vBACD July 2012 - Public and Private Cloud Management with Scalr


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“Public and Private Cloud Management with Scalr”, Sebastian Stadil, CEO, Scalr
This talk shows how a best-of-breed cloud management tool can help get stuff done faster, and enable scenarios like public cloud prototyping prior to in-house transfer, hybrid cloud deployments for higher availability, and cloud-bursting. The presentation covers how open source cloud management project Scalr integrates with AWS and CloudStack, and the new levels of automation and control it affords you, from Scalr co-founder Sebastian Stadil and his extensive experience in building highly available systems at scale.

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  • Promise: by the end of this talk, you’ll know whether you need cloud management software or not.\n
  • If you like that CloudStack is open source, you might want to consider using an open source cloud management tool too.\n
  • It’s an abstraction layer for cloud resources which lets you operate in the concepts that you care about: applications and the services that make up their components. So you focus less on the tactics, and more on the strategy.\n
  • - Cloud Management is getting very big\n- On Google, there is approximately on query every minute related to Cloud Management\n
  • IT departments are “under staffed” -> insufficient automation, too much repetition.\nStems from lack of standardization\nWhat’s not repetition in your organization, can be repetition in the market (upgrading WP) (that’s why SaaS is great)\n
  • Think of a messy toolshed: takes time to find stuff. In case of emergency, world of hurt.\nTens of teams, hundreds of projects, things get hard.\n
  • Would you give your teenage daughter your credit card? Breakdown of bills and expenditures by activity, group, is important to upper management.\n
  • Varying levels of lock-in. Lock-in can be architectural: using services that are internal.\nUse software with permissive licenses (open source, unlimited licenses).\n
  • Disgruntled employee.\nCloud keys is root access.\n
  • Developers don’t know enough about security.\nSecurity can be sacrificed for agility.\n
  • If you move to the cloud but bring along everything that was slowing you down in traditional hosting, you won’t be successful.\n-> Need to re-evaluate process. Self service needs to be complemented with tooling.\n
  • Risky, nobody wants to take the risk.\nBetter to do this while everyone is watching.\nData growth >> bandwidth growth\n
  • Can’t connect to the internet. Is it me, or is it everyone?\nWhen you look at the individual ant, you can be misled into thinking that the ant colony is dumb. Aggregation and reporting of data across teams and organizations is important.\n
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  • What was my promise? Help you decide if you need cloud management software. For small applications, you don’t need it. But at scale, and with complexity, you should use a tool that lets you manage systems and not servers.\n
  • vBACD July 2012 - Public and Private Cloud Management with Scalr

    2. 2. ABOUT SCALR+800.000 +7000servers launched companiesApril 2008 Apache 2 created in license
    3. 3. CLOUD MANAGEMENT IN A NUTSHELL• Layer on top of public and private cloud infrastructure• Provide automation and management tools: auto-scaling, database replication, scripting engine, monitoring tools...➡ Rocking your operations
    4. 4. CLOUD MANAGEMENT IS BIG 1 query every minute on Google.com 10 times more queries in 5 years Source: Google Keywoord Tool for April 2012 - Google Insight for Search 2007-2012
    5. 5. CLOUD MANAGEMENT IS BIG 1 query every minute on Google.com 10 times more queries in 5 years Source: Google Keywoord Tool for April 2012 - Google Insight for Search 2007-2012
    6. 6. REPETITIONMuch time spent on routine, undifferentiated tasks
    7. 7. ORGANIZATIONAsset management is hard at scale
    8. 8. COSTINGReporting on expenditures for the CFO
    9. 9. LOCK-INMigrating is expensive
    10. 10. PERMISSIONSGovernance, policies, and more.
    11. 11. SECURITYDiffusion of responsibility over security
    12. 12. AGILITYProcess is often ported to cloud without re-evaluation
    13. 13. DRInsufficient DR in production environments
    14. 14. VISUALIZATIONInsufficient aggregation and reporting at scale
    15. 15. TRACKINGWho messed up the infra?
    16. 16. HYBRID CLOUD PATTERNS• Dev in public cloud, prod in-house• Hybrid application components• Disaster recovery
    17. 17. QUESTIONS & CONTACT• @sebastianstadil• sebastian@scalr.com