Why Service Orchestration Matters… and Why You Need To Care.
The rising demand for services in the cloud calls for a new approach to cloud orchestration. Traditional VM-centric cloud architectures are often rigid and poorly suited for the quick and smooth deployment of new services and technologies. To thrive in a service-oriented market, companies must be able to efficiently orchestrate components such as microservices and […]
Are TOSCA & Cloud Standardisation Efforts REALLY Stalling?
Alan R. Earls recently wrote an article on TechTarget: TOSCA and other cloud standardization efforts stall where he pointed out the state of TOSCA as well as other cloud standardization efforts: “TOSCA was originally designed as an open standard for formatting templates so tasks, such as cloud resource deployment and orchestration, could be translated into […]
The Importance of the Automation First Approach
One of the main challenges when working on an automation project is writing the automation templates. Each cloud provider has its own template language, which means that you can’t reuse artifacts that were already written by other frameworks. This makes many automation projects substantially longer than they would have been otherwise. This article explores how […]
Is It Time for Open Source SD-WAN?
One of the recent SDxCentral posts by Ali Longwell covers the state and need for open-source SD-WAN, providing an interesting read and a great 360 view on the various aspects in which we can consider the need for open-source in the context of SD-WAN, namely: Open source as a DIY alternative to closed SD-WAN: whether there […]
Disaster Recovery On Demand
In this post we outline a pattern for implementing the Warm Disaster Recovery pattern across two Amazon EC2 regions. Disaster Recovery in the Cloud Accomplishing a suitable disaster recovery strategy is crucial to many enterprises. However, the means to achieve an appropriate level of redundancy is challenging given the stark financial and technical tradeoffs it […]
Four Case Studies for Moving Mission Critical Apps to OpenStack
There’ve been various discussions in the community on OpenStack Interoperability and Portability. The discussions tend to be centralized around the future of the OpenStack API and whether or not it would make sense to support the AWS API on top of OpenStack to allow for better compatibility with the AWS environment. From a recent webinar […]
Bootstrapping Cloudify With Chef
Overview Cloudify and Opscode Chef work together to provide the greatest high qualify recipe/cookbook coverage for deployment that is possible. Cloudify works with Chef by delegating the installation (and potentially startup) phases of recipe lifecycle to Chef for individual services. Cloudify takes care of full application deployment and coordination, as well as monitoring as scaling. […]
How to Install Heat and DevStack on Vagrant
Here’s a short post that explains how to install Heat and DevStack on Vagrant # Download and install “(newwindow)Vagrant”:http://downloads.vagrantup.com (1.2.6). # Download an “(newwindow)Ubuntu box”:http://files.vagrantup.com/precise64.box for the vagrant and place it in your Vagrant folder. # Download this Vagrantfile and place it in your Vagrant folder: # Start Vagrant and invoke the following commands: *vagrant […]
How to Install Heat and Devstack on EC2
h2. Devstack is # A great option to install and run an OpenStack cloud on your laptop or inside a VM on a cloud. # Ideal for potential users who want to see what the Dashboard looks like from an admin or user perspective, and OpenStack contributors who wish to test their apps against a […]
Introducing The Cloudify Player
h2. Preface I am still amazed from time to time to find that even very intelligent people who know a lot about software development, but nothing about cloud computing, don’t seem to know this truth about the cloud “world”: when a machine (VM) goes down, its data is gone forever, unless you take precautions in […]
Cloudifying High Availability
The following is Part 1 of 2 on architecting highly available cloud applications using Cloudify. The first part introduces the concepts, challenges, and solutions to achieve highest levels of availability and disaster recovery in the cloud. The second part revisits the concept to provide a solution architecture and demo source code showing a real-world scenario […]