oVirt meets IBM BladeCenter

It has been a while since I have posted anything new on R11Networks, so lets play a quick game of catch-up.  Recently, I was brought on as an administrator at SCCC, and right as I arrived, a boat load of fancy new hardware started flooding in. This presented quite a few challenges right off the bat. First of all, I had to learn a new network, and second of all, figure out how all this new hardware was supposed to fit into our network. Most of the growing pains caused by all this new hardware was related specifically to how IBM BladeCenters operate. Add in an IBM DS3300 iSCSI controller and you have a lot of fun toys with some fairly steep learning curves. Having never configured a BladeCenter previously I was thankful an admin on deck who had some experience in this arena.

Shortly after unraveling the mysteries behind our equipment we were tasked with building out a new infrastructure on top of our new 14 blade friend. The goal, a virtualization platform, capable of scaling and providing, 24/7 of high availability. This platform would be the new foundation for our web servers. Our task led to countless ours of researching, drinking caffeine,  and looking for the best method to build our dream.  Finally, we decided on CentOS and oVirt, this pair would fit our needs nicely.

Several weeks of blood, sweet, trial and error had passed and it was done. We’d built our new platform using CentOS and oVirt, stable and sprawling, it lived across the blades of our BladeCenter, happy and ready for whatever we needed to build on top of it. Testing has been going great, and now the only thing left to do is deploy our final virtual LAMP stacks. Another day, I’ll cover that aspect.

Well, that pretty much catches things up to the present. I have almost completed documentation for this aspect of the project and have permission to release it to the public domain. After changing any sensitive information it contains, I am going to publish it here. Expect that in a few days time, when editing is done.

As usual thanks for reading, and expect the docs to show up later this week. They should fill in a few holes in the oVirt related wikis out there.

Update: As promised, here is the documentation:


Tony is a system administrator from Seattle, WA. He specializes in secure, minimal, Linux installations.

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