Linux Cloud Technologies 2013

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by on February 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

 

Build The Cloud On Linux!

Build The Cloud On Linux!

Build the cloud on Linux!  This year looks very promising for Linux when it comes to building your private cloud using open source technologies.  Finally, Linux-based software and applications for building and managing your private cloud are coming to maturity.  Look forward to more articles on creating and integrating your Linux Cloud throughout 2013!

On this page, you will find brief overview / review of different technologies available today that can help you move forward with building a successful cloud deployment.

 

OpenStack


This project has a lot of heavy backers, including the recent addition of Red Hat.  Red Hat is currently offering a free preview of their upcoming commercialized package of OpenStack, available here:  http://www.redhat.com/openstack/  Within the next few weeks I hope to test-drive this release and provide a full review of the software.

Also, OpenStack is available in the updates-testing repo of Fedora 18.  If you’re looking to get the OpenStack software up and running, you can consider following this guide from test day:  Fedora Test Day:2012-09-18 OpenStack. I have installed this successfully on one of my systems using the Test Day guide, but I never actually tried to spin up a VM.  I will likely investigate this more in the future.

So, what is OpenStack exactly?  Well, it’s more of a framework for building your cloud, rather than an end-use tool.  While the vanilla release of OpenStack does include a web-based dashboard GUI, most of the work still has to be done under the hood via the command line.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the process is definitely complicated and probably not something that you’re going to get running in under an hour.

CloudStack

This is an Apache Project, with the most notable (IMO) backer being Citrix.  Citrix offers a commercial product called CloudPlatform.  It looks quite promising, and I will likely take it for a test-drive in the next few months.  Stay tuned for more information.

OpenNebula

This software bills itself as “An enterprise-ready open-source platform for sysadmins and devops to manage cloud data centers.”  This product doesn’t seem to have any main-line collaborators like the other software mentioned here, but does have commercial support provided by C12G Labs.  This technology looks like it is the easiest to deploy.  Nearly every step of cloud deployment after initial hypervisor, storage node, and manager node setup can be performed via a very robust and mature web GUI.  I am hoping to set aside my next free weekend to really dig deep into this software.

Eucalyptus

This software is designed to build private clouds, and private hybrid clouds that interface with AWS.  This software is also included in the release of Fedora 18, which means it’s also on my list of things to test.

 

CloudOpen 2013

The Linux Foundation sponsors a lot of events each year.  Introduced last year, CloudOpen is back for 2013.  Here is a list of topics being covered at that conference this year:

LinuxKVM, Xen, Hadoop, Puppet, Chef, Gluster, Juju, Devops, Big Data, Cloud Storage Filesystems,

Cloud platforms including Eucalyptus, OpenStack, CloudStack, CloudFoundry, Amazon Web Services
And much more…

 

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