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From Obsolete Servers to Private Cloud in 3 Easy Steps

May 27, 2010, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sonny Discini)

"Our accounting department showed us that we had no money to purchase new hardware and they went on to say that the five-year depreciation on hardware was going to be extended out to 10 years. Clearly there is a misunderstanding on requirements, but given that we must comply with this, we went to our warehouse and grabbed about five 2U Dell PowerEdge servers. Our plan was to build a private cloud, for free, using open source operating systems and virtualization. Even with no money, we still had projects on the table that had to be done. We called our experiment, 'Nebulous,' named after the cloud. The end result was better than we had imagined.

"1. Assemble the Pieces

"CentOS is the free version of the popular Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. It is a community-supported, mainly free, software operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It exists to provide a free, enterprise-class computing platform, and it strives to maintain 100 percent binary compatibility. CentOS stands for Community ENTerprise Operating System."

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