Jul
31
2019
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Amazon acquires flash-based cloud storage startup E8 Storage

Amazon has acquired Israeli storage tech startup E8 Storage, as first reported by Reuters, CNBC and Globes and confirmed by TechCrunch. The acquisition will bring the team and technology from E8 in to Amazon’s existing Amazon Web Services center in Tel Aviv, per reports.

E8 Storage’s particular focus was on building storage hardware that employs flash-based memory to deliver faster performance than competing offerings, according to its own claims. How exactly AWS intends to use the company’s talent or assets isn’t yet known, but it clearly lines up with their primary business.

AWS acquisitions this year include TSO Logic, a Vancouver-based startup that optimizes data center workload operating efficiency, and Israel-based CloudEndure, which provides data recovery services in the event of a disaster.

May
30
2019
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The Slack origin story

Let’s rewind a decade. It’s 2009. Vancouver, Canada.

Stewart Butterfield, known already for his part in building Flickr, a photo-sharing service acquired by Yahoo in 2005, decided to try his hand — again — at building a game. Flickr had been a failed attempt at a game called Game Neverending followed by a big pivot. This time, Butterfield would make it work.

To make his dreams a reality, he joined forces with Flickr’s original chief software architect Cal Henderson, as well as former Flickr employees Eric Costello and Serguei Mourachov, who like himself, had served some time at Yahoo after the acquisition. Together, they would build Tiny Speck, the company behind an artful, non-combat massively multiplayer online game.

Years later, Butterfield would pull off a pivot more massive than his last. Slack, born from the ashes of his fantastical game, would lead a shift toward online productivity tools that fundamentally change the way people work.

Glitch is born

In mid-2009, former TechCrunch reporter-turned-venture-capitalist M.G. Siegler wrote one of the first stories on Butterfield’s mysterious startup plans.

“So what is Tiny Speck all about?” Siegler wrote. “That is still not entirely clear. The word on the street has been that it’s some kind of new social gaming endeavor, but all they’ll say on the site is ‘we are working on something huge and fun and we need help.’”

Siegler would go on to invest in Slack as a general partner at GV, the venture capital arm of Alphabet .

“Clearly this is a creative project,” Siegler added. “It almost sounds like they’re making an animated movie. As awesome as that would be, with people like Henderson on board, you can bet there’s impressive engineering going on to turn this all into a game of some sort (if that is in fact what this is all about).”

After months of speculation, Tiny Speck unveiled its project: Glitch, an online game set inside the brains of 11 giants. It would be free with in-game purchases available and eventually, a paid subscription for power users.

Feb
18
2015
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Percona submits 7 talks for Vancouver OpenStack Summit (voting ends Feb. 23)

Percona has submitted seven talks for the next OpenStack Summit in Vancouver this May. And as with all OpenStack Summit events, the community decides the content. Voting ends February 23, and if you aren’t already an OpenStack Foundation member (required to vote), you can join now for free here.

Percona’s Vancouver OpenStack Summit proposals

Vancouver OpenStack Summit, photo from https://www.flickr.com/photos/73230975@N03Percona’s proposals include collaborations with top contributors across a variety of OpenStack services including Trove and Swift. You can vote for our talks by clicking the titles below that interest you.

MySQL and OpenStack Deep Dive
Speakers: Peter Boros, Jay Pipes (Mirantis)

Deep Dive into MySQL Replication with OpenStack Trove, and Kilo
Speakers: George Lorch, Amrith Kumar (Tesora)

MySQL on Ceph Storage: Exploring Design, Challenges and Benefits
Speakers: Yves Trudeau, Kyle Bader (Red Hat)

Core Services MySQL Database Backup & Recovery to Swift
Speakers: Kenny Gryp, Chris Nelson (SwiftStack)

Smart MySQL Log Management with Swift
Speakers: Matt Griffin, Chris Nelson (SwiftStack)

Discovering Better Database Architectures For Core Services In OpenStack
Speakers: Kenny Gryp, Matt Griffin

Upgrading your OpenStack Core Services On The Database Side: Nova, Neutron, Cinder…
Speakers: Kenny Gryp, Matt Griffin

Other interesting proposals

Here are a few proposals from other organizations that look particularly interesting. Please consider them as well.

Exploration into OpenStack Trove, customer use cases, and the future of Trove for the community
Speakers: Amrith Kumar (Tesora), Brad Topol (IBM), Mariam John (IBM)

The Entrepreneur’s Challenge: The Realities of Starting an OpenStack Company
Speakers: Simon Anderson (Dreamhost, Inktank), Ken Rugg (Tesora), Josh McKenty (Pivotal, Piston Cloud), Jesse Proudman (BlueBox), Joe Arnold (SwiftStack)

Making a Case for Your OpenStack Deployment: How Vendor’s Can Help
Speaker: Ryan Floyd (Storm Ventures)

Real World Experiences with Upgrading OpenStack at Time Warner Cable
Speakers: Clayton ONeill (Time Warner Cable), Matt Fischer (Time Warner Cable)

Percona & OpenStack

According to the most recent OpenStack User Survey in November 2014, Percona’s database software is a popular choice for OpenStack operators needing high availability.

OpenStack November 2014 User Survey  - Database Options

OpenStack User Survey results from November 2014 shows Percona XtraDB Cluster as the top Galera-based choice for production clouds.

Percona XtraDB Cluster, the top Galera-based MySQL cluster solution for production OpenStack deployments, incorporates the latest version of MySQL 5.6, Percona Server 5.6, Percona XtraBackup, and Galera. This combination delivers top performance, high availability, and critical security coverage with the latest features and fixes. Additionally, Percona Server is a popular guest database option with unique features designed for cloud operators offering DBaaS.

In addition to sharing our open source software with the OpenStack community, Percona is sharing our expertise in services like Trove, projects like the HA Guide update, extensive benchmark testing activities, and upcoming events like OpenStack Live 2015. The inaugural OpenStack Live Conference, April 13-14 in Santa Clara, California, will be a user-focused event. The program will cover database-related on topics like Trove as well as other OpenStack services and feature multiple 3-hour hands-on tutorials.

Percona is a proud supporter of OpenStack and we hope to see you in both Santa Clara in April and Vancouver in May. And in the meantime, don’t forget to vote!

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