(cross posted from the HPCloud Blog. With 75% more typos!)
One of the most basic problems with systems that need to persist data, is making sure that you can recover those systems in the case of a critical error. I’ve used and written backup systems for more time then I’d like to admit (for example). With the advent of cloud storage systems such as S3, moving your data offsite has become much easier, and much easier to recover data from your offsite storage system.
Back when I got started in this industry, a tape backup would take hours. And then you’d have to drive it to your safety deposit box and store it. When you needed to recover data, it was a drive and then hours to restore it.
The next iteration was removable hard drives. These were quicker to back up to and restore from, however the offsite portion was still onerous. That’s why I developed SyncScript - caching a local copy of the backup mades sense when most of the restore request were for things deleted in the last 24 – 48 hours.
However with the advent of Cloud Storage and higher speed internet pipes you can keep offsite backups, and get them back reasonably quickly. Since I work with OpenStack now days, that’s the hammer that makes sense to use.
Here is what I did to get a dead simple backup from a HP Cloud instance to HP’s Object Storage.
Continue reading ‘Automated Backup to HP Cloud Object Storage, Code Included’ »
Just a disclaimer – I am a Buddhist, so I tend to frame my thinking in Buddhist language. However I am not a religious Buddhist. The only reason that I identify as Buddhist is that the philosophies put forward by the Buddha resound with me, as do the ways that they are presented.
I firmly believe that Mindfulness is integral to any spiritual practice, and I personally feel that the Buddha explained it best.
That being said, here are a few highlights from my reading on this subject.
Continue reading ‘Readings on Mindfulness’ »
I was invited to speak on a panel about Cloud Computing at Lone Star Ruby Confrence this year. It was a good time, and not much blood was spilled. After the break, find the video…
Continue reading ‘Talk at Lone Star Ruby Conf’ »
One of the trends that I personally have noticed is the removal of the ability to comment from articles on blogs. I’m not sure which camp I’m in, so I decided to preform an experiment. I turned off comments on the last few articles that I have posted, just to see how that makes me feel.
Honestly, I feel like I’m missing something. I really feel like comments power three positive things – increased visibility for the commenters, discourse and article stickiness. I also understand the drawbacks – including trolling, spamming and all of the nastiness that comes with that. Also, you increase the surface of attack by opening up your site to comments.
I guess that I kind of miss the heyday of blogging for me – back in 2005 – 2007 when the comments flowed freely.
Since I hate making choices, I thought that I’d just open it up, turn on comments on this article and see if anyone actually has an opinion about it.