Opening up the cloud

Summary:The cloud isn't just about commercial software and enterprise systems. The open-source world has its services too. Linode has been offering virtual Linux servers for years. Now the OpenStack project provides open source, open standards software for building reliable cloud infrastructure.

update The cloud isn't just about commercial software and enterprise systems. The open-source world has its services too. Linode has been offering virtual Linux servers for years. Now the OpenStack project provides open source, open standards software for building reliable cloud infrastructure.

On Patch Monday this week, Stilgherrian speaks with open-source software developer and advocate Jeff Waugh. In a wide-ranging conversation they cover Linode and OpenStack; as well as DevOps, a new software development paradigm that involves operational staff in the entire development process; a DevOps tool called Cucumber, and its plug-in cucumber-nagios, written by Australian developer Lindsay Holmwood; and the social source code management system Github.

We also talk optical fibre with journalist and telco analyst Richard Chirgwin. It turns out that claims around fibre lasting 15 to 20 years before it needs replacing, is rubbish.

Patch Monday also has Stilgherrian's random look at the week's IT news.

To leave an audio comment for Patch Monday, Skype to stilgherrian, or phone Sydney 02 8011 3733.

Running time: 28 minutes, 25 seconds

Updated at 12:57pm, 27 September 2010: Lindsay Holmwood in fact wrote the Cucumber plug-in cucumber-nagios, not the Cucumber tool itself as originally reported.

Topics: Cloud, Open Source

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Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit tr... Full Bio

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