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I worked with the Cloud Control Panel (aka Reach) team this summer as an intern at the Rackspace Blacksburg office. The Cloud Control Panel is a handy web interface to the OpenStack-based Rackspace Cloud APIs. It allows the user to provision a server, allocate storage, create database instances and much more, all with the click of a button. (Well, maybe more than one button, but you get the point.)
I’m a developer – even if lately I spend more of my time in something other than a text editor. My amazing team and I – along with Rackers throughout the organization – focus on something called “Developer Experience.”
Mobile is more than a distraction; it’s becoming ubiquitous across industries ranging from smart grids that run on mobile technology to farms run on data from mobile sensors. Regardless of what business you’re in, mobile will touch the way you work and do business.
Rackspace processes over a million metrics every minute as we monitor the IT infrastructure of hundreds of thousands of customers. That’s a lot of data.
We’ve heard your feedback: you want to apply preferred configurations across your entire environment, and you want it to be fast. You want to save and iterate on your favored set-up and use it as a template that can be shared. You want to update configurations in mere seconds. Server-side Configuration gives you what you’ve been asking for: configuration files that can be easily updated, shared, and used with automation tools.
So you managed to survive the first post and are still hungering for more? Don’t worry, I got you covered. This time around, we’ll get into more of the peripheral, optional components that might be useful to you. The format will largely be the same as the first post, so let’s get right to it.
With a useful OpenStack lab up and running, it’s time to take advantage of some more advanced features. The first that I want to look at is adding the OpenStack Networking LBaaS (Load Balancer) to my Rackspace Private Cloud. This is currently a Tech Preview and unsupported feature of Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2 and is not considered for use in production at this time. To add this to RPC we simply make a change to the environment and run chef-client across the nodes.
So you wanna learn you some Hadoop, eh? Well, get ready to drink from the firehose, because the Hadoop ecosystem is crammed full of software, much of which duplicates efforts, and much of which is named so similarly that it’s very confusing for newcomers.
Minor Release Upgrade of Rackspace Private Cloud By now you must know that a new version of OpenStack is released every six months. In April, OpenStack’s ninth release, Icehouse, was launched.
In May I was able to attend DevOps Days Austin and last week I attended O’Reilly’s Velocity in Santa Clara. Anyone that is involved with hosting technology has run into the phrase/word “DevOps.” Usually it results in a little head scratching and then questions around “what is DevOps?” Good question. The honest truth is that we (as in the larger technology industry “WE”) are still trying to figure that out. Both DevOps Days and Velocity dive into the tactical aspects of DevOps but I wanted to focus on the overall thought process of DevOps.
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