Launch of OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2
By rrajesh on May 07, 2008
So, what did this collaboration between Amazon Web services and Sun do? It offers choice, choice to developers and startups in two ways-
1) OpenSolaris provides ZFS filesystem, first 128-bit filesystem which offer 64-bit checksum capability to maintain data integrity and Rollback functionality to be able to quickly rollback changes to the last known stable state in case of data corruption of instability in the fileysytsem. Secondly, OpenSolaris is the only OS which offers Dtrace - a observability and tracing tool which helps developers and administrators to debug and trace issues and bottlenecks right from the hardware level (OS level in case of EC2) to their application code and middleware in between. Most importantly, developers and EC2 users can now have choice of multiple OSes other than various variants of Linux.
2) Freedom to run MySQL on Cloud. MySQl is most critical component of any web applications and MySQL's commitment to support Cloud such as EC2 as supported platform, opens the doors for startups to leverage the cloud infrastructure to further reduce the cost and capex investment towards the infrastructure build-out at early stages of the company.
We are excited to be working with Amazon Web services and providing choice to developers, startups and students who wish to use EC2 cloud for their development and deployment use.