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Linux "micro-cloud" > Eucalyptus

On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 9:54 AM, <markw-FJ05HQ0HCKaWd6l5hS35sQ at> wrote:

> I have a couple servers in a cambridge colocation, they are rapidly
> approaching 10 years old. Needless to say, its time to upgrade.
> I currently have 2 dual PIII 800 MHZ each with a gig of ram. I am looking
> to replace them with two quad-core AMD AthlonII with 8 gigs of ram. (Total
> cost for both motherboads, memory and CPU is $600!!! unbelievable!)
> I think I want to set it up a small cloud system. Rather than setup two
> machines, one as a database server and the other as a mass-web host, (like
> I currently have) I think I want to be more creative.
> Keep one as a raw machine that runs the databases, as disk I/O is dog slow
> on virtualized hardware, and on the other make it a host a host machine on
> which I'll run a one or more virtual machines doing the web and service
> hosting. (If there is enough bandwidth, I may run VMs on the database
> machine as well)
> The the thing I want to discuss...
> Are there any "good" vm tools out there that makes this easy. I'm using
> VMPlayer and not sure I want to use it. I'd like a command line text
> system as these will be remote servers and a GUI is painful remotely.
> Any ideas? Suggestions?
This doesn't answer your question about VM's, but if your looking to build a
cloud, you might want to checkout Eucalyptus;
I believe support for Eucalyptus comes built-in with Ubuntu Karmic:

I have never used it but it looks promising. Anyone out there had any
experience with Eucalyptus?

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