Building a Cloud with Erlang and SmartOS - How Hard Could it Possibly Be?

Heinz Gies
Cloud Sheperd

Project FiFo has been around for two years now and grown from a for fun project to run my hobby server to powering private systems installation in multiple universities and last but not least multiple datacenters for the Lucera public cloud.

Between the start and today FiFo has become a rather complex distributed system and it was not always a smooth ride to get here. This talk will go over the biggest issues and failures and what I have learned from them.


Talk objectives:

Sharing some of the issues throughout FiFo's history, giving an idea how they were solved and what I learned form it. Also if possible giving everyone a good laugh and my stupidity.

Target audience:

People interested in distributed systems, failure stories, how 'clouds' are build and/or SmartOS.


Heinz started his career in the Telco industry. Ending up as a Senior Engineer for Nokia Siemens Networks before venturing on it’s own. With a love for interesting technologies like Solaris or Erlang he started to make a living out of that passion. Now he works as a freelancer building and supporting the Project-FiFo cloud orchestration suite.

GitHub: Licenser

Twitter: @heinz_gies

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