Over the past four years, we have seen IT data center virtualization go mainstream and have started to realize the benefits promised by this transformation. It’s only logical that we keep building on this momentum and start to stretch the legs of these new scalable, elastic computing infrastructures. Enter cloud computing.
Originally as part of a conceptual Building-A-Cloud workshop that I’ve created, this paper will describe the buildout of a Private Cloud infrastructure based entirely on open source software. This fits in very nicely if you are an internal IT provider of a lab or research environment such as I am. Economic drivers along with the need to very quickly provision and recycle IT resources lead us toward the clouds.
Some of the more interesting benefits and challenges will be discussed as well as some of the future possibilities of open source private cloud computing.
Louis Danuser has worked over 25 years in IT on some interesting assignments ranging from database design to software programming to being a storm chaser using cutting edge GIS and remote sensing technologies. His latest assignment includes leading a group of IT Ninja’s for AT&T Labs, Inc.
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