Posts written by James Thorne
OpenStack Swift is the object storage project within OpenStack. From the OpenStack Swift documentation, "Swift is a highly available, distributed, eventually consistent object/blob store. Organizations can use Swift to store lots of data efficiently, safely, and cheaply."
Now that Swift can be easily deployed and used, what are some of the use cases for it in Rackspace Private Cloud?
Architecting applications for a cloud environment usually means treating each cloud server as ephemeral. If you destroy the cloud server, the data is destroyed with it. But, you still need a way to persist data. Cloud block storage has typically been that solution. Attach cloud block storage to a cloud server, save your data within that cloud block device, and when/if the cloud server is destroyed, your data persists and can be re-attached to another cloud server.
Two weeks ago, I presented a live webinar on a big data solution running on top of Rackspace Private Cloud.
The following post, the fifth and last in the RPC Insights series, will be a summary of that live webinar. I will be discussing what big data is, why Rackspace Private Cloud is a good fit for running big data solutions, some tools associated with big data, and briefly showing you how to run your first Hadoop job.
Last week, I presented a live webinar on using Rackspace Private Cloud to support your software development lifecycle.
The following post, the fourth of several in the RPC Insights series, will be a summary of that live webinar. I will be discussing a general overview of the software development lifecycle, why Rackspace Private Cloud is a good fit for this use case, and demonstrating how to integrate Jenkins with GitHub.
Last week, I presented a live webinar on why web tier applications are a good fit for Rackspace Private Cloud.
The following post, the third of several in the RPC Insights series, will be a summary of that live webinar. I will be covering why Rackspace Private Cloud is a great fit for your cloud ready web applications, why you may need to migrate your web application from a public cloud to a private cloud, discuss and provide a concept architecture of a cloudy web tier application, and discuss an overview of bursting into the Rackspace Public Cloud from your Rackspace Private Cloud.
Last week, I presented a live webinar on how to use the OpenStack Horizon Dashboard to spin up your first instance on Rackspace Private Cloud. The Horizon Dashboard is a simple and intuitive way to begin consuming your OpenStack environment. But, what if you want to administer and use your OpenStack environment using the OpenStack Python command line tools?
In the following post, the second of several in the RPC Insights series, I am going to detail how to do everything I did in the webinar using the Horizon Dashboard with the OpenStack Python command line tools.
Understanding the Chef Environment File in Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2.x powered by OpenStack Havana
In a previous post I went through two typical Chef Environment files specific to Rackspace Private Cloud v4.1.x powered by OpenStack Grizzly with nova-network and Quantum Networking. However, with Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2.x powered by OpenStack Havana some things have changed, in particular Quantum has been renamed to Neutron.
In the following post, I am going to break down each part of the Chef Environment file, including the Highly Available pieces, specific to Rackspace Private Cloud 4.2.x powered by OpenStack Havana.
OpenStack is composed of many different projects. The core projects provide compute, storage, and network resources. The Neutron project provides network resources to the OpenStack environment and can be difficult to get started with. To help get the gears turning, I will be discussing some of the functionality Neutron Networking is capable of.
Rackspace Private Cloud uses Chef to deploy an OpenStack environment. Chef provides the ability to quickly configure and deploy an OpenStack environment on one to many nodes. An integral part of deployment is the Chef Environment file. This file can be difficult to understand as a newcomer to Chef.
In the following post, I am going to break down each part of two typical Chef Environment files specific to Rackspace Private Cloud v4.1.x powered by OpenStack Grizzly.
A new post covering the Chef Environment file for Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2.x, including the highly available bits, can be found here.