Very, very cool announcement today from SolidFire, Dell and Redhat. Everyone interested in the next generation datacenter should listen to this excellent keynote from a SolidFire’s CEO. They are way, way ahead of the rest of the flash storage crowd. Unlike announcements of some vendors whose native operating systems don’t even support extreme scale-out and quality-of-service and that announce their belated participation in the OpenStack foundation minus virtually any substantial meat – SolidFire delivered a strong announcement – a real-world, pre-tested, pre-validated Dell/Redhat/SolidFire reference architecture for building a flash-based cloud. And they are not new to OpenStack they have been supporting it for some time. Today, SolidFire unleashed a pre-validated, pre-tested reference architecture with two key players – Dell and Redhat. In this talk – two eBay engineers – Subbu Allamaraju (Chief Engineer, Cloud) and John Brogan (Cloud Storage Engineering) discussed with Dave Wright (CEO, SolidFire) the challenges that moved them to look at OpenStack and how eBay is using OpenStack today. It is definitely worthwhile to listen to these knowledgeable eBay engineers provide a meaningful discussion on why OpenStack is important.
Then, Dave Wright discusses the newly created OpenStack cloud reference architecture. You can find the Solidfire Agile Infrastructure (AI) Reference Architecture here :
David goes into some of detail on the reference architecture for a scale-out cloud. Two Dell and Redhat execs also joined David on stage to further discuss the new reference architecture.