp hat”.
I can already hear you ask, “what is the OVA, and why should I care?” (I won’t make you wait for the answer.) Continue reading
Thanks for checking out my first new “real” post in quite some time. I’ve been neck deep in OpenStack since I got back from Red Hat Summit and I’ve barely had time to come up for air. I’d like to help announce the release of oVirt 3.3, that came out on the 16th (I’m only 4 days late in talking about it!!). There are a number of new features added and I’m going to highlight my 4 favorites below. Continue reading
It’s been forever (in internet years) since I posted anything. For that, I apologize, but it’s been for a good reason. I’ve been buried in the awesomeness that is OpenStack. The problem is that there is only 1 of me and there really needs to be 3 or 4 of me.
This is where you come in and say, “hey, I’ve been working w/ OpenStack for 2+ years, and I’d like to have a voice in the future of OpenStack!”.
If this sounds like you, then check out this job requisition. Technical Marketing Engineer for OpenStack. At NetApp. Don’t let the “marketing” part of the title scare you away, it just means that you will share what you know, what you learn, and what you engineer with others. It doesn’t mean you have to come up with fluffy descriptions of technical things that makes you want to puke unicorns and rainbows. You’ll get to keep your hands dirty in the technology, then you’ll write a technical report or blog post or present at a trade show. Rinse, repeat.
And if you know OpenStack and related technologies, but don’t know NetApp, it’s ok, we’ll teach you. It’s awesome.
I’ve been doing this for almost 4 years now and I love it. Favorite. Job. Ever. And NetApp is a great company to work for..
The job post is for Research Triangle Park (RTP, between Raliegh and Durham) or Austin. But if you’re the right person and you live in the San Fran Bay area, you could make your case.
So there you have it.. the reason for my radio silence and a job opening.. it’s a 2 for 1 blog post!!
I’m very happy to announce that the beta for the Virtual Storage Console for RHEV is officially available for 1 month, starting about an hour ago. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this as this integration has been a long time coming.
So, how do you get in on the beta program? Go to https://communities.netapp.com/groups/vsc4rhev, and either login or register (free) and then login.. (The register button is in the upper right hand corner.) Once logged in, click the button to request being added to the group. Once you are approved, you will see 2 PDF’s and 2 RPM’s. I strongly suggest grabbing all four. Peruse the Release Notes, then move to the Installation & Administration Guide to see how to deploy the 2 RPM’s and get going…
In the mean time, a HUGE shout out to Chris Morrissey, Dustin Schoenbrun, Ricky Hopper, Chris Suich, Rashid Nadaf, Praveena Palaniswamy, Troy Mangum, Patrick Strick, Greg Blaha of NetApp, and Vojtech Szocs, James Rankin, Andy Cathrow, and Ayal Baron of Red Hat. This was a fairly serious endeavor that took the time and efforts of many people in order to pull this together.
Can’t wait for the GA in November!!!!
I apologize for the fact that it’s been so long since I’ve made any kind of post. The fact is, is that I’ve been out for PTO, trade conferences, and training – and I’m just now getting my head above water again.
If you saw me at Red Hat Summit, that would be the trade conference I’m referring to, and for those that came up to say hi or came to my session, thanks!! As for the session, if you saw the end, you saw a demo of the Virtual Storage Console for RHEV that we’re working on.. (If I remember correctly, that was my last post..) I talked about how the VSC for RHEV was in a “limited beta”. I happy to say that we’re quickly coming up on the public beta. I should have an official announcement in the next several days. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, see this.
On to OpenStack!! One of the other things that is going on is that I’ve been thrown into the deep end regarding OpenStack. I got to go back to NYC for training on OpenStack and had a blast. I also got to attend the OpenStack meetup/OpenStack 3rd birthday hosted by 10Gen. I’m also in the process of putting together a Red Hat OpenStack (RHOS) lab out of my home base in RTP, NC. And seeing as 70% or more of OpenStack deployments are on KVM, this is right up my alley.
Anyway, I wanted to let you fine folks know what is going on, an assure you that I’ll have some regular posts again soon.
If you saw me run this demo live at Red Hat Summit this week, I sincerely appreciate you coming to my session. For those that were unable to make it to Red Hat Summit, you did in fact miss a great event.
The Virtual Storage Console (VSC) for RHEV is something that I’ve been pushing for some time now and we’ve (NetApp) made significant progress. It’s the kind of integration that really does make things easier for Virtualization Admins and even takes a little load off of a Storage Admin. So what exactly is it? Continue reading
I have some updates on my Red Hat Summit session that I’d like to share. This will be my 3rd year in a row that I’ve presented, and I’m bringing friends from both NetApp and Red Hat to discuss “Scaling Out Tier-1 Applications with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization & Clustered ONTAP”.
So what exactly does that mean? Continue reading