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Is your storage vendor costing you more than you think?

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Advances in automation technology are rapidly changing how the cloud is being delivered to and consumed by enterprises looking to turn IT into a strategic business enabler. However, one of the most expensive challenges cloud and hosting providers face is the slow rate of innovation in storage compared with the other components that make up cloud infrastructure (compute and network).

It used to be that the network components were the bane of every cloud and hosting platform architect’s and administrator’s existence … but not any more. Continue reading »

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Time to choose: Vote for what you want to learn at VMworld

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Want to be part of getting the SolidFire message out to the VMware community? We have submitted 15 abstracts for speaking sessions at VMworld 2015, and it is now in the hands of the people to determine who gets in. That is where you come in.

Take a couple of minutes to visit the VMworld Voting Page, sign in or create an account, and help push the SolidFire sessions across the finish line. We want SolidFire to be represented across every session track. Continue reading »

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Baron Schwartz and Voices from Percona and OpenStack Live – Elements of SolidFire, Ep. 5

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Baron Schwartz, Founder and CEO, VividCortex, is featured in the Elements of SolidFire podcast this week. Listen to his insightful segment!

This week on the podcast …

It’s Part 2 of our series from Percona and OpenStack Live, co-hosted by Kelly Boeckman and Chris Merz. Our roving reporters asked attendees a few questions: Continue reading »

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Got your game plan for OpenStack Summit Vancouver?

OpenStackSummitVancouverSession-thumbThe OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, Canada is now just seven days away. Hopefully you had had a chance to look over SolidFire’s sessions at the Summit and have planned your schedule accordingly.

But sessions are just the tip of the iceberg! There are many ways to catch SolidFire at the Summit and discover what’s possible with your cloud when storage works for you, not against you. Continue reading »

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Voices from Percona and OpenStack Live – Elements of SolidFire, Ep. 4

Chris Merz and Kelly Boeckman ask intriguing questions of the tech community at Percona and OpenStack Live in Episode 4 of the Elements of SolidFire podcast. Listen now!

Chris Merz and Kelly Boeckman ask intriguing questions of the tech community at Percona and OpenStack Live in Episode 4 of the Elements of SolidFire podcast. Listen now!

Welcome back to Episode 4 of the Elements of SolidFire Community Podcast!

This week features an exciting episode co-hosted by our very own Kelly Boeckman and Chris Merz. Our roving reporters hit the proverbial street at Percona and OpenStack Live with their trusty digital recorder (pro tip: if you travel through an airport with one of these, let them know in advance it’s not a taser), to ask you, the tech community, a few questions:

What would you do if storage weren’t a barrier? Continue reading »

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Guidelines for a productive OpenStack Design Summit experience

How to make your 2015 OpenStack Design Summit productive

We brought together a group of OpenStack developers and architects at SolidFire to harness our collective experience in the community. Check out what the team came up with to make your 2015 OpenStack Design Summit productive.

So you have been tasked with figuring out this OpenStack thing and how you can leverage it in your IT department to deliver greater efficiency, automation, and agility to the business. To dive in and start learning, you sign up to attend the upcoming OpenStack Design Summit in Vancouver. However, because you’re an outsider to a community as large and fast-moving as OpenStack, it’s a daunting task to determine where to start. Continue reading »

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Top things to do at Citrix Synergy 2015

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It’s the beginning of May and that means event season is upon us! SolidFire is super excited to be kicking off the events circuit this year at Citrix Synergy in Orlando.

What: Citrix Synergy
When: May 12 – 14, 2015
Where: Orange County Convention Center, Booth 306
Virtual: #CitrixSynergy, follow along @SolidFire

I’m looking forward to meeting a fresh lot of faces and having great conversations about how IT can be enabled to do more with less, and keep their sanity while doing it. Continue reading »

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Tech industry internet fame awaits: Lights, whiteboards, podcasts!

Find Amy and her microphone for your 15 minutes of storage industry fame at one or all upcoming tech events!

It’s tech conference season! If you see this person, run. Or, find Amy and her microphone for your 15 minutes of fame at one or all upcoming tech events!

It’s that time of year again. May means spring … and the official beginning of tech conference season. What better way to celebrate than by publicly talking about your favorite subject and mine: Technology.

Yes, it is time to talk technology, and we want to hear from you. There are a couple different ways to get your face, voice, and most importantly your thoughts, out there. Continue reading »

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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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