CloudStack LXC Support

Apache CloudStack 4.2 has introduced support for Linux Containers. LXC is a light weight containment system very like “chroot” environment, FreeBSD Jails or Solaris Containers.

Containers share the same kernel as the host. So its not possible to run other operating systems. While it would be possible to run other Linux distributions, some modifications to the guest OS’s start/stop scripts might be necessary.

High Performance Computing (HPC) environment would benefit from containers. A Hadoop cluster running in containers would be far more efficient than running under a Hypervisor like Xen or KVM.

Couple of things to keep in mind while playing around with CloudStack 4.2’s LXC support:

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