[discuss] Re: ISP suggestions?
russell at flora.ca
Mon Aug 28 16:15:55 EDT 2006
Andrew Kohlsmith wrote:
> ? It's hard to find anyone offering strictly shells these days, much less
> Canadian. You're more likely to find colocation facilities or virtual
> hosting, either of which would work very well. Virtual servers are very
> inexpensive and would give him everything he's looking for. Narrowing it
> down to Canadian-owned is the trick.
I was previously more involved in the ISP business, now only doing
sysadmin work for others such as http://www.openconcept.ca. People
want shell accounts practically for free, and yet is is relatively
expensive to offer. It's cheaper for the ISP to get more powerful
hardware, run virtualization, and offer customers root on their own
I'm doing a fair bit of work with Xen these days towards this. While
other virtualization exists, I really want it to be FLOSS and to be more
robust than what UML offered.
There are problems in the current version that are being worked out
(some bugs in the xennet "virtual ethernet" driver - RedHat is right
about the "readyness" of Xen), but this is extremely promising.
OpenConcept will likely be offering this commercially in the new year,
and is based in Ottawa (within the Storm collocation facility, but with
more than just Storm connectivity).
OpenConcept is intended by its owner to be an entirely FLOSS based shop.
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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