Cloud-Native Storage: Cloud Foundry Volume Services, with Julian Hjortshoj (Ep. 67)

May 31, 2017 Michael Coté

File systems are seemingly inescapable, if not just for "legacy" applications, perhaps just because they fit the requirements. The cloud-native world at first eschews "local storage," but the need to continue using that metaphor persists. Plus, in many existing, so called "legacy" systems, you have to work with both new types of storage and good, old fashioned filesystems, even NFS!

In this episode, Coté talks with DellEMC's Julian Hjortshoj who works on Cloud Foundry Volume Services about his (and Paul Warren)'s talk at CF Summit on this topic. We first cover the basics of what's needed, how it works from the perspective of a user (i.e., an application developer) and how it's all handled behind the scenes, all the way back to the actual storage systems. At the end of the day, Volume Services gives your applications access to a good old fashioned filesystem. As Julian puts it, "Any state it's got, it's sticking in a place. And in this case, with Volume Services, the place is a disk. It's files in a file-system rather than rows in a database."

If you're interested in that, be sure to come to the CF Summit,  June 13-15, 2017. You can get 20% off registration with the code cfsv17cote.

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Michael Coté

Coté works in technical marketing for Pivotal Cloud Foundry®. See @cote for more.

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