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5 Minutes Cloud Recipe with Ubuntu Cloud Live 12.04

2013 December 19

Have you ever think of baking your own cloud within  5 Minutes? Have you ever think of Elastic Compute (Nova-Compute) within 5 Minutes?  Have you ever think of Elastic Storage (Nova-Volumes) within 5 minutes? Have you ever think of your hands on Open Stack Dash Board (Horizon) within 5 Minutes? Now you should think of it. With release of Ubuntu 12.04, It’s time for Ubuntu Cloud Live 12.04.  Ubuntu / Canonical  has released Ubuntu Cloud Live 12.04, Hybrid Image, Burn on your DVD , CD or USB Stick, you can say Cloud On DVD, Cloud on Stick, Yes, it’s as easy as you reading this.

Ubuntu Cloud Live is a live CD/USB image that allows you to get a glimpse of Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure. Project’s web site is located at Launchpad – https://launchpad.net/cloud-live. Procedure is very simple; download an image, burn it on CD or dd it on the USB key and boot of that device. System will boot in Unity or Unity2D and present you with at Getting Started document. Notice that we do not include full Ubuntu desktop experience – we’ve removed all components that aren’t necessary for this project, to make image as small as possible.

Once you finish with Getting Started document, you’ll be able to log into the dashboard and start instances. All of this without installing anything on your computer! For the purpose of demo, we’ve provided a small CirrOS image which you can run and log in to. Since everything is running in RAM, you will have better experience if your system has 4 or more gigabytes of memory. 2GB is enough to get system booted, but you won’t be able to do much more after that.

For a little extra, we’ve configured Ubuntu Cloud Live with support for Nova Volume. All you have to do is plug in additional disk, create a PV volume on it (pvcreate /dev/xyz), create nova-volumes VG (vgcreate nova-volumes /dev/xyz) and restart nova volume (service nova-volume restart).

Image is built with live-build and the source is available on Launchpad. Build process pulls in one package that’s also available on Launchpad. Procedure for building your own Cloud Live is very simple:

  1. Install Ubuntu 12.04, 64bit
  2. Install live-build package
  3. Create working directory – mkdir ~/cloud-live ; cd ~/cloud-live
  4. Branch bzr code – bzr branch lp:cloud-live config
  5. [OPTIONAL] Customize config/* files
  6. Build an image – sudo lb build
  7. Burn or dd resulting image – binary-hybrid.iso

Or, if you just want default, official, Ubuntu Cloud Live image, go to cdimage.ubuntu.com and grab it!

 

Update / Observation:

I have found that, since Red Hat came up with Red Hat OpenStack Administration (CL210), lot of students in India/ My City are struggling to see working OpenStack Demonstration, and even for the they enrolling to this course. Even trying hard with Fedora and spending whole day. So, i am posting this article  for students to create Open Stack Based Cloud within 5 Minutes, for the demonstration and understanding of Openstack & Cloud Computing.

 

 

Event Report:-> OpenStack India Community Meetup @ Ahmedabad

2013 October 8
by Hardik Dalwadi

Hi,

“It was great event!”  ->Common words from all attendees at the end of the event. Freshly, This was first OpenStack India Community Meetup @ Ahmedabad.  Thanks to all for making it successful. Here are bits & bytes of the event.

Event Information:

Date:  Saturday, 28th September, 2013 @  04:00 To 8:00  IST UTC + 5:30

Venue:  Computer Science Hall, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (Seating Capacity: 60 Seats)

Big Thanks to Gujarat University, Mr. Hardik Joshi & Dr. Savita R. Gandhi for providing venue for the Meet-up.

Attendees:

Final Event Agenda:

1. Keynote -> Kavit Munsi, EVP, Aptira

2. OpenStack Introduction -> Kavit Munsi, EVP, Aptira

3. Introduction to JUJU & MAAS, Faster Deployment of OpenStack -> Hardik Dalwadi, Canonical | Ubuntu

4. OpenStack Cloud Usage Billing System -> Kalpan Shah & Rajen Patel, B.E Computer, GTU.

5. Closing Keynote -> Mr. Hardik Joshi, Asst. Professor, Dept. Of Computer Science, Gujarat University

Minutes Of The Event

We have announced OpenStack India Community Meetup (Having 1500+ Users) at Ahmedabad, Gujarat with support of Mr. Kavit, Aptira India, Mr. Hardik Joshi, Asst. Professor, Computer Science Department, Gujarat University to  promote  OpenStack. . They provided Computer Science Hall, having capacity of 60 people.  Big Thanks to Mr. Kavit, Aptira for making me  “Assistant Organizer”  at OpenStack India Community Meetup Group (Having 1500+ Users) for managing event @ Meet-up Page.

Total 35 people showed  up against 46 RSVPed @ Meetup Page. Attendees were from IT, Finance & Education Domain. Most of them are interested in OpenStack.

At OpenStack India Community Meet-up, Official Attendees badges [1], [2], were prepared and given to all attendees. Snacks were also provided to all attendees.

