I'm considering virtualizing a number of guests onto a single server running a recent port of KVM to Illumos. It sounds like my two primary options will be OpenIndiana and SmartOS. The distribution I will end up using needs to meet the following requirements:
- Need to be able to manage and customize via CLI (e.g. change ZFS filesystem/zvol options, attach an external drive and copy data to it, or automatically replicate data to an offsite server using zfs send/receive).
- Need to implement automated ZFS snapshots (e.g. using zfs-auto-snapshot).
- Need to be able to setup automatic email notifications if the health of the server degrades. Essentially, setup periodic ZFS scrubbing, monitor zpool, fault manager, and/or SMART issues, and email when problems are detected, etc. Manually setting this up is OK, as long as the OS lets me.
- Should handle Debian, Ubuntu, and Windows 2008 Server R2 guests with good stability and reasonable performance. These guests will be used in production.
- There should be a reasonable expectation that future releases will continue to be delivered - I don't want to get stuck using a dead-end product.
- Would be nice if it was easy to setup and has some sort of GUI, but this is optional.
Based on these requirements, which distribution would you recommend?
You can assume that this environment won't be deployed until the upcoming OpenIndiana stable release is released. Also, you can assume the server will use a Sandy Bridge Xeon E3-1xxx CPU, so that should take care of KVM compatibility.
Also, how robust/stable is the KVM port to Illumos on either of these distributions? Should I even consider KVM/Illumos for a production environment for now?