OpenStack Installer (for RHEL-OSP)

Hi folks,

I’m starting a new multi-part series on deploying the OpenStack Installer from Red Hat. Hopefully, this makes some folks very happy.. Undoubtedly, this makes others confused, and still others wonder what the big deal is.

Here’s the short answer as to why I’m headed in this particular direction: It’s a strategic, albeit temporary, direction for Red Hat. Continue reading

Santa Claus Evaluating OpenStack

That’s quite the headline, right? Well, here’s the backstory.. I was in Dallas, TX this week providing an OpenStack Workshop for some customers and BOOM! One of them happens to be “the” Jolly Old Elf himself..

2014-12-12 13.23.36As you can see his primary name badge for the North Pole even says so.. even though the pic didn’t come out as clear as I’d hoped. But you can clearly see his Red Hat (hah!!) on his badge. (interestingly enough, his other badge was for an airline that I probably don’t have permission to name, but I thought it interesting that Santa works part-time for an airline…)

So what is Old St. Nick evaluating OpenStack for? He wouldn’t quite elaborate yet, but I was able to infer that he has several applications or “lists” that require his checking, along with some mail reading apps that require some elasticity around the holidays. Perhaps there is a tie in with NoradSanta.org

Hopefully he chooses Red Hat for his OpenStack distribution, but regardless, it’s good to see the even Santa sees the value in Open Source.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Saucy Spaghetti Monster, and Catastrophic Cthulhu to all!!

Captain KVM

Lab on a Budget Tricks – pt1

Hi folks,

I hope to make this a “many part series”, broken up over time, but not every post… if that makes sense. What started this was that while I have access to some labs at work, they aren’t always available and they aren’t always conducive to me blowing them up. (I like to break things… then fix them, it’s how I learn.) Because of this, I bought some gear to hammer away on to test new things on RHEL 7, KVM, OpenStack, etc… but I’m not independently wealthy either, so I’m going to make due with what I have for some pieces… Continue reading

ESX And RHEL-OSP (Just Say No!!)

Hi folks,

It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted. So long in fact that I started wondering if I was ever going to get back to it. But here we are and I’m happy say that I just renewed the site and domain name. Better yet, I’m back in a position where I can actually post things. So why am I railing against ESX in my first post back? Is it because I’m anti-VMware or because I’m a Red Hat “fanboy”?  Continue reading

Strategy for Utilizing Scale Out Storage for Cloud & Virtualization Platforms

Hi folks,

I’m finishing up my week at Red Hat Summit, sitting in a coffee shop in downtown San Francisco. I spent the week in customer meetings, pulling booth duty, showing demos, and presenting a handful of sessions.. And here I am with my laptop, and my coffee, writing about my laptop and coffee.. I’ve officially become a walking (sitting?) cliché.

Anyway, as the title suggests this time, I want to cover a great strategy for taking advantage of scale-out storage for virtualization and/or cloud. It’s certainly not the only way, but it works very well. Don’t let the NetApp visuals scare you away – some of what I’m sharing will apply regardless of the scale-out platform you’re utilizing. I’ll point out the things that are likely unique to NetApp. Continue reading