Demo Redux: OpenStack installer SXSW demo of Chef + Crowbar

If you missed the OpenStack installer demo at Cloud Connect Event then you’ll have another chance to see us go from bare iron to provisioning VMs in under 30 minutes at SXSW on Monday 3/14 from 2-4 pm at Kung Fu Saloon.

Note: Rackspace rented out the Kung Fu Saloon all day Monday, and are doing various events — from live webinars to a Scoble tweetup to a happy hour and more VIP after hours event.

The demo will be orchestrated by Greg Althaus from my team at Dell.  Greg is the primary architect for Crowbar and responsible for some of it’s amazing capabilities including the Chef integrations, network discovery and rockin’ PXE state machine.  Dell Cloud Evanglist, Barton George, will also be on hand.

Of course, our friends from Opscode & Rackspace will be there too – this is Rackspace’s party (they are a Platinum SXSW sponsor)

More more information (outside of this blog, of course), check out

Network World on Ubuntu Cloud

My team at Dell is working on solutions around this cloud strategy.  I like the approach that Canonical & Ecalyptus are taking concerning the use of open source (KVM), ad hoc API standards (Amazon), and flexible storage configurations (DAS or SAN).

Looking at usage trends, stateless server designs (as we get closer to PaaS) will allow us to rethink how we architect hypervisor based clouds.  Of course, this requires us to rethink application architectures and the OS choices that we make to run them. 

Thanks for for the link  that got this thought started.  Network World says…

“Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud provides tight integration between Ubuntu and Ecalyptus and a series of CLI tools (made even more simple by apps like HybridFox with gives them a GUI) that follows along Amazon’s construction. Work done for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud ends up being somewhat reusable if you’re transporting your work to Amazon.”