In 2008 my career took a sudden unexpected turn into the world of MySQL when I was offered a job at Sun. Since then MySQL and it's forks have been a big part of my life. The whole community (I mean the people, not the companies) around MySQL are part of what really drove me.
Unfortunately to me something has changed. I am not exactly sure what it is, but I am sure it is not just me because others have expressed it in conversation too. I wasn't enjoying things as much as I used to and for several reasons, some related to this, I have been quite ill.
Recently I was approached by HP's new cloud division who wanted me to work on OpenStack. It seemed the perfect opportunity to start something new inside a new vibrant community. That is not to say I have anything against my previous employer, SkySQL. They are doing a fantastic job with a great vision and I wish them well in the future.
So, I have been working on OpenStack's Core Infrastructure team for a week and a half now and so far I am loving it. The community is very welcoming and it is refreshing to see a development model similar to the one used in Drizzle so widely adopted. I look forward to diving deeper into the OpenStack world and blogging about it as I go.