Traveling up the elevator this morning to our office, a suited gentleman turned to me in my rugby jersey and asked, “I don’t know what’s going on the 50th floor, but I’m f**king jealous.” Walking out of the elevator, I asked myself the same question; what are we doing here?
I strolled into the office looking for all my fellow colleagues, all of who understood the monster task that was ahead. We had one day until launch and there was a lot to get done.
The day passed and we worked hard until the early hours of the morning. Darkness had fallen when we realized it was just the five of us, stranded in a board room, staring at our computers, desperately trying to get Inktank ready for its big launch the following morning.
Through all the tight deadlines and all that had to be done, we suddenly came to a halt. We joked with each other as Mexicali Blues played on a laptop. It hit home for all of us that something special was happening that night. We were an Irishman, a Canadian, a man from Denver, and two Californians sitting in a room and waiting for Inktank to be launched across the wire. We would all remember this night, a night that was made possible by all the contributors of Ceph and, of course, its creator.
So back to the gentleman in the elevator who started my day. What are we doing here? We are a part of something special, we are a part of the Ceph community and, with Ceph, we are surely delivering the future of storage.