Greg Elkinbard
Greg Elkinbard has over 2 decades of experience in platform and cloud engineering, working on creating breakthrough technology for cloud and high performance computing arena.  As Senior Technical Director at Mirantis, he is responsible for building on demand IaaS and PaaS layers for public and private clouds at marquee Fortune 1000 and late stage venture-funded customers.

Building out
Storage as a Service
with OpenStack Cloud

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(originally presented Wednesday 12 Dec 2012)

It’s on: cheaper hardware and smarter software have everyone looking for new and flexible ways to improve utilization, cost effectiveness, and reliability of data storage. Cloud is on the short list. Do you know what your options are?

With emerging Storage as a Service (STaaS) options using OpenStack cloud and other open source storage platforms, better scalability and accelerated deployment are in reach. In fact, for key use cases, OpenStack cloud and open source can make STaaS an interesting alternative to traditional storage systems, often at dramatically lower cost.

Hear Greg Elkinbard, Senior Technical Director at Mirantis, present a pragmatic technical review of the state of the art for Open Source and OpenStack storage, including:

  • Overview of cloud storage use cases:
    ephemeral vs. persistent, local vs. shared, block, file, and object storage
  • Storage implementations:
    OpenStack Swift vs. OpenStack Cinder, and choosing a back-end platform
  • Open source storage platforms survey:
    Ceph, Swift, Lustre, and Gluster
  • Building Storage-as-a-Service:
    use cases and implementation tradeoffs that deliver High Availability

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