[OpenIndiana-discuss] KVM and Xen support in OpenIndiana
lukas at laukamp.me
Mon Oct 15 08:59:49 UTC 2012
Am 15.10.2012 10:44, schrieb Nikola M:
> Lukas Laukamp wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> at the moment I am search for alternativ OSes than linux which have
>> KVM and Xen support. beside NetBSD and Illumos I also want to look at
>> For KVM I found a port at github which semm to work but is in a
>> testing/development state.
>> For Xen I couldn't find that much so for me it's not clear if there
>> is Dom0 support in OpenIndiana or whether there are plans to
>> implement Dom0 support.
>> When someone know more about that themes it would be great to get a
>> reply with more information.
> Hi to All new to Solaris and Illumos based, Openiniana :)
> I hope you will find many benefits in using Solaris / Illumos based
> systems but you
> _really get to know what you will get with it's benefits_ and where it
> shines comparing to other platforms.
> If you know it, I hope choosing it would be more easy, primary from
> Sysadmin perspective
> that wants to have a life more easy and safer in a sense of doing your
> work like you expect.
> List of Illumos distributions:
> Those benefits include open source engineered Kernel with ZFS on the
> upstream, Light virtualization with Zones, network virtualization with
> crossbow, KVM integration, DTrace for live server debugging, better
> hardware scalability, binary compatibility of applications between
> releases, stable driver ABI, boot environments/snapshots,IP2
> mutipathing/Load balancing, role based access control, etc.
> Openindiana is Illumos based distribution, with IPS packaging as
> continuation of Opensolaris and is made of mostly same user space
> packages as Solaris11, plus OI additional IPS publishers/repositories.
> It is available both in text-only install (server) and with Desktop,
> as the truly Opensolaris continuation.
> KVM for Illumos is made for SmartOS (Joyent company made it for a
> cloud) and is now available in Openindiana.
> Officially, KVM for Illumos supports Intel CPU's with EPT instruction set.
> Illumos KVM is used in production in Joyent for large scale
> virtualization for real-world customers and is available in Openindiana.
> Version for AMD CPUs and Intel without EPT is in development and need
> community backing.
> Illumos distributions and Openindiana support running as domU .
> Xen (dom0) support was available in Opensolaris 2009.06 till
> Opensolaris snv_134 , but
> aether Oracle ditched it from source before renamed it to it's closed
> source product on Solaris11,
> and Illumos does not have it in the code tree, because it was removed
> from OS/Net before Oracle forked it to closed source and Illumos
> established itself.
> So kernel implementation and source for Xen dom0 exists, but needs to
> be revived and renewsed for Illumos ,included back and developed
> further, just community need to activate itself with _supporting
> development where it is left.
> Same goes for Open HA - high availability that was last time available
> for Opensolaris 2009.06 (111b)
> and was tighten to release binaries. It would also be nice to have
> community backing it and reviving it or at least preparing it for OI
> stable to be released with it.
> But there is working alternative, based on **PaceMaker/ Heartbeat ,
> see: http://wiki.openindiana.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=23855106
> Hope this is all you need for a start :)
thanks for that comprehensiv reply. Unfortonatly I am not that good in
software development to do such a thing. I could only help the
development with testing results and so on. I think there must be found
a few people who are interested in Xen Support for Illumos/OpenIndiana.
So I don't know what I could do to get more involved in such a process.
Eventually someone has an idea how I can get more involved in such a
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