Discussion on the state of cloud computing and open source software that helps build, manage, and deliver everything-as-a-service.
Free Open Source Cloud Computing Training at Your Local Linuxfest
One of the best sources of information about open source is to be had at your local Linuxfest. Want to know the latest developments in Linux, open source databases or other open source projects? It's likely your local open source event will provide that information from users who are passionate about the technology. Already this year the Southern California Linuxfest set records for attendance with almost two thousand people in attendance for the Los Angeles event. It was truly a great event and a great place to learn about open source software.
Cloud.com will be attending many of these function to show off our open source CloudStack software. At two upcoming events we are partnering with other open source partners to provide training on how to deploy cloud computing environments using open source software including CloudStack. At the Indiana Linuxfest on Friday, March 25, 2011 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cloud.com will be partnering with PuppetLabs to put on a Build an Open Source Cloud Day - Indianapolis. On April 1st, we'll be conducting another daylong cloud training session with our partners OpenStack, PuppetLabs, Gluster and Arista Networks in Austin Texas at the Texas Linuxfest.
Open Source Data Center Automation
For those of you unfamiliar with Puppet is an enterprise systems management platform that standardizes the way IT staff deploy and manage infrastructure in the enterprise and the cloud. By automating the provisioning, patching, and configuration of operating system and application components across infrastructure, Puppet enables IT staff to master their infrastructure as your IT complexity grows.
Puppet is also a perfect management tool to compliment your cloud computing environments. Puppet is used by thousands of organizations to manage millions of nodes. Many of the largest and most innovative companies rely on Puppet to control their infrastructure in a scalable, flexible and consistent manner.
We caught up with Luke Kanies who is the founder of PuppetLabs who sponsors the puppet project and did a mini-interview to get more insight into the Puppet project and open source systems management.
Cloud.com: Give us an example or two of an administrative task that has traditionally been time consuming that Puppet can automate?
Luke Kanies: Build an entire Rails service, spread across a database, web, and application server, providing a specific version of a Rails application. Or, manage the users on all machines, removing the real-time dependence on services like Active Directory but still getting password and dotfile deployment everywhere.
Cloud.com: In the past Puppet integrated with Linux provisioning tool Cobbler and orchestration tool Func for automation. Is that still necessary or helpful or does Puppet do most of that work by itself?
Luke Kanies: MCollective is a more capable replacement for Func, but Puppet does not do provisioning, so it still makes sense to integrate with Cobbler, along with FAI and plenty of other provisioning tools.
Cloud.com: Other than Puppet, what other open source tools are interesting and why?
Luke Kanies: There are a lot of great OSS projects out there. I think git (and github) are rewriting how people build software more than anything else out there these days, and I think we're actually still pretty far from getting full value from git. The cross-cloud management tools like Fog and jclouds are really interesting - making it very easy for anyone to deploy in the cloud. Lastly are the new NoSQL ways of dealing with data, and I'm especially interested in the graph database, neo4j.
If you are interested in open source software and want good source of information from people who use and develop it then you should consider attending one of these upcoming events.
- Linuxfest Northwest - April 30th thru May 1st - Bellingham, Wa
- Southeast Linux Fest (SELF) - June 10th - 12th - Spartansburg,SC
- Open Source Bridge - June 21st - 24th - Portland, OR
- OSCON - July 25th - 29th - Portland, OR
- Ohio LinuxFest (OLF) - September 9th - 11th - Columbus, OH