[PetiteCloud] to nat/dhcp or not?

Michael Thoreson m.thoreson at c4labs.ca
Thu Feb 13 07:22:51 PST 2014

I suppose may offering NAT\DHCP directly within PetiteCloud is required. 
But having support for a virtual switch and router would be beneficial. 
Something similar to VMWare vSwitch. Make NAT'ing and DHCP an add on 
through virtual routers. There are may free and open BSD\Linux routing 
projects out there and most admins comfortable with CLI can whip up a 
small router to suite their specific purpose.

Michael Thoreson,

On 13/02/2014 4:29 AM, Aryeh Friedman wrote:
> When we where designing PetiteCloud originally we made a few 
> assumptions about our technical goals that we have reworked (not 
> removed in the majority of cases) and may or may not still be valid.  
> One assumption was that we would be the primary/only cloud platform 
> running (recursively) on any given physical host.   This is clearly 
> not the case any more.   One such assumption we made was since our 
> market was different then other cloud platforms (see attached draft 
> white paper notes) we would need to provide more of the smoke and 
> mirrors of cloud computing then we need to only be a cloud foundation 
> layer and not any other goal higher.   Addtionaly as the list knows we 
> firmly believe in off loading everything that is not PetiteCloud's 
> problem on to someone else.  The someone else in this case often is 
> the market place for apps and such.
> One such reworked assumption was the assumption we would be providing 
> all the networking for smaller clouds (likely no more then a spare 
> machine. NAS and cable modem).   This puts us firmly in layer 1 which 
> is not where we think PetiteCloud itself should be for "basic" 
> networking (3rd party addons and such will help here).   Since we only 
> provide the raw "plumbing" for networking is there any reason to offer 
> NAT and/or DHCP on the host end?
> -- 
> Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer, http://www.PetiteCloud.org
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