MAAS (Metal As A Service) has caught my eye over the past couple of years. It has tremendous system deployment value. Imagine the cloud automation methods in use today, and apply that to racks full of traditional server hardware. That’s where MAAS is maturing. But then, perhaps, through some sort of rabbit hole, that bare metal provisioning concept could be turned inside out to expose further power and value back in the virtualization realm from whence it came. Yes. It can. I predict that it will thrive in both.
If you haven’t seen it in action, it’s definitely worth taking for a spin. But what if you don’t have a bunch of servers, or a pile of old computer hardware to throw at building a test lab? Enter, my general system deployment rule #1: “Virtualize By Default.” In other words, show me a good reason *not* to virtualize in scenario X. Granted: I’ll admit that there are some good reasons, but IMHO, there are few.
Moving along then… as I was executing some ISO testing for the upcoming Ubuntu Server 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) release, I decided to capture pieces of that work. The YouTube playlist below is the net product of that little journey. [Read More…]