[nycbug-talk] VPS solutions?

Andy Kosela akosela at andykosela.com
Mon Jul 27 14:27:37 EDT 2009

Matt Juszczak <matt at atopia.net> wrote:

> > hrm - i guess i can see what you mean in regards of commercial support
> > but one feature i that i feel has always been a problem for vmwware (and
> > to a lesser extent xenserver) is the api in which i can program against
> > it with.  i have built a fair amount of production systems using both
> > xen and kvm with heavy leveraging lib-virt (sorry, ot since this run on
> > linux systems).  from what i understand about the virtualbox road map i
> > hope it is going to have a friendly api as well.
> We are not going to get that elaborate in this setup.  We need a solution 
> that is cheap, and allows us to run 2 Linux instances and 2 FreeBSD 
> instances on a single, 64 bit multi processor box.
> We would like something simple, reliable, and preferably cheap if not 
> free.  This will most likely be a "launch it and forget it" setup, where 
> we'll set the four or five instances up, OS each instance, and launch it 
> as a production box.  Once that's up and running, we probably won't touch 
> them again for a while, and there's no need to automate or anything like 
> that.
> So with that in mind - simplicity and reliability - can anyone recommend a 
> solution that fits these needs?  (Cheap and supports both OS's).

Then I would definetly recommend once again either VMware or Citrix
XenServer.  I don't think anything can surpass those technologies in
simplicity and ease of management.  And on top of that both technologies
are free of charge at the moment.  Citrix free version seems to offer a
little bit more than VMware but I think you need to check out both to
really see which one you like more.  I would choose VMware anyday
because it is really a standard in virtualization technology and FreeBSD
has been supported on it as a guest for years now.  And what's wrong
with having one Windoze box as a management machine?   You probably has
a lot more of these Windoze management boxes as pretty much everything
in the enterprise sector (storage arrays etc.) needs one.  HP EVA or XP
comes to my mind.


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