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h1. NiftyName
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h2. What, in one sentence
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*NiftyName* project is more than a nifty name, it's *"one of the first Open Source solution to do "HaaS":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardware_as_a_service"* (Hardware as a Service).
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h2. What, the trilogy
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!nifty_name.png!
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NiftyName is the mix of 3 strongly linked projects, developped by "ielo":http://www.ielo.net. From a usability point of view (as in the above schema) :
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# [[zinn-clients:|Zinn-Clients]] *(stands for Zinn-Clients is a Nifty Name for Clients)* aka the applications to access Zinn services.
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# [[zinn:|Zinn]] *(stands for Zinn is a Nifty Name)* aka the multiple client/users and multiple Sinn(s) manager.
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# [[sinn:|Sinn]] *(stands for Sinn is a Nifty Name)* aka the core geographical site/datacenter manager.
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h2. Why?
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NiftyName exists because "ielo":http://www.ielo.net searched a long time for a datacenter management solution.
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Amazon EC2/S3 solutions (and others) didn't fit for many reasons :
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# Closed/proprietary solution.
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# No way to create your own EC2/S3 in your datacenter(s).
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# Confidentiality risks.
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# ...
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So, NiftyName is born.
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NiftyName is a strong and open basis to *"do your own Cloud Computing"*
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Why? Because Cloud Computing is, in this order:
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# HaaS: *NiftyName* fits well here ;-)
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# SaaS: *your applications* fits well here ;-)
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h2. For whom?
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In few words, *"NiftyName is production grade virtual hardware management solution"*
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For people who want:
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* Complete control over hardware on one/many datacenter(s),
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* Flexible/elastic hardware resources thanks to virtualisation paradigm,
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* Geographicaly redundant architectures,
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* Powerful disaster recovery,
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* Confidentiality,
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* Energy efficience.
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h2. Who did it?
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This project was launched by the "IELO":http://www.ielo.net/ company.
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The main goal was to propose a total abstraction of physical machines and full flexibility/reliability and cost effective solution to customers who consume large quantities of computers/clusters.
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h2. Do you provide a live test of this project ?
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Yes! you can download the "zinn-clients package":http://src.ielo.net/projects/list_files/zinn-clients or "source-code":http://src.ielo.net/wiki/zinn-clients#Getting-source-code, the source code implement a connection to a live test platform hosted in Marseille (France)
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You can create some services and report bugs and feelings using mailing-lists or this website (Issues report)
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h2. Can I help?
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Yes! some mailing-lists are available:
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* User mailing list here : "Users mailing list":http://lists.src.ielo.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/niftyname-users "Archives":http://lists.src.ielo.net/pipermail/niftyname-users/
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* Developpers mailing list here : "Developpers mailing list":http://lists.src.ielo.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/niftyname-devel "Archives":http://lists.src.ielo.net/pipermail/niftyname-devel/