[atlas] Atlas probe - virtual appliance?
Daniel Karrenberg daniel.karrenberg at ripe.net
Wed Jun 19 12:04:35 CEST 2013
On 18.06.2013, at 20:07 , Daniel Suchy <danny at danysek.cz> wrote: > Hello, > maybe should be interesting providing RIPE Atlas probe as an virtual > appliance (VMWare, XEN, VirtualBox etc). Handling will be much easier > and deployment cheaper (as no extra hardware will be required to run new > probe). > > Virtual apliance should be still managed by RIPE NCC (like current > hardware probes) in terms of upgrades and so on. > > I think this may be interesting to consider. > > With regards, > Daniel > > From https://atlas.ripe.net/about/faq/ : Why did you choose a hardware solution instead of software? With a pure software solution, distribution costs are low and the number of potential hosts is very large. However, there are several significant downsides to a pure software approach: • Host machines may not run continuously over long periods, which affects our ability to gather round-the-clock measurements. • Measurements can be influenced by sharing systems and network resources with other applications on the host computer. • It is often not possible to install software like this in a corporate or computer centre environment. • It is easier to tamper with the results. This is also why we chose not to release a software version in tandem with the hardware solution. Because of these drawbacks, we opted to develop the RIPE Atlas probe as a stand-alone piece of hardware.