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SODA Foundation at Open Source India 2021


Platinum Sponsor


Event Report

The mission of Open Source India (OSI) is simple—to accelerate development and deployment of open source in India, and beyond.

The annual two-day OSI conference has grown into one of Asia’s largest events on open source. It features keynotes, tech talks, workshops, expo booths, Startup Zone, Community Zone, networking lunch, and discussions. Every year the conference attracts 2,000+ delegates, 100+ speakers, 50+ companies, and 8 tracks with 20 workshops and co-located events.


SODA Foundation was one of the two Platinum Sponsors of OSI 2021.

SODA Foundation at OSI 2021

SODA Foundation, a Platinum Sponsor of OSI 2021, participated on both days of the conference. We had the highest participation for any of our online events so far! We were excited to see 326 participants in our SODA Forum, a 3-hour SODA-dedicated mini summit consisting of a keynote and technical talks. Our virtual showcase booth attracted 300+ visitors.

Technical experts, contributors, and supporters from various organizations joined the SODA sessions: SODA, NTT, Yahoo! JAPAN, Microsoft, Huawei, Click2Cloud, MayaData, Wipro, IBM, universities and more. Once again, we witnessed the strength of a growing SODA India Community.


8 October, 2021
11:45-12:30 IST

Topic: Building A Data and Storage Ecosystem


Presented By

● Steven Tan, SODA Board Chair, VP & CTO Cloud Solutions, Futurewei
● Sanil Kumar D. Chief Architect, TOC, Chief Architect, TOC, Arch Lead, Huawei / SODA Foundation


With input from

● Srikumar Rao, Global Delivery Head, ER&D Services, Wipro
● Kiran Mova, Chief Architect, Co-founder, MayaData, TOC, SODA Foundation
● Pradip Kumar Das, Senior Vice President- Engineering, Head of Cloud & AI R&D, Huawei Technologies India


In the keynote, Steven introduced SODA Foundation and its mission in open data and storage management, touching on the foundation’s vision, roadmap, End User Advisory Committee, Incubator, POC methodology, SODA global committees, and SODA Academy.


Sanil outlined how consolidation and collaboration for data autonomy can be achieved through SODA vendor-agnostic One Data Framework, and presented use cases and incubated+eco projects such as DAOS, YIG, LinStor, Zenko, OpenEBS, and CORTX.


Three SODA Foundation Partners provided their perspectives on how SODA Foundation has helped their organizations: Srikumar Rao, Global Delivery Head, ER&D Services, Wipro; Kiran Mova, Chief Architect, Co-founder, MayaData; and Pradip Kumar Das, Senior Vice President – Engineering, Head of Cloud & AI R&D, Huawei Technologies India.


Key takeaways:

● Use SODA Open Data Framework to unify data management & connect storage in Kubernetes, OpenStack, and Vmware environments
● Leverage SODA incubator and eco projects together with ODF to build end to end solutions
● Contribute to SODA as a developer or/and ambassador
● Join SODA as a corporate member to drive and support the foundation and projects
Steven closed the keynote with an invitation to developers, projects, and sponsors to participate in SODACODE 2022 that will take place virtually in Q1.

SODA Forum: Container Data Management – Today & Tomorrow!

7 presentations, panel discussion, and Kalpeni demo


SODA Forum @ OSI 2021

8 October, 2021

14:45 – 17:45 IST


SODA Forum @ OSI Days 2021, by SODA Foundation, is a technical mini summit that brings together industry leaders, developers, and end-users to collaborate and share projects, innovation, and best practices for data management and storage in the era of cloud native, IoT, big data, machine learning, and more.


Topic: Trend and State of Container Data Management


Presented By

  • Kiran Mova, TOC, Chief Architect, SODA Foundation / MayaData
  • Sanil Kumar D, Chief Architect, TOC, ArchWG Lead, SODA Foundation / Huawei Technologies India Pvt Ltd

Sanil shared insights from the recent SODA Data and Storage Survey 2021 and highlighted the solutions trending in the growing container landscape. Touching on the cloud native stack and cloud native storage projects, Sanil spoke about how to achieve unity in data and storage management with a single open framework, SODA Open Data Framework, across the Core, Cloud And Edge. A use case covering hybrid demands (Services for Connected Car Platform) was presented.


