Some time back we introduced a piece of work that we are working on: OpenStack on SmartOS. Today we start a new blog post series to dig into SmartOS and its features. We’ll start with a quick introduction to SmartOS to get everyone started with this platform.

SmartOS is an open source live operating system mainly dedicated to offer a virtualisation platform. It’s based on illumos, which in turn it’s derived form OpenSolaris, thus inherits many Solaris-like features, such as zones, ZFS and DTrace. Joyent, the company behind SmartOS, further enhanced the illumos platform by adding a porting of KVM and features like I/O throttling. The core features of SmartOS will be the topic of the next posts in this Series. Thanks to these features, SmartOS makes the perfect candidate for a truly Cloud OS.

The following presentation will walk you through the basic tasks to setup, configure and administer SmartOS:

For the next topics we will cover SmartOS virtualisation (Zones and KVM), SmartOS storage (ZFS), SmartOS networking (Crossbow) and SmartOS observability (DTrace).