[1]  http://www.meetup.com/Indian-OpenStack-User-Group/photos/17599482/290154612/#290154612

[2]  http://www.meetup.com/Indian-OpenStack-User-Group/photos/17599482/290154612/#290154862

Kavit from Aptira did keynote & general presentation on OpenStack & OpenStack India community. It was great start for all to understand about OpenStack and OpenStack India Community

My Self did presentation on Canonical, Company behind Ubuntu, OpenStack Release cycle and Canonical / Ubuntu parcipation inOpenStack Development. I also did detail presentation of JUJU & MAAS, Fastest Automation Tools for OpenStack Deployment on Ubuntu. There was deep demand from the attendees for it. People were expecting live Juju demonstration, which was not possible due to bandwidth issue. Also, they demanded JUJU Charm school workshop for next OpenStack India Community Meetup @ Ahmedabad. It was fresh crowed, does not interested in Ceph / Puppet, i did not get single question of it.

Mr. Kalpan Shah, Computer Science College Passed Out, did great presentation on OpenStack Billing Project, he did the same as part of his last year semester project. He developed it on PHP, all development, Deployment & testing was done on Ubuntu only. That was great boost for all Colleage Attendees.

Then closing note was given by Mr. Hardik Joshi, Assistant Professor at Computer Science Department, Gujarat University. He was very happy to see people interested in OpenStack. Expecting more and more such event in future.

After the event, Mr. Joshi organized small meeting with Head Of Computer Science Department, Gujarat University, Dr. Savita R. Gandhi. She was very happy by our initiative.

Photos From The Event: http://www.meetup.com/Indian-OpenStack-User-Group/photos/17599482/

Presentation Given @ OpenStack India Community Meet-up, Ahmedabad: http://www.meetup.com/Indian-OpenStack-User-Group/files/

Overall it was great event. Again, Big Big Thanks To All!!!

Action Item: 2nd OpenStack India Community Meet-up @ Ahmedabad -> Comming Soon

Regards,

Hardik Dalwadi.

 

OpenStack India Community Meet-up @ Ahmedabad

2013 September 12

Hi,

We are excited to announce first OpenStack Meet-up @ Ahmedabad, Gujarat, In Collaboration with Physics & Computer Sc. Dept. – Gujarat University. Supported By Mr. Hardik Joshi, Asst. Professor, Dept. Of Computer Science, Gujarat University | Kavit Munsi, Aptira | Hardik Dalwadi, Ubuntu | Canonical

Agenda:

1. Keynote -> Kavit Munsi, EVP, Aptira
2. OpenStack Introduction -> Kavit Munsi, EVP, Aptira
3. Introduction to JUJU & MAAS, Faster Deployment of OpenStack -> Hardik Dalwadi, Canonical
4. OpenStack Cloud Usage Billing System -> Kalpan Shah & Rajen Patel, B.E Computer, GTU. [To Be Confirmed]
5. Closing Keynote -> Mr. Hardik Joshi, Asst. Professor, Dept. Of Computer Science, Gujarat University

Contact Hardik For Further Details: Phone: +91 [masked] | E-Mail: hardik{[d.t]}dalwadi{(at)}canonical{[d.t]}com

Note: Agenda is subject to change.

Venue Location & Time:

Saturday, September 28, 2013 4:00 PM to

Computer Sc. Dept Seminar Hall (Rollwala Computer Centre),

Rollwala Computer Centre Gujarat University, Navarangpura,

Ahmedabad,  Gujarat, India.

Regards,

OpenStack India Community.

Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Machines are floating around Dell Partner & Retail Stores

2013 August 20

Recently, Dell Extends Ubuntu Retail into India. As a part of this exercise, All Dell Stores and Dell Partner Stores are  selling Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell machines from their retail users. Dell India is already selling Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Machines [For Enterprises]  since long time. But, this exercise is specifically for  retail users. Now, you walk in to any Dell Store or Dell Partner Store and you can ask for Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Machine. Last week i was in Care Solutions  Retail Store @ S.G. Highway, Ahmedabad, one of the biggest multi-brand IT Showroom in Ahmedabad, Gujarat  and they were selling and advertising Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Machines. I managed to take few snaps of the same. Even i found Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Machines with Ubuntu Sticker on it. Here is PoC ;)

 

 

Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Vostro 3350 @ Dell Partner Store, Care Solutions @ S.G. Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Vostro 3350 @ Dell Partner Store, Care Solutions @ S.G. Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

 

 

Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Vostro 131 & Dell Vostro 3350 @ Dell Partner Store, Care Solutions @ S.G. Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Vostro 131 & Dell Vostro 3350 @ Dell Partner Store, Care Solutions @ S.G. Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

 

Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Inspiron Machine with Ubuntu Logo Sticker @ Dell Partner Store, Care Solutions @ S.G. Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Inspiron Machine with Ubuntu Logo Sticker @ Dell Partner Store, Care Solutions @ S.G. Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

So, if you are Ubuntu Lover or want to be Ubuntu User, go and grab your Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Machine. Now, you would have obvious question, Why Ubuntu Pre-Installed Dell Machine? So please visit Ubuntu Dell Web Page to know more about Canonical & Dell efforts to make it possible. My personal experience says that you can save few thousands if you are Ubuntu Lover / Ubuntu User and not interested in buying Windows machine. If  you still have questions, poke me @ person {at} hardik [dot] in.

Wish You A Happy Diwali

2012 November 13
by Hardik Dalwadi
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