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Interactive Cloud OS 15.10 released

Interactive Cloud OS 15.10 gives you a one node OpenStack Juno installation ready to run in less than 10 minutes. This includes booting from CD-ROM, formatting the hard disk, installing the Linux OS and configuring OpenStack.

This is a maintenance release to update the packages of the previous release 15.3 to latest kernel and security patches and to fix this nasty bug causing the mysql service not to start if setting the required init-connect in its configuration file.

If you’re already running 15.3 or 14.11 you do not need to reinstall 15.10. Just do a zypper up by yourself and apply the hotfix for the mysql service.

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Interactive Cloud OS: A true Cloud solution

Interactive Cloud OS vs. other Open Source Cloud Solutions:

  • Comes with true Cloud Operating System
    • No huge OS downloading
    • No need for Linux guru Console installations
    • No TEXT / ASCII Jungle
    • No massive documentation research
  • Runs on a single server
    • No massive hardware investment
    • No need for a cluster with 3-7 servers
  • Installs like a charm (in less than 10 Min.)
    • No 1-5 days of installation
    • No special installation on clients – your browser is enough
  • Fully transparent and fast
    • No need to have latest CPU technology
    • No 3rd party tools and gadgets
    • No black-boxes
  • Webmanagement included
    • No need for other tools
    • No need for extra fees for 3rd Party software
  • Open Source
    • No vendor lock-in
    • No license fees
    • No dead-ends
  • Commercial Support available

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Interactive Cloud OS fails to start after zypper update

If you’re doing linux system updates for Interactive Cloud OS 15.3 and 14.11 (as it is recommended) with zypper up, after September, 26th OpenStack fails to start.

To fix this, we’ve provided a small hotfix to patch the mysql service. To install the hotfix, just login on your Interactive Cloud OS node via console or ssh and run the next two commands:

curl http://ftp.internet.de/pub/cloudos/cloudos-15.3-hotfix-after-mariadb-update.sh > hotfix.sh
/bin/bash hotfix.sh

Thanks to Steve for reporting this. Continue reading

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Interactive Cloud OS 15.3 released

Interactive Cloud OS 15.3 gives you a one node OpenStack Juno installation ready to run in less than 10 minutes. This includes booting from CD-ROM, formatting the hard disk, installing the Linux OS and configuring OpenStack.

This is a maintenance release to update the packages of the previous release 14.11 to latest kernel and security patches.

Note: You do not need to reinstall 15.3 if you’re already running 14.11. Just do a zypper up by yourself.

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Interactive Cloud OS 14.11 released

Interactive Cloud OS 14.11 gives you a one node OpenStack Juno installation ready to run in less than 10 minutes. This includes booting from CD-ROM, formatting the hard disk, installing the Linux OS and configuring OpenStack Icehouse.

It’s a feature update which brings OpenStack to the new Juno release providing the same services as previous releases with OpenStack Icehouse.

  • New Feature: OpenStack Juno (replaces OpenStack Icehouse).
  • Updated to latest kernel and security patches.

Please note that creating an instance in the dashboard may yield an error pop up about an invalid service catalog: volume. This does not hamper your instances and should be fixed in the next release.

 

 

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Cloud’s high availability myth

Public Cloud services are normally located in Telco grade collocation, best near public exchange points and supplied with high bandwidth connectivity. It should help for resiliency and high-availability, if the cloud operator chose the right design for his network and keeps track of routing and security issues. We found some locations to be not sufficient, though. So always have a deep look at Telco and ISP technology and inspect their high-availability concept.

Furthermore, you have to be sure your location is “always on” from where You have got access the internet: If you don’t have any connectivity to the internet, you won’t be able to connect to your data in the cloud. This may happen to yourself and all employees of your company at same time by simple wire cut. Just imagine: All of the company’s employees can’t access their data because it’s located in the cloud: A nightmare!

There are only two ways to avoid this:

  1. Either you keep your data on your own premises (which is a private cloud in fact), or
  2. Be sure to be dual homed (which connects you to two Internet Service Providers at same time).

If you choose to be dual homed be sure that you use 2 separate ISPs and be sure as well to use two different transport media, otherwise a wire cut by a digger would put you out of service again!

Best is some combination of two connectivity inlets of opposite direction to your building. If all this is not possible use a wired connection (Fiber or DSL) and a mobile backup. But always keep in mind: wireless often has fewer throughputs and much more interference / overbooking than wired connections.

So, before you run into loss of connectivity and unavailability of your data and services: Do a risk analysis for a public cloud scenario first before you run into trouble! Connectivity and availability on ISP side AND on company side is the main point to start the analysis. If either side isn’t highly available, don’t consider public cloud computing for mission critical business data!

We have pointed out some more details about dual homing here (in German language).

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Interactive Cloud OS 14.10.1 released

Interactive Cloud OS 14.10.1 is a maintenance release for 14.10 which fixes a couple of bugs in the installation and updates the software to the latest patches.

  • Fixed: Installation on some raid controllers (i.e. on ML 370 G5 or DL 380 G4) failed. Thanks to Mark Lants for reporting this.
  • Fixed: Installation failed on disks with more than 2 TB size.
  • Fixed: Checking for cpu virtualisation support failed if feature is not available.
  • New Feature: The apache server configuration disables SSLv3 to avoid the poodle attack.
  • Updated to latest kernel and security patches.

Interactive Cloud OS 14.10.1 gives you a one node OpenStack Icehouse installation ready to run in less than 10 minutes. With the new simple installation mode it is even possible to finish the installation in 5 minutes only. This includes booting from CD-ROM, formatting the hard disk, installing the Linux OS and configuring OpenStack Icehouse.

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Interactive Cloud OS 14.10 released

The new release of Interactive Cloud OS 14.10 gives you an even easier and quicker installation for a one node OpenStack Icehouse Installation than ever before.

With the new simple installation mode, the whole installation can be done in 5 Minutes only. This includes formatting the hard disk, installing the Linux OS and configuring OpenStack Icehouse.

  • New Feature: Simple install mode with predefined network settings and DHCP:
    1. Boot your server from ISO Image of Interactive Cloud OS 14.10.
    2. Choose simple installation mode.
    3. Choose hard disk for installation.
    4. Enable DHCP on your notebook and plug it to the first NIC of your server.
    5. Point your browser to https://console.cloudos. Enjoy.
  • Previous expert install mode still available for easy customisation of network settings.
  • Updated to latest security patches, including fixes for Shellshock.

Update 2014-10-23: The password in simple installation mode is cloudos! So to login to the dashboard point your browser to https://console.cloudos and login with admin  and cloudos.

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New Documentation available

Have a look at our new documents in the Docs/Manual area.

They show how easy it is to set up a complete virtualized server with OpenStack IceHouse version in 10 minutes. It also shows the next steps how to set up a new virtualized host in another 2 minutes.

It has never been easier and faster to set up a cloud with OpenStack!

Have a look at the Documentation and Installation Manuals here.

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Interactive Cloud OS 14.9 released

Interactive Cloud OS 14.9 has been released today. It’s a maintenance release giving your virtual machines a performance boost compared against any release since 14.5. It’s also including the latest security patches for kernel, apache and the base packages. Last but not least it fixes the »Unknown localized field« error messages with debian 7 net install.

For the next release in October we aim at adding a secondary install mode with predefined network settings, dhcp and dns server for an even easier and faster installation in a testbed. And maybe to upgrade to OpenStack Juno.

Interactive Cloud OS 14.9 gives you a one node OpenStack Icehouse installation ready to run in less than 10 minutes.

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