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Gerald Pfeifer

Gerald Pfeifer

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About Gerald Pfeifer

Dr. Gerald Pfeifer is the Senior Director of Product Management and Operations at SUSE, responsible for the SUSE Linux Enterprise family of products (Server and Desktop, High Availability, Real Time, Point of Service,...), our OpenStack-based SUSE Cloud infrastructure and management products such as SUSE Manager and SUSE Studio. When not working for SUSE, he still likes to hack and contribute to Free Software and Open Source projects like GCC, openSUSE, FreeBSD or Wine.

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SUSE Goes Distributed Storage

Gerald Pfeifer

November 12, 2013 12:05 pm

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In his SUSECon keynote this morning Nils Brauckmann broke the news: SUSE is entering the distributed storage market. This is something we have been working on for a while. When we launched SUSE Cloud 1.0 in August last year we already included Ceph RADOS as a technology preview. And indeed, tackling distributed storage is a …

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Your Opportunity to Shape SUSE Linux Enterprise 12

Gerald Pfeifer

August 7, 2012 12:59 pm

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SUSE created the first Enterprise Linux distribution in 2000, and in 2014 you’re going to see the sixth generation of SUSE Linux Enterprise. My team and our colleagues across SUSE are already spending a lot of time and energy preparing for the launch of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 – working on requirements, packaging, usability, code, …

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OpenStack It Is!

Gerald Pfeifer

June 29, 2012 11:50 pm

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This week has seen Red Hat Summit in Boston, and one message coming out of that loud and clear is a strong validation of OpenStack as the “Linux of Cloud“. We are excited to see Red Hat follow our direction and join the OpenStack bandwaggon.  As in many other areas our engineers and theirs will …

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The demise of the operating system. Film at 11.

Gerald Pfeifer

March 28, 2011 10:10 am

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A couple of weeks ago a colleague mused whether “hardware will become the roadkill of cloud computing” and came to the following conclusion:

“…Successful cloud service providers must offer state-of-the-art cloud-based services. And that requires state-of-the-art hardware, virtualization and security-processing technologies to handle the demands of increasingly intelligent workloads.”

And I agree. Except that he totally missed one key component, an absolute necessity to deliver a cloud story, a datacenter, or any sort of computing for that matter. Can you tell what that is?

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ext4: Still Not There Yet – And Not Worth It Anyway

Gerald Pfeifer

November 11, 2010 4:38 pm

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When reading Ext4 Within Striking Distance of XFS the other day, I could not help virtually patting Matthias Eckermann, who owns the storage strategy for SUSE Linux Enterprise on my team, and our file system engineers led by Jeff Mahoney on their backs. This is a nice confirmation of us shipping XFS as a supported file system for four …

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From Gerald to Larry: One Down, Solaris to Go

Gerald Pfeifer

August 23, 2010 4:53 pm

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So I hear you are killing OpenSolaris. Admittedly it never was all that successful as an Open Source project, unlike the Linux Kernel, Apache, Firefox, GCC, Samba, and hundreds/thousands of others that make up openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise.

While I guess I can see your logic, I sympathize with those volunteers who had engaged. Luckily, there are communities around other operating systems which are a lot more open than OpenSolaris ever was, and I hope they will find a new home.

Let’s be clear on one thing, though. This is not the end of our quest; Solaris shall be next…

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