Posts Tagged ‘ IaaS ’

Is Gluster the answer to Scalable Cloud Storage and the Amazon Outage?

May 13, 2011
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Is Gluster the answer to Scalable Cloud Storage and the Amazon Outage?

Amazon failed because of simultaneous failure of its EBS in two Availability zones. If you were dependent on one of these (or mirrored across the two) you lost access to the filesystem from your Instances. It may be sensible to move to the use of the S3 mechanism (or some portable abstraction over it) for…

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VMware’s CloudFoundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift – Compare and Contrast

May 9, 2011
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VMware’s CloudFoundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift – Compare and Contrast

Over the last few weeks, VMware (as we indicated in an earlier post) and Red Hat have initiated two very similar initiatives known respectively as CloudFoundry and OpenShift. These are Platform as a Service (PaaS) plays, being developed for the longer term, primarily looking to encourage the development of (and thereafter to provide infrastructure for)…

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OpenCompute – Facebook drives Data Center and Cloud evolution

April 14, 2011
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Facebook (which had previously bought commodity servers and rented data center space) has opened up a whole new area of Open Source technology by publishing the full specification of both its new custom server and its new data center as "Open Source" at OpenCompute.org. Overall, Facebook claims that its new data centers are 38 per…

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ITaaS: Managing Software Costs within Hybrid Clouds

March 31, 2011
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Managing licensing and utilization costs is a mess today in the physical world. Introducing elastic scaling of workloads into a hybrid private/public cloud introduces new uncertainties and new software licensing metering and compliance issues. This is particularly true in the case of enterprise applications which are licensed by the enterprise from the software vendor and…

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Digging out after a Snowstorm: Similar to our virtual environments?

January 13, 2011
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Digging out after a Snowstorm: Similar to our virtual environments?

Sooner or later that perfect landscape of white is marred by new mounds of snow and clear-cut paths through it to the various locations on the property. When you look at these paths and the snow is high enough, they look like tunnels. The large tunnels (driveway) meet smaller and smaller ones. The perfect landscape…

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Rackspace buys Cloudkick – Implications for IaaS Performance Management

December 21, 2010
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The acquisition of Cloudlick by Rackspace points out the need for IaaS cloud vendors to get serious about offering an Infrastructure Performance Management solution to their customers - but fails to deliver such a solution to the customers of Rackspace. Cloud customers should focus upon finding true cloud ready Infrastructure Performance Management and Applications Performance…

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Rationalizing the NRE Cloud Alliance – newScale, rPath and Eucalyptus

November 3, 2010
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newScale, rPath and Eucalyptus have partnered to provide an elastic infrastructure (Eucalyptus), automated software deployment and management (rPath), and a service catalog (newScale). This provides an interesting alternative to the monolithic stack offered by VMware with vSphere and vCloud Director.

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Rackspace Hijacks OpenStack

October 8, 2010
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Rackspace has got the OpenStack governance model spectacularly wrong, and as a result the whole initiative is in peril. Not only are the Chair and the Chief Architect appointed directly by Rackspace, but 3 additional members are appointed directly by Rackspace, meaning that the 4 independently-elected Community members (even if they could agree) could never…

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OpenStack, an IaaS Platform from Rackspace, NASA and Citrix

July 28, 2010
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Whilst I have been away on vacation, something fairly interesting has happened in the area of Open Source initiatives for Infrastructure as a Service in the form of a new initiative from NASA and Rackspace called OpenStack. You may remember in our last post in this area, we noted that there was a proliferation of…

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