Koman Vijay Emarose works as a Network Architect with the Strategic Accounts
team at Rackspace. He has been a “Racker” (Rackspace Employee) for 7+
years and currently he is adapting to a networking world that is pivoting
towards a world of automation.
In Odaah’s free time, he likes to identify DevCentral site bugs,
incessantly torment Chase Abbott to fix them – particularly the badges and
he is DevCentral’s Featured Member for November!
Vijay’s other hobbies include traveling and has been to more than eleven
countries and looking to increase that number in the future. Personal finance
blogs and binge watching documentaries are his guilty pleasures.
DevCentral got an opportunity to talk with Vijay about his work, life and
DevCentral: You’ve been an active contributor to the DevCentral community
and wondered what keeps you involved?
Vijay Emarose: I have been a... (more)
OpenStack is an open-source cloud framework for building on-demand
Infrastructure as a Service.
This tutorial in essence distills from this two-page set of instructions for
setting up devstack on a single server primarily for use by developers.
I used a DELL 1950 with 8 GB of RAM, internal hard-drives and two 1000 MB
Download and Set Up Ubuntu
Download Ubuntu 11.10 from here and burn to DVD Boot the server from the DVD
and start the install. I installed the BASE SYSTEM and only one optional
package, the OpenSSH Server. I named my server "ubuntu-server" I configured
eth0 with a static ip address of 10.202.181.21. This will be important as the
HOST_IP address of devstack. Create a user named "stack". Log in as "stack"
See next page for how to Install Devstack...
stack@ubuntu-server:~$sudo passwd to set the root password
Every business is different, and their infrastructure is sure to follow suit.
However, just as there are standards within best practices for cloud, so too
are there consistencies where cloud platforms are concerned.
When we say cloud platforms, however, we don’t mean open or closed clouds,
like Rackspace versus AWS. Instead we are referring to public, private and
A recent Business Technology Roundtable blog post delved into an IDC study,
finding that companies are increasingly leveraging hosted private clouds. IDC
points to the hosted private cloud as the new backbone to the infrastructure
“…transforming existing provider models for IT outsourcing, hosting
infrastructure services, and other key IT industries.”
Outsourcing to a hosted private cloud is more than a hand-off of
infrastructure management – its a strategic business decision about ... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
”We’re very proud that Rackspace’s reputation for innovation,
opportunity and growth are attracting top technical and business talent from
industry players that have been there, and done that,” said Emil Sayegh
(pictured below), General Manager of The Rackspace Cloud, as it was announced
today that six new key personnel have joined the company to spearhead
strategic technology efforts aimed to position the company for continued
growth and technology leadership.
“We’re continuing investment to deepen our leadership product development
bench to support our growth while expanding, and scaling our services,”
The CTO &-Founder of The Rackspace Cloud, Jonathan Bryce, is joining a very
special "CTO "Power Panel" at SYS-CON's 4th Cloud Computing Expo, being held
November 2-1, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara... (more)
Rackspace Session at Cloud Expo
Rackspace's Cloud unit is supposed to announce a new partner program
Wednesday aimed at making it the easiest cloud provider to do business with
and so push adoption of the platform.
Partners should be able to leverage simple set-up, sign-up and payment
processes for themselves and their customers.
The program includes online resources such as a web portal for tracking and
reporting; webinars and marketing collateral; co-marketing opportunities; and
standards-based APIs to encourage third parties to build tools for the
The program has two tracks. The Reseller Program offers discounts of up to
12% for selling large volumes of cloud hosting across Rackspace Cloud's
services including the beta Cloud Servers for Windows while members of the
Affiliate Program can get 5%-7% of a referred hosting customer's payments for
a period... (more)
“The recent additions to our portfolio, including Cloud Connect and
Critical Sites, make logical business sense for those looking for
best-in-class hosted solutions as alternatives to expensive and inefficient
on-premise IT infrastructure,” said Rackspace CTO John Engates (pictured)
as his company Rackspace Hosting announced that it was boosting its
Enterprise-grade services with the addition of two new offerings: Cloud
Connect and Critical Sites.
