The New Commodity Hardware Craze aka Cloud Computing

Does anyone remember 15 years ago when the dot-com boom was just starting?  A lot of companies were running on Sun.  Sun was the best hardware you could buy for the price.  It was reliable and a lot of engineers had experience with the operating system, SunOS a flavor of Unix. Yet suddenly companies were …

Review – Test Driven Infrastructure with Chef – Stephen Nelson-Smith

In search of a good book on Chef itself, I picked up this new title on O’Reilly.  It’s one of their new format books, small in size, only 75 pages. There was some very good material in this book.  Mr. Nelson-Smith’s writing style is good, readable, and informative.  The discussion of risks of infrastructure as …

Infrastructure Provisioning – What is it and why is it important?

In the old days… You would have a closet in your startup company with a rack of computers.  Provisioning involved: Deciding on your architectural direction, what, where & how Ordering the new hardware Waiting weeks for the packages to arrive Setup the hardware, wire things together, power up Discover some component is missing, or failed …