We’ve been talking with product management about the RFE process and have agreed that we’ll try out a community-voting process.
First up, we are piloting this idea, hopefully it will work out, but it may also need tweaks as we move forward.
One of the things we’ve been asking for is for a better way for the Spectrum Scale user group community to vote on RFEs. Sure we get people posting to the list, but we’re looking at if we can make it a better/more formal process to support this. Talking with IBM, we also recognise that with a large number of RFEs, it can be difficult for them to track work tasks being completed, but with the community RFEs, there is a commitment to try and track them closely and report back on progress later in the year.
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I’m really pleased to announce that a bunch of us running the Spectrum Scale user group have been announced as IBM Champions! 2018 is the first year that Storage has had IBM champions and it’s great that the five people involved in Spectrum Scale user events around the world have been accepted into the programme for our work with the community in 2017.
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Well that’s it for the user group in 2017! The last event of the year was held as part of Computing Insights UK (CIUK) in Manchester this week. CIUK is a much smaller event that SC or ISC, but its where the user group’s roots are. In fact, the user group on 12th December 2017, was the 7th birthday of the group which held its first meeting (of about 8 people) at MEW (the forerunner of CIUK).
Since then the group has grown, and whilst the CIUK meeting is never as large as the main events, we still had 20-30 attendees.
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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”
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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