Posts written by Mike Metral
Container technology is evolving at a very rapid pace. The purpose of the webinar talk in this post is to describe the current state of container technologies within the OpenStack Ecosystem. Topics we will cover include:
- How OpenStack vendors and operators are using containers to create efficiencies in deployment of the control plane services
- Approaches OpenStack consumers are taking to deploy container-based applications on OpenStack clouds
Project Touchstone is intended to serve as a reference of actual usecases & examples for cloud applications in the Rackspace ecosystem.
In this blog post, we will be continuing with our "I Have a Cloud...Now What?" series, and build out a redundant & scalable webapp that also showcases how one can easily organize & analyze the logs their apps produce in a novel & informational manner.
When we meet with customers, a constant set of questions we get asked goes something like this: "OK, now that I have access to a cloud, what do I do with it? How can I make sure I take full advantage of my cloud? How do I properly architect my webapps to leverage the resources cloud makes available to me?"
All of these questions are great and merit a worthy answer. However, the truth is that talking about it can only get you so far - insert Project Touchstone: a collection of mini projects meant to extensively showcase how one should architect, consume, organize and orchestrate real-world web stacks on the infrastructures provided by the Rackspace Public & Private cloud.
To simplify the custom image creation process, Rackspace released boot.rackspace.com, a collection of iPXE scripts that allows you to rapidly network boot Operating Systems, Utilities and other tools very easily. It's especially useful for remote access environments when you don't want to utilize remote attached CD's in a Dell DRAC, HP iLO or some other type of remote tool. It's especially awesome for bootstrapping your own custom installation on a Cloud Server!
In the world of Cloud Computing, hypervisors and disk image formats come in various shapes & sizes and are by no means made equal. In the Rackspace Public Cloud, we utilize Citrix XenServer as our hypervisor, which requires that our disk images be in the VHD format.