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Thierry Carrez on running your own Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud

Thierry Carrez, who works in the Ubuntu Server team, has a great series of blog posts on how to run your own Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. I haven't had a chance to  try this yet, but it's high on my TODO list. Thierry uses the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud product (which has been part of Ubuntu server starting with 9.04) together with Eucalyptus. Here are the links to Thierry's posts:
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Compiling, installing and test-running Scribe

I went to the Hadoop World conference last week and one thing I took away was how Facebook and other companies handle the problem of scalable logging within their infrastructure. The solution found by Facebook was to write their own logging server software called Scribe (more details on the FB blog).

Scribe is mentioned in one of the best presentations I attended at the conference -- 'Hadoop and Hive Development at Facebook' by Dhruba Borthakur and Zheng Shao. If you look at page 4, you'll see the enormity of the situation they're facing: 4 TB of compressed data (mostly logs) handled every day, and 135 TB of compressed data scanned every day. All this goes through Scribe, so that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling that it's indeed scalable and robust. For more details on Scribe, see the wiki page of the project. It's my intention here to detail the steps needed for compiling and installing it, since I found that to be a non-trivial process to say the least. I'm g…

Brandon Burton on 'Automation is the cloud'

Great post from Brandon Burton, my ex-colleague at RIS/Reliam, on why automation is the foundation of cloud computing. Brandon discusses automation at various levels, starting with virtualization and networking, then moving up the layers and covering OS, configuration management and application deployment. Highly recommended.