5 cool tools for cloud management

By Tom Henderson and Brendan Allen, Network World |  Cloud Computing, cloud backup, iaas

We then instructed mc to install Apache into the instances, start the instances and tell us that it was done. Total time was approximately 31 seconds. Stopping all 40 Apache server instances took approximately seven seconds. Killing the instances via shutdown with verification took approximately 12 seconds.

The middleware keeps track of basic connectivity facts regarding deployed instances, but there is no database; it's a stateless, push-based messaging concept with metadata intelligence inside the messaging that makes the collective do work. The commands we used are easily scripted into scripts/batches. Had we the budget, the number of instances that we could spin up within a minute could number in the thousands. Having them do work, send messages or store the results, then shut down (and stop the cost cycles) can be stunningly quick.

The MCollective is a developer's cloud tool. It's CLI-only, but building a lightweight GUI for it shouldn't be difficult. In its adaptability, however, its security is lightweight and application security should be handled outside the mc. For the cognoscenti, it's a thunderstorm of a toolkit.

TurnKey Linux Backup and Migration Tool

Persistent cloud applications, usually SaaS-focused applications, need backup, but how that's done is often left up to SaaS site owners/admins, who often don't back up or in some cases even know what to do -- think small businesses and bloggers using WordPress.

Many don't even know where or what files to back up or how to restore a cratered site. TurnKey Linux, we found, offers fully integrated download-and-play appliances consisting of popular SaaS applications but, importantly, bundled with integral Amazon S3 cloud backup costing a few pennies at most per day.

The TurnKey Linux Backup and Migration Tools (TKLBAMs) are pre-configured customizable appliances for instances (cloud, virtualized or bare metal/physical) for popular SaaS applications.

There are more than 40 different pre-built FOSS appliances available from TurnKeyLinux.org including popular Web applications such as Drupal, WordPress, Ruby on Rails, Joomla, a basic LAMP stack and more.

All of the TurnKey Linux appliances include Web-based admin setup for each platform and other common configurations. There is a core appliance which can be used to create a customized appliance if none of the pre-built appliances are suitable. Each TurnKey-supported appliance is based on Ubuntu Linux and is automatically updated daily with Ubuntu security updates.

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