Clouds are like airlines

If you’ve read Nic Carr’s book The Big Switch, you’ll have heard the analogy that cloud computing is like eletricity: we’re moving from computers to computing, just as we moved from generators to generation.

Certainly, clouds (at least, big public ones like Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine) have a lot in common with an electrical utility. They’re elastic, because you can chang…

Getting ready for #CCCNA14

The whole CloudOps team is looking forward to the CloudStack Collab conference next week in Denver. We’re proud to be a gold sponsor and support the event of the community. We also have an unprecedented four sessions during the conference. Here are the details.

1. Using CloudStack to automate the deployment of VMware development environments

Thursday, April 10 • 2:20pm – 2:50pm *…

CloudStack: Creating advanced networking zone using API

In the process of automating CloudStack installation, we’ve been through a challenging part: Creating an Entire Advanced networking Zone from the API. Production and test system that we deploy don’t have building tools such as mavin in order to create zones, pod,networks,… So the usual process is to use the Web UI and follow the “Add Zone” wizard. Well, not anymore!

To create an entire zon…

OpenStack in Action: lots of excitement but still early days

by Pierre-Luc Bisaillon

On Tuesday this week, eNovance hosted OpenStack in Action, a conference to bring the message of OpenStack to Montreal attendees. The conference was well attended, yet after listening to the seven or eight speakers, I still had too many questions. Here’s where I think it fell short:

Disclaimer: eNovance is a competitor and CloudStack is our platform of choice today. W…

Install Apache Cloudstack with Chef

Installation of Apache CloudStack and is dependencies using Opscode Chef community cookbooks.

To create a lab, a test environment or to just try CloudStack, you could install it using the installation documentation which is clean and fairly straight forward, but you can also install it with Chef and not worry about subtleties. Here is a quick way of installing CloudStack, MySQL server and NFS…

A Cloud(Ops) Story

As a web operations firm in 2005, we were privileged to experience the emergence of cloud computing. At the time, our customers were exclusively e-commerce, SaaS, and advertising-driven publishing businesses. Amazon Web Services (AWS) unlocked what was essentially an unsolved problem — how to right-size your infrastructure to meet the needs of your business — and our AWS solutions provided our…

MAUTH – Pluggable OpenStack Swift Auth Middleware

OpenStack Swift has become a leader in the open source object storage space. Swift is a production ready object storage platform developed by Rackspace under the Cloudfiles brand. Rackspace open sourced the software in partnership with the OpenStack foundation making it widely available and supported by the Openstack community.

Object storage platforms like Swift offer highly redundant and…

Why the cloud is (and needs to be) like Minecraft

by Pierre-Luc Bisaillon

If you have a young kid (or are a kid at heart), Minecraft doesn’t need any introduction. At last count 10M people had bought the game and at least 5 times as many are playing the demo or some mobile version. For the uninitiated, this seems odd. The graphics are awful, and it’s not even a real “game” – in other words, there’s no mission or objective to achieve and…

How to get a job in the cloud industry

by Pierre-Luc Bisaillon
After a few weeks of career days, wine and cheese, and interviews, I wanted to summarize a few key findings and give some tips to students (and grown-ups) looking for a job with CloudOps — or anywhere in the cloud industry, for that matter.
Try AWS — for free
Amazon Web Services is the industry leader and has enough capacity to offer every new customer a free tier,…

Why private cloud matters

by Pierre-Luc Bisaillon
I read a recent Gartner insight that predicts that the use of the word cloud will drop off in 2013, to be replaced by better descriptors of business value. Whether or not we use it less, we will continue to use it a lot.
These days when I define what I mean by cloud, I return to the NIST definition, and use the following table to illustrate the options:

Servic…

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