Adding Eucalyptus Exercise to Cloud Computing Course

If you have been following my posts recently, you will be aware that I have been evaluating the Eucalyptus private cloud with a view to incorporating hands-on exercises into Learning Tree’s Cloud Computing course. Having spent some time with this cloud, I can confirm that I have now written the first exercise that will provide attendees with experience of working with the Eucalyptus cloud.

The Introduction to Cloud Computing course introduces the cloud architecture using the Service Platform Infrastructure (SPI) model. So attendees get an in-depth view and understanding of what each service layer provides as well as exposure to, and hands-on experience with the products from major vendors. In the section on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) we introduce private clouds and details of the Eucalyptus architecture as an example. It is at the point that the first exercise using a Eucalyptus private cloud will now be undertaken. Each attendee will access the cloud, select an appropriate machine image and then configure its resources. These resources include the security settings and cpu and memory requirements. With this all set, the image will be launched and then accessed from a secure shell client. Next a storage volume will be provisioned and attached to the running instance. With this complete, its then back to learn some more about Eucalyptus for the attendees.

I am now working out what we can do next with the exercises to provide attendees with an appreciation of the significant benefits a private cloud brings an organisation. If you are interested in cloud computing in general, and would like exposure to the wide range of technologies available and how they relate to each other consider attending. In my experience, attendees leave feeling excited and motivated by what ‘the cloud’ can do for their organisation.

Chris Czarnecki

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