FreeBSD Foundation Testimonials

Network Appliance, Inc.

NetApp is the leading provider of storage and data management solutions. Our Data ONTAP(r) GX software provides highly scalable grid storage that scales linearly to petabytes of storage and gigabytes-per-second of throughput. As NetApp's solution for the high performance computing (HPC) market, our systems require extreme performance and high reliability while maintaining management simplicity. FreeBSD is a basic building block of this product.

We leverage FreeBSD as a high quality and high reliability management framework that we integrate with our innovative storage solutions. NetApp has employed open source components and open standards from the outset and we've been contributing back to the community in turn. The FreeBSD ecosystem, the well-established framework for communication, tracking bugs, and the friendly community have made it easy and enjoyable to contribute.

– Brian Pawlowski, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NetApp www.netapp.com

Netflix

More than 30 million Netflix streaming members around the globe watch more than a billion hours of movies and TV shows each month. In the US, Netflix video streaming accounts for a third of peak downstream Internet traffic. Netflix created Open Connect, a single-purpose content delivery network, to help deliver these petabytes of data.

The main component of Open Connect is the Open Connect Appliance, a small-footprint network streaming device. The Open Connect Appliance is a 4U Intel-based server that is designed to economically maximize storage density in a space and power footprint that is ideal for both ISP data centers and metro-area network interchanges.

The Open Connect Appliance runs on FreeBSD 9. Netflix picked FreeBSD 9 because it is a high performing, low-maintenance and reliable operating system that is supported by major hardware vendors. FreeBSD 9 provides a foundation of reliability, performance, and hands-free manageability. Combined with NGINX, a light-weight and high performance Web server, FreeBSD 9 provides a simple but powerful solution that is capable of serving tens of thousands of simultaneous video streams across multiple 10Gbit fiber optic links.

Beyond its technical strengths, FreeBSD comes with an outstanding ecosystem of developers, vendors, and users who openly share expertise, talent, and technical improvements. Netflix has embraced this community and is committed to giving back its bug fixes and enhancements, thus completing the circle of community collaboration.

– David Fullagar, Director of Content Delivery Architecture, Netflix

iXsystems

iXsystems is a leading provider of server class hardware designed to run FreeBSD. An integral part of our business strategy is to fund FreeBSD developers to continually improve and refine FreeBSD. Our internal infrastructure and services are based on FreeBSD, allowing us to easily identify areas in FreeBSD that need improvement.

We believe strongly that what is good for FreeBSD is good for our customers, and what is good for our customers is good for us. The BSD License allows us to both use and contribute code freely, and allows our customers and the consumers of FreeBSD to do the same. FreeBSD has benefited from years of open sharing and collaboration which have resulted in a stable, mature, high performance operating system.

– Josh Paetzel, Director of Information Technology, iXsystems, www.ixsystems.com

NYI

NYI is a data center provider that uses FreeBSD for all of its internal and customer-facing solutions for colocation and dedicated servers, cloud computing and managed services. Our initial choice of technology included commercial Unix systems tied to proprietary hardware. However, the cost and portability of FreeBSD were determining factors in our changing platforms early in our company's existence.

Since then, we have enjoyed the functionality and reliability of FreeBSD. We rely on it for networking duties like routers, VPNs, firewalls and traffic shapers, as well as web applications like shared hosting, backend interfaces, load balancers and proxies. We particularly appreciate the community support and centralized documentation, which means that we do not have to hunt down bits and pieces of information, like we would with other projects.

– Phillip Koblence, VP Operations, NYI, www.nyi.net

Juniper Networks

Juniper offers high-performance network infrastructure powered by JUNOS (TM) software, one network operating system that integrates routing, switching, security and network services. FreeBSD serves as the basis of JUNOS software, providing many of the essential operating system services of the UNIX-based system. Today, JUNOS software runs on a broad portfolio of Juniper products designed for the diverse and demanding needs of converged networks, from small offices to the largest TeraPop sites in the world.

Juniper benefits from the powerful collaboration between leading universities, individuals, and commercial organizations developing FreeBSD to advance the operating system functionality. The FreeBSD release system provides Juniper with a roadmap for features and a stable base for our code, while its practical licensing enables Juniper to develop intellectual property for advancing high-performance networking. Juniper employs many active FreeBSD developers that continually contribute to the FreeBSD project to further its development as a leading operating system.

