Virtualization and Cloud

Jonathan Gershater

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Infrastructure as a Service is one of the three delivery methods of cloud computing (the other two are Platform as a Service and Software as a Service). Users of IaaS have the expertise to maintain operating systems and applications, but don't wish to purchase server, storage and networking hardware and a datacenter to house the hardware. The cloud provider provides these services from a shared pool. The cloud user will then use the virtual machines to fulfill their computing requirements and may install their own operating system and will install their own applications on the virtual machines. Some characteristics of IaaS: Elasticity: you can provision (add) or de-provision (remove) cloud instances to scale up or down your environment. Firewalls: may be host-based on each cloud instance (virtual machine - see below) and/or an Internet firewall that offers the c... (more)

Brief Summary of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS

In this posting, I summarize my prior three posts on the three cloud computing offerings: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). I concentrate how the three offerings differ with respect to flexibility, maintenance and portability. One of the greatest challenges companies face when moving to the cloud is security. Thus I will devote an entire blog post in the future, to security concerns. Flexibility How much flexibility do you have with each offering? What can you change or modify within each cloud offering to suit you... (more)

High Availability, Fault Tolerance and Disaster Recovery in AWS

Amazon Web Services – Disaster Recovery, High Availability and Fault Tolerance Abbreviations used: AWS - Amazon Web Services AMI - Amazon Machine Instance DR - Disaster Recovery FT - Fault Tolerance HA - High Availability Non-technical introduction. High Availability and Fault Tolerance – the requirement that a computer application be seemlessly available to users without interruption, literally “no (or very little) fault will be tolerated”. In simple speak, this means that I am able to use a computer application even though in the background there may be outages, for example har... (more)

Examining Excellent Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is an open source Infrastructure as a Service cloud offering. What is unique about Eucalyptus is that it is compatible with Amazon AWS APIs. This means that you can: Use Eucalyptus commands to manage Amazon or Eucalyptus instances. Freely move instances between a Eucalyptus private cloud and the Amazon Public cloud to create a hybrid cloud. Eucalyptus leverages operating system virtualization, such as KVM or XEN, to achieve isolation between applications and stacks. Operating system virtualization dedicates CPU and RAM to systems and applications such that they don't ... (more)

Simplified Install of VMware vCloud Director 5.1

VMware vCloud Director is used by organizations wishing to build a private cloud (Infrastructure as a Service - IaaS). The purpose of this guide is to help you set up vCloud. Thus, the guide configures vCloud for local storage and direct-connect networking. Storage and network provisioning is not configured because these are complex configurations requiring a SAN/NAS, vShield Edge Gateway, VXLAN etc most of which are not available in a simple home lab. To understand what IaaS cloud computing is, I offer some blogs I have written and a short video at these links: Introduction to... (more)