Wednesday, February 10, 2010

JMS queues and Spring problems

We're looking at implementing JMS, which is something we sorely need in order to break our monolithic codebase into small portable non-interdependent (where it makes sense) modules. I leave the code and software architecture to the experts on the Development team, but of course my team has to deal with supporting whatever is designed and implemented, as well as monitoring and managing the services and associated technologies.

Of the products out there, we are leaning towards the open source queues due to cost and the fact that JSM has been around long enough and is a reliable and commonly used technology. One of the major ones we are looking at is ActiveMQ, but we're also looking at Sun, and other alternatives. Any suggestions would be awesome!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_Message_Service

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, been busy with work and doing all that not so fun internal administrative stuff. I hope to be posting more regularly now that we have a lot of new interesting projects going. Had a great time in New Orleans last weekend, nice job Saints!

Open source config management and AV

I have a new engineer on my team this week, and a couple of the first projects he's working on are open source config mgmt. (for basic config files) as well as open source AV.

On the config management front, we're leaning towards Puppet. I have a good friend who uses cfengine on a big server farm, and he loves it. From what I've read Puppet seems to be a newer more modern version, and we don't have a huge farm to manage so I think it would work perfectly for us. Looking forward to learning and implementing it!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_open_source_configuration_management_software


 

With AV we are runnin some tests with Clamwin, and we'll see how well it can pickup incoming viruses uploaded via our Resin application servers. We shall see.

Next project will be bringing a CentOS yum repo locally and patching over the LAN versus the internet, another project I've wanted to get done, but haven't yet completed.