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Percona/Openstack Live 2015: Solve for Scale

One of the strongest keynote and session themes was Database as a Service (DBaaS), which is fast becoming a popular and effective method for addressing organizational database needs at scale.

One of the strongest keynote and session themes at Percona and OpenStack Live 2015 was Database as a Service (DBaaS), which is fast becoming a popular and effective method for addressing organizational database needs at scale.

Last week found the SolidFire team in Santa Clara, CA at the Percona Live conference, the world’s largest dedicated MySQL conference run by Percona, the premier MySQL professional services organization. This year Percona added a parallel event, OpenStack Live, bringing together database and DevOps professionals in an expanded ecosystem environment to share knowledge and best practices and explore the next iteration of open source platform architecture. Database as a Service (DBaaS) was a prominent topic, and the various crossover sessions were very well attended. The common theme of solving for scale and rapid growth in MySQL environments wound its way through many of the conference sessions. Continue reading »

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ApacheCon and CloudStack Days Recap – Solving performance and integrated testing challenges to maximize CloudStack deployments

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Last week Austin, Texas played host to ApacheCon and CloudStack Days, events that delved into open-source technologies from the Apache Software Foundation.

I was fortunate to present at both conferences. At ApacheCon, I discussed Guaranteeing Storage Performance in CloudStack and at CloudStack Days, I switched gears and talked about Real-World Integration Testing with Marvin.

In a public or private cloud that’s expected to cost-effectively run mission-critical workloads, leveraging a shared storage infrastructure is imperative. Traditionally though, storage systems in such environments have been plagued by “noisy neighbors.” Continue reading »

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The missing link in IT automation

Tech Preview: vRealize and SolidFire

Last week, VMware’s Rawlinson Rivera posted on both his personal blog and VMware’s blog about addressing a key missing link in IT automation: storage. Rawlinson did a great job of detailing what IT consumers want, what they get, and how not all virtual disks are equal.

The current paradigm, however, treats storage as an undifferentiated resource in the IT automation puzzle. The reality is that applications need more than just capacity provisioned storage. On the contrary: Applications and workloads require profiles driven by business requirements rather than the limited options traditional storage architectures have long provided. As applications go through their lifecycle, those requirements change, and taking weeks or months to reconfigure IT stops business agility in its tracks. Continue reading »

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Listen Up: Elements of SolidFire storage podcast is LIVE

Friends, Romans, storage fans, lend me your ears. No, really.

Welcome to the all-new Elements of SolidFire: The SolidFire Community Podcast.

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Elements of SolidFire is a new biweekly podcast presented by SolidFire. Subscribe, participate, and catch up on the first three episodes!

What it is: A biweekly conversation/roundtable/party about all things storage, host to some of the industry’s leading experts and opinion-holders.

What we need: You. This is an opportunity to share your storage knowledge with fellow technologists, ask questions of the expert hosts, or listen in live or after the fact.

We are dispatching a group of SolidFire experts to ask questions at upcoming events — audio roving reporters, if you will — to interview leading figures in the industry and get the hallway track conversations that are so valuable to staying current and engaged.

Here’s how you can join in:
1. Listen live at TalkShoe.
2. Subscribe to Elements of SolidFire on iTunes.
3. Join us as a guest either in person or virtually. Ping me on Twitter to become audio-famous: @CommsNinja (Not on Twitter? Well, that’s a conversation for another day …)

Got ideas for a show topic or guests you’d like to see? Nominate someone in the comments section below!

I look forward to hearing from you.

-amy (@CommsNinja)

p.s. It’s not too late to get in as an Elements podcast ground floor listener! Our first three episodes are ready for you. Have a listen and give us your feedback.

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The hosting biz is easy. Right?

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Not really.

As anyone who has worked at a hosting company knows, its primary business and financial directives are to increase monthly recurring revenue (MRR), reduce churn, and maximize EBITDA. After all, most hosting companies are provided external capital by investors or shareholders who keep a close eye on how their money is being spent and expect a high return on that investment.

Analysis and management of your support organization become a critical part of this profitability equation. Addressing support tickets takes time, and the more tickets a customer submits, the more that customer erodes margin out of their contract. Clearly, keeping your support processes efficient can lower overall operating cost, increase margin, and at the same time improve customer satisfaction and decrease churn.

To do this, it’s imperative to work smarter, not harder. Continue reading »

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Busting flash storage myths: See how these experts did it.

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Sometimes you just have to do it for the people.

We knew going into the Experts Round Table: Flash Mythbusters event that the Spiceworks community was going to be fun to interact with, but we were happily overwhelmed by the attendance, amazing questions, and general excitement.

See what happened when EMC, Nimble Storage, Pure Storage, and SolidFire all sat down together that March 25th morning: Continue reading »

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Percona Live & OpenStack Live: Optimize your database core and maximize your cloud

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Relational databases and cloud deployments: mutually exclusive, right? Not so fast. Cloud-based database workloads are among the top use cases for OpenStack. In fact, MySQL is far and away the most commonly used database in OpenStack deployments.

So it seems a natural fit to combine databases and cloud at this year’s Percona Live/OpenStack Live event in Santa Clara, California. Continue reading »

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Increase cloud and hosting adoption by improving storage?

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Cloud storage adoption barriers – Performance is a bigger barrier than cost or security.

The number of enterprise applications with specific IOPS or other I/O performance requirements is on the rise. In a 451 Research survey, performance requirements for certain applications increased from 52% to 73% in just one year! (1)

This isn’t surprising, because applications continue to evolve and workloads that heavily rely on databases, like big data, e-commerce, and trading applications are becoming more integral to many large and midsized enterprise businesses. Continue reading »

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Next week: Predictable storage performance in CloudStack at ApacheCon & CloudStack Days

Join SolidFire at ApacheCon and CloudStack Days!

Join SolidFire at ApacheCon and CloudStack Days next week to learn how to deliver consistent storage performance in CloudStack.

In just one week, Austin, TX hosts both ApacheCon and CloudStack Days. Have you chosen the sessions you’ll be attending? I have some
suggestions as well as food for thought on delivering predictable storage performance in CloudStack, one of the main barriers keeping
business-critical applications from moving to the cloud.

I’ve been involved in CloudStack development since December 2012, and during that time, I’ve observed a few things:

  1. CloudStack is awesome.
  2. There is a huge need in CloudStack to add support for storage systems that have advanced Quality of Service (QoS) technology, such as SolidFire.

Continue reading »

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Get the most out of your experience at OpenStack Summit Vancouver

 

Attend SolidFire’s sessions at the summit to learn how to best leverage Cinder storage and architect successful OpenStack projects

 

If you’re interested in learning more about utilizing Cinder block storage and how you can architect and scale successful OpenStack projects, don’t miss your chance to reserve a spot in SolidFire's sessions at OpenStack Summit Vancouver.

If you’re interested in learning more about utilizing Cinder block storage and how you can architect and scale successful OpenStack projects, don’t miss your chance to reserve a spot in SolidFire’s sessions at OpenStack Summit Vancouver.

The OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, Canada is 48 days away. That’s 48 days to book your travel, dust off your passport, and plan out which keynotes and sessions you’ll attend to optimize your experience at the Summit.

Adoption of OpenStack is continuing at an impressive pace. In fact, the OpenStack user survey insights from the Paris summit last November showed that production deployments of OpenStack are increasing — up to 46% from 33% in May 2014. Continue reading »

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