* Posts by Thorsten 1

4 posts • joined 28 Jul 2009

The Meta Cloud gets more meta

Thorsten 1

not so interesting, actually

Cade, thanks for a good report! I understand why you use the "meta cloud" analogy, but we're trying to avoid being thought of as a cloud. Our users run their servers in Amazon, RackSpace, GoGrid, Eucalyptus, etc. That's the cloud they're using. RightScale is the management platform they use to manage all these cloud resources. In the end our users are in control of their servers, disk volumes, IP addresses as they get them from the infrastructure cloud provider, We just enable then, make it easier, save time, reduce risk.

Just a comment on deltacloud and libcloud: while I'm adamant that a "standard" API is only a tiny fraction of the problem I also support the emerging efforts. They don't solve the problem but the industry has to start somewhere. Any progress made will help us and may eventually grow into something really good. We've been rather distant from the efforts so far because we have our hands full with projects that benefit customers today, we're already spread very thin.

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Bitbucket's Amazon DDoS - what went wrong

Thorsten 1

not so interesting, actually

I'm not sure you actually hit the real source of the problem. It seems to me that there is a different true problem, which is that the EC2 security group rules (firewall) are implemented on the host, not on an external device. I assume Bitbucket's rules denied all those UDP packets, but they still hit the host and thus caused network contention. The EBS issue is secondary in that it's traffic should have had priority over the UDP packets. But the real problem was that nobody could see the UDP traffic and respond appropriately.

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Thorsten 1

misleading article

I'm not sure you actually hit the real source of the problem. It seems to me that there is a different true problem, which is that the EC2 security group rules (firewall) are implemented on the host, not on an external device. I assume Bitbucket's rules denied all those UDP packets, but they still hit the host and thus caused network contention. The EBS issue is secondary in that it's traffic should have had priority over the UDP packets. But the real problem was that nobody could see the UDP traffic and respond appropriately.

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Open source API dreams of The Meta Cloud

Thorsten 1

not so interesting, actually

From our point of view, something like libcloud is not all that interesting, actually. The problem isn't having a pieces of code that know how to generate a "list servers" call and parse the response for several different clouds. The problem is being able to construct multi-server architectures and deployments that can make use of Amazon's load balancing service, IP address allocation scheme, and block storage service, and that can then be moved to RackSpace, which uses quite different ways of accomplishing the same high level goals. These are differences in semantics of the resources being allocated and used in the cloud, not just in the syntax of the API calls. *That's* the fun part from our experience at RightScale.

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