Looking for input: Segregating hosts to specific VM servers

Rob Marti robmartiwork at gmail.com
Wed Jul 14 00:35:29 UTC 2010

On Jul 13, 2010, at 18:49, Stephen John Smoogen <smooge at gmail.com>  

> Currently we have our staging environment and our production
> environment on the same servers. This works well for the most part
> because the loads generated by staging rarely affect production.
> However there are times where it would be nice to be able to test
> certain 'issues' together. As in updating the core xen/kvm server and
> a staging environment without affecting anything in production. My
> idea would be to look at either repurposing or budgeting for a staging
> xen server (lets call it sxen01 for convention) that would be used for
> various staging servers that could test for updates to say EL5.5->
> EL5.6 on all the systems at once or to work on tuning variables
> without affecting production servers.
> This is an initial idea so I am looking for feedback.
> Thanks.
> -- 
> Stephen J Smoogen.
> “The core skill of innovators is error recovery, not failure avoidan 
> ce.”
> Randy Nelson, President of Pixar University.
> "We have a strategic plan. It's called doing things.""
> — Herb Kelleher, founder Southwest Airlines

It only makes sense to split them up like that. Even if the chance is  
low for staging to effect production, they should be split. And  
testing updates in staging before pushing to prod just makes sense.

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