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CloudOpen 2014 – Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Here’s the presentation I gave at the Linux Foundation’s CloudOpen in Dusseldorf on October 13, 2014 titled Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Add two parts virtualization, one part orchestration add a little networking shake and pour. Unfortunately cloud computing isn’t that easy but then again not all clouds are the same and tastes may vary. This talk will discuss how the varying open source technologies like OpenStack, Docker, LXC and others can be mixed together to make something that appeals to the needs of a wide variety of users. There’s also no problem in abstaining from building your own cloud but still benefiting from the open source tooling to maximize the benefits of the public cloud. Slide deck here ... (more)

Guest on Geek Whisperers Podcast

Thanks to Amy Lewis(@commsninja) for inviting me to join the Geek Whisperers podcast with John Mark Troyer(@jtroyer) and Matt Brender(@mjbrender). We talked about: What makes some businesses consider Open Source a sexy strategy while others consider it a waste of time?What’s it like to market to a community where everyone is hands on in the end product? We covered the following topics The cost of customer acquisition The communities of DevOps & Cloud Computing How “community management” is really facilitate interaction The myth that open source reduces R&D cost An interest in Ma... (more)

Linux.SYS-CON.com Exclusive: What Would UserLinux Look Like?

Last Monday at the Desktop Linux Consortium Conference at Boston University’s Tyngsboro, Massachusetts Campus there was a lot of talk about a “UserLinux” distribution. The topic was sparked by remarks by Bruce Perens who voiced a need for a distribution that was designed to meet community needs for a desktop operating system based on the Linux community favorite Debian distribution. I contacted Bruce who has been kind enough to interject some comments to my own text. They are marked [thus]. The thought of UserLinux sparked my thinking. The thing I like about Linux is that it’s ... (more)

Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing

I started giving this presentation last year to try to cover the various noteworthy open source cloud computing technologies. I have given it numerous times and keep updating it as the landscape changes. Sometimes I throw in a whole section on notable systems management tools to help manage the cloud but that makes the content pretty tough to cover in a talk that lasts in under an hour. Here’s the latest edition I gave last month for Networld Interop.   Technorati Tags: ceph, cloud computing, cloudstack, gluster, Hadoop, Open Source, OpenStack ... (more)

Case Study: Biocomputing Solutions Using Linux Networx Cluster System

Tulane University is home to the Center for Computational Science (CCS), a unique facility designed to provide computational resources for research projects across many disciplines. The Center provides an infrastructure for investigators interested in computational science to exchange ideas, produce research, and establish new collaborations. The Challenge One of these collaborative efforts involves a team of researchers performing computational simulations of multi-scale models in biological systems. This research is funded through individual research grants from the National I... (more)