Cloudcomputing - SaaS, a light and OpenSource approach with LXC

Cloudcomputing - SaaS, a light and Open Source approach with LXC

Offering products as a service is very much en vogue at the moment. Solutions for RDBaaS (RelationalDataBase as a Service) such as Amazon RDS and Microsoft SQL Azure are very popular. (Database on Demand is another term that describes RDBaaS.) They both mean the provision of databases within minutes. The first part of the presentation demonstrates how this can be done taking the example of MySQL (Amazon RDS itself uses MySQL).

To begin with, there is a demonstration of how an RDBaaS can be realized without virtualization (with on-board facilities of MySQL). These solutions are already used by many hosters and have their shortcomings. We will demonstrate these shortcomings and present a solution that we have implemented in Infrastructure Design. Similar to Amazon RDS and MySQL SQL Azure, this solution is based on a virtualization solution, except that we use application containers. The term application container describes a method of virtualizing individual processes (rather than hardware).   

Resources such as storage, CPU or IO utilization can be limited. This RDBaaS is realized via LinuXContainer (LXC).
LXC is an open source solution that's included with every Linux package. Being one of the container solutions (along with OpenVZ, Jails, VServer, Solaris Zones), the solution is very resource-friendly (particularly in comparison with Xen and VMWare).  The various virtualization options available (Xen, VMWare, OpenVZ, LXC...) are examined in detail. 

The application container solution is a generic software-as-a-service solution and is not restricted to MySQL. The second presentation demonstrates that other programs can also be made available quickly and simply using this system.

The presentation will be held in German.

The event is held at Deutsche Telekom AG, Products & Innovation in Darmstadt. Interested colleagues and external guests can register with a formless e-mail with their name/company to techtalk@remove-this.developergarden.com by March 06, 2012 at the latest. The event begins at 6 pm and ends at around 8 pm. Attendance is free and drinks and buffet are provided as always.

The facts in brief:
What | TechTalk: Cloudcomputing - SaaS, a light and Open Source approach with LXC
When | March 06, 2012, 6 pm (closing date: March 06, 2012)
Where | T-Online-Allee 1, Darmstadt
How | Presentation, networking & buffet

About the speakers

Tobias Brausen

Tobias Brausen has worked at T-Online as a systems specialist since 2002. Key areas of his work include various Linux derivatives (Debian, Ubuntu, SuSE. etc.) and script-based data collation and evaluation. More and more automation aspects have been added to the operating system environment at P&I TP-AS-ID since 2011.

Erkan Yanar has been working with Linux since the mid-1990s. His work is focused on open source (especially container virtualization, Linux-HA and MySQL). He is currently a contractor for MySQL at Infrastructure Design.

Info for getting there and parking in Darmstadt

You can use the visitor parking spaces at Products & Innovation. In T-Online-Allee 1 the entrance to the underground car park is at the end of the street (facing south – stay right at entrance), where you can report as a visitor for the TechTalk and use the signposted visitor parking spaces (follow the magenta arrows in the underground car park; then take the elevator to the first floor).
You will be shown the way into the forum at visitor reception.

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