Data Center Automation
by Niel M. Bornstein
Data center automation? Well, that's what the new data center is all about. It incorporates all the stuff that's hot (or cool actually) in the data center world: consolidation, virtualization, simplification, rationalization, and a bunch of other -ations. But in short, it's all about getting you a good night's sleep.
|I wouldn't say we've reached nirvana, but everything you've mentioned so far sounds to me like VMWare ESX Server. There must be more to Novell's product... ?|
|Not in Nirvana
|By using open source tools such as cfengine, puppet and bcfg2; which have a much better price and documentation, can be extended as they are open source, are not terribly buggy and insecure and don't force a dumbed down GUI down your throat.|
|ok, well, that's not a complete sentence, let alone a complete thought.|
|Cluster systems based on OpenMosix with cluster filesystems like OCFS2 or Gfarm help a lot in DCA|
|Recently I read about OpenQRM (http://www.openqrm.org/) and became very interested in it. It seems that it might have a lot in common with ZENworks. How do they compare?|
I recently attended an IT conference for the purpose of finding new ways to improve IT service. My company paid for the trip and the conference so I was pretty excited to one get out of the office for a day and two, to speak with other IT professionals and exchange ideas and share our experiences with all the different automation solutions that are out there right now.