True KVM Live Migration with OpenStack Icehouse and Ceph based VM storage

Intro

As mentioned before — for example in Fabian’s The CenterDevice Cloud Architecture Revisited post from December 2014) — our document management product CenterDevice runs on top of infrastructure virtualized by OpenStack.
Where that older post was more application focused, this one covers a particularly nasty problem that plagued us for some time: Being unable to migrate virtual machines from one bare metal hypervisor host to another without interruption. By the end of this article you will see how we have overcome a series of obstacles on the way to successful live migrations in OpenStack Icehouse for KVM virtual machines using Ceph/Rados Block Device based volumes for data storage.

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Daniel Schneller

Self-Contained Systems and ROCA: A complete example using Spring Boot, Thymeleaf and Bootstrap

This post is about architectural concepts for web applications – self-contained systems (SCS) and resource-oriented client architecture (ROCA) – and their implementation with Spring Boot, Spring MVC, Spring Security, Thymeleaf, Bootstrap, jQuery, nginx and Redis. Self-contained systems aim at building software systems without ending up in a big monolith and provide an answer to the question ‘How micro should a micro service be?’. The resource-oriented client architecture (ROCA) provides some rules for implementing web applications that comply with how the web works – not working against the web.

Two years ago I built a ROCA prototype using Spring MVC, Spring Hateoas, Thymeleaf, Bootstrap and jQuery, and since Spring Boot appeared since then I decided to update the code. But then I did a lot more than just updating it to Spring Boot.

Let’s start with the concepts. By the way, if you read it and think ‘hey, there’s nothing brand new in here’, that’s okay. People built systems and web applications like this probably since the beginning of the web. Giving it names may be the new thing.
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Tobias Flohre

Combining Apache Cassandra with Apache Karaf

Getting the best of Apache Cassandra inside Apache Karaf: this blog post will describe how easy it was to embed the NoSQL database inside the runtime. This can be helpful while developing OSGi-related applications with Karaf that work together with Cassandra.
The entire project for the examples can be found at GitHub.

Working with Apache Cassandra is fun, though sometimes you just need a simple embedded server with a connected client to test something for a POC or to explore the APIs. So it should be easy to install and use this embedded server. Combining this with the power of Apache Karaf, an OSGi Container, makes an unbeatable team.

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Achim Nierbeck