Linux Virtual Machines are supported and maintained by Joyent. Joyent offers a high-performance, stable, and secure cloud environment to design, deploy and run Linux-based applications on Joyent Cloud.
Linux Virtual Machines on Joyent Cloud include packages that enable integration and interoperability with Joyent tools and technologies – including DTrace, KVM, Zones, Crossbow, and ZFS. Joyent provides ongoing security and maintenance updates to all Linux Virtual Machines at no additional charge to Joyent Cloud users.
High-performance – Joyent Linux Virtual Machines utilize the architectural advantages of Joyent Cloud to deliver a low-latency, highly resilient and stable operating environment for cloud-native applications and workloads. By reducing architectural overhead and applying disk-caching techniques to operate a Linux environment, Joyent delivers faster performance than traditional cloud architectures. According to an independent benchmark of database operations, Joyent delivers up to 2x faster performance than bare-metal machines and up to 3.5x faster performance than traditional cloud services.
Linux Virtual Machines on Joyent Cloud include packages and configurations that provide tight integration with all services delivered on Joyent Cloud. This allows the Joyent Linux Virtual Machines to launch and work correctly within Joyent Cloud from provisioning to first start. Linux Virtual Machines come pre-installed with all Joyent Cloud tools and technologies. Joyent Cloud API tools enable scripting of important operational tasks from within a Joyent Cloud instance.
The architecture of Linux Virtual Machines on Joyent Cloud enhances security by focusing on two main security objectives: separation and reducing attack surfaces. Linux Virtual Machines isolate users by utilizing a QEMU/KVM abstraction layer that is contained in a zone. All Joyent tools and technologies, such as DTrace (for detection), Zones (for isolation), and Crossbow (for networking) can be applied to solidify security processes surrounding Linux Virtual Machines on Joyent Cloud.
Linux Virtual Machines on Joyent Cloud are built as a minimal Linux installation, including only the most essential Linux services. Rather than having to strip out components that you don't need or want, the Linux Virtual Machines on Joyent Cloud are designed to provide a minimal and functional base, allowing you to add on (via the package repositories) the additional utilities and services that you want. Starting with a minimal base of packages means there are fewer components to maintain, as well as less surface area for security exploits.
Linux Virtual Machines support distros from Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian and CentOS. They are available in every region of Joyent Cloud and over 10 machine sizes are available to meet the capacity and performance requirements of your application. For a full list of Linux Virtual Machine types and sizes please visit our pricing page.
Linux Virtual Machine customers enjoy a 99.9999% uptime record on Joyent Cloud. Linux Virtual Machines on Joyent Cloud are covered under the same SLA policy as all other Joyent machine images.
Support for installation and use of the base Joyent Linux Virtual Machines is included through subscriptions to Joyent Cloud. For more information on Joyent support please visit the Joyent Cloud support page.