Dell: Can you give us a little information about yourself?
John Griffith: My name is John Griffith. I’m currently the technical lead for the block storage project in OpenStack, Cinder.
Q: You’re with SolidFire as well?
A: I work for SolidFire. I’m a software engineer and I’m employed full time by SolidFire to contribute to OpenStack.
Q: Imagine the users don’t know what Cinder is and give us an overall view of it means to be the project lead. What’s that role about?
A: To start with Cinder: It’s block storage service inside of OpenStack. The idea is to provision higher performance storage for volumes for example but also for something persistent such as secondary storage attached to your instances. As far as being a Project Technical Lead, it’s about working with different groups, trying to coalesce different ideas that are out there and trying to make sure that we meet schedules and demands.
Q: When it comes to Cinder, do you have an idea of how many different developers and companies are working on that particular piece?
A: This past cycle has been really interesting in that perspective. We’ve had 10 new drivers to the Cinder project for backends, which points to about 10 different companies just in the storage space alone.On top of that, we also have a number of service providers that are involved. And as far as regular active involvement on almost a daily basis is concerned, there’s at least five companies that are there.
Q: I know that you were listed as one of the hot start-ups in Boulder. Tell us a little bit about the company.
A: At SolidFire, we actually built an all-SSD clustered storage appliance designed specifically to meet the demands of block storage in the cloud. Performance is of course a big thing … as well as IOPs based QoS, we give customers such as service providers the ability to deliver SLAs based on QoS. We’re all about changing what you can do in the cloud in terms of block storage.
Q: Thanks John.
A: Thank you.
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