Using ownCloud as a Home Based Personal Cloud

I use many devices in many places and find simple set-it-and-forget-it services like Dropbox make my life much easier. I always need access to many different files on a daily basis. Yet I like many others are not comfortable with some of the privacy policies or terms of service most 3rd party services force you […]

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 […]

AWS Console Beta

I have been playing around with the AWS Console recently released.  It is a good start to a nice AWS provided interface for controlling EC2.  It seems to only make sense that they provide a console instead of forcing people to look elsewhere such as RightScale or Scalr.  For that matter I am not sure […]

Scalr – A RightScale Alternative for Cheap!?

I came across Scalr by accident when I was browsing projects in Google Code.  It appears as though Scalr has become a pay service to manage your AWS instances along similar lines to RightScale.  But the main difference is that Scalr charges a scant $50 a month.  From the Scalr Google Code page: Scalr is […]

Using OpenVPN to Manage Multisourced Infrastructure

Saw this article when looking for information on using OpenVPN with Amazon Web Services.  It is not exactly what I am looking to do with my latest project.  But it is some good helpful information for those with existing infrastructure looking to use AWS.  There is also VPN-Cubed which is another option if looking for […]