BSD Now Episode 15: Kickin’ NAS (video)

bsd_now_logoA new BSD Now TV episode (Kickin’ NAS – Episode 15) has been uploaded, featuring an interview with Josh Paetzel, IT director at iXsystems.

Other topics discussed are:

  • More faces of FreeBSD
  • We cannot trust Intel and Via’s chip-based crypto
  • OpenSMTPD 5.4.1 released
  • More getting to know your portmgr
  • Interview with Josh Paetzel
  • FreeNAS tutorial
  • Introducing configinit
  • OpenSSH support for Ed25519 and bcrypt keys
  • The FreeBSD challenge
  • PCBSD weekly digest
  • Feedback/Questions

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iXsystems’ new website.

ixsystems logoiXsystems has launched their new and updated website. I don’t think the old one (mezz.ixsystems.com) was that bad, but the new version looks definitely nice and slightly more modern.

All contents are transferred over, but there is now a lot more focus on the TrueNAS systems. The FreeBSD and PC-BSD workstations seem to have been dropped.

Most readers of this website and FreeBSD users will have come across iXsystems in the past, but if you haven’t, iXsystems builds (custom-built) FreeBSD/Linux enterprise-class servers and storage solutions.

iX products are assembled, tested, and shipped from their company headquarters in Silicon Valley and technical support is provided in-house by the same engineers that built the systems.

iXsystems champions the cause of open source technology by dedicating extensive resources to several FreeBSD community projects: FreeNAS, PC-BSD, FreeBSD, TrueNAS and TrueOS, as well as using open source products within the company.

Have a look at the site and let us know what you think: ixsystems.com

Disclosure: iXsystems is a freebsdnews.net partner.

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FreeBSD 20 Year Anniversary Party Invitation

It was announced last month that iXsystems will be hosting the 20 year FreeBSD Anniversary Celebrations, but now we have more details.

20 years ago, Nate Williams, Rod Grimes, and Jordan Hubbard came together to turn their 386BSD patchkit into something greater. David Greenman gave their combined efforts a name.

Today, FreeBSD is the stable, powerful operating system they dreamed of and people all around the world come together to make it better every day.

In honour of its users, administrators, developers, and advocates, iXsystems invites you to FreeBSD’s 20th Anniversary Celebration being held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco! Festivities will begin at 6 pm, during which time we’ll have exclusive access to the upstairs area of the club. At 9 pm doors will be opened to the public, who will join us as we celebrate into the wee hours of the morning.

There will be drinks, music, and great company. Sponsors of the event include iXsystems, Netflix, Google, NetApp, and the FreeBSD Foundation. There will also be a raffle with giveaways from O’Reilly Media and No Starch Press, among others.

We hope you’ll join us for an evening of revelry and merriment on November 2nd! Please RSVP at http://www.freebsdparty.com by Friday, October 18th if you plan to attend this historic event.

When: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, 6PM-2AM PST
Where: DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA, USA
Cost: Nothing

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Miscellaneous FreeBSD news and links (FreeBSD, CloudSigma, DEF CON, Apple, vBSDCon)

These are a number of links to interesting news items and links you may want to check out:

FreeBSD 9.2 Feature Highlight: ZFS General Improvements

Along with the many user facing changes discussed previously, there are also a number of internal changes to ZFS that will be available with the release of FreeBSD 9.2. [freebsdnow]

 

FreeBSD Can Compete With Ubuntu Linux, Windows 8

The NVIDIA BSD performance is very good for OpenGL as shown in this article with a comparison of Windows 8 vs. Ubuntu 13.10 vs. FreeBSD 9.1. In fact, for some OpenGL workloads the Linux games are running faster on FreeBSD/PC-BSD 9.1 than Ubuntu!  [Phoronix]

 

CloudSigma’s new website

CloudSigma, which based in Zurich (Switzerland) and provide FreeBSD VPS services in Europe, has announced it has a new and more intuitive website. CloudSigma was founded to meet the growing need for a pure IaaS that places little or no restrictions on how its users deploy their computing resources.

 

Apple’s Operating System Guru Goes Back to His Roots

Hubbard left Apple last month to return to the world of open source UNIX, taking the chief technology officer post at a iXsystems, a company that offers servers and other data center hardware that runs FreeBSD. Apple was quite an education, and now, he wants to bring the “Apple approach” back to the open source game. [wired.com].

 

vBSDcon 2013 Registrations Open

In these most recent months, we have been developing the vBSDcon conference website hosted at www.vbsdcon.com.  It includes full details surrounding the schedule, agenda, and speakers for vBSDcon.  The most recent addition to the conference website is that registrations are now open!  [Announcement].

