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Monday, May 18 • 11:15am - 11:55am
What's Up Swift? The Globally Distributed Community Behind Swift

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OpenStack Swift is one of the founding OpenStack projects and is nowadays used in clusters of all sizes around the globe - with sizes ranging from a few terabytes up to hundreds of petabytes, and installations off the rack as well as highly customized deployments. In the same way Swift itself can be used in various ways, the development community behind Swift is very diverse and spans people and companies from all over the globe, from startup to established enterprise.


This panel brings some of the long-term supporters, contributors and operators together to discuss the current and future work on Swift. Swift has gained exciting new features and seen some profound code changes in the last 18 months, and more are on the way!  We would like to give an insight what we're working on, talk about the users experiences with Swift and where we'd like to see Swift in the near future.

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Alistair Coles

Alistair Coles has worked on Swift for approximately two years and is a senior engineer in HP’s Helion Cloud engineering organisation. Prior to joining HP Helion Cloud, Alistair spent over 25 years with HP Labs, where most recently he worked on virtualised infrastructure management... Read More →
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John Dickinson

Director of Technology at SwiftStack & Swift PTL, SwiftStack
John Dickinson is Director of Technology at SwiftStack. SwiftStack is a technology innovator of private cloud storage for today’s applications, powered by OpenStack Object Storage. John serves as the Project Technical Lead for OpenStack Swift and has been involved in the development... Read More →
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Clay Gerrard

Sr. Software Engineer
Clay Gerrard is a Sr. Software Engineer at SwiftStack. SwiftStack is a technology innovator of private cloud storage for today’s applications, powered by OpenStack Swift. Clay was part of the original development team at Rackspace that created Rackspace Files, which became the Swift... Read More →
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Paul Luse

Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation
Paul is a Principal Engineer and Software Development Lead working the Storage Group at Intel and is primarily focused on Cloud Storage Software. He has been working in storage-related technologies for most of his 20+ year career at Intel. Recently, Paul played a key role in the development... Read More →
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Matthew Oliver

Software Developer, Rackspace, Rackspace
Matthew is a software engineer working at Rackspace Australia, more specifically Rackspace Private Cloud where he primarily works on upstream Openstack. Based in Melbourne, he has been hacking on Swift for about a year. Matthew was the co-founder of the Kororaa Linux distribution... Read More →
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Christian Schwede

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Christian started working on Swift about two years ago and works as a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat. Most of his Swift related work is related to supporting customers running Swift and working on automation, testing and development tools.
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Kota Tsuyuzaki

Software Engineer, NTT
Kota is a Software Engineer at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT). NTT is one of the biggest telecommunication companies which provide cloud services in Japan. Kota has worked on OpenStack Swift for approximately 3 years. Recently, he has worked on global distributed... Read More →

Monday May 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:55am PDT
Room 109

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