DO Ideas 2

Support SmartOS hosts

SmartOS as a host OS would allow having SmartOS Containers as droplets. SmartOS Containers have zero overhead, so I/O would be even faster. KVM is supported too.
SmartOS is a huge edge Joyent has over Digital Ocean for me.
(being able to use DTrace would also really kick ass.)

  • Nathan Zadoks
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • David Preece commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    I just left a similar comment on a forum thread but...

    The thing about SmartOS is that it has vastly more secure containerisation that does *not* need hardware virtualisation - nested or no. I've run SmartOS under KVM with no problem at all for about a 10% hit. Obviously bare metal is better but let's stay in the realm of the possible here :)

    For the uninitiated: SmartOS zones/containers *are* Linux compatible and are capable of hosting either containers or entire virtual Linux boxes.

    A thing to note is that it needs to be able to boot off a usb/iPxe/CD image even if a formatted drive is connected. However, OmniOS doesn't have this limitation and has just gained the Linux compatibility stuff ... so that might be a good deal easier to implement.

  • Jon commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    Digital Ocean probably *should* base their entire platform on SmartOS with the battery-backed RAM disks and SSDs at RAIDz3.

    However, I want Digital Ocean to provide SmartOS as a guest-OS within their existing KVM infrastructure.

  • Zack commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    Waiting for SmartOS.

  • Carlos Killpack commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    I'd even be interested in running SmartOS (or any other Illumos-derived OS) in a VM

  • Jan commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    +3

  • Nelsonic commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    +1 we are using DTrace on Joyent.
    Not having SmartOS available on DO is preventing us from switching. :-(

  • Matthew commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    ++

  • Lanti commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    +3

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    +1

  • Rick commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    +1 DTrace ftw

  • Kris Leech commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    I would like to know if it is possible to deploy to Solaris also?

  • 3rd-Eden commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    I agree.

  • John Fuller commented
    September 11, 2018 18:37

    I have been playing with Linux containers via Docker (docker.io) and I have fallen in love. However, Docker is new and I don't know when it will be production ready. Since this containers idea has been borrowed(?) from Solaris, I have been looking at options for running one of the Solaris descendants. SmartOS seems to be directed at servers and I would love to give it a spin on Digital Ocean.