OpenStack for Windows Users: So it begins…
This is a guest post by Duan van der Westhuizen. Duan works at Rackspace in Enterprise Product Development and has been a Racker for almost 6 years. Duan started in our EMEA office where he also had roles in Business Intelligence and Customer Support. He has over 15 years of technology experience across various fields from technology strategy, engineering, development and database design. Duan is a tech at heart who is passionate about leading edge technologies and finding ways to solve market problems through new and innovative solutions.
First, a confession: I am a Microsoft guy, and have been for about 15 years now.
I started working on an old monochrome ICL computer back in the days of MS-DOS 6. My first exposure to coding was when I learned how to write batch files that would create RAM drives into which I could load my games like Kings Quest, Double Dragon, etc. (from floppy disks) so they could load faster when I played them.
I have always been intrigued by the momentum and the global importance of the Open Source movement as well as the disruptive nature of cloud computing, so I decided to blog about it! This blog series is aimed at my journey into understanding OpenStack, the open source cloud software that can be used to build private and public clouds.
The first problem for me is that it’s based on Linux. Herein lies my conundrum, and also the point of me tackling this journey into understanding the basics of how to get technically proficient at creating and running my own private cloud on OpenStack without any basic understanding of the base OS. My aim is to write this series to help others like myself, who have a history in Windows, to understand the basics and to take the first step towards running their own OpenStack-based clouds.
More to follow as I continue on my journey…