Phoronix ran an article today highlighting our work on making a Juju charm for the Phoronix Test Suite.

This enables people to easily deploy pts to any cloud that we support, so AWS, Azure, Joyent, HP Cloud, GCE,, digitalocean, and of course bare metal and OpenStack. So now you can try any cloud provider and run your own benchmarks to see which one works best for you. With Windows, Debian, and CentOS arriving in Juju soon we’ll have your cross-OS needs covered as well.

Marco Ceppi and Adam Israel will be adding some more fixes and features over the next few days, you can follow along (and help if you’d like) in the Phoronix upstream git. Many thanks to Michael Larabel for giving us an area in the pts git repo to do this work!

Thanks to Daniel Bartholemew the freshest MariaDB is now available to deploy on Ubuntu directly from MariaDB itself.

The MariaDB Juju charm comes with the following features:

  • Direct installation of the latest packages directly from upstream
  • Ability to deploy MariaDB Enterprise from the same charm, including built in support for deploying to POWER8 hardware. You can also upgrade in place to MariaDB Enterprise by providing the charm your credentials.
  • Master/slave configuration, so you can horizontally scale your MariaDB deployment with a few commands.
  • Built in support for monitoring your database with either Nagios or Munin.

And since we run just about everywhere, you can deploy this to AWS, Azure, HP Cloud, Joyent, OpenStack, and of course, to bare metal via MAAS. Check the README for more information.

I have the greatest wife in the world.

I am turning 40 this year (I know right) and my wife got me a special surprise, a 30 minute Skype session with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo!

We talked about Metallica, Infectious Grooves and Suicidal; our favorite bands, including Rush, Megadeth, Ozzy, you name it. Man, it was totally awesome.

Robert is raising money for a documentary on legendary funk bassist Jaco Pastorius. If you love music and want to make a donation, then click the link.

Thanks to a rockstar team of Ubuntu developers, generally speaking I don’t have to care about systemd as whole. I do have to care about the user exposed surfaces though. Here’s a good way to get started:

Thanks to whoever put this together, this is a brilliant way to get people up to speed.

Check out how Project Calico is using Juju.

Installing OpenStack is non-trivial. You need to install a large number of packages across a number of machines, get all the configuration synchronized so that all those components can talk to each other, and then hope you didn’t make a typo or other form of error that leads to a tricky-to-debug misbehaviour in OpenStack.

And here’s the bundle with the nitty gritty.

On a side note I found this page interesting for those unfamiliar with Calico.

This title is kind of a misnomer, as of course, all this goodness is available to Ubuntu 14.04 users, so it’s more of a “Things that happen to line up with” Ubuntu 14.10.

More new items next week, hint hint!