• Solaris nicht mehr kostenlos

    Sun ändert die Lizenzbedingungen für Solaris und stellt klar:

    Please remember, your right to use Solaris acquired as a download is limited to a trial of 90 days, unless you acquire a service contract for the downloaded Software.

    Auch wenn Solaris in Zukunft nur noch mit kostenpflichtiger Lizenz betrieben werden darf, gibt es ja noch OpenSolaris und Dritt-Distributionen wie Nexenta, Schillix und Belenix.

  • IT-Automation mit Opscode Chef

    [blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/g8sRgcqKOQA%2Em4v]

    In diesem Interview von Robert Scoble erzählen John Willis und Seth Chisamore, wie die freie Software Chef die tägliche Systemadministration vereinfacht.

  • Amazon vereinfacht Traffic-Abrechnung

    Amazon Web Services hat die Traffic-Abrechnung ihrer Cloud vereinfacht. Heute morgen kam die Mitteilung per E-Mail, dass der Traffic aller Dienste (S3, EC2 usw.) jetzt nicht mehr einzeln, sondern in Summe abgerechnet wird.

    Das vereinfacht nicht nur die Abrechnung für Amazon, sondern hat auch Vorteile für die Kunden:

    "Because AWS is now aggregating your total Data Transfer Out usage across multiple services, you can reach higher usage tiers and lower pricing more quickly. In addition, you'll benefit from a complimentary tier which provides your first GB of outbound transfer in each Region each month at no charge."

    Allerdings sei erwähnt, dass die "higher usage tiers" im mehrstelligen TB-Bereich liegen.

    Wenn es Amazon jetzt noch schafft, eine EU-konforme Rechnung zu schreiben, bin ich zufrieden.

  • I'm in awe

    A virtual choir, consisting of singers from 12 countries recorded over the Internet, performing Eric Whiteacre's "Lux Aurumque".

  • Introducing my IT Operations Blog

    Since I started preparing for my new business, I've had to catch up with all the IT operations technology that's out there. Especially with technology that comes in form of Free Software. Not that I had lost contact to the systems administration world altogether, but working two levels above the operations staff I didn't have first-hand experience any more. And, as an IT manager, I actually wasn't supposed to, anyway.

    Now that I'm back at the command line and NOC screen for my own business, I've got quite a bit of (re-)learning to do. (That's a part of what I meant with growth, by the way.) And, as is obviously in my nature, I'd like to share what I learn here. That's why I've started a new blog called "IT Operations Blog". It's in German — I'd like to prove the naysayers out there wrong that claim that I've lost my mother tongue.

    I'd really appreciate it if you'd come around and took a peek. And, if you'd like to further brighten my day, please leave a comment every once in a while or flag some entries that you've found worthwhile as a favourite.

    Finally, the IT Operations Blog doesn't have to be a one-man show! Maintaining it in a group surely could be fun! So, if you'd like to join me in writing about systems administration and IT operations topics, give me a shout!