Call for Adoption of AWS API for Openstack

A call for Openstack to adopt the AWS API as the native API was made a little earlier this week.
In order to position Openstack as the dominant option for hybrid private/public cloud solutions, it’s argued that alignment with the public cloud dominance of Amazon Web Services & Google Compute Engine is an imperative.
While the point is made that alignment with the dominant cloud service providers is important, and the development cost of maintaining separate sets of API’s is in ways inefficient; the ability to fast track feature development could be impacted by sacrificing total control over the API. Similarly, Openstack’s ability to take advantage of new AWS features could be compromised through the dispersal of development resources.

Read the Open Letter here

Ceph Block Devices and Openstack

Integration of the Ceph clustered object storage system with Openstack appears to growing more popular.
Ceph claims to deliver better performance for large block images than a single server. Combining performance with “unlimited” scalability, high availability and load balancing, it’s well worth a look.

Netflix open source cloud strategy

Network World details insights into the Netflix cloud infrastructure.
Why Netflix is one of the most important cloud computing companies
On the topic of Netfilx, despite contributions to open source cloud technologies, there remains no  client to utilise their cloud based video streaming service on the Linux platform.
I recently read of a new HTML5 based browser interface for the IE 11 and Windows 8.1 relase; potentially indicating a move away from the proprietary solutions such as Microsoft silverlight. 
A long way from client access on the Linux platform, but perhaps edging slightly closer.  



RDO – more play less work

While there is a lot to be said for the knowledge gained from a step by step manual installation of openstack, it’s not a journey for the faint of heart.
Bugs, outdated guides and errors have been par for course; inordinate time can be lost in futile pursuits with little long term gain other than preservation of the IT ego.
Enter RDO – a puppet based automated installation that reduces the time required for installing openstack, from best part of a day to ~ 15 minutes.
Despite for many years now preferring Debian based systems, I felt quite at ease with the simplicity of the RDO installation on Red Hat 6.4.