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Upgrading the Docker Ship, New Features on the Horizon

Docker is rapidly changing and evolving as it continues to gain traction and popularity in the world of containerized applications.  One of the biggest challenges that new technologies face is viability in the enterprise arena.  While the use of containers does have intrinsic value to organizations, especially those leveraging a DevOps model, its feature set …

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Puppet, Chef, and Ansible: Open Source Configuration Management Tools

A key component of our policy driven data center of the future is configuration management.  With terms like cloud, orchestration, and DevOps being thrown around all over the place, how do we handle this?  How do we make sure that we’re doing things in a consistent way?  There are as many options as there are …

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Your Open Source Software Defined Networking Round Up

Software Defined Everything.  Anything you’ve could possibly touch in your data center is getting to the point where it has some sort of software defined counterpart.  Virtualization set the stage for our future data centers, by software defining hardware, and other technologies are catching up.  One area I think is particularly interesting is the open …

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OpenStack Swift: How Many Rings to Rule Them All?

I’ve already talked about one of OpenStack’s core building blocks, Cinder, which is OpenStack’s block based storage feature.  Now, I want to take a closer look at Swift, OpenStack’s object based storage project, and another key component to an OpenStack deployment. Swift enables the storage and retrieval of data by using a simple API.  It …

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Who Updated the Docs? OpenStack and CI/CD

When we talk about OpenStack, there is a lot of focus on the Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) methodology it uses to achieve its rapid release schedule of two releases a year.  Think about that for a moment, a network of thousands of developers working together to release an operating system that runs clouds.  Clouds that …

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OpenStack Storage, Cinder the Foundation

I’ve always felt like storage was one of the fundamental building blocks of virtualization.  The VMware environment I worked with sucked up the most storage out of any other group or application, even with storage efficiencies like deduplication in place.  When there was something wrong with the environment’s storage, it quickly impacted everything running on …

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