Future directions for Fedora Cloud

"J├│hann B. Gu├░mundsson" johannbg at gmail.com
Thu Sep 12 12:47:59 UTC 2013

On 09/12/2013 10:49 AM, Vitaly Kuznetsov wrote:
> Matthew Miller <mattdm at fedoraproject.org> writes:
>> Does this sound interesting / valuable? Are there other directions you'd
>> like to see us go?
> We could also follow SUSE's approach with their buildservice: provide
> users with easily accessible infrastructure to build their own cloud
> appliances (with custom package set, custom initial settings, ...) and
> upload them to public cloud providers (I've seen buildservice creating
> custom AMI for EC2, pretty impressive I would say). We can also think
> about keeping a public library of such appliances (or rather their
> 'sources' e.g. kickstarts).
> This idea is based on my observation that Fedora is really good choice
> for short-lived cloud deployments (when you need a solution 'here and
> now'). But starting from scratch every time (run empty minimal image,
> update, install required packages, configure,... ) is painful
> enough. You can always save your configured image but it will require
> you to update this image regularly and rebuild completely with every new
> fedora release. You can do the job with e.g. cloud-init script but it
> will significantly slow down boot process for _all_ new instances. So
> having a service which will provide you with your custom and fresh image
> every time you need it (e.g. daily) would be nice.
> Just my $0.02 and I'm not sure the target audience is wide enough...

This sounds like more appropriate way forward from my pov.


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