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Infrastructure as a Service is one of the three delivery methods of cloud computing (the other two are Platform as a Service and Software as a Service). Users of IaaS have the expertise to maintain operating systems and applications, but don't wish to purchase server, storage and networking hardware and a datacenter to house the hardware. The cloud provider provides these services from a shared pool. The cloud user will then use the virtual machines to fulfill their computing requirements and may install their own operating system and will install their own applications on the virtual machines. Some characteristics of IaaS: Elasticity: you can provision (add) or de-provision (remove) cloud instances to scale up or down your environment. Firewalls: may be host-based on each cloud instance (virtual machine - see below) and/or an Internet firewall that offers the c... (more)

Overview of the OpenStack Cloud

Overview OpenStack is an Infrastructure as a Service offering. (see my prior post for an explanation of IaaS). OpenStack is an OpenSource project, founded by RackSpace, NASA and others. OpenStack can be deployed as a public or private cloud. The OpenStack projects are: CINDER, GLANCE, KEYSTONE, NOVA, QUANTUM, SWIFT. OpenStack Compute: (NOVA) Project NOVA, or OpenStack Compute, provisions and manages on-demand virtual machines and associated resources: CPU, Memory, Disk and Network. Virtual machines can be started, stopped, suspended, created and deleted, while network options for a ... (more)

The Fundamental Flaw with LinkedIn Connections

Assumption A first-degree direct LinkedIn connection implies that the two parties know each well. Problem Using this assumption, two unconnected LinkedIn users attempt to connect via an intermediary. What often happens is that the first degree connections are in fact very weak connections, and thus of no use to the third party attempting to connect via the intermediary. Example I log into LinkedIn and would like an introduction to Brent. I view Brent's profile and notice that his first degree connection, Brian, is also a first degree connection with me. So I ask Brian for an int... (more)

High Availability, Fault Tolerance and Disaster Recovery in AWS

Amazon Web Services – Disaster Recovery, High Availability and Fault Tolerance Abbreviations used: AWS - Amazon Web Services AMI - Amazon Machine Instance DR - Disaster Recovery FT - Fault Tolerance HA - High Availability Non-technical introduction. High Availability and Fault Tolerance – the requirement that a computer application be seemlessly available to users without interruption, literally “no (or very little) fault will be tolerated”. In simple speak, this means that I am able to use a computer application even though in the background there may be outages, for example har... (more)

Examining Excellent Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is an open source Infrastructure as a Service cloud offering. What is unique about Eucalyptus is that it is compatible with Amazon AWS APIs. This means that you can: Use Eucalyptus commands to manage Amazon or Eucalyptus instances. Freely move instances between a Eucalyptus private cloud and the Amazon Public cloud to create a hybrid cloud. Eucalyptus leverages operating system virtualization, such as KVM or XEN, to achieve isolation between applications and stacks. Operating system virtualization dedicates CPU and RAM to systems and applications such that they don't ... (more)