Pets vs. Cattle

I was at SUSECon 2015 in Amsterdam a few weeks ago, which, aside from being a great conference, was an opportunity to actually interact with my colleagues in person for a change. So I finally got to meet Adam Spiers after working-ish with-ish him for at least three-ish years (strictly speaking we’re on different-ish teams), and one of the first things he asked was for my take on the Pets vs. Cattle cloud computing metaphor, because in addition to knowing my way around high availability, distributed storage and cloud foo, my wife and I actually do farming which means I might be qualified to have an opinion on the matter.

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Cloud Infrastructure, Distributed Storage and High Availability at LCA 2013

I’m pleased to announce that we will be holding a one day Cloud Infrastructure, Distributed Storage and High Availability mini conference on Monday 28 January 2013 as part of 2013 in Canberra, Australia.

This miniconf is about building reliable infrastructure, from two-node HA failover pairs to multi-thousand-core cloud systems. You might like to think of it as a sequel to the LCA 2012 High Availability and Distributed Storage miniconf (videos here).

Do any of the following describe you?

  • You’re building cloud infrastructure for others to use (openstack, cloudstack, eucalyptus, …)
  • Your data needs to be reliably available everywhere (ceph, glusterfs, drbd, …)
  • Your system absolutely must be up all the time (pacemaker, corosync, …)

If so, this is the miniconf for you! Please consider submitting a presentation at

We’re expecting most talk slots to be 25 minutes (including questions and changeover), but there will be openings for shorter lightning talks and maybe a couple of longer talks. CFP closes on Sunday November 4, 2012. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed out after this date.

Note that there is also an OpenStack-specific miniconf running on Tuesday 29 January. We’re hoping this will give us a pretty awesome two-day LCA 2013 CloudFest. As a rough rule of thumb, more generic or infrastructure-related talks should go to Cloud, Distributed Storage & HA, while deeper OpenStack-specific talks should probably go to the OpenStack miniconf. If in doubt, or if you have any other questions, please contact me directly.