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Linux Cloud Computing For The Masses With Zimory

May 08, 2009, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"Once you have a Zimory account it's a pretty simple process to create a new deployment and provision it to any number of different data centers in the US and Europe. Zimory offers three basic appliances including Ubuntu 8.10 running under VMWare, a Xen-based LAMP appliance based on Debian, and a smaller LAMP version with a limited disk footprint. You can also upload your own appliance as long as it runs under VMWare or Xen.

"After you select your appliance you must choose how much memory to provision (between 128 and 8192 MB) and the number of processors you want dedicated to your application. Finally, you must choose a cloud site (or sites) to deploy your image to and you're all done. The Zimory Web-based dashboard gives you a quick summary of your deployments, their status and quick links to start / stop and manage the instance through a browser-based VNC session.

"One thing we learned pretty quickly is you'll need the latest Java Runtime for the VNC viewer to work properly. When we attempted to connect to the service from a laptop running Ubuntu 9.04, our Firefox prompted us for the missing plugins and loaded them right up. All that was needed was a quick Firefox restart and we were good to go."

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