I’m happy to report that the first Open HA Cluster Summit last week was a fantastic event.
The summit kicked off with Professor David Cheriton’s keynote address, The Network is the Cluster (pdf link). If the audience took away only one thing from the whole summit, I hope it was the point Cheriton made up-front on the second slide, that everyone needs high availability because the alternative is unpredictability and un-dependability. We all take availability of the computer services we use for granted until those services are not there. Here’s a photo of Professor Cheriton concluding his talk:
As you can see the room was full and the audience attentive (I’m in the front row on the left):
After Dr. Cheriton’s address, we had a discussion featuring panelists from Aster Data Systems, Google, and Sun Microsystems and moderated by Eve Kleinknecht.
One point I took away from the discussion is that high availability isn’t for the 364 days a year that everything works right. It’s for the one day a year when something goes wrong. Here Thorsten Frueauf (left) and I are watching the panel:
The morning session wrapped up with my talk on a minimal and modular HA cluster for OpenSolaris (pdf link). Here I am at the podium:
Lunch featured a nice centerpiece of an OpenSolaris Bible at each table for one lucky winner from that table.
I happily signed the books for all the winners.
The event concluded with a fun “Casino Night”:
First two photos by Thorsten Frueauf. All other photos by Tirthankar Das