May 2017 UK User Group Report

OK, OK, its been a while and I apologise for the delay in getting this written up (sorry Claire!), so many things have got in the way in my real job!

So the UK meeting this year saw a move from London to Manchester, but still saw a strong following of Spectrum Scale UGers attending. First off, lets talk about the elephant, or rather pillar in the room…. yes the conference venue had THE largest concrete pillars in the space … something to do with it once being a 1970’s office block so I’m told. But we managed, and DDN’s Vic even had some fun with laser pointers and the mirrors mounted on the pillars. Continue reading “May 2017 UK User Group Report”

Spectrum Storage Sweden User Group Meeting #6

 The Spectrum Storage Sweden User Group Meeting #6 is an IBM hosted event which includes a track on IBM Spectrum Scale. Here is the report which was sent by Mathias Persson Ölander.

For the 6th time we had the opportunity to host a Spectrum Storage User Group meeting in Sweden. It’s the evolution of the classic Tivoli User Group (Spectrum Protect), now including the full Spectrum Storage portfolio (with a focus on Spectrum Virtualize, Spectrum Control, Spectrum Scale and Spectrum Protect). 150+ attendees joined the meeting at IBM on November 16-17th from all of Sweden, a few guys from Norway and our international speakers from every corner of the world including New Zealand.

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Spectrum Scale Users Group at Supercomputing – November 2016

First off, your feedback, please! If you were at the event, please give us feedback here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSUGSC16 We’ve only heard from 9 attendees so far, and there were a lot more of you there :-).

The slides should be available soon here: http://www.spectrumscale.org/presentations/

Kicking Things Off

This was the second year for a Spectrum Scale Users Group meeting at SC. To start things off Doris Conti welcomed the group and reminded us that the IBMers are here to present, but to also listen to users’ experiences —the good, the bad, (the ugly? 🙂 ) how Spectrum Scale is being used in the field and what should be coming in the product next from the users’ perspective. Doris complimented what she called the heroes of the data centers, the people managing PBs of data short-, if not, single-handedly. The developers then introduced themselves so people could talk to them at the break or during the week. Continue reading “Spectrum Scale Users Group at Supercomputing – November 2016”

Wrap-up of the first Spectrum Scale User Group in Australia – October 2016

Ah wonderful Melbourne, I haven’t been in Melbourne for a few years but it doesn’t seem to change that much, still a nice place to enjoy.

It was quite a long flight from Perth but all went smoothly with the event thanks to efforts by Justin Glen from DDN (sponsoring organisation) and Scott Fadden – IBM (sponsoring organisation).

So after a great catch-up dinner and chat with Scott Fadden and other attendees such as Suda from Mellanox and Justin from DDN, it was off to bed for an early start for check-ins the next morning (fortunately I ran the desk alongside a great coffee or two – Melbourne is definitely the place for coffee).

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Meet the Devs Cloud Workshop @Birmingham, UK

Meet the Devs returned this October with a trip to University of Birmingham (OK, so I didn’t have to travel very far…).

This time, we focussed the day as a workshop on cloud and Spectrum Scale, Dean Hildebrand (IBM Research, Master Inventor, Senior Research Scientist) was in the UK speaking at another event and we were lucky enough to catch him for a meet the devs. We were also joined by John Lewars (IBM, STSM) who flew in pretty much for the day, and also MTD usuals, Ulf Troppens and Dan Kidger.

For those not familiar with Dean, he worked on pNFS, AFM and the OpenStack integration when they were all part of IBM Research. I’ve been lucky enough to know Dean for a couple of years and he was extremely helpful with getting the right contacts when I was developing CLIMB (www.climb.ac.uk) a few years back and using Spectrum Scale as an infrastructure.

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