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Learning a new OS can be intimidating, especially one with less support in terms of open source Chef cookbooks. At Wanelo we’ve found the rewards of using Chef with Joyent’s SmartOS to be well worth the effort.
SmartOS is an open source fork of Illumos (think Solaris) that runs in the Joyent Public Cloud. Over the last year we’ve grown to love SmartOS as a deployment environment, and with the help of Chef have grown Wanelo’s infrastructure more than ten times in six months to meet the demands our exponential user growth. In the next year, we expect to grow our infrastructure by another factor of ten. On another public cloud, our business growth would have required a significantly larger infrastructure at every step.
In this session I’ll explain why we appreciate SmartOS so much and how you can get started. What’s the terminology? What plugins do you need, and how do you use them? What providers should you learn and where can you find them? I’ll provide bootstrap scripts, basic roles and cookbooks on Github to get people provisioning and using SmartMachines immediately. For larger infrastructures, I’ll walk through some of the dependencies that have made our lives easier, and explain why.
By the end, you should have the code at your fingertips to deploy a Ruby or Rails application to the Joyent Public Cloud, with all of the dependent services up and running.