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OpenStack is easily installed using a package called Packstack. Redhat is one of the primary contributors to packstack and my install experience is similar to the installation of RDO, described here The procedure is quite simple: Install Redhat, Fedora or Centos on one or more x86 servers. I installed the minimal Centos installation on a Dell 1950 Install and configure NTP - network time protocol # yum install ntp # chkconfig ntpd on # ntpdate pool.ntp.org # /etc/init.d/ntpd start Install the Fedora repo for grizzly # yum install -y http://rdo.fedorapeople.org/openstack/openstack-grizzly/rdo-release-grizzly-2.noarch.rpm Install packstack # yum install -y openstack-packstack Generate an answer file # packstack --gen-answer-file=/root/grizzly_openstack.cfg Since I performed a simple install on one server, I accepted nearly all the defaults presented in the generated ... (more)

Introduction to Cloud Computing for Newbies

Cloud computing is a general term for computing services delivered over the Internet, as opposed to computing services hosted inside your own network; on your own premises. These computing services can be as simple as Internet based email or as complex as a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application. Cloud computing offers cost savings, because users don't have to invest capital budget to purchase hardware and software, nor expend the operating costs of electric power, space and cooling for the hardware and employee costs of maintaining the hardware and software. The maj... (more)

Tutorial: Build a Private Cloud in Twenty Minutes

OpenStack is an open-source cloud framework for building on-demand Infrastructure as a Service. This tutorial in essence distills from this two-page set of instructions for setting up devstack on a single server primarily for use by developers. Hardware I used a DELL 1950 with 8 GB of RAM, internal hard-drives and two 1000 MB NICs. Download and Set Up Ubuntu Download Ubuntu 11.10 from here and burn to DVD Boot the server from the DVD and start the install. I installed the BASE SYSTEM and only one optional package, the OpenSSH Server. I named my server "ubuntu-server" I configured... (more)

Cloud Computing Easily Understood - PaaS

In a previous post, I described Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). In essence, if I use the service of an Infrastructure provider, who provides hardware: servers, networking, storage and firewalls, it is then incumbent upon me to install and maintain my own applications. However, I don't incur the capital and operating costs of maintaing the hardware and datacenters. To install and maintain web applications in an IaaS model, I typically need to: Install databases, web servers and application servers onto the (virtual) servers provided by the IaaS provider Write or purchase an ap... (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)