It turns out that they developed a program called Chaos Monkey. They have also announced that they are going to be releasing it as open source. This is great news if your company is plannig on deploying applications to the cloud. This type of planning is generally what has plagued the companies that have had issues when Amazon Web Services has had issues in the past.
Have you ever wanted to back up to S3? How about Google Storage or Rack Space’s storage solution? There is an amazing little piece of software that will let you create a drive. It really does a lot more than that. It also encrypts everything you put up there. It compresses it and it does de-duplication. Wait there is more, it also does copy-on-write snapshotting, is optimized for high performance and supports low bandwidth connections.
So what’s it called? S3QL written and maintained by Nikolaus Rath.
Here is how they describe it:
S3QL effectively provides a hard disk of dynamic, infinite capacity that can be accessed from any computer with internet access running Linux, FreeBSD or OS-X.
So far our tests have proven that it works great. So if you are looking for an easy way to backup linux or freebsd systems onto a cloud solution check this out. They even provide a script to help you do parallel rsync backup for even faster performance.
If you are on Ubuntu check out this article on how to get it setup. If you aren’t don’t worry the documentation on the site is very complete. There is a great wiki and active community.
WARNING THE LINKED TO ARTICLE IS A DIFFICULT READ!!! The concepts are good but there is almost no conclusion and a really hard path to follow. The reason we are pointing to it is to try and help form a conclusion. The bulk of the article talks about what the author sees as a sift from open source to open API’s. Will companies sift away from Open Source? The problem with the question is that it’s not a zero sum gain. Take Google for instance, they offer both Open Source software they develope and Open API’s for developers to use. As does both Amazon and E-Bay. There are serious problems when you build an applicaiton or business on open API’s as opposed to Open Source. With Open Source the software is yours to use and while you may be never get another update to the code you at least have the code and could hire a developer to fix/update to meet your needs. With an Open API if the company shuts off the API you are out of luck. The most recent example of this is the changes over at Twitter. Twitter wanted to make money and changed how things worked to make it happen. Unfortunately if you wrote an app that relied on something they removed from the API you are out of luck and get to re-write your app. So what do we want to make you aware of? Remember when you write your application that you need to control where your data is and comes from. If you don’t have data you really probably don’t have an application. So if all of your data comes from an Open API what will you do if that API goes away? What if the companies who’s API your using goes under or starts competing with you.
The HTC Rezound kicks ass! Brian is going to get it….
NOTE: Brian ended up getting the Galaxy Nexus. He Loves it. 🙂
Joe, got a kindle fire, Corey got an HTC Rezound and Brian got a HP Touchpad
Novell got bought by Attachmate
hacking, hacking and more hacking (Just to many to link to any one.)
Patent WARS (Again just to many stories.)
mint overtakes ubuntu (who didn’t see this happening), and continues its dominance for world power
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There are a whole lot of articles talking about the release last week of the Amazon Fire. We are choosing to link to this one from Computer World. Joe and I talked in detail about how we feel about them. We agreed that they are missing a few key parts like a Camera, Microphone, BlueTooth and HDMI output are minor issues given the price. The other major issue we had was if it will get updated on a regular schedule. When will it get the upcoming Icecream Sandwhich? How compatiable will it be and for how long with future releases of Android? Amazon actually never talked about what the OS was. Their focus was on the product and storing things in their cloud. It’s probably going to be the right choice for a lot of people and hopefully they understand the differences.
While surfing around the other day looking for stories about the Amazon Outage I came across this story about how SmugMug managed to come through it basicly unaffected. The article is written by Don MacAskill acording to his LinkedIn Profile he is Co-Founder, CEO, & Chief Geek at SmugMug. The article goes through a lot of inforation and I warn you now that it is a long article. I suggest reading it so that you can start understanding the limitations in the Cloud and what can be done to avoid it. (Tip: Read the links to the Forum Posts. A lot of the comments are pretty bad.)
When you get done with this one check out this post from Joe Stump,a former Digg employee and currently at SimpleGeo. He talks about how people should have planned for this type of event. It’s a great read with awesome points.(Also much shorter 😉 )