Kiran talked about the SODA CDM (Container Data Management), how to augment Kubernetes (or COE) capabilities for heterogeneous and hybrid container data management, Data Protection PoC, CSI Plug and Play, as well as upcoming CDM features with SODA CSI Enhance and Data Protection (Snapshot, Backup, Recovery) Enhance.



Topic: Customer Scenarios for Container Data Management


Presented by:

  • Lin Xu, Architect, Huawei Technologies, Maintainer, SODA Foundation
  • Kei Kusunoki, Storage Engineer, NTT Communications; SODA TOC Co-chair

Kei gave an overview of the K8s environment before detailing his journey in storage management, on-prem K8s cluster in dev, the provisioning and management, Closed Beta, Beta, and GA. Lin touched on cluster upgrades, inelastic storage infrastructure, and multi cluster support among onprem/cloud.


Panel Discussion – CDM Needs and Challenges



  • Yusuf Yildiz, (Member, SODA TOC / Solutions Architect, LinBit)
  • Pradip Kumar Das (Senior Vice President Of Engineering – Cloud & AI R&D at Huawei Technologies India)
  • Jean-François Marie (Senior Technical Account Manager, Pure Storage)
  • Moderator: Ashit Kumar (SODA Project Maintainer, SODA India OC, Architect, Huawei Technologies India)

Industry data management experts from LinBit, Huawei, and Pure Storage shared their views on how to embrace and ramp up with new technologies in data and storage management, how vendors are addressing challenges in key technologies despite the fluidity and dynamism in these technologies, and the impact that SODA Foundation can make to resolve some of these fundamental data challenges in the industry.


The panel advocated end to end simplified data and storage management addressing the pain points in storage/disaster recovery, observability, multi cloud, and hybrid cloud.


Topic:  Hello to SODA Kalpeni v1.5.0

Presented by:

  • Najmudheen CT, SODA Project Maintainer, Lead Architect, Huawei Technologies India
  • Vineela P. , Software Engineer, Huawei Technologies India
  • Himanshu Varshney, Senior Software Engineer 2, Delphix India
  • Rushikesh Dapurkar, SDE, Click2Cloud Inc.
  • Amit Kumar Roushan, SODA Project Maintainer, Senior System Architect, Huawei Technologies India
  • Akhil Mohan, Software Engineer, MayaData

Najmudheen gave an overview of Kalpeni, the foundation’s latest release:

  • Enhanced heterogeneous performance metric collection framework
  • Host mapping support through resource groups
  • Filesystem metrics support
  • Driver enhancements for SPM
  • Enhanced host mapping visualization from dashboard
  • Multi-cloud user level storage tiering fixes

Vineela walked through the SODA dashboard. Himanshu and Rushikesh talked about SODA multi cloud architecture and the features it supports. Amit detailed the SODA CSI features and plugin under the hood.


The team named the latest release after Kepleni, an inhabited atoll in India with a population around 4,500.


Topic: Why is CSI critical for your Kubernetes cluster?

Presented by: Alex Chircop, Founder and CEO at StorageOS, Co-Chair CNCF Storage TAG


Alex brought the audience on a journey to cloud native (containers, Kubernetes, stateful workloads, software-defined cloud native storage), common approaches for hosting and managing Kubernetes, how organizations are using Kubernetes (heavily utilized for ephemeral workloads), the ephemeral problems, data encryption at REST, and how transition of legacy applications can be simplified. He also covered the CNCF Storage Whitepaper v2 on how the container orchestration system uses an interface to interact with a storage system.


Topic: Possibilities of Open Source : A SODA Experience

Presented by:

  • Ayshwarya Baburan, Professor of Computer Science Department at Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore
  • Swetha M.A, Student BCA Analytics, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore

Professor Ayshwarya explained the role that SODA Foundation has played at Kristu Jayanti College. With rapid growth in open source projects, students in computer science need to graduate with a foundational insight of open source and the ability to contribute to open source. SODA Foundation has bridged the gap to academia by offering tools, practices and community, making it easier to incorporate open source as part of the college’s curriculum. Swetha talked about how the SODA Foundation community has offered an opportunity to students that no classroom teaching could provide.


