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Login to SmartOS VM with SSH Keys

SSH keys are installed on your client workstation and once loaded into the FiFo management interface allow you to login to your guest virtual machines without the need for a root password. This authentication method is not only more secure but also more convenient than using a typed password. It is essential to get SSH…
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Hanging out in the datacenter

We're busy getting the cloud.LA presence setup at Switch SuperNAP in Vegas. This is an absolutely amazing facility. Check them out at       Facility Details: Uptime-certified Tier IV Gold Tier IV Gold operations, security and maintenance protocols Supporting 40+ kW of power per cabinet at scale 100% power and cooling uptime SLA…
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  • speedtest on cloud-la

We are happy to be hosting Irvine's only node. Hosting a speed test server is an excellent way to test a new carrier and make sure our infrastructure is ready for cloud traffic. So far we are seeing excellent throughput from Cogent. Apparently building-out their network to serve as the primary carrier for Netflix has worked well for them :)

Cogent Datacenter Colocation

I've used Cogent enough times and for long enough that I do remember the times when larger ISPs would randomly shut down peering points with Cogent and everyone was making a big deal about Cogent selling last-mile fiber too cheaply and using other carriers networks to back-haul their traffic. There is no doubt that at…
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Debugging Docker in Production

Over the years I have consistently been able to identify important stuff early (except Twitter). And right now the most significant transition in application development and system administration is a move to containerizing applications. Yeah, it sounds a lot like virtualization, but think lightweight virtualization with only one app running at bare-metal speed. Anyway, without further ado here's one of the more significant tech rock-stars of this era talking about Docker... Brian Cantrill.



cloud.LA SmartOS Dataset Mirror

We are now hosting a SmartOS Dataset Server that mirrors the official Joyent datasets as well as various community datasets from Our server is hosted at Switch in Las Vegas which is the same datacenter as Joyent, so performance should be comparable with their servers. The main reason you may want to use this…
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Updating Dell PowerEdge C6100 Cloud Server

The Dell PowerEdge C6100 is a great cloud platform that can be picked up on eBay very affordably. It consists of four dual socket SuperMicro nodes in a high-density 2U chassis with 24 x 2.5" or 12 x 3.5" disks. The C6100 platform is widely used by commercial cloud providers and has excellent hardware support…
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Provision VM on Hypervisor with Most Free RAM

Project FiFo can accommodate a complex mix of provisioning rules that can be ordered and weighted to do almost anything, but for many clouds all that's needed is a "least-used-hypervisor" provisioning rule. To do this you simply add the following '' rule to your provisioning 'Packages' in the 'Configuration' section of the Project FiFo user…
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SmartOS Host NIC Bonding

If you're using Joyent SDC7, SmartOS host NIC bonding is handled from within the SDC user interface. SmartOS hosts are PXE booted and the NIC config is delivered by SDC as part of the boot process. If you're directly administering your SmartOS hosts or using Project FiFo for orchestration you'll need to setup link aggregation…
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