– Naren Prabhu, Vice President Foundation Technologies, Juniper Networks www.juniper.net

pair Networks

Pair Networks is a world-class Web hosting company providing a full range of hosting services for businesses, bloggers, artists, musicians, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations from over 150 countries. The thousands of servers in pair Networks' data centers serve billions of Web hits per day. pair Networks' customer base includes a remarkable number of high-profile, high-volume sites.

Since opening its doors in 1995, pair Networks has been relying on FreeBSD as an essential tool for providing world-class web hosting. The reliability and stability of FreeBSD allows us to provide customers with server uptime well in excess of 99.9%. Our customers depend on the proven security of FreeBSD to keep their sites operational and their data secure. As an open-source system, FreeBSD is easy to update with new protections when security threats arise. We promise customers that their Web sites will always be hosted on state-of-the-art equipment and will have plenty of room for growth. The stability and robustness of FreeBSD makes it easy for us to live up to this promise.

From FreeBSD 2.0.5 to the latest versions, we have been happy with the performance and stability of FreeBSD, attributes which our customers have in turn come to appreciate and expect of our service. FreeBSD is a terrific technology with a terrific community.

– Kevin Martin, CEO, pair Networks

EMC Isilon.

Isilon Systems chose FreeBSD because it is a modern, stable, high-performance *NIX operating system with very liberal licensing terms. We needed a strong and complete code base to start from so we can be 100% focused on our own product and have complete liberty to innovate so our product can be as great as it is.

Isilon benefits from using FreeBSD in a number of ways, but the most important benefit is that we are able to leverage the open source efforts of thecommunity to improve our product. Since we're part of that community, we provide source code back, sponsor specific development efforts, and employ members of the community for contract development - this in turn gives us access to great people and continued access to great software.

In short, FreeBSD is a stable, mature, high-performance operating system with an active development community free from licensing questions and concerns.

So why is it important for us and others to keep FreeBSD free?

FreeBSD is the only choice for individuals or companies who need complete freedom as they innovate. Licenses such as the CDDL and GPL force innovators to be very careful about how and where they build their code, which restricts their design choices and can lead to poor technical decisions or licensing-limbo. A vast majority of Isilon's innovation is in the kernel and our intellectual property is liberally scattered throughout.

This simply wouldn't have been possible using another open-source operating system - and licensing operating system source code is a steep barrier to entry.

– Nicholas Kirsch, Director of Software Engineering, Isilon Systems www.isilon.com

Experts Exchange

Experts Exchange is a technology help site located at experts-exchange.com -- we've developed a patented Q&A system that makes finding solutions easier. People ask questions and experts from around the world provide reliable answers.

Since 2009, Experts Exchange has used FreeBSD as its operating system of choice for all external facing web servers and internal tools hosting.

About 3 years ago, Experts Exchange did extensive performance testing of our website on several flavors of Linux and UNIX, including FreeBSD 7. FreeBSD outperformed all other tested operating systems in both page load time metrics and Lucene search index performance testing. Since that time, we've migrated our developer, test and production servers to FreeBSD. We've also used FreeBSD jails to host our developer test servers and have come to rely on FreeBSD throughout our local office datacenter and our co-location datacenter stack.

Because of our investment in FreeBSD, we continue to have several system administrators working on FreeBSD enhancements to improve our production environment and their changes hopefully help other companies and users as well.

A big thank you to the FreeBSD community for your open, friendly attitude and how much you've contributed to the growth of Experts Exchange!

– Andrew Alsup, Site Director, Experts Exchange, LLC., http://www.experts-exchange.com

RideCharge/TaxiMagic

RideCharge, Inc. creates innovative technology solutions that improve local ground transportation industries. The company's most renowned product, Taxi Magic, is an online & mobile software application that revolutionizes the taxi industry by aligning riders, drivers and fleets for a better overall ride experience. Taxi Magic is the first nationwide free online taxi booking service that is directly integrated with taxi dispatch systems, providing consumers with the tools to:

  • Book a taxi from a mobile app or the Web with a few quick taps
  • Track the taxi's arrival
  • Charge the ride to a credit card through the mobile app
  • Expense the trip with an e-receipt

From its inception, RideCharge has been entirely based on FreeBSD. By leveraging FreeBSD Jails for virtualization, we are able to maximize resources and expand dynamically. ZFS keeps our data safe and our deployments magically quick. Userland DTRACE in FreeBSD 9 is now an indispensable tool for troubleshooting issues in real-time. Even our Juniper firewalls and switches leverage FreeBSD through JUNOS (TM). iXsystems is incredibly helpful in recommending the correct setup and optimizing our technology resources to fit our needs for FreeBSD.

