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April 23, 2013 - by Charlie Robbins
This is a guest post by Charlie Robbins, founder and CEO of our partner, Nodejitsu. We're excited about their most recent release, and proud to say that not only are they a great partner, they're also hosted on Joyent!
After more than 18 months of work, Nodejitsu announced the release of OpsMezzo at TXJS this week, a complete solution to provisioning, orchestration and configuration management.
Cloud computing has matured dramatically since Amazon Web Services launched in 2006. A dizzying number of vendors have emerged in the market to solve a wide spectrum of specific problems.
These products have matured over the years, but they are built on a fundamentally flawed thesis: the parts are more important than the whole. In others words: organizations are on their own to integrate individual products into a complete system. Yes, there is a large amount of source material available through blogs, tutorials, and training, but the manual integration work remains.
At it's core, this means that organizations running in "the cloud" are dealing with too many vendors to solve simple problems. Vendors using multiple languages, databases, operating systems and other operational internals. While we live in a polyglot world, the operational calculus of running these multi-vendor systems is challenging to even seasoned professionals.
At this point you are probably wondering: "What about PaaS solutions?" PaaS is great for individuals and organizations who do not have (or do not want to have) an operational competency. This concept of "NoOps", while attractive to some, is also fundamentally flawed:
We saw these problems two years ago in the early days of Nodejitsu and set out to make OpsMezzo a complete solution built entirely on a single platform: Node.js + CouchDB.
Keep reading to learn more about how OpsMezzo can streamline and simplify your devops workflow. Or if you're interested in trying out OpsMezzo in your organization send an email to sales@nodejitsu to get a free evaluation!
What do we mean by a complete solution?
And more importantly why should you use OpsMezzo?
The name OpsMezzo comes from the musical team intermezzo:
Intermezzo: a short movement or interlude connecting the main parts of the composition.
All of the actors in the OpsMezzo system are designed to work together. In line with our commitment to Open Source every actor is Open Source or built directly on-top of MIT licensed Open Source software.
Examining the diagram above, OpsMezzo is composed of four actors:
Along with two developer tools:
By developing all of these tools together OpsMezzo eliminates the months of work necessary to integrate other off-the-shelf software.
This is just the beginning for OpsMezzo. We couldn't be more excited to have released 12 repositories as Open Source in a single day.
Over the next few weeks we will be releasing all of the documentation, even for actors that are not Open Source). Right now all of the documentation for Open Source libraries (such as quill and composer) can be found at docs.opsmezzo.com.