OpenStack's supporters, since AWS is so popular, to no surprise, like this idea. "I applaud all efforts to improve AWS compatibility for OpenStack” said Vish Ishaya, Lead Architect of OpenStack Nova, for Rackspace in a statement. “AWSOME adds to the momentum of the OpenStack APIs, enabling OpenStack to focus on innovation”.
Let's say you're still not sold on the idea of the cloud and you prefer to have your servers at your beck and call in your own data center. No problem. Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical's founder, has a new service for you too: Metal as a Service (MAAS).
MAAS is a deployment and provisioning tool for companies that no longer need to worry about setting up mere dozens or hundreds of servers. No, MAAS is for businesses that has to deal with hyper-dense racks of thousands of servers. As Shuttleworth writes, in the “hyperscale era, each individual node is cheap, wimpy and, by historical standards for critical computing, unreliable. But together, they’re unstoppable. The horsepower now resides in the cluster, not the node. Likewise, the reliability of the infrastructure now depends on redundancy, rather than heroic performances from specific machines. There is, as they say, safety in numbers.”
We know this works. It's what Google and Facebook use to deal with their massive service loads. The trick, as Shuttleworth points out, is setting up that many servers without driving your system administrators into a nervous breakdown or sending your IT budget to the moon. That's where MAAS comes in. With MAAS, Shuttleworth hopes to bring provisioning data centers and clusters both easier and cheaper.
Like AWSOME, MAAS is a beta project. Still, both programs look promising and either may turn out to be exactly what your IT department needs. Here's hoping both work out well.