Cloud consolidation: ‘To consolidate, or not to consolidate? That is the question.’

About 10 years ago, when I visited information technology events, there always was some discussion about whether or not companies would be using cloud technologies in the near future. Some years later the discussion was not about whether enterprises would be using cloud technologies, but about whether they would be using private- or public cloud […]

10 steps for successful software delivery

Last week I spoke to David Worsell, VP Europe of Tarmac (www.tarmac.io). A company that designs, builds, scales and supports software. They are located in several countries from where they offer their services. I found this conversation interesting because our services are complementary. Fairbanks builds and supports open cloud infrastructures, whereas Tarmac offers the design […]

SDN, NFV and VNF. Powerful acronyms maybe, but let me explain them a bit.

Last week I was explaining some open infrastructure components to a client and therefore also some network concepts like SDN, NFV and VNF functionalities. At some point I realized I was talking too much abbreviations; IPv6, BGP, OKD, RHEL, RHEV, ZFS, MANO, SDN, NFV and VNF. Pfff,  let’s dive into the meaning first before scattering […]

Why OpenStack is generally used for NFV

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is an initiative of open source cloud infrastructure communities to speed up the innovation in carrier grade network solutions such as session border control, load balancers, firewalls, intrusion detection devices and WAN accelerators. . We see our customers apply these software defined networking solution often on an OpenStack platform. Why do […]

ZFS and Ceph, what a lovely couple they make!

Stable, secure data storage is probably one of the most important things in today’s data driven world. With the ability to scale fast. Combining two great storage solutions provides you with all those in one. ZFS and Ceph are a couple that cannot easily be beaten!   Why is that? The short explanation is scalability. […]

Become a Ceph specialist with our course

A lot of organisations have adopted and embraced the opportunities of native cloud storage with Ceph. Either with or without OpenStack. One of the hallmarks of Ceph is that a well-trained Linux team (or a single engineer) can setup a Ceph cluster pretty easily. But as the success in the organization of this platform often […]

Cloud and OpenStack retrospective

Cloud and OpenStack? In a recent conversation, someone asked us why Fairbanks, choose to focus your attention to open infrastructure cloud solutions and OpenStack when you started? And why do we blog about so many aspects of open infrastructure clouds and what can be achieved with it? Since we are doing this since 2011 and […]