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Provisionr - automated deployment of massive infra in the clouds

At ApacheCon, Andrei Savu demoed software that Axemblr had been working on around deploying pools of interrelated virtual machines called Provisionr. He also proposed that this software join the Apache Incubator, hopefully en route to becoming a top level project.

Essentially this is a tool that interacts with IaaS APIs, to deploy virtual machines, and the orchestrates the configuration. The ideal use case is bringing up things like Hadoop clusters. There are already some tools that incorporate some of this functionality such as Apache Whirr, which Andrei and Ioan Eugene Stan both working on Provisionr, are familiar with Whirr, Andrei is even on the Whirr Project Management Committee. Whirr has some limitations, and there is a lot of similarity, but Provisionr is capable of deploying larger clusters (Whirr currently has a limit of ~20 nodes). Several people think that things like Cloudera Manager fills a similar space, but Provisionr handles actual provisioning of the machines, whereas Cloudera Manager assumes there are underlying instances already in existence. 

Provisionr uses the native AWS Java SDK for Amazon EC2 - and jclouds for Apache CloudStack and other IaaS clouds. It's also leveraging things like RunDeck and Puppet. 

This looks to be a compelling new piece of software, and while it's far from being 'mature' it appears to be compelling capability 
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David Nalley is currently employed by Citrix as the Community Manager for the CloudStack project. In addition he's a long time contributor to the Fedora Project, where among other things he is currently serving on the Fedora Project Board. He's also contributed to in various forms to Cobbler, Zenoss,, OLPC Math4, and Sahana. He is a frequent speaker at Free Software conferences around the nation, and writes for a number of technical and open source media publications including Linux Pro Magazine and
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Citrix supports the open source community via developer support and evangeslism. We have a number of developers and evangelists that participate actively in the open source community in Apache Cloudstack, OpenDaylight, Xen Project and XenServer. We also conduct educational activities via the Build A Cloud events held all over the world.