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Two of Your Nines Don’t Need Five Nines

There’s a pretty good chance that you have a number of environments that are tagged as having a five nines requirement for availability That don’t actually need it. We often find ourselves getting confused with availability and the true cost of keeping application environments up on the ever elusive 99.999% uptime. Breaking Down the Nines It is eye opening when …

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Suspending and Restarting the OpenStack Cookbook Lab

In our previous post about Installing the OpenStack Cookbook on OSX, we explored the simple first steps needed to get our OpenStack lab environment up and running on OSX. This is OSX specific, but quite similar to the lab being run on Windows and Linux. I will put together a quick post to show how to do the same on …

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Installing the OpenStack Cookbook on OSX

As an advocate for OpenStack, I am always keen to help give newcomers to the open cloud ecosystem a chance to have a positive learning experience. A great tool for that is the OpenStack Cookbook lab. I’ve been lucky enough to have helped a little along the way as a reviewer for the 2nd edition of the book, and to …

November 2015 London/UK VMUG Recap

Having just finished up a trans-Atlantic trip, I am reminded again about how important the community is. The theme of the VMUG may be changing as we watch the progression in technology, but the core importance has not changed, and if anything, has strengthened. Meeting of the Mentors A few folks in the community stand out personally for me from …