BSDCan2016 - v1.1.24a

BSDCan 2016
The Technical BSD Conference

Henning Brauer
Day Talks #1 - 10 June - 2016-06-10
Room DMS 1110
Start time 11:15
Duration 01:00
ID 684
Event type Lecture
Track System Administration
Language used for presentation English

Running an ISP on OpenBSD

Why OpenBSD and several uncommon uses of it

My company, BS Web Services GmbH (BSWS) is a smaller hosting ISP in Hamburg. It is largely run on OpenBSD, and that includes some uncommon and probably unexpected uses that I frequently get asked about. I'll explain why we use OpenBSD, how we do so and how we automate management of a large number of OpenBSD servers.

In particular, we'll cover

-Benefits of using OpenBSD for mission critical, public internet services -how we manage a large number of OpenBSD servers in very different roles -automated installation / setup -the expected use: routers, firewalls -managing the layer 2 network components -using OpenBSD components for the shared webhosting platforms -a clustered mail system on OpenBSD, including the use of spamd -OpenBSD autoinstallation in a fully automated VM deployment scheme -secure the business: automated billing and bookkeeping, including largely automated payment systems and bank interfaces, all on OpenBSD -secure the site: physical access control using OpenBSD and arduinos -manually switching lights on and off is so last century -the environment: monitoring physical doors and temperatures with OpenBSD and arduinos

I will focus on the technical side; it will NOT be a sales pitch or advertising session.