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57:48 Berkeley System Distribution (BSD), Andrea Ross English 2013


Running an ISP can be a tedious task of putting different pieces of boxed hardware together to make the network work, but can also be a fun and entertaining work of research on the right solution to accommodate your customer's needs. The market is full of vendors, big and small, ready to sell you a pre-packaged solution for your (supposed) needs, but what if you'd like to use BSD to serve your customers ? This talk will show how we are running a full ISP on solutions brought out using facilities and software easily built on top of BSD systems, and will delve into the challenges we have faced in the set up of the distributed architecture, with POPs in different european countries. Along with this, we are carrying out an analysis and comparison of costs and features between commercial and open source solutions, characterizing the decisions we made and the results we carried out. As an ISP, we not only offer access service, but we also deliver streaming services through a distributed CDN, also built on top of BSD. This will be a chance to delve into the different pieces of software used for encoding, distributing and streaming videos over the BSDs, and the technologies we used to interact with the underlying network. While being a non highly technical talk, the goal is to show the audience that using BSD in an ISP and content distributor environment is perfectly possible and will deliver the same quality of service of the packaged solutions, yet keeping your costs under control and allowing you a high degree of customization. This will be carried on showing - as already stated - a real world example of our project running solely with the power of BSD.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: Berkeley System Distribution (BSD), Andrea Ross
  • Language: English
1:24:27 Berkeley System Distribution (BSD), Andrea Ross English 2013

The cluster refit

A way to do project infrastructure, and a way not to; or the cluster before and now. The FreeBSD project is rather old and as such has had the infrastructure for running the project, such as CVS, Mail, and web servers, for a long time. The basic setup had been the same for more or less 10 years with the result that it was very complicated, had many inter-dependencies and of course no documentation on how it was set up. Security wise the old setup was out of date with current practices. In 2012 we had to move from one datacenter to another, and in the process it was decided to redo the setup more or less from scratch with the goals of making the setup simpler, more robust, segregated, secure and basically something which didn't cause the administration team to lose sleep over. The presentation will, for historic reference, present the old setup as an example of how not to have a cluster set up in 2012, and how we decided to set up the new one to meet our goals. The design of the new setup with heavy partitioning of network and hosts, using of FreeBSD for everything where possible including routers running FreeBSD 10-CURRENT. The impact of the 2012 November compromise on the infrastructure will also be discussed and what was learned from that.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: Berkeley System Distribution (BSD), Andrea Ross
  • Language: English
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