Introducing SSUG::Digital

We’ve gone digital for a series of Spectrum Scale user group talks! As we’ve had to cancel our in-person events, we’ve been working out how we can do digital content in a way that works for the user group. We’ll be running a series of digital webinars along the lines of the talks we’d normally have at SSUG events hosted by the Spectrum Scale user group people.

During the series we’ll be pulling in the types of talks we’d have at our events and we’re sure you’ll see a number of familiar names and faces in our speaker line-up – as well as some new faces too! We’ve been working hard with IBM to work out the format and content of the events and whilst it might take a few goes to get the format right, we’re hopeful it will work out well.

Each of the events will be hosted by a member of the SSUG committee and we’ll have digital Q&A live during the event. We plan to post the videos on our Youtube channel and post the questions and answers on the user group website along with the slide decks. Anything we can’t answer during the talk, we’ll take away and try and get a response from afterwards!

Anyone can join the SSUG::Digital series using the links on each event page. We know it won’t be the same as the in-person events, but we hope you’ll join in and participate in the on-line series. We hope to run a talk every couple of weeks, but the schedule will be driven a little by how well people engage and speaker availability.

You can find details of all our Expert Talks on the SSUG website.

Due to the tooling we’re using, only the presenter and Q&A panel hosts will be able to speak, but we you can ask questions in the live Q&A chat.

Our first SSUG::Digital will take place on Thursday 18th June 2020 at 4pm BST. That’s:

  • San Francisco, USA at 08:00 PDT
  • New York, USA at 11:00 EDT
  • London, United Kingdom at 16:00 BST
  • Frankfurt, Germany at 17:00 CEST
  • Pune, India at 20:30 IST

We appreciate as a global group this timing doesn’t work for everyone, but as a lot of the speakers are based in the US and Europe…! And we will be posting the videos of the talks shortly after each session.

Virtual Events!

We’re currently planning a series of virtual user group talks … we’re currently working up the details of the presentations and how we’ll run the events, but you can be assured that we’re looking for the usual technical content the Spectrum Scale user group is know for …

More details soon!

Cancelled Events!

Unfortunately due to travel restrictions and the cancellation of SCAsia 2020, the SCAsia user group meeting has been cancelled.

The Spring 2020 USA event also has no venue and so currently has been postponed!

We’d really like the user group events to remain free, but we need organisations to offer meeting spaces and sponsors to support the user group events! If you’re able to support a future group event, please get in touch!

2020 events calendar posted!

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The 2020 events calendar has been updated with all the events we currently have planned over the year. Please mark the dates in your diary to “Save the date”. Of course, things might change over the year so please keep checking back!

Event Report – Sydney Spectrum Scale Usergroup October 2019

The annual Australian Usergroup was held just after Technical University (IBM Technical Symposium) on a lovely spring day on the Level 13 floor of IBM Australia North Sydney Offices (with sweeping views over Sydney water.

There were a range of attendees, from private and public organisations and a number of great presentations by request.

The agenda was:

Spectrum Scale Use Cases and Positioning – Christopher D. Maestas – IBM  

Spectrum Scale Customer Talk – University of Queensland

An update on Spectrum Scale (and ESS) world-wide Support: transformation initiatives ; overview of the world-wide Support organization; some policies such as response time targets; some best practices such as log files and use of WebEx for live debug; includes Q&A. – Andrew Giblon – IBM

Spectrum Scale with HPSS  – Atos

Technical talk – Spectrum Scale Erasure Code Edition (ECE, a.k.a MESTOR) – Lin Feng – IBM

  Spectrum Scale – Lessons from the field and tips from Support – Suad Musovich – IBM

Spectrum Scale and BDA update – Lin Feng – IBM

Integrated Spectrum Scale backup, archive and HSM with HPE Data Management Framework (DMF) – HPE

What is new in Spectrum Scale? What is new in ESS? Christopher D. Maestas – IBM

Enabler for Containers V2, and Container Storage Interface(CSI) availability – Dale McCurdy – IBM

Hosting SAP & Oracle unstructured data across 2 data centers with Spectrum Scale and AFM-DR Alexis Giral– SystemEthix

Customer/User Site Reports and Open Discussion

A number of presentations we had explained how Spectrum Scale can be leveraged for this type of workload, plus a few excellent Spectrum Scale best practise and broad view direction presentations plus an excellent number of presentations from IBM China Labs experts on new features and fixes. The user talk by Jake and David from UQ is well worth a read, as is the user case from SystemEthix

All the slide decks have been made available by our kind presenters and are NOT under NDA.

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