Balance Your Cloud

Seems like eons ago (just under 6 months..) when I joined Canonical, and hopped on a plane headed for Brussels and UDS-Maverick.

What a whirlwind, attending sessions, meeting the real rock stars of the Ubuntu world, and getting to know my super distributed team.

One of the sessions was based on a blueprint for load balancing in the cloud. The idea was that rather than rely on amazon’s Elastic Load Balancer, you could build your own solution that you could possibly even move around between UEC, EC2, or even Rackspace clouds.

Well it got a lower priority to some other stuff, so unfortunately, many parts got dropped (like ELB compatible cli tools).

But, I managed to find the time to create a proof of concept for managing haproxy’s config file (perhaps my first real python project), and write up a HOWTO for using it.

Honestly, its not the best HOWTO I’ve ever written. Its got a lot of stuff left out. But, it should be enough to get most admins past the “tinker for a few hours” phase and into the “tinker for 40 minutes right before getting it working then passing out on your keyboard at 4:00am” phase. I know thats how far it got me..

2 thoughts on “Balance Your Cloud

  1. at deer camp, my mom had the only set of balls in a family with three males and three fleaems. Your story touches me in a deep place. I still cannot talk to my mom because she is still throwing guilt at me like Nolan Ryan throws aspirins at batters only difference is that she is not aiming at the plate or the catchers mitt, she’s aiming at my head. I have the desire to connect with her, however, I think I have a better chance at levitating myself to the top of Mount Everest, than I do reaching reconciliation with her. I believe I have forgiven her because I can be with her as long as I don’t bring up the issue. That 20 plus page letter I wrote those many years ago helped tremendously and so I hope that your letter will help you. The other piece of my help was getting acceptance from a group of guys that can see me better than I can see myself. THAT has made all the difference of the world. The group will never deliberately attempt to make me feel guilty to manipulate my feelings. Praise the Lord and let’s go to Deer Camp is all I can say.

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