FreeBSD on Amazon EC2
Colin Percifal announced back in December 2010 that he had managed to make FreeBSD run on Amazon EC2. There were some quirks and some work-rounds needed, but it worked.
FreeBSD ran only on the ‘small t1.micro’ instance, but it wasn’t working on the ‘cc1.4xlarge instances’ (8 cores of 2.93 GHz Nehalem, 23 GB of RAM, two 840 GB disks). Colin announced that this is now working: FreeBSD Amazon EC2 Cluster Compute.
Personally, I don’t like the idea of keeping any (personal) data and files in the Cloud, but it’s great news that FreeBSD runs on Amazon EC2. After all, FreeBSD is lean, agile and flexible, so it should be able to run on almost anything.
The following are some links to recent events showing how unreliable and insecure cloud providers can be.
- Days-Long Gmail Outage Leads To Fury, Frustration, Mistrust
- Amazon EC2 Outage Shows Risks of Cloud
- Amazon EC2 goes down, taking with it Reddit, Foursquare and Quora
- Dropbox Lack of Security or Dropbox: Insecure by Design?
- Dropbox Will Hand Over your files to the Feds if Asked
- Tarsnap critical security bug
Though these issues, vulnerabilities and problems have been dealt with and fixed (esp. the Tarsnap problem was handled very well), trusting and relying on ‘the cloud’ should be a decision that is well considered. Even Tarsnap, a service run by Colin, a highly regarded FreeBSD security specialist, had a security problem!
No company, however big it is, however much knowledge and experience they have, is able to offer 100% uptime and guarantee 100% data security.