The most exciting hockey game I ever saw was one where I thought it was lost and then it wasn't. I watched this game during Passover 1971 with 12 cousins and assorted adults all crammed into my Grandparents little TV room after the first part of the Seder (did we ever get to the second part?) in Ottawa.,
Thank you Jean Beliveau.
The question often gets asked - if I create my application in Bluemix and I then want to move it to my "regular" Softlayer environment or back to my own data center, how would I do that? Some great work has been done looking at this from a J2EE application perspective:
Although, the article has the full lab included, you can read through the steps and see what needs to be done.
ICO - IBM Cloud Orchestrator V2.4 was recently announced and is the follow on to IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator V2.3:
The Information Center on this product is here:
The wiki (on developerworks) is here:
What is exciting about ICO:
The workflow engine is the same one that is in IBM BPM products - it is a really complete, standards based, easy to use workflow engine. I know that was true of V2.3 as well, but I am still excited about it.
It supports public clouds - SoftLayer and AWS.
It continues to be built on the Openstack platform:
After being asked this a few times here is a summary of possible VPN and firewall choices for SoftLayer.
Generally speaking - this is the question I get:
How do we connect VPN using site to site VPN - we need to match up the parameters and need step by step instructions as to how to do this. The SSL VPN does not meet our requirements
where you access it in the portal:
Where are the current PoPs:
The choice of a VPN option can also be combined with the choice for a firewall:
An overview of the possible firewall choices is here:
Here is some more detail on some of the choices in the article:
Choices for IPSEC/Firewall:
Order a standalone IPSEC tunnel for $99/mo, setup and configure through the customer portal. The instructions above are for this option.
Order a Gateway Appliance ( based on Vyatta)- The customer will have an Appliance that they can use to create virtual routers, virtual firewalls, and virtual VPN devices and manage them through user-defined parameters. https://www.softlayer.com/services/network/gateway-appliance (prices here include the software and the bare metal server it goes on - currently at $449/month)
Order a Fortigate Security Appliance- this will allow you admin access and the ability to setup IPSEC VPN. This option can be viewed under the Dedicated Hardware Firewall section of our website (http://www.softlayer.com/services/security/). Here is a link with additional information as well http://www.fortinet.com/products/fortigate/310B.html (priced at $999/firewall, 2X that for an HA configuration)
All of these demos - and an overview - are here:
All of these demos - and an overview - are here:
Yes I like Harry Potter. Yes, this is a fan fiction. Still - all in all - really excellent.
Warning - it may not ever end.
The latest version of SCE - V 2.3 - manuals can be found here:
very interesting point of view.
More on Smart Cloud Provisioning V1.2
There are two types of servers in a typical SmartCloud Provisioning environment:
Compute Nodes and Storage Nodes. The Storage Nodes are optimized for
disk and network I/O, while the Compute Nodes are optimized for CPU
and RAM, although I/O is also critical. The Storage Nodes host all
images and persistent user volumes, while the Compute Nodes are used
to host the virtual machines.
The SmartCloud Provisioning environment
requires two or more Storage Nodes and two or more Compute Nodes,
and it also requires a machine as a PXE Server if you are going to
use the automation installer. There are approximately 6:1 (average
ratio) Compute Nodes to Storage Nodes. This is a recommended ratio
from practice, and you can adjust it according to your system workload.
SmartCloud Provisioning requires
an isolated network because it has an internal DHCP server. You must
configure your network to guarantee that the DHCP service is not affected
and does not affect your existing network.SCP physical architecture
"Spinoza was the first to argue that the Bible is not literally
the word of God but rather a work of human literature; that “true
religion” has nothing to do with theology, liturgical ceremonies, or
sectarian dogma but consists only in a simple moral rule: love your
neighbor; and that ecclesiastic authorities should have no role
whatsoever in the governance of a modern state."
--Steven Nadler, A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise
A review of SCE vs Azure
average Facebook woman updates her relationship status to “Engaged”
within two hours of the guy actually proposing…so Facebook sells that
relationship status information to retailers who have bridal registries.
Above all else, the mentat must be a generalist, not a
specialist. It is wise to have decisions of great moment monitored by
generalists. Experts and specialists lead you quickly into chaos. They
are a source of useless nit-picking, the ferocious quibble over a
comma. The mentat-generalist, on the other hand, should bring to
decision-making a healthy common sense. He must not cut himself off
from the broad sweep of what is happening in his universe. He must
remain capable of saying: “There’s no real mystery about this at the
moment. This is what we want now. It may prove wrong later, but we’ll
correct that when we come to it.” The mentat-generalist must understand
that anything which we can identify as our universe is merely a part of
larger phenomena. But the expert looks backward; he looks into the
narrow standards of his own specialty. The generalist looks outward; he
looks for living principles, knowing full well that such principles
change, that they develop. It is to the characteristics of change
itself that the mentat-generalist must look. There can be no permanent
catalogue of such change, no handbook or manual. You must look at it
with as few preconceptions as possible, asking yourself: “Now what is
this thing doing?”
Making Apple pie:
If you want my wife's apple pie cooking tips - let me know.
Quite kind words about IBM BigInsights here.
The site where you can find BigInsights is here:
This is the Smart Cloud enterprise site (Canadian version). Once you have signed up you can add an instance of BigInsights.
Let me know how it works out. (I need at least one comment...)
Nouriel Roubini predicts the path Italy will take as part of the Euro.... 6 years ago:
(I guess he gets to add one more item to his "famous for.." list).
The guy who yelled at him (Giulio Tremonti)?
Still Finance Minister. Maybe not on Monday.