Sharing Best Practices with Your Company and the World

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Darryl Eaton, Director Product Management at RightScale, led this session at the RightScale User Conference 2010 in Santa Clara.

Session Abstract: RightScale ServerTemplates allow you to capture best practices for provisioning and automating cloud infrastructure. In this session, we'll explore how you can leverage the RightScale Platform to share ServerTemplates with others. Specifically, we'll walk through the steps to share and update ServerTemplates across your organization. We'll also show you how to publish ServerTemplates publicly for the whole world to use. This topic is best for IT members who are responsible for maintaining server configurations within their organizations, developers who would like to share work product within their group, and ISVs wishing to reach cloud users by publishing through RightScale.

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  • RightScale'sServerTemplates allow you to capture best practices for provisioning and automating cloud infrastructure.  In this breakout session, we will explore how you can leverage the RightScale platform to share ServerTemplates with others.  Specifically, we'll walk through the steps to share and update ServerTemplates across your organization.  We'll also show you how to publish ServerTemplates publicly for the whole world to use.  This topic is best for: IT members who are responsible for maintaining server configurations within the organization, developers who would like to share work product within their group or ISVs wishing to reach cloud users by publishing through RightScale.
  • I won’t make the assumption that all of you know what ServerTemplates are, so…Most images are a machine image with a software stack. With RightScale, images are just the base OS, but the software stack is provisioned on the fly through template.Modular and variable-basedBuilt with re-usable scriptsServerTemplates and scripts are version controlledDeployments* can be archived
  • I won’t make the assumption that all of you know what ServerTemplates are, so…
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  • DemoDemo – publishing template
  • Backup material:Walk through current libraryShow how ISVs might share with individual accountsDeeper on design objects that are thereAsk who has not used a ServerTemplate – walk through importing, setting inputs, starting
  • Sharing Best Practices with Your Company and the World

    1. 1. Sharing Best Practices with your Company and the World<br />Darryl Eaton<br />Director of Product Management<br />
    2. 2. Sharing is Good.<br /><ul><li>Why publish ServerTemplates?
    3. 3. How to publish to your Organization
    4. 4. How to publish to the World
    5. 5. Who does this? </li></li></ul><li>What are ServerTemplates?<br />Virtual Machine Images<br />ServerTemplates<br />
    6. 6. Why publish your ServerTemplates?<br />
    7. 7. Where do ServerTemplates go?<br />The RightScale Library holds published ServerTemplates, RightScripts, MultiCloud Images, and Macros<br />Public templates are available to the world – searchable, browsable, importable…<br />Company templates are available to your organization<br />ISV CE templates can be public, paid templates shared with specific customers<br />
    8. 8. How to Publish to your Organization<br />Let’s walk through it…<br />
    9. 9. How to Publish to the World<br />Let’s walk through it…<br />
    10. 10. Coming Soon: Your Imports & Updates<br />See all the updates available for your library components<br />Review the affected Servers and Server Arrays<br />Diff your revision with the new one from the library<br />Try doing that with a virtual machine image!<br />
    11. 11. Customer Example: Eli Lilly<br />IT Group maintains one compliant “Golden Image” <br />ServerTemplates encapsulate common scientific use cases<br />IT publishes internally to appropriate teams<br />Teams can access and launch approved templates themselves<br />“Alongside the elastic cloud approach, Lilly is leveraging RightScale's infrastructure management interface and services against appliance/application stacks in a "vending machine" concept that allows self-service to infrastructure and up to three tiers of applications as needed.”<br />25 Top Information Managers: 2010<br />Dave Powers, Eli Lilly & Co.<br />
    12. 12. ISV Example: IBM<br />Encapsulating best practices for using IBM software on the cloud<br />Lead generation for the IBM Sales team (upgrade from Community Edition)<br />View aggregated usage data for all templates and revisions<br />Working with RightScale on related Solution Packs<br />
    13. 13. Developer Example:nginx+Apache<br />Most Imported Submission (even though for paid only)<br />Gain notoriety by showing your expertise <br />Build a consulting business off shared best practices<br />Winner for Most Popular!<br />
    14. 14. More Winners!<br />Winner for most Useful!<br />Winner for Most Innovative!<br />Set up a standalone OpenLDAP server or a Provider-Consumer pair… with backups!<br />“Create your own CDN” by deploying these globally with load balancing.<br />

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