There’s also a new interview with Verisign CTO Burt Kaliski on BSDTalk (bsdtalk230).

 

DEF CON 21 Recap

Mike Biehn, an iXsystems employee and a veteran of DEF CON attended DEF CON 21  a few weeks ago. DEF CON 21 Recap.

 

 JabirOS 1.0.1 released

We’re pleased to announce new release of “The new JabirOS” after a long time! This version is based on FreeBSD 9.2-RC1. In this version , we’ve added  ”OpenBox” as default window manager and “SLiM” as default display manager. [jabirproject.org]

 

DNSSEC @ MDLUG.org

Michael W. Lucas’s talk about DNSSEC (about 20 mins into the video).

FreeNAS 9.1.0 released

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoiXsystems has announced the availability of FreeNAS 9.1:

“The FreeNAS development team is delighted to announce the general release of FreeNAS 9.1.0. This release offers massive improvements to the usability, extensibility, stability, and performance of FreeNAS. Everything from the web user interface, plugin management system, base operating system, ZFS file system, and even the source control used to manage the project have been substantially improved. “

There are many new features and upgrades in this new release which is based on FreeBSD 9-STABLE, some of which are:

  • User interface overhaul
  • (ZFS) Volume creation wizard
  • New encryption interface
  • Revamped plugin system
  • Multiple jails and jail types
  • Support of PC-BSD PBI packages
  • ZFS feature flags
  • LZ4 compression
  • TRIM support
  • Enhanced failed drive notifications
  • Improved memory use
  • Performance and stability enhancements from the yet unreleased FreeBSD 10
  • Code available on Github

You can download FreeNAS 9.1 from the FreeNAS download page. Make use you select the correct tab as FreeNAS 8.3 is selected by default.

Apple’s Jordan Hubbard joins iXsystems

FreeBSD Co-Founder Wraps Up Historic Tenure at Apple to Become iXsystems CTO 

iXsystems announced today that one of the original founders of FreeBSD, Jordan Hubbard, is joining iXsystems. More information can be found in the press release that was sent out:

Freebsd_Jordan_HubbardXsystems, Inc. is delighted to welcome Jordan Hubbard, former Director of UNIX Technology at Apple, as Chief Technical Officer. Hubbard will lead engineering and development at iXsystems, take the reins of FreeNAS (the wildly popular open source storage platform) and work to bring the TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance to a wider audience by adding new capabilities, such as object storage, simpler cloud integration, and high-performance real-time data de-duplication, to name a few. He will also work to create future products and services which better serve the needs of emerging enterprise and consumer markets.

At Apple, Hubbard led the development of many BSD and Unix technologies at the core of Mac OS X and iOS over the last 12 years. His primary areas of focus were on modernizing the Unix platform, creating better and more fundamental security technologies, increasing performance and power efficiency, and tirelessly promoting the common interests and exchange of technologies between the OSS community and Apple.

With Hubbard’s knowledge and decades of experience, iXsystems is poised to expand further into the enterprise storage market, increasing support for industry standards while continuing to develop new and innovative technology. TrueNAS Unified Storage is already used around the world supporting big data, virtualization, and cloud computing infrastructures and, under Hubbard’s leadership, TrueNAS will further solidify its position as the most powerful and easy to use storage option on the market.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to help guide iXsystems through its next phase of professional and technological development. This is not just a great opportunity for me to be part of a company known for its strong support of FreeBSD and other open source software, but I’m also looking forward to helping it achieve new levels of success with the TrueNAS storage appliance and having the opportunity to create future innovative products.”

says Hubbard.

Hubbard and iXsystems are connected through the FreeBSD Project and many years of history. Hubbard co-founded the FreeBSD project in 1993 and was a long-time executive employee of iXsystems’ corporate ancestors, BSDi and Walnut Creek CD-ROM. BSDi became iXsystems in 2001, and Walnut Creek became the FreeBSD Mall in 2002, before re-joining iXsystems in 2005.

iXsystems is a champion of FreeBSD, making both financial and technical contributions to the project as well as running the FreeBSD Mall and representing FreeBSD at open-source conferences and trade shows around the world. Hubbard is the ideal figure to lead the development of FreeBSD-based systems at iXsystems and spearhead the company’s contributions to FreeBSD, carrying on the long tradition of being a leading supporter of the open source community.

Matt Olander, Co-founder and CTO Emeritus of iXsystems, is thrilled to welcome Jordan back to the iX family.

