eWEEK: Network Virtualization Stands Out in OpenSolaris 2009.06


eWEEK's Jason Brooks tested OpenSolaris 2009.06, as a means to grab a "sneak peek at what's coming down the pike in Solaris." He found Crossbow network virtualization as the "most compelling feature" of OpenSolaris 2009.06. Overall, he was impressed with its flexibility and functionality, and used Crossbow to create "a virtual network with a pair of host systems and a router system" during his testing.
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Jason also noted that he found OpenSolaris to be very accessible for new users, "such as those accustomed to using Linux." He also highlighted improvements in performance and functionality of OpenSolaris' software packaging system, which "now consumes less memory and boasts a faster start-up time" for the graphical package manager.

Jason was a bit critical about VirtualBox support of OpenSolaris as a host OS. However, he pointed out that should VirtualBox take fuller advantage of OpenSolaris-specific features, "the combination of VirtualBox and Crossbow could make OpenSolaris the go-to host environment for Sun's desktop virtualization product."

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VirtualBox should also integrate better with ZFS. For example, it could ensure that each virtual disk is in its own dataset or zvol, that the record size of that dataset/zvol is in tune with the OS/filesystem of the VM that will be using it (this entails changes to the UI, sadly), and that compression is enabled. Further, the VirtualBox virtual disk manager GUI should provide a virtual disk clone option that uses ZFS snapshots and cloning.

Posted by Nico on June 29, 2009 at 05:07 AM EDT #

Nico,

Great idea! There is so much scope to deliver a great "compound" solution using the best of both OpenSolaris and VirtualBox.
For example, did you know that VirtualBox can already use iSCSI so that you can use OpenSolaris as a Storage server.
And that you can use VirtualBox in OpenSolaris Containers for watertight isolation too.

Going forward, ZFS and Crossbow seem obvious candidates for tighter integration but there is a list as long as a Fat Bloke's arm too ;-)
-FB

Posted by Fat Bloke on June 29, 2009 at 07:06 AM EDT #

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