[Chugalug] Linux VM Host Choices

Jason Brown lists at masterforge.com
Fri Mar 14 21:53:03 UTC 2014


For playing around and trying new DevOps things Vagrant + VirtualBox has
been awesome.

I started playing with OpenNebula, but got distracted. So far it too is
pretty nice for multiple compute nodes though.


On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 6:57 AM, Mike Smith <mikeosmith at gmail.com> wrote:

> I like that Xen doesn't require a central server (XenCenter vs. vCenter),
> but you pay for that by increasing the mgmt burden on Xen. Been very happy
> with ESXi.
>
>
> On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM, Joseph Simoneau <
> joseph.simoneau at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> My homelab is currently on KVM, and it's alright. Compared to VMware
>> workstation, the network setup is weirder and possibly limiting.
>>
>> If I were starting over today, I'd try ESXi (managed with workstation)
>> and xen. I wouldn't rebuild with KVM because it forces some choices that
>> seem suboptimal once things get big or odd.
>>
>> The big plus with KVM and Xen, as I see it, is that you can use Ceph or
>> something like it for the datastore instead of just direct disks or a
>> NAS/SAN that adds other complexities.
>>
>> -js
>> On Mar 13, 2014 8:00 PM, "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" <shadowhunter at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I'd be split between ESXi and VirtualBox, depending on the environment
>>> and software requirements.
>>>
>>> I haven't learned much about Xen is that, from what I remember, it
>>> requires CPU virtualization instruction support, which a lot of my hardware
>>> does not.
>>>
>>> " ' With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured,
>>> the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all
>>> irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and
>>> warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we're all
>>> damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG
>>> episode "The Drumhead"
>>> - Alex Smith
>>> - Dulles Technology Corridor (Chantilly/Ashburn/Dulles), Virginia USA
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM, William Roush <
>>> william.roush at roushtech.net> wrote:
>>>
>>>>  I assume you mean hypervisor.
>>>>
>>>> Big fan of ESXi. Management being boneheaded recently not so much.
>>>>
>>>> William Roushwilliam.roush at roushtech.net423-463-0592
>>>> http://www.roushtech.net/blog/
>>>>
>>>>  On 3/13/2014 2:04 PM, Stephen Kraus wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Thought I'd bring this up, partially to praise Xen.
>>>>
>>>> I inherited a bunch of Xenservers at the new job I got, and expected
>>>> trouble partially due to the very poor setup of the prior IT service
>>>> provider.
>>>>
>>>> I could not have been more wrong. I am really thrilled with XenServer,
>>>> especially after I pushed a few updates and migrated all the VMs onto an
>>>> iSCSI SAN.
>>>>
>>>> Whats your VMs of choice?
>>>>
>>>>
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