If you’ve been watching the Gluster Community Day Meetup.com page, you’ve noticed lots of activity lately. That’s because we are planning several of these around the world, in addition to a few others we’ve already run this year.
What is a ‘Gluster Community Day?’ It’s a day for in-depth sessions, use cases, demos, and developer content presented by Gluster Community experts representing many layers of today’s cloud and data center infrastructure. A Gluster Community Day is where you learn best practices for deploying, managing and developing with GlusterFS as well as many of the adjunct projects that make up the Gluster Community.
We have several upcoming, and many more that we’re planning. Below is a list of those that we have locked in – check back at gluster.org/meetups/ or meetup.com/Gluster to always see the latest list:
And we’re actively seeking venues in Germany, France, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Bangalore, Chennai and Taipei. If you’d like to submit a venue for consideration, please send it to cfp (at) gluster.org
Would you like to speak at one of the events above? Send a brief note to cfp (at) gluster.org with a title and brief description of what you would like to speak about. Also include your personal bio, including talks you’ve given at other events.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Many thanks to Rackspace for agreeing to host our next Community Day in San Francisco! This day will feature in-depth sessions, use cases, demos, and developer content presented by Gluster Community experts.
This full-day, free Community Day features in-depth sessions, use cases, demos, and developer content presented by Gluster Community experts. This is a chance for developers to hear first-hand what GlusterFS and related open software-defined storage projects in the Gluster Community can accomplish in cloud and virtualized environments.
The sessions include: The State of the Gluster Community; What’s New in GlusterFS 3.4; All About Geo-replication; and Adventures in Cloud Storage: Converged Infrastructure with cloud, GlusterFS and Virtualization. Plus, there will be demos and end user stories from operators deploying GlusterFS in production environments.
Please join us on August 27 at Rackspace’s San Francisco office at 620 Folsom St., Ste. 100. Please RSVP at our meetup.com page. See you there!
We have an amazing community day scheduled in Portland, OR, on July 23. If you’re in town for OSCON, swing by – we’ll be at the Mission Theater, which is close to the MAX for easy access.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
- Theron Conrey will talk about the integration points between OpenStack and GlusterFS
- John Dickinson of OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) and Swiftstack fame will be talking about… Swift!
- Leslie Hawthorn, international community manager extraordinaire, will be discussing Best Collaboration Practices for FOSS projects
- Gluster hero Joe Julian will talk about automating GlusterFS deployments with Puppet
- David Nalley from Citrix and Apache CloudStack will talk about using GlusterFS with CloudStack
- Wesley Duffee-Braun will talk about using GlusterFS from a sysadmin’s perspective
- Eco Willson will talk about all the different ways to access data on Gluster volumes
- Last, but not least, I’ll talk about the state of the Gluster community, the imminent release of GlusterFS 3.4, and the Gluster Forge
If you’re interested in OpenStack, CloudStack, Hadoop, and how they intersect with GlusterFS, this will be a great day for learning.
We will serve lunch and end the day with a happy hour at 4pm. Come on by!
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I wanted to take a moment and share all the things that are going on in the Gluster Community. It really has been an amazing year, and we’re only halfway through. Here’s a recap for those of you watching from home:
- Launched the Gluster Community Forge in early May – http://forge.gluster.org/
- as of now, there are over 20 incubating projects on the Forge, 100 developers and over 1,000 commits to git repositories on the site.
- future plans include upgrading to gitorious 3, adding integrated bug tracking capability and merging with the global look-and-feel under development for gluster.org
As we looked at the growth of the Gluster Community over the last year, it became clear that the community has evolved to be more than Red Hat, and that we needed a governance model that recognized this growth. For example, there are countless projects scattered across the internet that utilize GlusterFS, but there was no “one-stop shop” to find them. We also knew there are many organizations that contribute to the success of the Gluster Community, but there was no way to formalize their involvement. And finally, we understood that this movement of which we are a part, the movement away from traditional, proprietary storage vendors, needed a name: Open Software-defined Storage.
In response, we have plotted out a series of steps to make the Gluster Community vision grander, more ubiquitous, and more integral to open source cloud and big data communities than ever before. Here are just some of the things that you can expect to see:
- Graduation of incubating projects. Leading candidates thus far include gluster-swift, pmux and gflocator. The former cements our standing in the OpenStack object storage camp, and the latter two form a very interesting project that allows users to conduct file-based Map/Reduce jobs on distributed Gluster volumes.
- GlusterFS 3.4 – we are very very close to GA. Hang tight This is the release that includes QEMU integration and libgfapi, a new client library for developers
- Much better performance for the vast majority of workloads. This will become more apparent when you try the imminent releases of 3.3.2 or 3.4.0.
- Gluster Community Software Distribution. As the Gluster Community forms a software ecosystem around GlusterFS, we will formalize a timely release schedule that allows multiple projects to participate.
- Higher frequency of point releases. This has been a big deal the past year. We have worked hard to fix this, and you’ll notice it very shortly.
- More and better integration with multiple projects that make up OpenStack, CloudStack and Hadoop distributions
- New Gluster.org site with complete redesign from the ground up and new branding
- More Gluster Community Workshops, including at OSCON, LinuxCon North America & Europe, Stockholm, London and more. If you would like to run a Gluster Community Workshop in your area, contact us – email@example.com
- More presence at OpenStack Summit , Hadoop Summit, Apache CloudStack Collaboration Conference and other related events. Gluster engineers will be more visible than ever at open source cloud and big data events
These steps are essential for building on our momentum and making a successful community that will, in turn, make all participants and collaborators more successful.
Want to be part of a winning team? Get involved – host a meetup, present at a workshop or conference, help out new users on gluster-users
We’re deeply committed to making the Gluster community a wide tent for innovation in cloud storage, and we want to know how we can serve you in this mission. Let us know what you’d like to see from us and how we can best meet your needs:
UPDATE: We’re extending testing until 00:00 UTC on Tuesday, June 25. We want to give everyone a chance to get their RDMA clusters set up.
It’s that time again – we want to test the GlusterFS 3.4 beta before we unleash it on the world. Like our last test fest, we want you to put the latest GlusterFS beta through real-world usage scenarios that will show you how it compares to previous releases.
This time around, we want to focus this round of testing on Infiniband and RDMA hardware.
For a description of how to do this, see the GlusterFest page on the community wiki. Run the tests, report the results, and report any bugs you found as a result.
As an added bonus, use the gluster-users mailing list as another outlet for your testing. After reporting the results on the GlusterFest page, report them on the list, too, and other users can confirm – or counter – your results.
Find a new bug that is confirmed by the Gluster QE team, and I’ll send you a free t-shirt (see image below).
Testing is underway now, and wraps up at 00:00 UTC on Saturday, June 22 (aka 5pm PT/8pm ET on Friday, June 21).