Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM TUESDAY 12/16 ACS Room 123- IP SANs
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users
Group (FRUUG) will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 16.
John Spiers, CTO of local storage company LeftHand Networks, will
talk about his company's IP-based storage and data services
based on the Linux platform.
Deploying shared storage on an IP network offers numerous advantages to
users, including significant cost savings, simplicity due to the
familiarity and existing tool set available with Ethernet, and the
ability to support affordable disaster recovery with no distance
limitations. This presentation covers how the
IP-based Storage Area Network (SAN) solution combines these
advantages of IP-based storage with a robust set of SAN services,
offering users simple yet full-featured shared network storage.
As the Chief Technology Officer and visionary for LeftHand Networks,
John Spiers sets the company's technology direction and oversees its advanced
technology development. He has over 20 years of experience architecting,
developing and implementing software & hardware technology solutions in
the Storage Industry. He has held multiple engineering development, IT
and management positions, starting with the first Winchester Disk Drive
maker MiniScribe Corporation. Prior to founding LeftHand Networks, John
was Director of Engineering at Maxtor Corporation, with responsibility
for New Product Introduction for the Network Systems Group, Disk Drive
Test Engineering and world-wide Factory Information Systems. John holds
a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, Fort
This meeting will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing
Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder. Marine St intersects
Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.
At our last meeting, Joe VanAndel of NCAR reminded
us of all of those annoying problems we've had to manage
with make over the years, and
the complexity that developers face when trying to make
portable software distributions with autoconf/automake.
The solution that Joe has been using in his work
is SCons, a next-generation build tool
based on Python scripts. By using a flexible, extensible
foundation, SCons can easily be extended to handle new
languages (with new ways of recognizing dependencies);
a wide range of methods for storing source
files, including RCS/SCCS, CVS, and even tar and zip;
and new development environments including Visual Studio.
Announcements, presentation slides, and
writeups for past meetings are be available in the FRUUG Meeting Archive.
Some of the meetings we've set up for the future include:
- January 29: Voice over IP in real-life use
- February (tentative): A review of the MacOS X 10.3 (a.k.a. Panther) release
FRUUG Library Merit Badge
holders can sign up for give-away books by visiting the
FRUUG Web site and clicking on the give-away item in the sidebar.
FRUUG merit badge holders are eligible for our frequent
book give-aways, and all you have to do for a lifetime
membership is to review any book from the FRUUG library
and send the review to gaede at fruug.org.
This month we have the Prentice Hall PTR book
Practical Programming in Tcl and Tk, by Brent Welch, Ken Jones,
with Jeffrey Hobbs.
If you're a FRUUG Library Merit Badge holder and would like
to have a copy of this book, please sign up at
Finally, we once again have a
Gift Certificate to SoftPro Books
to give away to a FRUUG member
at the meeting.
We've had to postpone our planned MacOS X (Panther) meeting
a couple of months, but in the mean time, we can offer members
a copy of O'Reilly's Mac Developer Journal premiere issue.
These CDs were handed out at the MacOS X conference this fall.
and O'Reilly & Associates was kind enough to send us a stack
to give away to our members.
Journal is a digital publication geared to Mac developers (especially
new ones) who are using MacOS X's underlying Cocoa and UNIX
in their development. This issue contains articles and
examples on using XCODE, Web Kit, AppleScript, and additional articles
including tips for PowerBook and iBook users, and even one on
hacking your TiVo. You can pick one up at this and
upcoming meetings (as supplies last).
We have one new book in the library this month:
How Secure is Your Wireless Network: Safeguarding Your WiFi LAN,
from Prentice Hall PTR
You may check out books using your business card as your
library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books
are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.
Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to discounts
on your book orders from both New Riders Publishing and O'Reilly &
Associates; refer to the FRUUG Web site for details.