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[20150225] NetBSD on IBM's SoftLayer and Microsoft's Azure and more
Xen is a common and popular virtualization platform today. NetBSD was ported to it prety early. Due to that, NetBSD cam be ran on any "cloud" infrastructure that uses Xen, with Amazon's EC2 cloud probably the most prominent and largest one.

As the whole "cloud" and "platform as a service" (PaaS) is lifting off, other virtualization platforms get popular, which need attention from NetBSD. The first one to note is IBM's SoftLayer, which uses its own virtualization technique that supports many operating systems but strange enough not NetBSD. To still get things going, Emile "iMil" Heitor has investigated the situation, and wrote how to install NetBSD (or any PV-capable system) on IBM's SoftLayer.

Another major platform to look for is Microsoft's Azure. It uses Microsoft's ohn Hyper-V technique, which there is no NetBSD support yet! There is a project description "NetBSD/azure -- Bringing NetBSD to Microsoft Azure" available that got some pretty useful links this week - any takers? As starting point, there's code for Running FreeBSD in Azure.

Last but not least, the last big virtualization platfor amiss is KVM, which is used e.g. in Google's cloud platform. While there are some mentions that NetBSD runs as guest operating system, I am not sure what the latest state is. Anyone in for a comparison? :)

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[20080118] NetBSD ported to the IBM 7044-270 (POWER3-II cpu)
PowerPC-hacker Tim Rightnour was at it again, and this time he has added support for IBM's 7044-270 POWER3-II based machines to NetBSD/ofppc. See Tim's posting for more information including details on the port, status, and dmesg output.

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[20071218] NetBSD ported to the IBM MCA RS/6000 model 7006
Tim Rightnour has reworked NetBSD's powerpc-ports recently, and with support from Kevin Bowling and he has announced the NetBSD port to the IBM MCA RS/6000 model 7006 now, which makes NetBSD the first free Operating System to run on this class of machines:

``The port was made to an IBM 7006-41T, which is a 601-based machine with MCA. It has not yet been tested on any other machines, but most other MCA/PowerPC based machines should be supportable. This port does not yet run on the 7012-3xx class of machines, or any other machine that has a POWER, POWER-RSC, POWER2 or POWER2-SC CPU. POWER-class machines will require significant CPU code to be written.

This port does not cover PReP-based IBM RS/6000 machines, for those, please see port-prep. For OpenFirmware based RS/6000 machines, please see port-ofppc.''

See Tim's posting for more information on machines that are likely to run this port with more or less effort, the state of the port, how to rebuild from NetBSD's source, and a sample dmesg output.

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[20050609] More BSD code: IBM's Slimline Open Firmware (Updated)
The software may not be to thrilling: IBM has released a bootloader for PowerPCs based on the IEEE-1275 (Open Firmware) standard. While they've lost their biggest customer, it may help others ;). The more interesting thing here is that the code is released under a "liberal Open Source Software (OSS) license", which looks remarkably like a 3-clause BSD license. This is the 2nd big company who has discovered the BSD license recently, after AOL.

Of course a bootloader is no enduser software, and companies like Brocade may well customize the software without being forced to open up changes, so this is definitely a favour to such companies, and an example how Open Source can be made business-fiendly. But with IBM aiming for Linux and GPL-based software so far, do we see a chance in thinking here?

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[20050309] IBM and HP selling NetBSD-based switches
After some rumour-tossing and googling, I have found that ``The Rhapsody switch, which will first be delivered to OEMs as a 16-port box, uses a "split-mode architecture" dubbed XPath. The two major elements of this are the central CPU, which is a PowerPC processor running the NetBSD operating system; and the port-based XPath Storage Processors, or XSPs, which are 3 million-gate ASICs. In the middle is a transport-neutral, 1-terabit-per-second crossconnect fabric.'' Apparently Brocade's Rhapsody switches are sold as OEM product by HP.

On a related note, IBM now also sells Brocade hardware, and there are rumours from usually well-informed sources that the Silkworm SAN routers are shipped with NetBSD as operating system, too.

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