Topic: Container Management with the Kubernetes Cluster

Presented by: Rupal Shirpurkar, Business Head (Cloud BU – APAC), Click2Cloud Inc.


Rupal presented the common challenges that organizations face when scaling with new technologies, from transitional deployment, to virtualized deployment and to container deployment.


Topic: SODA Community and India Ecosystem

Presented by: Sai Nath (Practice Head (Storage), Industrial & Engineering Services (I&ES), Wipro, SODA India OC Lead)


Sai covered the interlocking components in the SODA ecosystem:

  • End users drive the roadmap requirements, test and adopt, as well as provide feedback and validation.
  • Community developers build SODA projects and explore cross-project integration
  • Vendors build interoperability solutions around SODA projects
  • Industry organizations collaborate in standardization, certification, co-marketing and events
  • Academia partnerships for labs, internships, and research.

Sai concluded the presentation with SODA India OC focus areas.

SODA Bootcamp (103 attendees, 7 mentors)

Participants were introduced to the SODA open source ecosystem, various opportunities, and the different ways to contribute. This was followed by a 2-hour hands-on session on the e2e lifecycle of open source contribution to a SODA project, under the guidance of 7 SODA mentors (Maintainers: Pravin Ranjan, Joseph VP, Sushant Shetty, and Anvith K.S.; Developers: Basabee Bora and Rahul Patel; and Shivay Lamba).

Participants were divided into multiple breakout rooms with 2 mentors supporting them to make contributions to SODA Project, Delfin. The bootcamp session closed with the participants sharing their feedback and experience. Certificates and awards will be sent to the participants.

SODA Hackathon OSI (3 mentoring sessions, 50+ attendees)

Contributions to SODA Foundation’s hackathon came from more than 10 new open source enthusiasts in a short time frame of 10 days. 50+ attendees participated in 3 mentoring sessions. Awards and certificates will be sent to 3 winners (top prize Amazon voucher worth INR 10,000), 5 promising contributors (Amazon vouchers worth INR 1,000 each), and participants.

Other Tech Talks (3 presentations, 200+ attendees)

Talk 1: Multi Cloud – A Storage Perspective

Prakash R. (Oracle) and Rajat Verma (Calsoft)


Prakash and Rajat presented perspectives on storage management, virtualization management, private cloud, and public cloud management, as well as AI and ML.


Talk 2: Smart Data Archival for Hybrid Cloud- Breaking the Silos!

Ashit Kumar (Huawei) , Amit Debnath (Wipro)


Ashit talked about data that is used rarely but lying in an organization’s primary storage. This has cost implications and reduces the ROI. Considering various factors, especially compliance, moving this data to secondary archival or cold storage can save money. Amit presented use cases and the SODA SDA where metadata is key.


Talk 3: Open Source Storage Monitoring : Right time to contribute!

Najmudheen CT (Huawei), Sahil Raja(MayaData), Abhishek Agarwal(MayaData)


Najmudheen, Sahil, and Abhishek talked about pain points in infrastructure management, the need for cloud native telemetry, and observability for cloud native solutions (Prometheus, Jaeger, OpenTelemetry). They gave a peek at the OpenEBD solution for cloud native monitoring, and Delfin as a framework for infrastructure monitoring and alerting. The presentation also covered Kubernetes CSI observability pain points, storage admin predictive analysis use cases, and a proposal to extend Delfin observability to K8s.

Participation at a glance

Number of Keynote Attendees 127
Virtual Booth Visitors 151
SODA Forum Participants 114
SODA Bootcamp Participants 103
Number of new Contributors through SODA Hackathon 10

SODA Forum Quiz Winners

Hackathon Winners 1 x 1st Place
1 x 2nd Place
1 x 3rd Place
4 x Promising Contributors
SODA Bootcamp 6 x Top contributors
Winners of Quiz @ SODA Forum 9

We will be sending the prizes to the winners.