It came as a complete shock to me and my team that the {code} team, formerly the EMC{code} team, Dell’s first open, community-focused team, is no more.

It’s no secret that our companies compete heavily. As a result, you may think that we find some measure of satisfaction in this, but that could not be further from the truth. This is a substantial loss to our open storage community, where it’s easy to find opinions, but harder to find those with the expertise and the will to rise above petty squabbles and endeavor to provide end users a sophisticated and consistent storage experience regardless of the vendor they choose.

I know perhaps better than most how challenging it can be to convince people at a company with more traditional roots the importance of having an organization that focuses on working with and building open communities. To not just do that, but to do it as successfully as they have, spending years building their own large community, and moving from one technology to another building rapport and driving change in other communities, is no small feat. I have always been impressed with their work, and often refer to it as an example of doing things right.

The storage community is very small. Our teams started crossing paths years ago, back when containers were still largely an unknown, and DockerCon was under 1,000 people. (Wow, has it been that long?) We’re probably the only teams between our two companies that were on weekly calls together. It might surprise you that we frequently hung out together after events too. I’ll neither confirm nor deny that one team may have even snuck the other into an after party at one point. 🙂

The bottom line is that they are our friends, and we think they should be very proud of what they have accomplished. And there’s still so much left to do!

So to those of you on the {code} team, on behalf of your brothers and sisters in (open) arms here at NetApp, we wish you all the best, and we look forward to working with you again very soon.

About Garrett Mueller

Software architect with nearly twenty years of development experience across a wide variety of disciplines with a focus on storage. Led a number of DevOps-style initiatives. Founded NetApp's container team.

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