There is an old quote that describes the progress of disruptive movements and technologies in this way: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”.
Well, when it comes to Open Source in the data centre, we have been in the winning stage for quite a while now.
In the beginning there was the lone systems administrator.
He (for it was almost always a he) drank a lot of coffee, played a lot of PC games in the office, and knew all those arcane command line incantations to make your infrastructure work.
Problem is, he was a single point of failure, being the only person who understood your system scripts and the ad-hoc and informal ways in which your servers where setup.
One of the most popular ways to manage an OpenStack cloud is through the Dashboard, codenamed Horizon. Although no one can argue the fact that it has improved a lot since the early days, there are still some things that need to be tweaked towards a better user experience.
The launch instance dialog, for one, bugged me for a long time.»
For the past 7 years I have been working as a head system administrator with a tech startup incubator.
Mine is the (often thankless) job of ensuring that the data center runs smoothly and securely and that business software, application servers and development environments are working and available to our users.»
You’d think we’d all be accustomed to the Cloud by now. After all we’ve been hearing about Cloud technologies, Cloud this and Cloud that for over five years. But this is quite far from the truth when it comes to the enterprise Cloud.»
From its humble beginnings in early 20th century to being our most essential infrastructure today, IT has come a long way. And it was mainly two techniques that helped it get where it is: ever increasing abstractions and a “divide and conquer” approach.»
Last week’s OpenStack Summit in Vancouver was a great opportunity for members of the OpenStack community to get together, exchange views and share their experience.»
Last week we had another meeting with the local OpenStack User Group members #OSATH hosted at InnovAthens. It was exciting to see some of our old members progressing with their projects on OpenStack. Lots of new members and people interested in this community have also shown up, which is even more interesting and shows the traction OpenStack gets in Greece.»