[colug-432] virtualization, clouds, and infrastructure

Scott McCarty scott.mccarty at gmail.com
Thu Dec 16 09:37:41 EST 2010

I am using KVM with Redhat Cluster/DRBD for shared nothing:

On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 3:38 PM, Scott Merrill <skippy at skippy.net> wrote:

> The discussion on Hadoop is interesting, and I do hope a presentation
> or two results. If I can help coordinate, please let me know.
> On a similar vein, how are you folks handling the management of
> virtualized servers in your environments? It's trivial with KVM and
> similar tools to run a couple of virtual instances on a single
> physical box. It's not so trivial to run those virtual instances in a
> highly available fashion across a cluster of physical machines.
> VMware makes a pretty penny with VMotion, Storage VMotion, and similar
> technology, and by providing a nice management interface to this
> issue. Alas, those management tools are Windows-only.
> Red Hat has a product (by way of acquisition) called Red Hat
> Enterprise Virtualization Manager (RHEV-M). This, too, is currently a
> Windows-only solution.
> I've looked at a lot of IaaS ("Infrastructure as a Service"), elastic
> cloud, and similar solutions in the last couple of days. None of these
> are what I want, particularly. I'm not looking to sell or chargeback
> for our infrastructure, and I'm not looking for variable ad-hoc
> resource allocation.
> What I want is a reliable means of keeping a number of virtual servers
> up and accessible across a number of physical boxes, such that any
> physical box can be taken offline for maintenance (for example,
> rolling reboots across physical hosts).
> luci and ricci are are start, but they're nowhere near as end user
> friendly as the VMware tools. This is not a big concern for me, but it
> is an issue for those with whom I work, who might be expected to
> provide on-demand support if I get hit by a bus (or am just home
> sick).
> Anyone else tackling these issues? Would you care to present to COLUG
> on how you're managing things?
> Thanks,
> Scott
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