Latest Cloud and Open Source Talks

by Mark on August 13, 2013

OpenSource.comLast month I was fortunate enough to give a couple of talks at OSCON. I was particularly pleased with the reception my keynote received on Creating Communities of Inclusion, which touched on some topics beyond the typical licensing and community around open source software.  I was was also asked to expand on these topics at Here are the abstracts and links to the presentations and article.

OSCON Keynote: Creating Communities of Inclusion

Building Communities of InclusionFree and open source software is equal parts technology and humanity. Beyond the coding standards, development environments and essential parts of delivering free software the ideals that drive this movement are powerful. This is a reflection on the lessons gleaned from successful F/LOSS communities and a call to action to spread their ideals to other endeavors such as medicine and government. (video and slides here)

OSCON Talk: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Open Source Cloud Computing

Hitchhiker's Guide to Open Source Cloud ComputingAnd while the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (HHGTTG) is a wholly remarkable book it doesn’t cover the nuances of cloud computing. Whether you want to build a public, private or hybrid cloud there are free and open source tools that can help provide you a complete solution or help augment your existing Amazon or other hosted cloud solution. That’s why you need the Hitchhiker’s Guide to (Open Source) Cloud Computing (HHGTCC) or at least to attend this talk understand the current state of open source cloud computing. This talk will cover infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and developments in big data and how to more effectively deploy and manage open source flavors of these technologies. Specific the guide will cover:

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service – The Systems Cloud – Get a comparison of the open source cloud platforms including OpenStack, Apache CloudStack, Eucalyptus and OpenNebula
  • Platform-as-a-Service – The Developers Cloud – Learn about the tools that abstract the complexity for developers and used to build portable auto-scaling applications ton CloudFoundry, OpenShift, Stackato and more.
  • Data-as-a-Service – The Analytics Cloud – Want to figure out the who, what, where, when and why of big data? You’ll get an overview of open source NoSQL databases and technologies like MapReduce to help parallelize data mining tasks and crunch massive data sets in the cloud.
  • Network-as-a-Service – The Network Cloud – The final pillar for truly fungible network infrastructure is network virtualization. We will give an overview of software-defined networking including OpenStack Quantum, Nicira, open Vswitch and others.

Finally this talk will provide an overview of the tools that can help you really take advantage of the cloud. Do you want to auto-scale to serve millions of web pages and scale back down as demand fluctuates. Are you interested in automating the total lifecycle of cloud computing environments You’ll learn how to combine these tools into tool chains to provide continuous deployment systems that will help you become agile and spend more time improving your IT rather than simply maintaining it.

[Finally, for those of you that are Douglas Adams fans please accept the deepest apologies for bad analogies to the HHGTTG.]

(slides here)

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Ansible and Co-Host of the CloudCast

by Mark on August 8, 2013

The CloudCastAaron Delp(@aarondelp) had me on the Episode #95 of the CloudCast as a special co-host with AnsibleWorks founder, Michael DeHaan(@laserllama). Michael is somewhat of a cult open source systems management hero if there is such a thing a she has developed the popular Linux provisioning tool, Cobbler.

His latest project Ansible is a centralized automation tool that lends itself to controlling large numbers of systems simultaneously by leveraging protocols already present on systems specifically ssh. Requiring no software to be installed on remote nodes, the callback solution can be triggered via a simple call to ‘curl’ or ‘wget’, and is easily embeddable in init scripts, kickstarts, or preseeds.

Ansible helps enable configuration management, application delivery and continuos deployment of infrastructure. This approach is very in vogue with the movement of Devops and is worth a look.

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Engineers Unplugged – Cloud Workloads

June 22, 2013

My two buddies Aaron Delp (@aarondelp) and Giles Sirett (@shapeblue) discussing the evolution from traditional to cloud workloads on EngineersUnplugged hosted by Amy Lewis(@CommsNinja).   Technorati Tags: cloud computing

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