This is a very cool concept, something that meshes perfectly with our Tiburon based siCluster philosophy. That is, compute nodes should boot diskless, there should be very little state on each node, and stuff that you need to do should be made absolutely as simple as possible.
SmartOS is a project of Joyent. Joyent, for those not familiar with them, are a cloud company, building a nice public cloud for end users to build on. Their tools are largely open, and they are building some good stuff. Like node.js .
Imagine specifying your VM as a JSON file. As dumb as it sounds, this meshes … almost PERFECTLY with what we’ve developed for our boot management server.
I had pointed out recently that large platform as a service, or pretty much any *aaS type model, where you present your value atop someone elses platform, leveraging their technologies, is ripe for having the *aaS provider decide they want to move into your space. Once you’ve done the hard work of proving there is … Read moreMore blurring of lines between platform providers and competitors