Monday, September 23, 2013

My Two Minutes with Mike, an RHCVA

It was two months back; I met with Mr. Michael Joel Parin, Australian national who works in Prague. After having been in close conversation with us since the beginning of 2013, he reached Kerala, India for training requirements. During his time with us, he underwent training and certification in Cisco Networking – CCNA, Red Hat Certified Virtualization – RHCVA and RH 436 – Clustering and Storage Management. More than a trainee who just get involved in the course and studies, Mike was more of a kind with an urge to observe and learn from everything and anything which came on his way of expedition – very keen about culture and history. He, who has traveled through many parts of India in the past, reached Kerala for the first time.
One day when I had set out of the IPSR international campus, Mike came by. We had a chit-chat for a few minutes and to my amusement, he made me realize the fact that how well a foreigner knew about India; the language and culture. As everyone, Mike was also skeptical to hear my name. Read more

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Motorcycle Diaries of a Linux Enthusiast

Some while ago I decided the time had come to leave my job as a Linux sysadmin and become self employed, taking on fixed term contracts with a variety of companies in the UK. Although I’d been a Linux sysadmin for the last five years or so (Windows sysadmin before that) I have no formal certifications to prove my competence but being certified would help me gain contracts. Checking out certification routes, and attendant costs showed that it would be best value to do the certification in India, and I’d get to visit India at the same time, something I’d long wanted to do. My son had done ten weeks voluntary work in India earlier in the year and came home enthusing about the country...Read more

Monday, September 16, 2013

Load Balancing Linux Apache Server Using Pound

Load Balancing is the method for workload distribution across computing resources, thus aiming to optimize the resource usage, producing a maximized throughput, minimal response time and to avoid overload of any of the resources. In the web, load balancing is the process of setting up a number of Web servers for the same web site, and distributing the Web traffic to these servers. It is a technique that is also used for reducing the downtime and the eventually the data loss. Load balancing is normally delivered by a dedicated software and I would like to write about one such software – POUND. A scenario is defined, and the implementation for load balancing, pound set up and configuration, with the final configuration testing is described below. It is beautiful!


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