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Jonathan Gershater

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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 eth0 with a static ip address of This will be important as the HOST_IP address of devstack. Create a user named "stack". Log in as "stack" See next page for how to Install Devstack... Install Devstack stack@ubuntu-server:~$sudo passwd to set the root password stack@ubuntu-ser... (more)

Identity Management Requirements for the Public Cloud

The Security for Cloud Computing: 10 Steps to Ensure Success white paper provides a practical reference to help enterprise information technology (IT) and business decision makers as they analyze and consider the security implications of cloud computing on their business. The paper includes a list of steps, along with guidance and strategies, designed to help these decision makers evaluate and compare security offerings in key areas from different cloud providers. The paper discusses the threats, technology risks, and safeguards for cloud computing environments, and provides the ... (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)

Security in the Public Cloud Is a Shared Responsibility

When you host applications in the public cloud, you assume partial responsibility for securing the application. The cloud provider, for example Amazon Web Services (AWS), secures the physical data center (with locked badge entry doors, fences, guards etc) in addition to securing the physical network with perimeter firewalls. This is no significant change from how you secure your corporate datacenter. Just like you enhance the security of physical and virtual servers in your datacenter with host-based firewalls (ip tables, Windows firewall), anti-virus and intrusion detection, so... (more)

Hadoop and Big Data Easily Understood - How to Conduct a Census of a City

BigData (and Hadoop) are buzzword and growth areas of computing; this article will distill the concepts into easy-to-understand terms. As the name implies, BigData is literally "big data" or "lots of data" that needs to be processed. Lets take a simple example: the city council of San Francisco is required to take a census of its population - literally how many people live at each address. There are city employees who are employed to count the residents. The city of Los Angeles has a similar requirement. Consider are two methods to accomplish this task: 1. Request all the San Fran... (more)