OpenStack Monitoring – Part 1 Installing Sensu

When OpenStack is deployed, it can grow to be quite complex and have any number of service interdependencies which makes monitoring it difficult. The Mirantis blog does a much better job of describing this than I could. This series will cover installing and configuring Sensu & it’s respective checks to monitor your OpenStack installation. This[…]

OpenStack Swift, Raspberry Pi, 23 USB Keys – aka GhettoSAN v2

OpenStack GhettoSAN on Raspberry Pi “GhettoSAN” originally started out back when I wore a VMware hat more consistently and was a project born to answer: “I have 400,000 USB keys from a trade show, now what”. At first we ran Nexenta as a storage platform and while that ran well, however as it scaled up,[…]

Chef, Razor, OpenStack – Part 1

Automated OpenStack Installs you say? Build my own Private Cloud you say? DevOps, Hybrid, and the intercloud? Ok, so, now that we’ve scored buzzword bingo, what am I talking about? Edits in Mace-Windu After you get Chef going… Part 2 – Installing and configuring Razor with Chef: Part 3 – Bringing it all together, installing[…]

OpenStack Cookbook Update

A while back I met with Kevin Jackson (, @itarchitectkev) and gently (or not so gently) nudged him into updating the existing OpenStack Cookbook to Girzzly. As part of this we wanted to introduce new content (Quantum, Cinder, Automated / DevOps installations) etc. Because I pushed, I also inadvertently ended up under the bus for[…]