Gluster Community Workshop @ PDX

Jul 23 - 24, 2013 · Portland, United States of America
The Gluster Community will be holding a workshop in Portland, Oregon, US on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. We welcome wide participation by all community members interested in GlusterFS and the Gluster Forge projects.
If you can join us at the Mission Theatre on Tuesday, July 23rd and would like to share your passion for all things Gluster, please come for a day of learning and fun.

9:15 - 10:15 The state of the Gluster Community, GlusterFS 3.4 and the Gluster Forge - John Mark Walker, Red Hat

The Gluster Community has gradually transformed into an ecosystem at the center of open software-defined storage, constituting many projects related to GlusterFS and member organizations. This talk will discuss some of these governance changes, the recent release of GlusterFS 3.4, and the wealth of projects to be discovered on the Gluster Forge.

10:15 - 11:15 Adventures in Cloud Storage with OpenStack and GlusterFS - Theron Conrey, Red Hat

New virtualization features in Gluster 3.4 allow for more flexible and more tightly integrated virtualization solutions when utilizing the QEMU/KVM stack. With the addition of OpenStack storage interfaces, GlusterFS can be deployed for a variety of cloud-based solutions, including File-as-a-Service, virtual block storage, and object storage. We will discuss setting up a GlusterFS volume with a block device translator, obtaining the right versions of QEMU and libvirt, managing VMs with QEMU and using the OpenStack interface, as well as oVirt. This session will guide users through the steps needed to set up a working cloud environment with GlusterFS, OpenStack and oVirt.

11:15 - 12:00 GlusterFS for SysAdmins - Wesley Duffee-Braun, Red Hat

GlusterFS represents a dramatic departure from traditional backend storage solutions. In this talk, Dustin will provide a technical dive into GlusterFS from the SysAdmin perspective, with insights into the building blocks of this dynamically-scalable storage system. Those new to GlusterFS will walk away with the confidence to build their first scale-out storage system, and those already familiar with the project will benefit from this expanded view of bricks, translators, and administration. Beyond the basics, we'll cover redundancy, scaling, and data access, as well as real-world implementation scenarios.

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 - 1:45 Gluster for Apache CloudStack - David Nalley, Citrix, Gluster Community Board

While most people think of the cloud applications of Gluster to be focused on object storage - that's certainly not the only application, and we'll explore how Apache CloudStack exploits Gluster.
Bio: David Nalley is a distributed storage junkie who is a recovering sysadmin. His $dayjob is working for Citrix in the Open Source Business Office. He's a member of the Apache Software Foundation and a Project Management Committee member for Apache CloudStack.

1:45 - 2:30 Puppet manifests and GlusterFS - Joe Julian, Gluster Community Board

2:30 - 3:00 Demos for Real-world workloads - Eco Willson, Red Hat

3:00 - 3:15 - BREAK

3:15 - 4:00 A Tour of Swift and the Swift API - John Dickinson, SwiftStack

OpenStack Swift is a distributed object storage system built for scale and optimized for durability, availability, and concurrency. In this talk, John will cover the high-level design of Swift and how to use the Swift API, with a focus on using Swift to offload some of the hard storage problems modern web applications face.
Bio: John Dickinson is the Director of Technology at SwiftStack, a provider of cloud storage software for unstructured data. He serves as the Project Technical Lead for OpenStack Swift and has been involved in the development of Swift since 2009.

4:00 - 5:00 Happy hour! Featuring special guest Leslie Hawthorn, who will discuss "Best Practices for Overcoming Challenges to Collaboration"

From a technical perspective, open source has triumphed and ushered in a new era of development practices and methodologies that allow disparate groups with different and, often, conflicting agendas to work together effectively, creating better works, faster. Despite its successes, the practice of open source development remains challenging in many of its social aspects: achieving the best possible consensus amongst various parties, navigating the cultural differences inherent in working with a global team and dealing with contentious contributors. To put it another way, software and hardware are 'easy', people are difficult.
An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn brings over 10 years experience in high tech project management, marketing and public relations to her role as a lead for Community Action & Impact at Red Hat, Inc..
Event Details
Plan to start hanging out with us from about 9 AM - 5 PM on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Mission Theatre in downtown Portland. In addition to all the great talks on offer, attendees will be treated to a light breakfast, lunch and delicious Portland microbrews during our closing happy hour.
Registration is now open for the event.
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