Zero to Ensemble in 5 mins

Posted by kim0 // June 14th, 2011 // Uncategorized

So you’ve heard great things about Ensemble but didn’t have enough time to check it out yet? Fear no more! Check out this short video tutorial where I go through setting up ensemble for the very first time, and launching your first cloud wordpress deployment. This video is a step-by-step getting started with Ensemble, it only scratches the surface of Ensemble

If you can’t see the embedded player, here is a direct link

So, did this video help get you started with Ensemble ? Between this video and our previous blog about What Ensemble is, Do you feel it’s clear what Ensemble is and what it does? Let me know your thoughts

11 Responses to “Zero to Ensemble in 5 mins”

  1. Jono Bacon says:

    Looks awesome, great video, Ahmed!

  2. Mike McKee says:

    But I thought that WordPress has never been rewritten to use Amazon APIs? So, “cloud” in the sense of your demo only means virtual machine, right?

  3. kim0 says:

    hey Mike, wordpress doesn’t directly use the ec2 api indeed, however ensemble uses the ec2 api in this demo to deploy wordpress. Ensemble is a cloud deployment and management tool, in this demo it uses the ec2 api to launch mysql on an instance, wordpress on another instance, then let’s the two instances “talk” together exchanging configuration information, resulting in a fully working setup. If wordpress starts getting loaded too much, Ensemble can spin up another instance, and have it join the cluster ..etc. I hope this makes things clearer .. feel free to drop by in #ubuntu-ensemble on freenode to chat with us

  4. Darren says:

    When you agree to have your content hosted on the cloud, you are virtually handing it over to a large corporation which then through “terms of use” has the power to access or delete your information.

    Indeed, Amazon’s Cloud network notoriously deleted the entire Wikileaks website from its servers following a phone call made by Senator Joe Lieberman’s Senate Homeland Security Committee demanding the website be axed.

    Despite the corporate-driven hubbub surrounding the inevitability of “the cloud” replacing personal hard drives as the pre-eminent storage center for all web content, this system represents another dangerous trojan horse for the establishment to complete their agenda to regulate and shut down the free Internet.

    Something opensource advocates are suppossed to oppose

  5. kim0 says:

    Hi Darren,
    Indeed you make a very good point! And yes I agree that cloud users need to be wary of the usage terms they sign to. However, the way I see it, cloud is yet another tool in your arsenal. It has obvious financial and operational advantages, and some disadvantages. If you’re hosting highly confidential or controversial information, perhaps cloud hosting this data is not the best option. But in other cases, the cloud advantages cannot be forgotten. As many things in life, one needs to use the right tool for the job

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  8. The commands as listed in the screencast (and the documentation) don’t work for me:

    $ ensemble deploy –repository=examples wordpress
    [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘/usr/share/doc/ensemble/examples/wordpress/examples’
    2011-09-05 15:05:12,107 ERROR [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘/usr/share/doc/ensemble/examples/wordpress/examples’

    OTOH, this one works:

    $ ensemble deploy –repository=/usr/share/doc/ensemble/examples/ wordpress

  9. kim0 says:

    Thanks Stefane, I guess it really depends on what directory is your current directory