Aeolus at the Ohio LinuxFest – Part I Cloud Providers

aeolusThis weekend I head out to Columbus, OH for the Ohio LinuxFest where I will be presenting Aeolus. This is one of the largest community run Linux conferences in the states, and should be my biggest presentation audience yet, so I'm really looking forward to going. The presentation leans heavily on a live demonstration of the software, with a minimal introduction to the topic and architecture at the beginning. This week a few of us in the Aeolus community are going to be blogging / tweeting / etc to try and drive a bit of buzz around our recent work which includes support for more cloud providers (prominently openstack!), various command line utilities and migration tooling, and our community efforts.

The demo consists of two machines, my desktop workstation acting as an 'external' cloud provider, and my laptop running a vm w/ the Aeolus suite on it. Network resources are always unreliable at conferences, so I'm not planning on deploying to ec2 or similar, but rather I have setup OpenStack and oVirt (RHEV) on my desktop, each bonded to their own management network interface, through which they will be controlled via my laptop. The exact same commands and setup I will be demoing works with any cloud provider supported by the Aeolus suite (which is the most comprehensive IaaS cloud management suite to date).

The demo will be run on freshly installed Fedora 17 systems with components from the Fedora package repositories. In retrospect the hardest part of setting everything up was setting up the cloud providers themselves, after which Aeolus was a cinch. It is no surprise through, a Cloud-based computational environment is a very complicated thing, and involves orchestrating many disparate components, each of which may be complicated in its own right. This reinforces the need for a technology such as Aeolus, as even with open frameworks such as oVirt and OpenStack, the end user is often adopting one particular way of doing things, which entails certain benefits and drawbacks. By adopting open standards 100% centred around portability, one is freeing themselves from being tied to a specific implementation and may choose at any point to adopt alternate solutions with minimal effort.

Attached below is my guide on setting up oVirt and OpenStack on a fresh F17 box (after the jump). I plan on posting an Aeolus overview later to demo interaction with the providers setup below.

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