OpenSolaris and Amazon EC2
By dkumar on May 05, 2008
As many of you might have got the news by now about the planet's best Operating System has been made available on one of the most scalable Compute Cloud named Amazon EC2(Elastic Compute Cloud).
This brings you the best of the both worlds which includes the Amazon Web-Services and OpenSolaris code base. If you haven't checked how cool OpenSolaris is I would suggest to get a copy of OpenSolaris and check for your self. Once you get this just get your hand dirty on xVM and try to play with the virtualization it offers. There are may more things that has been included with this OpenSolaris and some of them are as:
. Developed under Open Source community.
. New subscription support.
. Various tools needed for development eg. Sun Studio, Netbeans and the SAMP stack.
. Different virtualization technology
. ZFS and DTRACE.
. Fast and easy installation with a single click and simply add software via the new Image Packaging System (IPS).
Combining Amazon EC2 on demand compute capacity with their integrated storage and running OpenSolaris on top of that gives you unparalleled env to run your application in secure, reliable and easily scalable.
OpenSolaris makes it possible to run your application on EC2 while taking or retaining the differentiating features of the Solaris Operating system and they include:
1. DTrace - You continue to do the same Dynamic Tracing over EC2.
2. Binary and Backward Compatibility - As with Solaris 10 you continue to run your application unmodified on OpenSolaris. So you can run your oldest code unmodified without breaking a thing.
3. Open Source - OpenSolaris is developed under OpenSolaris community with participation from thousands of developer worldwide. It has more predictable life cycle and support service so you can plan and upgrade your system when needed.
4. Easy to use - If you have given a try to install OpenSolaris you would know how easy it is.
So how does the whole thing work ?
Here is the what needed to be done to have your own OpenSolaris running on Amazon EC2:
You must have an account with Amazon WebSerives
Register for OpenSolaris AMI
Sun gets back to you with the details
Use the AMI/API tool to get your env.
Install/Update or simply customize your env by installing software or customizing your system.
For more details don't forget to check here.