“Apple has a well-deserved reputation for making some of the highest quality, easiest to use products in the world, and we’re thrilled to have someone with this kind of experience join our team in a leadership role. No one else has Jordan’s enthusiasm and skill for bringing great technology to a wide audience, and his long history with us and with FreeBSD makes bringing him on board just that much sweeter. We’re looking forward to a grand new era of innovation, and Jordan will help lead the way!”

Jordan Hubbard will assume the duties of iXsystems CTO on July 15, 2013.

TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance now Citrix Certified

ixsystems logoiXsystems, the all-around FreeBSD company that builds FreeBSD certified servers and storage solutions, has announced that their TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance has been now been certified as Citrix Ready.

“The Citrix Ready program helps customers identify third party solutions that are recommended to enhance virtualization, networking, and cloud computing solutions from Citrix. TrueNAS completed a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix XenServer®, providing confidence in joint solution compatibility.

The Citrix Ready program makes it easy for customers to identify complementary products and solutions that can enhance Citrix environments. Customers can be confident that TrueNAS™ has successfully passed a series of tests established by Citrix, and can be trusted to work effectively with XenServer to keep virtual machines available and business running smoothly.

TrueNAS has been verified for use with XenServer through both NFS and iSCSI. TrueNAS includes a wide variety of protocols and services to support both file-based and block-based usage. Completion of Citrix Ready verification is a step forward, confirming TrueNAS’s ability to integrate into virtualized environments. Many iXsystems clients already back their XenServer infrastructure with TrueNAS, enjoying easy management and reliable performance.

As a member of the Citrix Ready program, we are able to offer our clients intelligent solutions that combine TrueNAS unified storage with Citrix XenServer,” said Peter Allen, Applied Engineering Specialist. “The offering demonstrates our plans to work with trusted partners, through the Citrix Ready partner ecosystem, in order to provide the highest quality experience for our clients.”

The TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance is Trusted to Enhance Citrix Virtualization Solutions

iXsystems debuts exclusive ZFS Encryption Feature in FreeNAS 8.3.1

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Following the release of FreeNAS 8.3.1, iXsystems has released the following announcement:

iXsystems continues to lead the way for free and open source software with the release of FreeNAS Version 8.3.1. With this update, FreeNAS becomes the first open source storage platform to offer encryption for the advanced Zettabyte File System (ZFS). This is the first point release of the 8.3 branch, including updates to several components for security and stability.

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoFreeNAS makes powerful features easy to use and accessible to everyone; until now, encryption for ZFS has been inaccessible to the general public. Thanks to ZFS encryption, security-conscious users will be able to prevent their data from being read if the disks are disconnected from their system.

The ZFS encryption module runs as fast as unencrypted volumes on processors that support the AES-NI instruction set. AES-NI instructions are available on many Intel and AMD processors.

The encryption key management has been made user friendly with options for automatically restarting the volume, or requiring an operator to manually enter in a key depending on the user’s required level of security. In addition encryption allows for confidence when retiring and recycling hard drives because the drives no longer need to be wiped provided the keys are obliterated.

In the future, iXsystems will be able to bring features and improvements from FreeBSD, the enterprise open source operating system, to the FreeNAS community faster. This is a result of the FreeNAS codebase moving to FreeBSD 9. Alfred Perlstein, VP of Software Engineering at iXsystems, says,

“With the FreeNAS and the FreeBSD code bases closer together, both userbases will benefit from testing and development done on the entire platform.”

FreeNAS 8.3.1 also updates many of the services and components of FreeNAS, providing upgraded hardware support, bug fixes, and performance enhancements. FreeNAS 8.3.0 has been the most popular FreeNAS release to date with over 500,000 downloads. iXsystems is looking forward to the continued growth of the FreeNAS community with the release of version 8.3.1, and to more opportunities to make powerful technology accessible for FreeNAS users.

About FreeNAS® 
FreeNAS is a free and open source Network Attached Storage operating system based on FreeBSD. The goal of the project is to design a lightweight, BSD-based software package that acts as a full featured NAS server, complete with a Django-based web user interface, full ZFS implementation, and the ability to interface with existing networks – regardless of operating system or protocol. The encryption system introduced in Version 8.3.1 makes FreeNAS the only Free and Open Source ZFS encryption offering in the world.

About iXsystems: 
iXsystems builds rock solid enterprise-class server and storage solutions. All of our products are assembled, tested, and shipped from our company headquarters in Silicon Valley. Technical support is provided in-house by the same engineers that build the systems. Thousands of companies, universities, and U.S. Government departments have come to rely on iXsystems’ customer-first commitment to excellence. iXsystems champions the cause of Open Source technology by dedicating extensive resources to several FreeBSD community projects: FreeNAS, PC-BSD, FreeBSD, and TrueOS.