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Technology Short Take #25

Welcome to Technology Short Take #25, my irregularly-published collection of links, articles, thoughts, and rants. It’s been a while since my last Technology Short Take (almost three months!); my apologies for that. This is my first time publishing a Technology Short Take with my new filesystem-based approach of managing resources. We’ll see how well it goes

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Some Insight into Open vSwitch Configuration

As you may already know, I’ve been working with Open vSwitch (OVS) for a few weeks now, trying to wrap my head around how this open source project works. One thing that I really struggled with—and still struggle with, to a certain extent—is a lack of user-friendly documentation. While there are a few posts that provide some basic instructions, I haven’t found any good articles that provide a bit more depth and more explanation. Maybe it’s just me, but I like to know why I’m typing certain commands, and how those commands work.

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Calling for the Best Storage Recommendations

The funny thing about technology is that there is rarely one answer that fits all situations. This is the root of the reason behind the all-too-familiar IT answer, “It depends.” Rarely is this challenge more evident than when trying to write a book that is applicable to as broad an audience as possible. The challenge is compounded when the topic of your book is a large, complex suite of software like VMware vSphere.

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SFTS012: Designing a Trusted Cloud with OpenStack

This is session SFTS012, titled “Designing a Trusted Cloud with OpenStack.” It is, unfortunately, my last session of the conference; I’m leaving from here to head to the airport to catch my flight home. The speaker for the session is Vin Sharma, who helps lead open source software strategies at Intel. The focus of this session, as you can tell from the title, is on security and trust (presumably talking about how to leverage Intel TXT with OpenStack).

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IDF 2012 Day 2 Summary and Thoughts

Now that day 2 of Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012 is behind me, here’s a quick summary of the day. Most of today was taken up by meetings; some of these were meetings with various Intel folk to get my feedback on the event, others were meetings that I’m not at liberty to discuss. (Sorry folks!) I did, however, manage to capture a couple of sessions:

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IDF 2012 Day 1 Summary and Thoughts

I just completed day 1 of Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012 in San Francisco. I tried to blog about as much as I possibly could. Here are the links to what I was able to capture during the day:

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CLDS006: Exploring New Xeon E5 Optimizations for 10 Gb Ethernet

This is session CLDS006, “Exploring New Intel Xeon Processor E5 Based Platform Optimizations for 10 Gb Ethernet Network Infrastructures.” That’s a long title! The speakers are Brian Johnson from Intel and Alex Rodriguez with Expedient.

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DATS002: Big Data Meets High Performance Computing

This is session DATS002, titled “Big Data Meets High Performance Computing.” The speakers are John Hengeveld from Intel and Micahel Franklin from UC Berkeley. The title sounds like this might be a marketing session, but I’m hoping that this material will be substantial instead of just fluff.

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CLDS001: ODCA and Usage Models for Cloud Computing

This is session CLDS001, titled “The Open Data Center Alliance and Developing a Usage Model Roadmap for Cloud Computing.” The presenters are Mario Mueller, VP of IT Infrastructure at BMW Group and John Pereira, a marketing director at Intel. Both Mueller and Pereira are also involved with the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA).

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COMS002: Next Generation Cloud Infrastructure with Data Plane Virtualization

This is session COMS002, titled “Next Generation Cloud Infrastructure with Data Plane Virtualization.” The speaker is Edwin Verplanke, a System Architect with Intel.

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