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Posted by: Greg DeKoenigsberg | October 8, 2012

Here’s the thing about running your own cloud infrastructure: once you make the decision to rely on it, then it had better work.  The whole thing.  Every part of it.  Under heavy load.  All the time.

Obvious, right?  But it bears repeating.  When you decide to make the move to doing things The Cloud Way, you are placing a gigantic bet on your infrastructure layer — and that bet is placed not only on the Cloud As A Whole, but on every individual component that comprises that cloud.  In...

Posted by: Eucalyptus Professional Services | October 5, 2012

Many of our customers ask us how to best bring their team up to speed on cloud concepts in general, and Eucalyptus concepts in particular. To address these needs, we implemented a comprehensive training and certification program. In this blog text I will try to outline for you what we have available, and how it can address the knowledge gaps in your organization. Our curriculum is developed and delivered in ways that other open source cloud computing vendors simply can't match. This can be...

Posted by: Jason Eden | October 5, 2012

Many of our customers ask us how to best bring their team up to speed on cloud concepts in general, and Eucalyptus concepts in particular. To address these needs, we implemented a comprehensive training and certification program. In this blog text I will try to outline for you what we have available, and how it can address the knowledge gaps in your organization. Our curriculum is developed and delivered in ways that other open source cloud computing vendors simply can't match. This can be...

Posted by: Graziano Obertelli | October 3, 2012

Persistent Storage sounds like a tautology to me. Been used as I am (was?) to Hard Disks, USB keys, DVDs, and all other possible way to store information, it seems that storage is persistent by definition, and only failures, or human errors can cause non-persistent and catastrophic behavior . Well, in IaaS terminology, Storage comes in different flavors and can also be Ephemeral.

Storage Types

Eucalyptus follows the AWS API and with that API comes 3 Storage types:

Buckets (...
Posted by: Vic Iglesias | October 1, 2012
Introduction

This post will lead you through the creation of an environment to run automated test plans against a Eucalyptus installation. The tools used were described in my previous post, namely Jenkins (orchestrator), Testlink (planning & metadata), Eutester (functional testing framework). The use case we will be attacking is that of the Developer QA system sandbox.

The only requirements for this setup:

Your machine can run Jenkins Python 2.6 or greater installed Python...
Posted by: Eucalyptus Professional Services | October 1, 2012
The Eucalyptus Certified Professional on Eucalyptus 3 (EUCP3) beta exam period ended September 30th. Beta results are now being analyzed.

If you missed the beta and have already met the course requirement, the final version of the exam should be available within a few weeks. Stay tuned, and check out this page for more information:

http://eucalyptus.com/services/education/certification/eucp3

If you missed the beta and have not yet met the course requirements as defined in the...

Posted by: Marten Mickos | September 24, 2012

Business books! What should you read if you work for a fast growing tech company? Here is my recommendation. Properly read and with its insights thoroughly implemented, each one of these books saves you a year or more of trial and error.

Top List Any and all books by Peter Drucker, especially the article Managing Oneself Good to Great, and any other book by Jim Collins Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey Moore Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team , Patrick...
Posted by: Andrew Hamilton | September 20, 2012

Testing Eucalyptus should be easy. In Single System Test Cloud, testing a cloud was made easier by removing the requirement of having at least two systems. But, it still adds unnecessary complexity by adding a VM to run the front-end system. After learning from the experience of the first single system test cloud, it became apparent that there should be an easy way to run Eucalyptus without the use of a VM. And yes there is!

First, start off with a CentOS 6 installation. This...

Posted by: Andrew Hamilton | September 16, 2012

UPDATE: I’ve posted an easier way to do this. Check out my other post Single System Test Cloud, Take 2 for the instructions.

When first trying out Eucalyptus, the requirement of having two systems at a minimum can become a blocker. What if you only want to test out running a couple VMs? Well for that use case a system such as the ECC might be just fine. But what if you are looking to try out the installation process or see what a Cloud Administrator needs to deal with? For this, it...

Posted by: Steve Bradshaw | September 12, 2012
My Struggle

As a guy who has spent almost three decades in the IT industry working with legacy applications and VMware vSphere, I have to admit that because of my initial assumptions I had a hard time transitioning to an IaaS cloud as offered by Eucalyptus Systems or Amazon Web Services. Maybe I am not alone.

Ten years ago, my transition from running legacy applications on physical machines to those on virtual machines was not that difficult. Since a virtual machine is designed to...

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