Datacenters that use Cisco's Unified Computing System should take note: Zenoss just announced it will provide service assurance monitoring for private and public clouds based on UCS. The service, now in beta, will allow enterprises and service providers to quickly and cost-effectively deploy a unified operations console for their UCS-based services.
"UCS users benefit from a unified operations console that provides real-time health for their UCS-based services along with integrated drill-down for rapid problem resolution and automated remediation," according to the Zenoss announcement last week.
Zenoss Enterprise subscribers can get a hold of the new code now, and general availability should ne later this month.
Meanwhile, the hype for the iPad continues unabated. Droplets was just in the Pittsburgh Apple store watching dozens of potential customers drooling over the device. Systems managers, take note, you may have a justifiable reason to get your hands on one of these, too.
That's because Rackspace has put together the Rackspace Cloud app for the iPad that lets you scale your web infrastructure up or down, as you need it. This means you will only pay for what you need. They already have the app built for the iPhone, and as you can see on this Justin.tv demo, they have a version for the iPad, too. (An Android version is forthcoming.)
It's a pretty powerful app, allowing you to create and control a wide variety of servers from this mobile platform. Very slick, and great for cloud and web admins who actually want to leave their desks once in a while.
And cloud computing is still roaring along like a freight train. Last week, AT&T announced a $1 billion investment in cloud computing, including a (much-needed) expansion of small business services.
These are capital improvements, mind you, which essentially means better tubes for the internets. That's key to the success of the cloud, and we're looking forward to the improvements.
After Zenoss announced some improvements of its own, namely how it will run on Python 2.6.1, a lot of folks have been kicking the tires on the upcoming "Stone Crab" release.
One detailed example was performed by blogger RoAkSoAx, who highlighted how to install Zenoss on Ubuntu 10.04.
It's a straightforward guide, and one that should get you started testing Zenoss very quickly.
Getting businesses aligned with DevOps is not as straightforward for Damon Edwards, but he's still plugging along. Edwards recently addressed a very pertinent question about DevOps motivation: "Why does DevOps focus so much on deployment?"
Edwards digs deep into this topic, giving detailed analysis of why deployment is the primary touchpoint for development and operations staffs, beyond the simple "because that's where they have to work together." Interesting stuff.