Project Indiana on EC2

May 6, 2008

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Interesting news this week — along with the release of Project Indiana, Sun is also providing limited access to OpenSolaris images running on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud. I’m keen to try it out, but at the same time I’m a little skeptical about the whole thing.

I have high hopes for Project Indiana. After working with Joyent Accelerators, there are a lot of things I like about Solaris (the service manager, ZFS, DTrace, etc.) and a lot of things I don’t like (awkward package management, very DIY for relatively simple things).

Indiana running on EC2 instances is a good way to introduce people to the platform, but it’s a bummer you have to register with Sun and get their permission before jumping in the pool. I hope the waiting list isn’t too long. I’m itching to play.

Hopefully Indiana on EC2 is lean, mean, and easy to get started with … but I have my doubts that it will be a replacement for my current Ubuntu AMIs. I don’t have any super custom configurations, I just don’t think EC2 isn’t the kind of environment where Solaris really shines — EC2 is lots of little servers, not a big box with a bunch of cores and spindles. Regardless, I’m an optimist, and I look forward to being proven wrong.

I’m waiting on access to the Project Indiana AMIs. I’ll report back as soon as I get my feet wet.

Update: I’ve been accepted to the beta program, but I don’t think I can do a test drive until this weekend. More information then!

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