Blockchains for Immutable Infrastructure

Yes, we’ve all heard the hype around ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) and the Bitcoin/Ethereum price explosion. People are scrambling to make any BS product as an excuse to do an ICO. But let’s not overlook the real use and value of blockchains. To put it simply a blockchain is a cryptographic ledger (or database) that […]

Nation’s New CIO Speaks of Clouds

NYTimes has a good blog post about the nation’s new CIO and his desire to embrace cloud computing: Mr. Kundra also said that he would push the government to embrace cloud computing — having work done on large servers rather than on desktop PCs. He acknowledged that there are privacy and security issues with some […]

Using Zabbix to Monitor Scalr Farms

Since I have been using Scalr to manage my Amazon Web Services farms I have been wanting more monitoring in terms of statistical information on services, traffic, disk usage, and uptime to name a few.  Scalr has built in means of basic event notifications such as host up, host down, etc.  Along with providing very […]

Architecture of a Scalr DNS Infrastructure

When I decided to take the route of running Scalr on our own servers to manage our Amazon Web Services farms one important consideration was Scalr’s use of DNS servers to change records.  I made the choice of hosting our own DNS infrastructure in order to keep initial cost down.  But also to allow us […]