Maintaining host files on standard *nix system has been traditionally done by hand. This becomes a challenge as the number of systems grows and is more true in the cloud model, where you might add/delete servers at a higher rate. One solution would be to use DNS and use a local zone to store your host name to IP mapping. If you are using Chef for automation, here is another example on how to automatically generate the host file entries.
When we launched the Open Cloud Academy last year, one of our goals was to help make technology careers and education more inviting to women and minorities. We want to help improve talent diversity in our industry.
SELinux support and updated CentOS 5.8 images
Much of the Linux community is familiar with the SELinux project, which describes itself as “a security enhancement to Linux which allows users and administrators more control over access control.”
Rackspace has added four new Linux operating system distributions for Cloud Servers, giving the Linux community in the cloud more choice. We have added Fedora 17, CentOS 5.8, CentOS 6.2 and Ubuntu 12.04. These are available in addition to our variety of popular 64-bit Linux distributions.
There have been many developments undergoing to further enhance Cloud Servers. We’ve recently made available 30GB instances, MSSQL 2008 R2 Web Edition for Windows Cloud Servers and added four new Linux operating system distributions.
More and more businesses are shifting from using cloud computing solely for testing and development to extending pieces of their production environments into the cloud. With this shift, IT decision makers are now faced with a whole new set of considerations.