Redhat has you covered and it’s absolutely free. While it’s somewhat limited you can download a live CD of the software running on the server. The system is powered by Amazon Web Services. The system should automatically scale to what ever you need. Even if you need to expand there is no additional cost. It’s interesting how little chatter we have heard about it. The interesting part of this is as much the free download to compete with VMWare as it is that we and a lot of others have missed that this happening a year ago.
Check out this cool presentation at the Linuxconf.au about creating your own cloud. In a little less than an hour they get you the broad strokes of what it takes.
The description from blip.tv says it like this:
“A technical introduction to building a fully open source, hardware neutral, robust and efficient Enterprise Cloud. We present how to combine KVM, Libvirt, and the Pacemaker cluster manager to create feature-rich yet simple high availability for virtual machines. We then expand that concept to include shared-nothing and potentially split-site storage replication with DRBD. Finally, we demonstrate how to move to large enterprise configurations with large multiple-node clusters to provide highly scalable and flexible cloud computing capability. The Linux Cluster stack, now in its third evolutionary iteration, makes an excellent basis for high availability on the Linux platform. The Pacemaker cluster manager is a highly flexible and feature-rich cluster resource management application. It currently interfaces with over 70 different server applications, Libvirt-based virtualization and iSCSI target services being just two of them. In this presentation, we will show how to build simple, yet fully redundant, replicated high availability cluster based on these components. We than gradually expand this concept to include scale-out to multiple cluster nodes, full live migration of virtual machines, and also centralized storage administration — in other words, true enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure. We focus exclusively on solutions that build on commercial, off-the shelf hardware and 100% open source technology. Tim Serong, Melbourne-based Senior Clustering Engineer at Novell, will co-present.”
We made it through another year. We will be doing our anual Year in review show and Predictions for next year.
IBM is joining Amazon, Google, HP, Oracle and others in the Cloud space by offering their own solution in conjunction with Red Hat. One of the first unique solution will be a CRM/ERP solution that uses SAP software. This is an interesting collaboration. It’s interesting to see them joining the fray and following up on our previously reported story on the topic.
Running Time: 49:30
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There is an interesting article about Vinton Cerf’s Keynote at Interop about the state of cloud computing and comparing it to E-Mail in the late 1980’s. For those of you not familiar with how E-Mail was then think isolation. No way to get E-Mail from one service provider to another. Then MCI managed to get permission and by the end of the 1980’s everyone was sending E-mail to everyone else. Mr. Cerf makes a lot of good points about how things were then and how simillar the state of cloud computing is today. Check out the article and if you can find the Keynote online let us know so we can link to it.