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Lack of Interest [Suggestion] XenForo Virtual Appliance

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by gordy, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    Any thought on making a XenForo virtual appliance?
    More info here on virtual appliances: http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/cat/502

    It would be agile to create a self contained, monolithic OS, Database, web server, forum software all in one bundle (virtual guest), that is preconfigured, tuned and complete with all the trimings.

    Many are using virtualization as rapid deployment, e.g. ISP's, cloud computing, etc; any plans to make a virtualization appliance that could be rapidly deployed is a good move.

    Taken a step further, abstract the database as a separate component for replication, D.R. - disparate locations (for failover), etc.

    With a virtual infrastructure your whole platform would be fluid, combined with vmotion load could easily be balanced as well.

    Other hyper-visors and cloud computing efforts could benefit from an appliance(images) as well, Amazon EC2, Eucalyptus, OpenStack , etc

    hehe, a Xen xenforo image would be downright cool :)
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  2. Floris

    Floris Guest

    but in less serious manner ;)
  3. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    Hmm this is new. I suppose separating the forum to it's own container then attempting to integrate it won't work. I've never thought about this before.
  4. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    What are you talking about?
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  5. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    By placing the software in it's own container you are isolating it from everything else, unless you want to use that container as the web service. Either way, I don't see why anyone would want the software in a container to begin with.
  6. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    I think you are confusing this with something else.

    The operating system, software, database would be in one image (virtual appliance), send that image to Amazon EC2 (for example), spin it up, set the network and you have a complete system running.
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  7. Cezz

    Cezz Well-Known Member

    I haddn't but I am most certainly considering a linode stackscript -> http://www.linode.com/stackscripts/browse/

    That way I can setup a various new forums on as many linode's as I feel fit... I actually like the idea of a Virtual appliance though, especially for local testing, and easy deployment.
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  8. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    Excellent, even more flexible - all the LAMP tunings and fittings could be set outright per spec
  9. Cezz

    Cezz Well-Known Member

  10. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    XenForo on Xen ;)
  11. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    Ah I get it now. I suppose for scalability it could work :)
  12. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    Cloud computing by definition IS scalability
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  13. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    Granted but from what I've seen on many services, it's not pretty. I've never tried amazon EC though.
  14. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    Can you describe and explain what you've seen on those services?
  15. Floris

    Floris Guest

    I've seen huge companies on these solutions, and doing really really well, making their business model very affordable compared to doing it the old way.

    I guess we have different experiences.
  16. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    I like VM's , this is quite a good thing for people who break things like me. Also the ability with virtual machines to be moved around and redeployed on physical hardware with ease makes it a logical application for some. This could prove to be a valued suggestion IMO
  17. HydraulicJack

    HydraulicJack Well-Known Member

    Want to watch this thread, don't know how to do so without having to post something.

    Prolly obvious, but seems absent to me.

    Can anyone direct me to such a function > following a thread I haven't posted to.
  18. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

    Top right corner of thread (below "Reply to Thread") there's a "Watch Thread" link.
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  19. HydraulicJack

    HydraulicJack Well-Known Member

    Thanks! And... how about same clicker at the END of a thread page? Please?
  20. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    This is a good idea for services like Linode, VPS.net, Rackspace Cloud, EC2, etc. but I don't see how this would work with licensing, since all the XenForo source code would need to be included with the package. :)

    I suppose you could setup an image that contains a simple XenForo download script with anything else configured.
    You cd into the appropriate directory, run ./xenforo_download, it prompts you for your license number and password, and then it automatically downloads the latest version of XenForo from the XF servers. It's a bit inconvenient, but this is really the only way I could see this being feasible. :)

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