The Game of Distributed Systems Programming. Which Level Are You?

(originally published on the incubaid.com blog, 2012/03/28) Introduction When programming distributed systems becomes part of your life, you go through a learning curve. This article tries to describe my current level of understanding of the field, and hopefully points out enough mistakes for you to be able follow the most optimal path to enlightenment: learning from the mistakes of others. For the record: I entered Level 1 in 1995, and I'm currently Level 3. Where do you see yourself? Level 0: Clueless Every programmer starts here. I will not comment too much here…Read more …

Tech Field Day Interview at OpenStack Summit

At the OpenStack Summit in Austin, Wim Provoost got interviewed by Stephen Foskett. Stephen is the organizer of the Tech Field Day events, an independent IT influencer event. In this interview they discuss Open vStorage and talk about the benefits it can bring to enterprises that are looking to run OpenStack in production.Read more …

From A(pp) to B(ackend) – no compromise

While giving presentations I often get the question how Open vStorage is different compared to other block or scalable storage solutions in the market. My answer to that question is the following: It is the only no-compromise storage platform as it combines the best of block, file and object storage into one storage platform. Allow me to explain in more detail why I’m confident that Open vStorage fits that description. For many readers the first part (Block and Object) will be well known but for the sake of clarity I’d like to start…Read more …

2016: Cheers to the New Year!

The past year has been a remarkable one for Open vStorage. We did 2 US roadshows, attended a successful OpenStack summit in Vancouver, moved and open-sourced all of Open vStorage on GitHub and released a lot of new functionality (our own hyperconverged backend, detailed tuning & caching parameters for vDisks, a certified OpenStack Cinder plugin, remote support, CentOS7, …). The year also ended with a bang as customers were trying to beat each other's top 4k IOPS results. While it might look hard to beat the success of 2015, the Open vStorage Team…Read more …

I like to move it, move it

The vibe at the Open vStorage office is these days best explained by a song of the early nineties: I like to move it, move it ~ Reel 2 Reel While the summer time is in most companies a more quiet time, the Open vStorage office is buzzing like a beehive. Allow me to give you a short overview of what is happening: We are moving into our new, larger and stylish offices. The address remains the same but we are moving into a completely remodeled floor of the Idola business center. Next…Read more …

Meet the team at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver!

As last year, the Open vStorage team will attend the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. Who would want to miss the success stories of OpenStack in the field, the new developments and many interesting sessions for OPS and developers? Not this team! In case you want to meet us, locate booth T21 on the show floor or scan the summit for someone with a blue shirt with the Open vStorage logo on the back. We will be there with a whole bunch of people so whether you want to discuss business, operations, deep technical…Read more …

Open vStorage US Roadshow Q2

After the successful first Open vStorage Roadshow, we decided to do a second US Roadshow. You can meet us during one of the following Meetups in the US: Thursday Apr. 16 (Santa Clara, CA): Register here Monday Apr. 20 (Menlo Park, CA): Register here Wedndesday Apr. 22 (Morrisville, NC): Triangle OpenStack Meetup - Register here During these meetups we will discuss what Open vStorage exactly does and the latest developments around the project such as how to set up Open vStorage in a HyperConverged fashion on local disks and the new metadata server…Read more …

You like open-source, storage and writing code?

You like open-source, storage and writing code and you are interested in contributing towards the development and adoption of both Open vStorage and Kinetic technology? Yes? Well in that case you can write code during your spare time and contribute that to the project. Something we of course highly appreciate and will lead to a (Belgian) beer when we meet in real life. But we are aware that some people are looking for a more intense relationship, full-time as freelancer or on the payroll. If you would love to contribute to this exciting…Read more …

Hamburgers, french fries and hyperconvergence

During the first Open vStorage roadshow in the US, I noticed people have a lot of questions about convergence and hyperconvergence: Can you help me with the term “hyperconverged”? I believe it is a marketing buzzword, but it is something that my executives have glommed onto. While I was waiting to fly back home, I was eating a burger and french fries. Let's be honest, the US has the best places to eat burgers but while eating and staring at the planes, I suddenly had an epiphany on how to explain convergence, hyperconvergence…Read more …

Open vStorage by CloudFounders

In a recent conference call an attendee expressed the following: There is a real company behind Open vStorage? I thought this was a project done by 2 guys in their basement. There is a big misconception about open-source projects. Some of these projects are indeed started and maintained by 2 guys in their basement. But on the other hand you see more and more projects where a couple of hundred people contribute. Take as an example OpenStack. To this open-source project companies such as Red Hat, IBM, HP, Rackspace, SwiftStack, Mirantis, Intel and…Read more …