Open Source Tool Chains for Cloud Computing

Mark Hinkle (The Linux Foundation ), John Willis (Enstratius), Alex Honor (ControlTier open source automation project)
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The talk will give an overview of four key areas for the management of cloud computing/virtual infrastructure and the open source tools available to achieve success managing these environments in each area.

  • Provisioning – Bringing server images online using build systems best suited for clouds and virtual machines (e.g. OpenNebula, Cobbler, OpenQRM)
  • Configuration – Abstraction and application of configuration policies across virtual infrastructure. e.g cfengine, Chef, Puppet
  • Command and Control – Scaling and management of administration activities across nodes and application tiers. e.g. ControlTier, Capistrano
  • Monitoring – Keeping the situational awareness of dynamic environments has never been more challenging, too
    Nagios, HypericHQ, Zenoss Core

Tools discussed will be chosen based on merit and their ability to interact with other tools to form a systems management toolchain.

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Mark Hinkle

The Linux Foundation

Mark Hinkle is a long-time open source expert and advocate. He is a co-founder of both the Open Source Management Consortium and the Desktop Linux Consortium. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. He is also the author of the book, “Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration.” (Thomson, 2006)

Over the past 10 years Mark has held executive positions at a various technology start-ups. At Earthlink (previously MindSpring) he was the head of the award-winning technical support organization recognized by PC Computing and PC World as the best in the industry. He has held executive roles (CIO, VP of Business Development) with Linux virtualization software provider, Win4Lin. As the VP of Strategy at Emu Software he executed the release of their configuration software, NetDirector, under an open source license.

Mark holds a BS degree in Management from York College of Pennsylvania. He has also completed undergraduate work in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a founding father of the University of Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club.

Mark is an active blogger on his open source technology blog, SocializedSoftware.

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John Willis


John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for 30 years. John was the founder of Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, focusing on Tivoli consulting. John is a leading infrastructure management architect in the enterprise systems management space. He has delivered over 10,000 hours of training on IBM Tivoli products around the world and is considered an expert in enterprise systems management and monitoring. John has authored over six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management. John was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems, a lead software developer of IBM Enterprise “Z” TMON-MVS/CICS by Landmark Systems, and a developer MICS by Morino Associates. He also developed IBM SystemsView products for Candle Corporation and Infrawise Inc. in the 1980’s. He served as an automation manager at GE Capital and Exxon. John is known internationally for his IT Management and Cloud blog. He also has two podcast series on clouds called “Cloud Cafe” and “Cloud Droplets.” John is also the co-host of Redmonk’s “IT Management Guys” podcast series.

Here is a link to my published works:

Alex Honor

ControlTier open source automation project

Alex Honor is the founder of the ControlTier open source automation project. Has been involved in the development and management of large scale online systems for over 15 years, including critical roles at E*TRADE, NASA Ames Research, Open Design, and DTO Solutions. He is a frequent speaker at regional user group meetings on issues of system scalability and deployment automation.

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Damon Edwards
07/21/2010 7:43am PDT

Off topic? I saw lots of tools. Maybe a bit too much time on the integration and culture strategies around successfully deploying the tools… but what can you expect for a 40 minute talk about a broad topic. I liked that they didn’t just talk about what I could have read in various tool docs. Last thing I wanted was another ganglia or chef workshop. Just my $0.02.

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Kris Read
07/21/2010 7:16am PDT

Sorry guys but I have to comment that I thought this talk was off-topic. Came hoping to learn specifically about open source tools I can use for managing our cloud infrastructure. Ended up being a very small part of this talk that covered everything from DevOps Culture to a history of Tool Chains in Unix or definitions of broad concepts like Systems Integration.

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