Managing the Private Cloud at 35,000 Feet

By Ariel Maislos

On a recent business trip, I remembered how significant the challenges of managing a Private Cloud (or any data center) operation model can be. Without reliable voice and video communication, and sometimes low-bandwidth data connectivity, tools used have to sip data, not gulp it. They also need to work offline whenever you’re doing something that doesn’t require connecting to an external service or server. Even in cases when you’re working with Public Clouds, most of the same challenges exist. With minimal space to work, using a full function laptop may just not be an option. So what tools can you use to get the job done?

  1. A text editor or code editor. Scripting and minor coding is something that can easily be done between airports. You may not be able to test if there’s no in-flight Wi-Fi, but you can tap out scripts to have them ready to go when you land. The key here is simplicity in the interface, and support for multiple scripting/coding languages. You don’t want to have 18 different sidebars or pages and pages of settings just to get to the point where you can start typing code. Whichever product you choose, make sure it can sync with the cloud file service of your choice. You will need to be able to move this stuff between your desktop, tablet and laptop quickly and easily.
  2. An SSH client. There’s a ton of these for iPad and Android, and of course you can use the native tools on Mac and Linux, as well as alternatives like PuTTY for Windows. You’re going to want to use your cloud platform’s web interface for as much as you can, but nothing can replace SSH for a lot of common tasks. Have one in your tool-kit, and for the tablet tools make sure you pre-configure the servers you’ll use and test the connections before you leave for your trip. Make sure they also have any key pairs you need to log into VM’s and services. Nothing is more frustrating than realizing you can’t log into a VM because you’re using keypair authentication and your tablet doesn’t have a way to just grab a key file.
  3. A robust web browser. Safari mobile and Microsoft Edge are not bad browsers for most general use operations. Cloud software/provider web interfaces are not, however, general use. They leverage a lot of JavaScript, sometimes even use plugins, etc. I’d recommend using a third-party browser like Chrome or Firefox portable on your tablet devices; or the full-function browser of your choice on your laptop. Double-check before you leave that these tablet browsers are set to emulate desktop so that they don’t identify themselves as portable browsers and hamstring you while in-flight.
  4. A VPN client and service. Your company may provide this for you, and that’s not a bad thing – use it! For those cases where VPN connectivity isn’t required (such as accessing the AWS websites), or where your company doesn’t provide VPN services for you; remember you’re still sharing a Go to the full article.

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