RideCharge is a long time contributor to the FreeBSD ports collection and we employ highly active contributors in the ruby, apache, and perl areas. The Taxi Magic team leverages these incredibly tight feedback loops to quickly and efficiently contribute back to the community.

RideCharge/TaxiMagic has directly sponsored FreeBSD developers to enhance freebsd-update(8). We now use this update to quickly update every machine to maintain PCI DSS Level 1 compliance. These great capabilities are now available to the entire FreeBSD community.

– Philip M. Gollucci, Director Operations, RideCharge/Taxi Magic, http://taximagic.com

The Apache Software Foundation

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of open source software projects. The Foundation provides an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that simultaneously limits contributors potential legal exposure. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process, Apache projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products.

The ASF powers half the Internet, petabytes of data, teraflops of operations, billions of objects, and enhances the lives of countless users and developers. Established in 1999 to shepherd, develop, and incubate Open Source innovations, "The Apache Way," the ASF oversees 150+ projects led by a volunteer community of over 350 individual Members and 3,000 Committers across six continents.

ApacheCon North America 2011 was just recently held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where FreeBSD was a highlight in the DevOps track talks. The Apache Software Foundation itself leverages FreeBSD for nearly all of its public facing services including one of the largest SVN repositories in the world. Our repository is mirrored on several continents and contains over 1.4 million revisions stretching for over a decade. We will even be lending a hand converting the FreeBSD CVS ports tree to SVN.

The Apache Software Foundation makes use of both custom FreeBSD Tinderbox and FreeBSD Update servers to rapidly perform application and base system updates across multiple datacenters in an automated, quick, and efficient fashion. The Apache Infrastructure Team frequently works directly with FreeBSD developers to stress cutting-edge features like ZFS under real-world loads.

Like The FreeBSD Foundation, the ASF is also a 501(c)3 organization. Donating to FreeBSD through The FreeBSD Foundation, makes Apache better too and will help make your's and others' daily lives less stressful.

– Philip M. Gollucci, past VP of Apache Infrastructure, http://www.apache.org

Dell KACE

Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) creates, enhances and integrates technology and services customers count on to provide them reliable, long-term value. Dell provides system-management solutions for customers of all sizes and system complexity. The award-winning Dell KACE family of appliances delivers easy-to-use, comprehensive, and affordable systems management capabilities. For more information, visit http://www.dell.com/KACE or follow the conversation at http://twitter.com/DellKACE.

We're grateful to you for creating the best, most reliable open operating system available today. At KACE, we've depended on FreeBSD for over 7 years as an essential component in the development of our leading systems management appliances. We initially chose FreeBSD because it is robust, scalable and offered under an unencumbered open source license that allowed KACE to freely develop software without the limitations imposed by other licenses. Moving forward, we'll continue to use FreeBSD for those very same reasons. As an integral part of our solution, and because FreeBSD continues to work so well, our products have developed a reputation for reliability that has helped fuel our company's success. Based on our experience, we plan to expand our use of FreeBSD within KACE, as well as to evangelize its benefits throughout the Dell organization.

In addition to the robustness and scalability of the OS, we also value the immense support offered by the community and the FreeBSD ecosystem. FreeBSD truly exemplifies the way that the open source community is meant to work - a meritocracy in which the sum of the parts is greater than the individual pieces. Working with the community is continually a pleasure, and only enhances our ability to creatively develop our products. KACE continues to recognize the importance of the community through our enthusiastic support, and as we grow, we hope to develop more community members and participate in ways that deliver even greater benefits to all.

Simply put, FreeBSD makes this world a better place.

– Marty Kacin, Dell KACE CTO, Dell KACE, www.dell.com/KACE

Hobnob, Inc.

Hobnob provides large-scale mobile WiFi network solutions to corporations and public transportation agencies. Hobnob Diversified Networks (tm) are the only mobile WiFi networks that deliver enterprise-class speed and reliability to mobile and non-LOS locations such as buses, rail cars, remote offices and building sites.

