What’s the easiest way to start using big software? Meet Conjure-up

Adam Stokes

Adam Stokes

on 9 June 2016

Conjure-up Image

Have a big software project you want to get in front of users with the least amount of barriers? Maybe it has a lot of dependencies, target runtimes, and/or micro-service type relationships. Don’t feel like writing a book’s worth of install and configuration documentation?

Wish you could just tell folks to just conjure-up your project? As if it was a magical spell?

Hear about the latest platform but don’t have time to figure out how to begin to deploy it just to give it a try?

Conjure-up is a power tool for getting users using Big Software

The Ubuntu Solutions Engineering team is pleased to announce the first pre-release of conjure-up 2.0!

Conjure-up lets you summon up big-software as a “spell” – a model of a software stack, including all the extra know-how to get you from bits on disk to a fully usable, configured, related deployment. Start using big software instead of learning how to deploy it.

  • Want OpenStack? Done, no problem.
  • What about Big Data? Like magic.
  • Deep Learning? Yep, just like that.
  • Kubernetes? Like butter.

Seems simple? It is, with conjure-up.

But wait, that sounds way too easy. What’s the catch?

After picking a spell, conjure-up presents you with a list of targets to deploy to including:

  • Major public clouds like EC2, Azure or GCE
  • A local (and super fast) deployment with LXD containers
  • Bare metal in a MAAS cluster

From there conjure-up can work in two ways:

  1. Walkthrough mode: where each spell will present you with a series of panels describing software components and their associated configurations. Users can accept the defaults or modify as needed to fit their particular use case.
  2. Default (headless) mode: where a spell can be deployed with all default options, placement and relations bypassing all the walkthrough panels.

Enough with the sales pitch, you’re itching to give it a try right? Let’s get started!

Getting conjure-up

conjure-up is available on both Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu Xenial 16.04 LTS

$ snap install conjure-up --classic --beta
$ conjure-up

Popular Spells

Kubernetes

The Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes works across all major public clouds and private infrastructure, enabling your teams to operate Kubernetes clusters on demand, anywhere.

$ conjure-up kubernetes

OpenStack

An OpenStack Cloud (Newton release) on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, providing Dashboard, Compute, Network, Block Storage, Object Storage, Identity and Image services.

$ conjure-up openstack

Release Notes

Several bug fixes and new features were introduced in this release. For a full list of what’s changed visit the Releases page.

Feature highlights

  • Ability to summon spells from various remote repositories, such as the Juju charm store, GitHub, BitBucket, and privately managed web servers.
  • 2 modes of deployments, an Interactive mode which walks you through the entire deploy process. Second, a headless mode for a non-interactive approach to deploying big-software.

Want to get involved?

Please visit our website or join us on IRC to participate in this project:

Ubuntu cloud

Ubuntu offers all the training, software infrastructure, tools, services and support you need for your public and private clouds.

Newsletter signup

Select topics you’re interested in

In submitting this form, I confirm that I have read and agree to Canonical’s Privacy Notice and Privacy Policy.

Related posts

The forecast is robots

Robots are an increasingly important part of our lives, in more ways than we realise. I’m not talking just about Roombas, or the toy robots that inhabit the wish lists of the world’s children (and the young at heart). Robots are…

Creating multi-purpose hardware with IoT app stores

The traditional approach to IoT requires customised hardware and kernels with a monolithic software image being flashed at the manufacturing stage leaving devices static. This renders devices unable to evolve functionality and subject to…

Financial services businesses say multi-cloud is central to their plans for AI, containers and blockchain, 451 Research reveals

The Canonical commissioned study found that 60% of financial services businesses bank on the benefits of multi-cloud to support emerging technologies, but significant skills gap still exists An independent report by 451 Research, ‘Multi-…