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  • Dell TechCenter

    Lunchtime Live Demo #2: Zadara Storage 06-04-2013 at 1.00 – 1.45 pm EDT (UTC-4 hrs)

    Please join our second Lunchtime Live Demo June 4th at 1.00 – 1.45 pm EDT (UTC-4 hrs). With that series, we want to introduce you to innovative (startup) companies that provide exciting solutions for the cloud (consider this a community service for the broader cloud community). Expect no marketing talk – just  a quick glance under the hood and an opportunity to chat with those guys who built the product.

    If you are not able to attend, watch out for the wrap up blog post which we will publish a few days after the demo. Also, if you have any questions prior to the chat or suggestions, feel free to reach out to me via email (see below). We love to iterate and get better with every iteration!

    About Zadara Storage

    Zadara Storage provides a Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA™) - an iSCSI/NFS storage array in the Cloud, connected to a customer's Cloud servers. Each VPSA has dual controllers (HA), dedicated drives and offers free choice of SSD, SAS or SATA drives. The VPSA can be managed in the same way as a SAN or NAS array in a datacenter.


    • Introduction to Zadara Storage (10 min)
    • Live Demo (20 min)
      • Creation of VPSA
      • Create RAID, VOL, and assign to servers
      • Show growth on the fly
      • Monitoring
      • All on MS Server
      • Q&A (15 min)

    Our Presenters

    Doug Jury, VP Cloud Sales at Zadara Storage

    Vladimir Popovski, VP Cloud Operations at Zadara Storage

    In order to attend the chat, go to No registration is required. If you have any questions prior to the chat, please contact Looking forward to see you there!

  • Dell TechCenter

    OpenStack Day CEE (Central & Eastern Europe): Recap and Video Interviews

    I just came back from the OpenStack Day CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) in Budapest (Hungary) and all I can say is: the event was an incredible success. Although it was the first OpenStack gathering targeted at the CEE region, almost 250 people from 10 countries joined. My (subjective) key takeaways:

    • CERN (with datecenters in Switzerland and Hungary) is leading the game as the largest and most advanced OpenStack user in the region. Their ambitious plan for OpenStack is to ramp 15,000 hypervisors with 100,000 virtual machines by 2015.
    • There are opportunities to do business in that region (read: provide trainings, deploy OpenStack etc.) and most companies and organizations I spoke with are at a very early stage of contemplating to utilize OpenStack.
    • Most impressive to me was see how boldly CEE based companies seize opportunities globally: such as CloudBase Solutions – headquatered in Italy and with branches in Romania, helping companies to integrate their Microsoft environments with OpenStack. Most of their customers are based in the US and in Asia. It's a good example that country borders do not matter anymore, as well as the size and localization of the country you run your business from.
    • Key OpenStack backers such as Red Hat, Canonical, VMware definitely have the CEE region on their radar and they are super supportive. If you are contemplating to start an OpenStack User Group for example, they will surely support you with resources and contacts (by the way: running an OpenStack User Group is the best way to join forces with other OpenStackers, grow your local community and rock the world).

    You can view the recorded sessions here – you can find both high level presentations of OpenStack as well as technical deep dives into OpenStack deployment, management, storage and networking. Also, if you are interested in an OpenStack Bootcamp: register for a 3 day course in Lubljana, Slovenia (11th – 13th June 2013).

    I will do interviews with Márton Kiss and Gergely Szalay shortly who organized the OpenStack Day CEE. Watch out for those interviews at Dell TechCenter. In the meantime, please find below some short interviews I did during the event:

    Tim Bell, CERN

    [to be published soon]

    Alessandro Pilotti, CloudBase Solutions