I have been reading recently about the “Lean Startup” concept, which is funny since I have been working with and been part of more than a few without knowing there is a nifty catch phrase for them. So now I am all up on the lingo and hash tag #leanstartup I can speak on it. Today is the perfect time to take a gamble and dive into a lean startup. Being that there are so many free tools and services you can use along with very inexpensive solutions to infrastructure that were not available even a few years ago. By using the power of Open Source software, free online services, and cloud computing one can build a scalable and very cost effective lean startup.
Let’s first look at your new companies hosting and servers. being that you are lean you may most likely be working from home. So let’s look at hosting and services you will need in order to host some of the Open Source applications will will talk about in a moment. In my experience the basic things you need to get going in terms of setting up shop are the basics:
When we were setting up our locking cabinets at the new data center for my job I was wondering how to actively monitor the security around our cabinets. Being that only myself and the data center staff have keys to the cabinets I wanted to be able to monitor when anyone entered them. I came up with a simple solution to be able to monitor the racks and keep track of changes. First I downloaded ZoneMinder, which is cam software that runs on Linux. It allows you to setup cheap consumer grade cams to monitor security. With such advanced features as motion detection. This made it ideal for my needs since I could go buy two cheap $30 web cams to use for front and back of cabinets. Then all I had to do was install ZoneMinder on our monitoring server and configure it for motion detection captures. Now the only step for me to do was put a sign-in sheet inside our cabinet with fields for techs name, date, time, and what was done in cabinet. Then require the data center staff to fill out the sheet every time they enter the rack. Another good idea is to do this before signing a contract with the data center you have chosen. Then you can stipulate that if they enter the rack without signing the sheet you get X amount off your bill that month for each infraction.