Theron Conrey demo’d Nexenta Systems, an enterprise storage solution built on top of an OpenSolaris kernel with ZFS, an Ubuntu user space and some proprietary elements for managing the storage. Check out Theron’s take on this storage solution.
Theron built a Nexenta storage array within a VM on his laptop — probably the first time such a feat has been performed at Raccoon River Brewery.
Also held a long discussion about Virtual Desktops, SunRays and their adoption by businesses of various sizes. We pondered why this cool technology isn’t getting adopted as quickly as it should and where the ROI “cut off” is in terms of business size.
We are working on lining up Impromptu Studio for next month’s meeting. Stay tuned to The VUG for details.
I didn’t take any notes during the meeting itself, so these are the high points as my memory serves:
The focus of this meeting was Security, and we didn’t stray too far off that core topic.
InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the private sector.
Some of the interesting security tools or concepts discussed at this meeting:
- netcat is literally THE Swiss Army Knife of IP tools.
- port knocking and webknocking involves sending patterns of traffic to a server to trigger it opening ports and services to your IP address.
- MetaSploit Framework automates the exploitation of the latest vulnerabilities.
After the meeting, a large group of us walked over to Raccoon River Brewery for dinner, drinks and discussion.
We had six show up for last night’s meeting (6/10/09) at Granite City in Clive, IA. It was mostly a social occasion, so there wasn’t a lot of Virtualization content to record. Here are a few points which stood out in my mind:
- SuperMicro now offers blade servers which integrate a miniature SAS SAN on the back plane. Sounded pretty cool.
- Josh More discussed some basic security concepts around Internet-accessible servers — Virtual or otherwise.
- Had an impromptu “Name That Tune” competition between an iPhone and a G1. The iPhone won. This time. . .
- Laserdisc video is analog, as I pointed out to some peoples’ dismay.
The conversation was, as usual, quite random so there were many, many more topics discussed than I’ve presented here. I guess you’ll just have to attend the next meeting so you don’t miss out!
This meeting’s theme: Programming
Eclipse IDE presented by Dan Juliano
- UI layer runs on top of SWT libraries, so it should be more responsive.
- Engineered differently than most other IDEs
- Fairly memory-intensive. Just launched, it took 135 MB of RAM on Dan’s demo system (an Intel Mac).
- IBM has put a lot of support behind this project.
- Primarily supports Java development, but there are versions and plugins for other languages.
- Aptana http://www.aptana.com is an online web dev environment that fits nicely with Eclipse.
- Good code validation plugin which will validate various languages.
- Standard IDE stuff like syntax highlighting.
- Has a large undo feature that remembers every change made since you started the session and can revert to any point. That causes a lot of the memory usage.
Several random discussions took place at this point in the meeting.
Hudson (https://hudson.dev.java.net/) presented by Dan Juliano
- Billed as an “Extensible continuous integration engine”
- Tons of plugins.
- Dan exploring using this for automated scheduled jobs as a replacement for doing the same with cron.
Several members of the group adjourned to Hessen Haus for food and beverages.