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OpenStack Swift: How Many Rings to Rule Them All?

I’ve already talked about one of OpenStack’s core building blocks, Cinder, which is OpenStack’s block based storage feature.  Now, I want to take a closer look at Swift, OpenStack’s object based storage project, and another key component to an OpenStack deployment. Swift enables the storage and retrieval of data by using a simple API.  It …

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Abstract Thoughts on Abstraction: OpenStack and Hypervisors

We keep hearing about OpenStack, but what exactly are we talking about?  It’s not an apples to apples comparison to anything else in technology which can make it difficult to understand for some.  OpenStack is one of those sort of nebulous (see what I did there?) things many people know about, but not everyone may understand.  Or people …

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Who Updated the Docs? OpenStack and CI/CD

When we talk about OpenStack, there is a lot of focus on the Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) methodology it uses to achieve its rapid release schedule of two releases a year.  Think about that for a moment, a network of thousands of developers working together to release an operating system that runs clouds.  Clouds that …

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Manilla Charms the Enterprise Flotilla

OpenStack was created to provide a complete, open source cloud operating system.  In addition to being community driven, OpenStack aims to be simple.  By providing an easy to use dashboard and user interface (in addition to command line tools and RESTful APIs), OpenStack empowers the end users to use the cloud resources as they see …

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Clustered Data ONTAP, Laying a Foundation for a Virtual Data Center

As I’m sure many of you know, I work for NetApp as a Systems Engineer.  Before I worked for NetApp, I was a  NetApp customer, but not in the way you may be thinking.  You see, I wasn’t a storage engineer, I was a virtualization engineer.  About half of my environment had a NetApp storage …

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