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Past, Present and Future of Fibre Channel in OpenStack
Kurt Martin Cloud Software Engineer
Walter A. Boring IV Software Engineer at Hewlett-Packard
Xing Yang Consultant Technologist, Office of the Global CTO at EMC
Sean McGinnis Sr. Principal Software Engineer
John Griffith TC, OpenStack Block Storage Core Member
Jay Bryant Cinder Subject Matter Expert for IBM
Richard Hedlind Software Engineer at X-IO
Fibre Channel support is one of OpenStack's better kept secrets. Have you ever wonder why Fibre Channel attached storage was added to OpenStack? Fibre Channel support was introduced in the Grizzly release by a working group of multiple vendors. Since then, more and more vendors have added Fibre Channel support in their Cinder volume drivers. Understand how competing companies work together to provide a common solution that works for the community. What did we have to do to enable Fibre Channel in OpenStack? Let’s take a look into the history, current status and future plans of Fibre Channel in OpenStack.
Kurt Martin is a software developer for Hewlett-Packard Storage Division. He has been involved with OpenStack since the Grizzly release, focusing on the Block Storage project and was one of the driving forces and co-developers of Fibre Channel attached storage in OpenStack.
Walt is a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard currently working in the Management and Solutions Development Unit focusing on storage systems enablement. He has been working at Hewlett-Packard since 2007. Since 2012, he has been working on OpenStack for HP enabling several of HP’s storage systems. He became a core member of the OpenStack Cinder team in 2013 after co-authoring the Fibre Channel protocol support in OpenStack’s Nova and Cinder projects. He codeveloped the 3PAR iSCSI and FibreChannel drivers for OpenStack Cinder as well as helped develop the Cinder Fibre Channel Zone Manager.
Xing is a consultant technologist from the Office of the Global CTO at EMC. She has expertise in storage, data protection, disaster recovery, cloud and virtualization technologies. Xing has been an OpenStack contributor since the Grizzly release and is a core member in Cinder and Manila.
Sean McGinnis is a software architect and project lead with the Dell Storage group. He focuses on enabling integration of Dell Storage capabilities with external systems to streamline the ease of use and availability of the various Dell storage offerings to meet application needs.
John Griffith is a Senior Software Engineer at SolidFire, where his primary responsibility is driving the OpenStack Cinder Block Storage Project. John is an open source expert serving as the project team lead for Cinder. He leads the team to provide first-class SolidFire product functionality and Quality of Service integration within OpenStack. John is also responsible for the development of a true Quality of Service storage appliance designed and built for the cloud.
He has significant software engineering experience, most recently serving as lead software engineer at HP. During his tenure, John focused on building large scale fibre channel SANS to continuously test and develop storage and lead the development on a Unified Storage API.
John holds a bachelor’s degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Jay has been a Software Developer at IBM since 2001. Jay's focus has been on test and development of Linux for virtual, high performance and clustered environments. Since early 2013 Jay has been working in IBM Systems & Technology Group, Software Defined Systems, OpenStack Development department as the Cinder Subject Matter Expert (SME). As Cinder SME Jay became a Core Cinder member and acts as the primary point of contact between IBM's OpenStack storage driver developers and the OpenStack community.
Richard is a software engineer at X-IO technologies, working on the ISE storage product line. He is the main developer for X-IOs Cinder volume driver, implementing both iSCSI and Fibre Channel support. He has been involved with OpenStack since January of 2014.