[CentOS] Cloud on CentOS Server

Craig White craig.white at ttiltd.com
Thu Mar 8 15:36:48 EST 2012


On Mar 8, 2012, at 12:29 PM, John Hinton wrote:

> On 3/7/2012 1:20 PM, John R Pierce wrote:
>> On 03/07/12 10:06 AM, John Hinton wrote:
>>> I'm looking into adding a cloud to one of my servers.
>> what does "a cloud" mean in this context ?
>> 
>> to me, a cloud is a set of homogenous servers running distributed
>> applications.   classic cloud is google.    the term has been degraded
>> to also refer to a stack of servers running a virtualization platform
>> such that the individual VMs don't care what hardware they are assigned
>> to, classic example of a VM cloud is Amazon AWS.
>> 
>> I don't understand how ANYTHING you do on a single server could be
>> called 'cloudy'.
>> 
> Perhaps the definition of cloud has gone lower and should be called 
> "fog" now?
> 
> It seems however that the definition is an online infrastructure which may:
> provide applications
> provide file storage
> calendar
> contacts
> collaboration
> communication
> among a number of other things
> 
> and that these services are all available to 'users' on the cloud via:
> servers
> desktops
> laptops
> tablets
> phones
> 
> As for how many servers? Well that is a matter of how many users you 
> have, loads, storage capacity and just about anything else a single or 
> bank of servers might do.
> 
> At the moment, our business has 4 people in four different locations and 
> we want to better share our work. Seems like file shares are one aspect, 
> but perhaps some applications, certainly collaboration and I really 
> don't like putting stuff on Google. I see at least one of these allows 
> you to run OpenOffice through the browser. I haven't really done a lot 
> of research into this yet and really all I wanted was some ideas for a 
> simple open source cloud software that was preferably friendly to CentOS.
> 
> Also, this would be a good exercise in learning a bit more of what is 
> out there that our clients might wish to use. No, I'm not building a 
> system where anyone in the world can sign up, nor for a fortune 500 
> company, nor even one much smaller. Just for us at the moment, and 
> perhaps do a bit of sharing to our clients from time to time.
> 
> I have so far found eyeOS and am also looking at ownCloud. Thanks Devin 
> for that link.
----
I must be getting old because I vaguely recall these things being called workgroup collaboration software.

Check out...

- horde/imp/kronolith/etc. http://www.horde.org

- alfresco - http://www.alfresco.com

and of course just google open source groupware to get a whole lot of choices

Craig


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