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Monitoring Swift With StatsD

A Swift cluster is a complicated beast—a collection of many daemons across many nodes, all working together. With so many “moving parts” it’s important to be able to tell what’s going on inside the cluster. Tracking server-level metrics like CPU utilization, load, memory consumption, disk usage and utilization, etc. is necessary, but not sufficient. We […]

Swift Capacity Management

If you’ve run a storage system, you know there are two ironclad rules of storage: data accumulates and size of new disks increases. In this post, we’re going to examine how an OpenStack Swift cluster operator deals with each of these and how SwiftStack makes them easy to deal with. Rule 1: Data Accumulates Data grows over time. […]

CloudStack Going Apache 2

This morning, Citrix announced that it is releasing its CloudStack cloud virtualization platform under the Apache 2 open source license, and transitioning the product as a project under the Apache foundation. About a year ago, I had the opportunity to work with CloudStack as part of the team that deployed KT’s cloud infrastructure, one of […]

PyCon 2012 Review: My Favorite Talks

PyCon 2012 has come and gone. It was a great conference, and I’m glad I attended. As we mentioned in a previous post, SwiftStack was part of Startup Row, along with some other very intriguing nascent companies. Being on the Row was a useful way to reach out to people, though I wish that more […]

SwiftStack Selected as a Startup Row Winner for PyCon 2012

We’re excited to be selected as a Startup Row winner for PyCon 2012. It’s an honor to be selected from the many python-using startups out there. Check out the other PyCon Startup Row winners as well. Some interesting companies in the mix! Be sure to stop by Startup Row at PyCon on Friday, March 9th in Santa […]

The Inaugural San Francisco Python Hack Night

Last night, the team at SwiftStack hosted the very first San Francisco Python Hack Night. I met some great people and really enjoyed myself as our forty-odd attendees ate, drank, chattered, bickered, and hacked their way through the evening. What an amazing way to get introduced to the Python community! I’m already looking forward to the […]

Video: SwiftStack at OpenStorage Summit

The videos are up! Here is a presentation on OpenStack Swift. Abstract: Private cloud storage with OpenStack Swift Rackspace’s “Swift” was built to run their cloud storage product, CloudFiles. Subsequently, Swift was released into open source as part of the OpenStack project. While Swift is increasingly being utilized to run many large production clusters outside […]

Lessons Learned From First OpenStack Launch @ OpenCloudWeekend

I had the opportunity to share experiences about the first commercial deployment of OpenStack at the OpenCloudWeekend event at the Cloud Center. Take a look!   Many thanks to Dave Nielsen putting on a great event and for recording and uploading the sessions. Also, as part of that event, we were able to run a sessionSwift Install Workshop. […]

TempAuth Users and Administrators

A few questions have come up about TempAuth, Swift’s built-in authentication system; in particular, what the various administrator levels are. This is how it works. In our small lakeside town, Albert runs a small gas station that also sells OpenStack Swift object storage to other local businesses. He has two customers: Bob’s Bait Shack (on […]

An Evening of Swift

Earlier this month, we had great turnout for an OpenStack meetup in the San Francisco bay area focusing on Swift. Many thanks to Dave Neilson who helped organize the event and to Nebula who sponsored food & drinks. In one night we had a 2-hour Swift install training workshop, and had 3 speakers giving their […]

SwiftStack @ OpenCloudWeekend

We had a great time with everyone getting Swift up and running. We’ll be sure to schedule more sessions as there was a lot of interest.

OpenStack Summit: Swift in the Small

It was great to have the opportunity to present at the OpenStack Conference. This time, I got the opportunity to present, ‘Swift in the Small’. Here is the presentation from the talk. We’re looking forward to the next Design Summit / Conference.