Hobnob chose FreeBSD because it is the only operating system that truly supports our mission: Delivering fast and reliable network service to our customers.

When Hobnob solves a technical problem that is not specific to our core business we are free to sponsor that work and contribute it back to the community. However, when we have a major technological breakthrough that's critical to the future of the company, we're not forced to give away that core IP and help put ourselves out of business.

Sponsoring and contributing non-Hobnob-core code not only strengthens the foundation for everyone including Hobnob, but also saves Hobnob time and money on maintenance and sustaining engineering. This relationship with FreeBSD creates the ideal conditions for rapid innovation and problem solving that are two critical requirements for any company planning to survive in the current business environment.

– Aron Hall, CEO Hobnob, Inc., www.hobnob.com

Summersault Website Development

When a friend and I started our technology business 11 years ago in 1997, we didn't choose FreeBSD, it chose us. But we're sure glad it did, and we came to build our company on FreeBSD.

As a small website design and web application development firm, we didn't intend to get into the web hosting business. We started hearing from our clients that they would appreciate being able to host their site through the same provider that built it for them, and so we decided to try offering that service as a convenience. The local Internet service provider that we were sharing office space with had a FreeBSD 2.1 box with space on it, so we get our username and password, and we were up and running.

When we got big enough to need our own server for site hosting, we didn't spend too much time looking around at the options. The consensus at the time (1998 now) was that Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD were all basically the same, and that it was mostly a matter of preference and what kind of commercial support was available to help you through any rough patches (though the license wars certainly raged on even then). With our friends at the ISP sitting just on the other side of the bookshelves, we knew we had some of the best FreeBSD product support we could hope for.

In 2000, our business model had largely shifted into building database driven website applications, and the expectations for what features came with a web hosting service had expanded significantly. We were no longer just providing web hosting with Apache on FreeBSD - we knew we needed to support an expanding reliance on the PostgreSQL and MySQL database systems, the qmail and vpopmail e-mail systems and other dedicated services. We started building new servers as dedicated single function boxes, and in each case, it was a no-brainer to install FreeBSD. Our use of the ports system to turn it into just the kind of box we needed saved us lots of time along the way. As we've transitioned into more "mainstream" hosting platforms like our use of cPanel, FreeBSD is still powering it behind the scenes.

You may not necessarily need to hear that FreeBSD is a reliable platform for running Internet services. But I think it's important to remember that software like FreeBSD is affecting the way that people live their lives every day, whether it's supporting businesses like ours, enabling hobbyists just getting into open source software, or any of the thousands of other "real world" roles it plays.

For much of the world, choice of operating system is an arbitrary decision to make. We believe that for us, it's made all the difference in building a successful business.

– Chris Hardie, co-founder, Summersault Website Development www.summersault.com

Colocation America

Colocation America provides colocation, dedicated server, VoIP, and managed data center hosting services for businesses that are looking to host their servers in the United States. With 22 data center locations, Colocation America has become one of the leading providers of hosting services. Most of our customers depend on the FreeBSD operating system to provide them with a secure environment to host their network infrastructure. They praise FreeBSD for its ability to encrypt sensitive data and for the ZFS advanced file system that makes managing server files a breeze. Many of our corporate clients choose to use FreeBSD to operate their MySQL database systems and email servers due to the exceptional networking components of the operating system.

Developers that choose to colocate their servers with us also choose to install FreeBSD on their dedicated servers. The open source nature of the BSD license gives them the flexibility they need to develop innovative software. Plus, they have access to an enterprise level operating system that is free, has an active development community, and which lets them contribute their own skills to make the system better for their own development. We have asked several clients why they decided to use FreeBSD and the answer has always been the same: the cost and networking ability of the operating system rivals its commercial license competitors.

Our customers are not the only fans of FreeBSD. We use FreeBSD to manage our shared hosting servers due to the OS ability to manage firewalls and web applications while handling the server loads of several hosting accounts at once. With the WebHost Manager cPanel add-on for managing multiple web hosting accounts on a single dedicated server, our shared hosting server is able to provide customers looking for cheap website hosting. The community support of FreeBSD, along with its open source nature, provides a secure environment for our clients to host in. To find out more about the dedicated server hosting with the FreeBSD operating system, you can visit our FreeBSD dedicated server.

– Albert Ahdoot, Director of Business Development, http://www.colocationamerica.com/