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Cloud Explorer 11 is out!

Cloud Explorer is a powerful Amazon S3  client with unique features. In case you missed it, I was able to talk about it briefly on Coder Radio.  One thing that I forgot to mention is that a new release is coming! I am pleased to announce version 11 of Cloud Explorer! This release contains a lot of bug fixes and enhancements. I am always looking for feedback. If you have suggestions, please file an issue on the GitHub page.

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My Interview about PiCluster on Coder Radio

I was very happy to have been interviewed on CoderRadio! We had a great discussion on how PiCluster started and programming in general. I like that I was able to talk about my life’s work in open source. We discussed how I started my first project MephistoBackup and how hard it is to get community involvement in an open source project.  This blog was also featured and I explained what linux-toys.com is all about. Finally,  I was able to talk about my other main Project Cloud Explorer and the exciting features that it has.

I embedded the interview in this post so you can watch it easily here or on YouTube.

Thank you JupiterBroadcasting for having me on CoderRadio. I was always a big fan of the network.  Their wonderful content helped me get back into Linux in their early days with the Linux Action Show. Their shows are very inspirational and I hope that you will also learn a lot about the Linux ecosystem and become a fan.

Announcing PiCluster 2.0 – Even Better Container Management

I am pleased to announce PiCluster version 2.0!  In case you are unfamiliar with PiCluster, it is a container management tool written in Node.js used to manage Docker containers.  It has been a long journey this past year coming up with new features and trying to community involvement. In this post, I will go over the contributions that the community has made for this release and discuss the exciting new feature:  automatic container failover to different hosts.

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Using Node.js with ScyllaDB

Web applications typically feed information back and forth from a database to process information for the user. Organizations need to build applications that can scale with their business. While it is easy to scale web applications with containers and cloud platforms, the last thing that an IT administrator would want is a bottleneck at the database because it would affect application performance and availability at scale. One way to address these concerns is by using a clustered database solution such as ScyllaDB. This blog post will demonstrate how to use Node.js and ScyllaDB running in Docker.

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Introducing Cloud Explorer 10

Cloud Explorer is a powerful GUI and CLI Amazon S3 client. In this release there is many code improvements to help users sync their data to a S3 bucket and migrate data between different S3 providers. There is also better support for S3 compatible servers such as Scality S3 Server and Minio.

Syncing, bucket migrations, and snapshots were completely rewritten for optimal performance. Now five sync tasks can run at the same time. Each task will check the file metadata and perform the necessary upload and download operations concurrently instead of a single operation at a time.

The Background sync feature enables users to perform a bidirectional sync on a folder like Dropbox in the GUI or CLI every five minutes. This feature was also rewritten and takes advantage of the improved syncing algorithms discussed earlier.  Since it now runs in it’s own thread with a separate configuration file, users can use Cloud Explorer while the sync tasks run in the background.

Path Style access is now enabled for non-aws accounts providing better support for private S3 compatible servers like Scality and Minio. Users  will now also be able to connect to these servers by IP address or DNS.

Regions have been removed from the code and configuration file. Cloud Explorer will retrieve the appropriate region from the S3 account resulting in better functionality and easier use. This being said, that means that previous Cloud Explorer configuration files will not work in the new release and the accounts will have to be added again.

The CLI now supports bucket snapshots and migrations with the ability to use environment variables instead of a configuration file. This functionality makes it easier to run in a container such as Docker or Rocket.

I hope that you will enjoy this exciting new release and please provide feedback on the GitHub page or directly to me on Twitter.