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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cloud Computing Fun with OpenQRM

As promised, I'm sharing OpenQRM deployment & Configuration details.

OpenQRM is an open-source Data-center management platform. Its fully plug-able architecture focuses on automatic, rapid- and appliance-based deployment, monitoring, high-availability, cloud computing and especially on supporting and conforming multiple virtualization technologies. OpenQRM is a single-management console for the complete IT-infra structure and provides a well defined API which can be used to integrate third-party tools as additional plug-ins.

I've been working on OpenQRM since past couple of days and I found this tool quite useful & ultimately cool. According to me, this tool is best fit for any small size IT infrastructure setup however if OpenQRM deployed with a proper planing and with little more customization then it's a very good choice for any medium size IT infrastructure setup to manage data center automation with Cloud computing feature.

Few observations from my side -

  1. Cloud Billing module is available despite of it's being Open Source product. I'm seeing this as the only tool which provides billing facility while being Open Source
  2. Hypervisor supported as management & managed platform – KVM, Xen, Citrix, VMware (VMware with few restrictions like version, security compromises etc)
  3. Hardware independent, no vendor locking
  4. NOT just a Cloud product, Cloud is part of it – it also provides Single Console Hypervisor management (KVM, Xen, Citrix, VMware)
  5. Plug-able Monitoring framework using Zabbix
  6. High availability support
  7. Physical system provision via cloud
  8. Public cloud provisioning (Hybrid Cloud is also possible using Eucalyptus & Amazon)
  9. Number of Storage types are possible like Netapps, iSCSI, LVM, File-based, LVM NFS server & many more good feature.
I think it's worth to see how OpenQRM can help you so go get OpenQRM and try it. It's worth to play around this product; it's fun to work on this product & possibly deploy it for better infrastructure management.

Well, here you go for an Embed version of document -

OpenQRM Implementation Document PSL

Currently I'm working on IBM Service Delivery Manager (ISDM) cloud platform. ISDM has been build upon integration of IBM products namely -

IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager
IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager
IBM Tivoli Usage & Accounting Manager
IBM Tivoli Monitoring

A wonderful product to work on, I'll soon post more details about ISDM work & my experiences. Currently, I've been successfully completed ISDM integration with VMware & KVM hypervisors and enabled VM provisioning,metering & overall VM life cycle management. Lot more things in progress like building up software catalog, Image Library with well designed images and much more.