E-Prepared is a learning lab-turned-business created by Roger P Brown of Spanish Fork, Utah. Roger is a student of continuous learning, and holds several IT certifications. i.e. RHCE, RHCSA, OCM100, LFCS, VCA-DCV, Cloud+, Storage+, CLA, LPIC-1, Linux+, Network+, and A+.
In order to retain and sharpen hard-fought IT skills, Roger creates home projects that employ as many of the certification objectives as possible. As Roger was purchasing new servers to expand a Ceph-powered data storage cluster, it dawned on him that he would soon have more storage space than he can use. So why not start selling some of that space? Let us turn this hobby into a real business and start getting some badly needed tax deductions out of it.
Roger hit upon e-prepared.com and registered it on January 26, 2017. This domain was chosen for the current purpose of data storage and a potential future purpose of offering Linux skills testing VMs, both of which add to being electronically prepared.
E-Prepared was founded upon the following guiding principles.
- Low stress: Given a decision, choose the least stressful in the long-term.
- Low OpEx: Avoid debt, start small, be power-efficient.
- Self-supporting: If you cannot afford it, do not buy it. Even if it means missing out on bulk pricing.
- Don't reinvent the wheel: Leverage third-party software already developed around Amazon S3 APIs.
- Keep your day job: Stick with services I can offer that won't threaten my day job.
- Open: Be transparent and open. Share stats and financials. Blog about challenges.
- Connect: Network with other Ceph and OpenStack enthusiasts.
- Distributed: Use geo-replication for disaster resistance as soon as financially possible.
- Continuous Testing: Do more than just ping services to see if they respond. Actually automate customer purchase and usage actions as a practical form of monitoring.
- Automated: Automate as much as possible. Do not waste time configuring the same things on multiple servers when there are tools that can be programmed to do it for me.
- Eat your own dog food: Be a customer too. Store my own files on the service to be ever mindful of the customer experience.