Cloud Inside DreamHost

Open For Brainstorming

Written by Stefano Maffulli

Last week Jonathan introduced the newest member of our DreamCloud team, Stefano Maffulli. Take it away, Stefano! 

I have two ears and one mouth, and I like to use them in that proportion. As I start my new job on the DreamCloud team at DreamHost, I want to hear from you.

My goal is to enable developers and entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams using innovative cloud services deeply rooted in open source culture. DreamHost’s values are closely aligned with mine: I’ve spent my career close to the smartest developers on the planet, disrupting the 90s business models of software sold in boxes, pushing for the values of freedom, openness and fair competition.

DreamHost's Core Values

DreamHost’s Core Values

The dominant cloud services are largely run on opaque, closed, and proprietary systems by faceless corporations. When Jonathan LaCour, VP of Cloud Services, approached me, his concept of a cloud platform built upon a foundation of transparency and open source immediately resonated with me. Today, DreamHost offers DreamObjects and DreamCompute, built on top of OpenStack, Linux, Ceph, and Akanda: all open source projects. You can see the commitment to these values in the faces of the DreamHost developers and operators right there in the website.  DreamHost has built a team of strong technical people and placed them within easy reach of customers: when they have a problem or a question, they can hop on IRC and talk to the actual team building the DreamCloud. This is a key difference for me.

When I started advocating GNU/Linux against proprietary alternatives I often said: you can see the individual names and email addresses of the people who have written each line of code of a GNU system; you can see what they write, how they write it: they put their reputation in the code. With proprietary code, you get a black box and code that is probably so bad their authors would be embarrassed for their neighbors to know they’re behind it.

The DreamCloud team, in contrast, wants you to put a face to a name: they’re very proud of the products they build. I’m happy to place myself in their ranks and ready to enable new developers to reap the benefits of OpenStack, Ceph and Akanda.

In the next few weeks, I’ll reach out to existing DreamCloud users to get to know them better: What makes you dream? What keeps you awake at night? If you want to contact me,  please reach out to me on Twitter.  I’m @smaffulli.

Thanks!

About the author

Stefano Maffulli

Stefano is the Director of Community at DreamHost.