These instructions should be a nice and easy start to deploying Rackspace Cloud servers using the salt-cloud tool. Just follow along exactly, and at the end you should have a fully functional salt-cloud deployment tool.
One of the disadvantages of using IRC over another chat medium is the lack of logging while you aren't connected to the server. In this article, I will describe the process I used to implement logging for my favorite IRC channels.
Load balancing is performed by a device or service acting as a single endpoint to your application or site. This device then spreads the requests it receives across multiple backend nodes. There are benefits to using a load balancer in your configuration.