"Businesses of all sizes and budgets," Engates added, "now have access to
Enterprise-class infrastructure, backed by our industry-leading Fanatical
San Antonio, Texas based Rackspace Hosting describes itself as the world's
leading specialist in hosting and cloud computing and is best known in the
industry for coining (and registering) the concept of Fanatical Support.
Critical Sites, for example, is an extension ... (more)
Amazon wannabe Rackspace Hosting has cut a "strategic" deal to incorporate
Akamai's web acceleration and cloud optimization widgetry in its dedicated
and cloud hosting products.
It's supposed to integrate Akamai's CNAMEs load balancing, Secure Sockets
Layer (SSL) encryption and CDN delivery with its S3-competitive Cloud Files
online storage and resell Akamai site and application acceleration services
to its customers beginning next quarter.
The idea is to create a one-stop shop for hosting, cloud and acceleration
services for web content and applications.
Akamai's got 77,000 servers in 71 countries that can be leveraged to reduce
latency and provide high availability in the cloud.
Akamai widgetry in Rackspace's product portfolio is supposed to address the
challenges that companies face in moving to the cloud or hosted environments,
namely, latency, availability, sc... (more)
"OpenStack provides an open, standard platform that gives organizations the
choice of how and where to deploy a cloud, as well as the flexibility to move
applications and workloads among different clouds," said Jim Curry, general
manager, Rackspace Cloud Builders. "The collaboration of Dell, Equinix and
Rackspace to help organizations deploy and connect OpenStack clouds enables
CIOs to choose a computing environment that aligns with their business,
regulatory and technical requirements."
Dell, Equinix, and Rackspace, on Wednesday announced that they have
collaborated to develop an OpenStack cloud demonstration and test
environment. The demo environment will be available in three data centers:
the Equinix International Business Exchange in Silicon Valley, Ca and
Ashburn, Va, and the Rackspace data center in Chicago, Ill. The companies
also plan to collaborate on add... (more)
ServiceMesh on Thursday announced it has joined the OpenStack community.
Using the ServiceMesh Agility Platform and the OpenStack open source cloud
operating system, Global 2000 enterprises can construct a modern,
high-performance cloud computing environment. The Agility Platform ensures
that all enterprise governance, policy management, and workflow capabilities
are applied in a consistent manner across each of the clouds, whether based
on OpenStack or other private and public cloud technologies, allowing the
enterprise to shift to a modern, agile IT operating model. An agile IT
operating model, in turn, helps customers realize concrete business value
from cloud computing technology.
"With Global 2000 customers, there is no such thing as a singular cloud
environment," observed Dave Roberts, vice president of strategy at
ServiceMesh. "Large enterprises operate with... (more)
There was a time in the data center when we dedicated specific infrastructure
and specific administrators to specific projects. This was a period of
tremendous inefficiency and underutilization. This approach created a huge
overhead in terms of administration, and project cycles that seemed to go on
Today, however, cloud computing and virtualization technologies have change
things for the better. Data centers are much more likely to pool resources
– computing, storage, and network resources – into a private cloud
Private cloud challenges
While these virtualized private cloud solutions don’t have the
administrative headaches that the old approach had, they do present some
unique challenges. There are a number of components in the private cloud that
need to be correctly managed, including:
• Data center automation
• Virtualization manag... (more)
Rackspace, which wants to be the "Linux of the cloud" mimicking the now
billion-dollar-a-year Red Hat, said Monday that it's "drawing a line in the
sand against cloud providers."
Everyone agrees it has Amazon, particularly, and VMware, to a certain extent,
in mind. However, what'll probably end up happening is that Red Hat, which
has a prominent part in the open source OpenStack project that Rackspace
started, becomes the "Linux of the cloud" because it's got all the pieces, or
thinks it does, but that's another story.
Anyway, Rackspace is inching out with a production-ready OpenStack cloud
based on Essex, the fifth and best-yet release of the open source cloud
platform put in train by Rackspace and NASA in the summer of 2010.
Rackspace CEO Louis Napier told a New York Times blog that he expects to have
all his customers, by then perhaps 200,000 businesses, on some ... (more)