Great Opensource Cloud Management Tool Using SSH – Simple, Powerful and Elegant

hspencer77:

Configuration management through SSH FTW!

Originally posted on Gigaom:

A couple of former Red Hat (s rhat) veterans think there’s an easier way to configure, deploy and manage IT across an organization and founded AnsibleWorks to attack that problem.

Ansible co-founder Said Ziouani.

Ansible co-founder Said Ziouani.

Systems administrators and developers want one tool for deployment, configuration and management — they don’t want to deal with agents and add-ons, said Said Siouani, CEO of Santa Barbara, Calif.-based AnsibleWorks.

No doubt Ansible’s orchestration engine will face off against popular configuration tools like Opscode Chef and Puppet Labs’ Puppet (see disclosure). Siouani characterized Ansible as a more “holistic” solution than what is on the market now in that it focuses on configuration management and actual deployment.

Ansible co-founder Michael DeHaan.

Ansible co-founder Michael DeHaan.

Ansible itself is an open-source project kicked off a year ago by Michael DeHaan, one of the Red Hat vets who also spent time at Puppet Labs (see disclosure) and was also the force behind Cobbler

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Ansible Playbook for Eucalyptus Deployment == Next Level Configuration Management for the Cloud

hspencer77:

Ansible playbook for Eucalyptus…NICE! Great work Lester!

Originally posted on Take that to the bank and cash it!:

The first cut of the Ansible deployment playbook for deploying Eucalyptus private clouds is ready.  I’ve merged the first “release” into the master branch here: https://github.com/lwade/eucalyptus-playbook. Feedback and contributions are very welcome, please file issues against the project.

This playbook allows a user to deploy a single front-end cloud (i.e. all component on a single system) and as many NC’s as they want.  Although admittedly I’ve only tested with one so far.  I’ve followed, to a certain degree, the best practices described here:  http://ansible.cc/docs/bestpractices.html

Overall I’m pretty happy with it, there are some areas which I’d like to re-write and improve but the groundwork is there.  It was all very fluid to start with and doing something multi-tier has been enjoyable. I’ve also learnt what its like to automate a deployment of Eucalyptus and there are probably a number of things we should improve to make it easier in this…

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