Only in Silicon Valley: OpenStack Swift – The State of the Project

Posted on December 8, 2011

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Seeing that I’m in the data business, thought it’d be interesting to check out the new Silicon Valley CloudCenter at a Meetup event – OpenStack Swift – The State of the Project – organized by Dave Nielsen, et al.   Only in Silicon Valley can you pack a room with 60+ engineers to learn about these things.

Here’s what I learned:

  1. I know more about the basics of data storage than I thought.  When Daniel Ford of Nebula talked through the various methods of data storage, I already knew the difference between SQL, NoSQL, and Object storage.  I can hear the engineers out there rolling their eyes right now, but at least knowing what language he was speaking was rewarding.
  2. Cisco is the second-largest SaaS provider in the world. They don’t just make blades, switches, and routers.  WebEx, Quad, and Jabber are all Cisco products.  (I knew about WebEx but had never heard of the other two…)
  3. When it got to the meat and potatoes of the talk, I was completely lost.  The lesson here? Take a notes, learn what you can, and know your limits.  :–)  Here’s the Swift Architectural Overview.
  4. Couple of new terms that accompany SaaS – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Operations as a Services (OaaS). (Read more about this topics here: http://searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com/definition/Infrastructure-as-a-Service-IaaS)
  5. That I already knew why an NFS server is important.
  6. The new CloudCenter has plenty of space for developer testing.  You can use the open area for free, run testing on their systems, and rent an office with a door for $500/month.  Definitely worth checking out if you’re in need of such things.