Introducing Clouder, how you can easily create and maintain your infrastructure

Hello world,

Today I’d like to give you the last news regarding the evolution of my hosting orchestrator (https://www.disruptingworld.me/presentation-of-my-hosting-infrastructure/) .
I am very excited to make this announcement because the system is finally ready for a wider use and I am really proud of the result.

As you probably already guess, the project has been renamed into Clouder. It is still a suite of Odoo modules which connect to your server to install your applications and maintain them in a professional way.

My goal is to provide a standard way for sysadmin, hosters or simple geeks to easily build a full open-source infrastructure, and thus popularize the great open-source applications we can find.
Today, even if you are a sysadmin, you have the choice between closed-source services immediately usable after filling a form or spending days trying to install open-source application, often without respecting state of the art rules of hosting (supervision, backup, security etc…)

I want to change that. We need to build together a technology which allow anybody with some technical knowledge to deploy his own open-source and state of the art infrastructure. This is the goal of Clouder.

Yes, there is other initiatives for this, but if you look closely do you know any open-source orchestrator which :

  • Allow to deploy application just by filling a form
  • Is extensible enough to integrate any application
  • Manage several servers, not the one where it is installed
  • Support links between applications, to build a consistent infrastructure, not just deploy isolated application
  • Is flexible enough so professional hosters can use it for their purpose so don’t have to create their own scripts anymore.
  • Cherry on the cake, is directly linked to the most powerful open-source ERP on the market, to manage tickets, invoicing, e-commerce website etc…

This is what I propose with Clouder. And the story start today, for more information I invite you to subscribe to the following websites :

Finally, for those who follow this project since my previous post about it, here is what was done since last summer :

  • Port the code from Odoo 7 to Odoo 8
  • Rewrite all the code with the new api
  • The code is now PEP8 and OCA-quality
  • Move some important services, like backups, archives and container registry inside containers. Now except docker itself, nothing is still installed outside of containers.
  • Prepare documentation and websites to manage the community I want to build around it.

So now everything is ready for the real start. If you want to join, subscribe to the mailing-list and follow the repo on github.
For the next step, I’ll need your help to build template modules for others applications or improve existing ones. There is already a good numbers for Odoo, Drupal, WordPress, Seafile etc… but we need more.
Also even if it’s really easy to use one configured, the first installation is still quite difficult so I need people to try to use it, help others, and maybe later try to improve it this first step.

I don’t want people to lose time installing Odoo on their server, so if you don’t have an Odoo already you can ask me to create a free Clouder instance for you, just contact me.
If you already have one, you just have to install the Clouder modules on it.

Unfortunately, I’ll not give a conference about Clouder during the Odoo Experience event in June, but I’ll be here if you want to meet me.

Thank you for your attention. Let’s make this real!

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