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Monthly Archives: June 2015

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 datasets.at. 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 'resources.free-memory' 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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SmartOS Disk Speed – Native vs. KVM

I'm just getting started with SmartOS so don't expect any deep tuning of the file system. This is just to show a few different "out-of-the-box" disk throughput tests to compare KVM guests to native SmartOS guests. The host has six 2.5" consumer grade disks, 5 in raid and 1 SSD for read-cache.     NAME       …
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