Amazon EC2

If you're interested in using OpenSolaris in the cloud, you can currently do so using Amazon's EC2 service. There are a bunch of machine images available. Most currently require registration (which has a quick turn-around), however, 2 are public.

If you're new to Amazon EC2, their Getting Started Guide is excellent. I would suggest working through the steps with the getting started machine image, and if everything works, try it again with the OpenSolaris image (ami-7db75014 for the US and ami-6c1c3418 for Europe). There's also a Getting Started Guide for OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2 that you may find helpful.

Another tool I've found useful is the Firefox plugin, ElasticFox.


From ElasticFox you can find AMIs, launch AMIs and open a terminal to connect to the instance. The first time I tried to connect to the instance I got the message:

Warning: Identity file /export/home/bleonard/ec2-keys/id_gsg-keypair does not exist.

After I created the ec2-keys directory and put a copy of my keypair file named id_gsg_keypair, it was able to connect successfully.


Comments:

Or you can use the Joyent cloud which has been based on OpenSolaris for more than 2 years. :)

Posted by benr on February 09, 2009 at 11:31 AM GMT #

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Posted by plugin on February 09, 2009 at 07:20 PM GMT #

How does amazon's cloud prevent silent data corruption without using something like Sun's ZFS or Netapp's WAFL or Google's "GFS" as their main file system? The answer is- they don't! Amazon just lets your data get corrupted and if it does get corrupted, then too bad (see links below for reference):

http://blogs.sun.com/gbrunett/entry/amazon_s3_silent_data_corruption

http://www.daemonology.net/blog/2008-06-24-amazon-s3-data-corruption.html

http://developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/thread.jspa?threadID=22709

This actually makes a good case for using a cloud that is actually based on OpenSolaris and ZFS, you know, like Joyent's cloud or Sun Microsystem's very own "vaporware cloud" (the one that Ian Murdoch always talks about in his blog but I have yet to see).

Posted by system5 on November 10, 2009 at 08:46 PM GMT #

Any plans to offer Solaris 11 Express on EC2 ?

Posted by Giovanni on January 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM GMT #

Giovanni, yes, I believe Solaris 11 Express on EC2 is in the works. Keep an eye on http://blogs.sun.com/ec2/ for an announcement.

Posted by W Brian Leonard on January 31, 2011 at 06:38 AM GMT #

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