The hype around IoT conjures images of machines that can talk to each other unassisted. True, digital diagnostics embedded in devices can help with on-site troubleshooting. We leveraged the AWS global cloud platform and its data services to extend to thousands of machines, each with its own unique data stream and operational logic. The key to achieving the potential of IoT was collecting, transforming and analyzing the data fast enough to make the investment in the assets connected with IoT pay off.
Modern virtualization technologies like KVM and containers give you almost limitless options for spinup and teardown of clusters, machines, networks and so on. But all that flexibility can create a pretty substantial administrative burden. Using some some focused automation tactics with the powerful open source virtualization platform, Proxmox, we’ve found we can make a life of cloud infrastructure sysadmins. Here’s a tutorial.