Thursday Dec 03, 2009

Using OpenSolaris as Amazon EC2 VPC Gateway

Sometime back Amazon has launched their Virtual Private Cloud(VPC) services which will bridge between existing company IT and AWS cloud. It is very nice feature which really enables hybrid cloud and it make sense where you data center need grows for sudden burst only. Cases like that it makes lot of sense to use VPC. As you can seamlessly continue to use OpenSolaris and related AMI's in your VPC there is some restriction on how and what can connect to these VPC. According to the documentation right now the requirement states that you will need either CISCO or Juniper routers to do the JOB and there is a Generic Device configuration which lets you use the IPSec based Encryption/Decryption so you it can tunnel your Virtual Private Network Connnection(VPN). You can easily get to the details here.
Using OpenSolaris as Customer Gateway we explored this option with some of the great colleagues from Sun(Glenn, Dan) and we made it easier to work. So an OpenSolaris box can do all that for you without a router. Glenn has put up kennai web page which provides the easy to use tool that will setup the connectivity and start your VPC within minutes. Or as Glenn suggests in his blog a VirtualBox OpenSolaris client running on any derskotp can do the job for test purpose and get you started. Use it and provide us the feedback.

Suggested additional reading:
OpenSolaris Crossbow
Amazon VPC
VirtualBox








Tuesday May 13, 2008

EC2 blog

Rajesh has put up the EC2 blog where you can check for breaking news about OpenSolaris on EC2. Here are some information which is available for you:
Meet the Sun OpenSolaris on EC2 Team
Information on GlassFish/LifeRay/MySQL AMI
Current beta program status.

Check and leave you comments there if you want to know anything about this.
There are other AMI's are in progress and should be made available as soon as it is ready.

Monday May 05, 2008

OpenSolaris and Amazon EC2

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.

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