Automated VM Migrations using AWS VM Import: A Python Driving Application

Co-Authors : Ashish Singh & Ayanampudi Varsha, Cloud Practice, Persistent Systems

Virtual Machine (VM) Migrations to Amazon Web Services has gained a lot of momentum over the last couple of years. With the introduction of AWS VM Import , VM migrations to AWS have even become easier for developers and companies, who may not want to use third party tools for cloud migration. Using CLI tools offered by Amazon, developers or migration engineers can import VMs onto AWS; this however can be a repetitive and manual task, creating a need of an automated approach of initiating the VM migrations, which requires multiple different parameters. In this post, we present a programmatic way of automating migrations to AWS by a python application that leverages the AWS VM Import utility.

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Designing Solutions Around OpenStack

Co-authored by Aditya Thatte, Project Lead, OpenStack

Since the inception of OpenStack, teams across the world, both in Industry and academia are heavily involved in evolving the platform to make it highly robust and usable.  Being early adopters of OpenStack, our team has explored and engineered several solutions, products and customizations around OpenStack. In this article, we will share an overview of our journey into the OpenStack world, by explaining some of the solutions we have engineered around it. This article should be useful for anyone wanting to learn more about OpenStack especially if planning to move to cloud solutions. Readers will learn diverse ways OpenStack can be deployed beyond the single node setup and integrated with other systems.

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Next Generation Genomics: Will India ever catch up?

While following the technology news over the last few months, I have come to realize that while India is on par with the developed nations in the field of engineering, we might be overlooking the next big technology and business opportunity; Next Generation Genomics. Around the world, several companies and National organizations are exploring and developing programs in clinical genomics based primarily on sequencing of the genome. Early adapters will certainly have an advantage and gain momentum in identifying the best possible medical care for an individual

In the US, clinical genomics has shown traction not only from private labs and companies but from national institutions and government agencies.  This adoption is being driven largely by availability of low cost sequencers and the decreasing cost of sequencing. For example, Illumina recently announced the launch of two new sequencing systems; the HiSeq X Ten and the NextSeq 500. While the X Ten has the capacity to sequence five human genomes in a day at a possible cost of $1000 per genome, the NextSeq 500 is more of a desktop system with flexibility in throughput. Previously, Illumina had launched the MiSeq sequencer designed to enable small sequencing and molecular diagnostic labs to sequence few samples or smaller regions of the genome. Life Technologies also has the Ion Torrent sequencer, a desktop sequencer that is suitable for research as well as clinics.  The targeted gene panels for cancers and inherited diseases developed by Illumina, Life Technologies, Rain Dance, Agilent etc. are also enabling sequencing to be carried out routinely in clinics. Companies offering sequencing based molecular diagnostics such as Myriad Genetics, Invitae, and Genomic Health are flourishing in the US and the stories of successful application of sequencing in molecular diagnostics are increasing at a rapid pace. Additionally, large universities and hospitals such as Washington University,  Dana Farber Cancer Institute,  Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CentreBaylor College of Medicine,  Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and of course the Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard are on the leading edge in genomic research and clinical applications of sequencing. Additionally, as the analysis of genomic data is a big data analytics problem to a certain extent, a number of traditionally electronics and IT companies such as Sony , SAP, IBM and Google (are investing in genomic research. It is clear from the activities and efforts in the genomic research in the US that this discipline is gaining momentum and is on the agenda of big players. Continue reading

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

P.T Usha was born in the state of Kerala, India in 1964. A self-made track and field athlete, she has been an inspiration for sportspersons of all ages across India. She holds the record of being the first Indian woman to ever compete in the Olympic finals. Born into a poor family, Usha had to struggle with several health issues as a kid. She developed a liking for athletics at a very young age, and competed with herself to improve her performance. Usha started her professional sports career in year 1980 at a young age of 16. Her Olympics debut in Moscow in 1980 was not very impressive. However, she went on to win several gold and silver medals in the Asiad games (1982), the Asian Track and Field Championships (1982, 1985) and the Asian Games (1986). In a sports career spanning more than two decades, Usha has won more than a 100 medals.

Sportspeople may come and go, but P.T Usha will continue to be remembered as the queen of Indian athletics. She gained extraordinary success by putting in sheer hard work on the field. Like Usha, there are a lot of women who work hard towards their goals and come out with splendid professional achievements. In other words, they break the glass ceiling! On the occasion of Women’s day, we bring to you the wonderful journey of Anita Shahane, Senior Domain Expert, Persistent Systems.

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The Decision maker

The Sound of Music is a familiar movie to many of us bringing memories of the von Trapp family and Maria, the eccentric governess. The movie was actually based on a real life story. Maria entered the von Trapp household as a governess to care for the seven motherless von Trapp children. A few years later, she married Captain von Trapp, the children’s father and became the family matriarch. With the rise of the Nazi power and its atrocities, life soon became tough in Austria. Captain von Trapp was quite outspoken about his anti-Nazi views, which cost the von Trapps their fortune and family home in Salzburg. Pressure from the Nazis forced them to flee their country in search of a safer home. This was the beginning of the von Trapps’ musical journey. With a pledge to renew the family’s finances and status, Maria took the family’s reins in her hands. She trained the von Trapp children to sing, planned the performances, organized musical tours and controlled the family’s finances. With increasing popularity, the family traveled all over Europe and finally immigrated to the US. The von Trapps faced many hardships in their lives, but moved on bravely with Maria as their anchor.

Maria’s sound decisions surely navigated the family to safe waters. There have been many women throughout history, who have evolved themselves, donned the coat of decision maker and led people towards progress. On the occasion of Women’s day, we share with you the story of Anagha Vyas, Delivery Partner, Persistent Systems.

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