[tahoe-dev] Dedicated LAFS nodes offer

Basil M Kuriakose basilmon92 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 18 12:44:28 UTC 2013

This sounds awesome!

On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Avi Freedman wrote:

> Hi...
> [I know this isn't a very tl;dr group but the summary is - we're
>  doing beta of private LAFS clouds and if you want to give it
>  a shot I'll get you some coupon codes for free service over
>  the weekend or early next week]
> So the meat of the post -
> We wanted to let everyone in the community know that Havenco
> is launching storage (and VPN services) in beta this month, and the
> storage service is going to offer LAFS nodes (like rentanode.nl
> had been doing) as well as S3-compatible buckets.
> When the topic of relaunching Havenco came up back in January
> (which seems like a looong time ago - before mega launched and
> Aaron's trafic death), we were thinking that a smart client that
> could do per file or directory access controls and keys would be
> really great - not knowing about LAFS at the time.
> Zooko and the LA team, and the tahoe-dev community as a whole, have
> been great as we've investigated the capabilities and roadmap of
> LAFS and the ways to best run it in a provider setting, and we're
> going to try to return the favor by doing some additional FAQs
> and instructions which we'll contribute to the project as well
> as presenting at www.havenco.com.
> The architecture we're running for LAFS to do accounting is one
> that the LA team helped us validate - we're doing one Linux uid
> per customer and running 10 tahoe procs each in a separate directory
> across separate machines, and running RAID underneath so that we
> can ignore the potential performance issues with client-side
> resync right now.
> If there's a lot of interest the plan is to develop or fund
> development towards progress on the accounting-related tickets;
> we'd prefer to work in a mode where all the ciphertext from
> all the customers are interspersed.  Just hard to see doing
> that now with no way to track usage.
> We've got the basics of node and introducer setup going but would
> love to have some LAFS users do some testing with us next week.
> I'll make sure that anyone who does it can have 50GB free of
> private backend for a few years; if you're on this list as an
> enthusiast, dev, or potential dev we'd just like to support the
> community so that LAFS can fulfill Zooko+team's vision of
> empowering user freedom [he puts it much better than I could
> though].
> Also...  We've had some conversations both with the LA team and
> with Guido recently (of rentanode) who has been generous with
> his time and has shared some thoughts about how he was running
> LAFS as a service provider.
> I kept some of that off the list because I was asking questions
> that were in some cases validating assumptions based on reading
> the docs and in some cases were asked without having time to
> read the history of all relevant TRAC tickets, but we'll try
> to put together a LAFS for service provider FAQ based on some
> of those discussions, and keep future silly questions and
> roadmap conversations on the tahoe-dev list.
> If we get some new-user usage of LAFS, we'll also try to
> summarize the questions we get about LAFS use and user/usability
> feedback to the list every so often.
> In our limited testing the first thing that sysadminnish
> people have asked for is the ability to have something like
> ssh key passphrases for caps.
> Thanks again to the LAFS team and the community...
> [Again as a summary - if you're interested in helping us test
>  or just adding some free nodes to your play, test, dev, or
>  prod pool for a few years, please send me an off-list note
>  and we'll get you info in the next week]
> Thanks,
> Avi (working with the havenco tech team)
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