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Thread: Confused about terminology - what do I need?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009

    Confused about terminology - what do I need?

    I'm not actually sure what to call what I want to do. Is it cloud computing? Or is it OpenStack or what?

    I have two VMware clusters of three physical servers each. I am tired of paying annual maintenance fees so I am looking at open source alternatives. I have used Ubuntu servers for 4 or 5 years so I am familiar with them.

    From what I can see if I use Xen or XCP I have to run Cento as the base OS, but I can run Ubuntu as the guest. Is that correct?

    If I want to replace my VMware clusters can it be done with Ubuntu and KVM? Or do I need additional software?

    It appears that Ubuntu and KVM only supports GUI-less guests, that would seem to preclude a Windows server guest or can Windows Core run as a guest?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    United States
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Re: Confused about terminology - what do I need?

    Have you tried ESXi? (From VMWare with no fees whatsoever)

    It's what I use for virtual machines, however I've never set it up with a cluster. As far as I know, you can manage load balancing and that's it.
    1: Win 7 - 2500k - 660ti - 8GB DDR3
    2: Xubuntu - 3570 - 650ti (2GB) - 12GB DDR3
    3: Win 8.1 - Q6600 - 9800 GTX+ - 8GB DDR2
    4: Arch - E7500 - 8800 GT - 6GB DDR2

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Confused about terminology - what do I need?

    Check out Proxmox

    Debian based, kvm and openvz. Supports clusters, great GUI and nearly everything you get with vSphere.


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