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OpenStack Seattle Meetup: Cinder Block Storage, by Mike Perez

Today there are many different storage solutions to choose from. It can be overwhelming from a cloud provider's perspective to offer many options for their users, let alone provide a consistent set of tools with each vendor offering their own interface.

The OpenStack Block Storage project Cinder provides an API to talk to many different vendor solutions, in which other applications or OpenStack programs can talk to.

We'll first examine the difference between file, block and object storage. That'll lead us into having an introduction to Cinder, and an opportunity to review the architecture, vendor driver plugin model, current features, and upcoming features for the IceHouse release.

Mike Perez is a Core developer of the OpenStack Block Storage project Cinder and Senior Software Engineer at DreamHost. His primary responsibilities are contributing Cinder, and managing the storage needs of DreamHost's public cloud DreamCompute. He has written v2 of Cinder's API, and is currently working on v3.

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  • Mike P.

    Hey everyone, thanks again for having me. Here are my slides:

    4 · April 4, 2014

  • Bruno K.

    I particularly liked Mike's overview of how NetApp, HP, Zadara, IBM, EMC, etc. integrated their API’s and driver certifications with Cinder. Backup use cases with Cinder Volumes across the network and Public/Private Cloud trade-offs was very insightful. Great job, Mike!

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Hassan B.

    Excellent Meetup and presentation by Mike! It was also nice to catch a couple of beers after.

    2 · March 28, 2014

  • Henry P.


    March 27, 2014

  • Ryan Von B.

    Thanks again, Mike for the informative presentation. See you in Atlanta!

    March 27, 2014

  • Conrad K.

    Any prospects for Cinder offering performance guarantees along the lines of Provisioned IOPS in Amazon's Elastic Block Store?

    March 19, 2014

    • Mike P.

      That would be completely dependent on your storage backend that cinder is managing. Data still flows through your existing backend to the instance attaching the volume. Cinder is just managing it all. I'll be going over this more in depth in the talk. My slides I'll post later will explain this more too.

      March 26, 2014

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