FreeBSD Foundation Testimonials


NGINX is the secret heart of the modern web, powering 1 in 3 of the world’s busiest sites and applications. The NGINX open source project started in 2002 and has grown exponentially during the past 10 years thanks to the vision of Igor Sysoev and the enthusiasm and support of our loyal community of users.

The company offers award-winning and industry-leading high performance web application technology that delivers the scalability, speed, and security to more than 130 million sites on the Internet, ensuring a seamless web user experience. Companies rely on NGINX technologies for load balancing, content caching, media streaming, web serving, and more. More than 40 percent of the Internet’s busiest websites rely on NGINX to drive the performance of their web applications, including giants such as Netflix, Pinterest, Airbnb, Box, Instagram, SoundCloud, and Zappos. The company is headquartered in San Francisco.

Historically, the NGINX team have been big fans of the FreeBSD Project. Some of us are active FreeBSD committers, code contributors and users.

In 2002 when Igor started to work on the NGINX project, his main development platform was FreeBSD. These days we continue to use FreeBSD as a reference platform for NGINX and NGINX Plus development and testing. We appreciate its maturity, stability and impressive performance.

We also sponsor FreeBSD events and participate in FreeBSD conferences.

– Maxim Konovalov, VP, Engineering and Co-Founder, NGINX


ScaleEngine is a global video streaming and content delivery network. We specialize in delivering live and on-demand video streams to users from servers near them for lower latency to ensure the best viewing experience. Our small team of developers and systems administrators manage more than 100 servers in 38 data centers spread across 11 countries. Achieving this level of scale with such a small team is only possible because of the extensive level of documentation, observability, monitoring, and automation tooling available for FreeBSD. The ready supply of expertise also made FreeBSD especially attractive.

ScaleEngine uses FreeBSD throughout its entire infrastructure. With more than 1000 TB of storage to manage, access to frequently updated OpenZFS is a critical component to our products. We also make extensive use of bhyve, jails, and the general extensibility of FreeBSD.

ScaleEngine sponsors the FreeBSD Foundation to ensure that we have access to regular timely releases and that the FreeBSD project gets the support it needs to flourish.

– Allan Jude,VP Operations, ScaleEngine, Inc.


Almost 12 years of the New York City *BSD User Group (NYC*BUG) provides a useful perspective on the *BSD ecosystem.

NYC*BUG is a technical user group in New York City. We conduct monthly meetings and held five conferences in various forms, plus maintain various mailing lists.

We also manage a full cabinet at New York Internet hosting a number of projects, such as the BSD Certification Group and array of mirrors.

Our position provides a multitude of angles on FreeBSD usage in the New York metropolitan area, from endusers exploring FreeBSD for the first time to enterprise infrastructures relying on FreeBSD. We manage to attract both the experienced and those dipping their toes into the *BSD water for the first time. While NYC*BUG plants a flag and maintains a steady *BSD presence, we benefit from the increased interest and reliance on FreeBSD as a stable, sane operating system. This is particularly true over the past few years, with the role of FreeBSD at Netflix and support for FreeBSD at the cloud service provider Digital Ocean, not to mention firms like Xinuos and New York Internet which rely heavily on the project.

FreeBSD's reputation plays a critical role in our long-term sustainability. We know our organizational abilities and own particular technical duties only goes so far. Continuing development from 64-bit ARM to the new pkg system means providing us the fuel to continue our prominent role in New York's technical community.

More generally, we point to the FreeBSD project and Foundation as solid models for scaling open source projects, unlike so many flash-in-the-pan projects that get cold as quickly as they got hot.

The FreeBSD Foundation provides regular support for our larger events. We are excited to continue working hand-in-hand with the broader FreeBSD technical community and the Foundation.

– NYC*BUG's Admin@ Group, NYC*BUG


Microsoft is building best-in-class platforms and productivity services for a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Microsoft Hyper-V is a hypervisor-based virtualization system for x86-64 systems which provides virtualization of services for Microsoft's cloud computing platform known as Microsoft Azure, a growing collection of integrated services - analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web - for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money.

The drive to make FreeBSD on Hyper-V successful rests almost exclusively on fact that many major appliances (network, storage, security and etc.) leverage FreeBSD as their base OS to build their product.

With the continued trend of virtualization, appliance vendors are increasingly moving from the physical appliance business to virtual as it significantly increases their gross margin by decreasing development and manufacturing costs. Ensuring these virtual appliances based on FreeBSD run well on Hyper-V, and eventually in Azure, is a strategically important investment for Microsoft as it ensures that as this trend continues that the Microsoft stack is the best for customers with private and public cloud deployments.

– Jason M. Anderson, Principal PM Manager, Microsoft

Tera Bear

Tera Bear Consulting is a Colorado web application development and internet consulting firm that relies on FreeBSD for many of our mission-critical client projects. We offer customized, pre-configured, hardened and secured virtual servers under the FreeBSD Jail project. We have been successfully running FreeBSD for customers in production prior to FreeBSD 7. The benefits and stability of FreeBSD has been close to flawless in the decade-plus we have been administrating systems as a web application hosting provider, as well as web development firm.

I first became aware of FreeBSD while working on web-based, grassroots community media projects here in Boulder, and have used it pretty much continuously since then, as I worked with teams of developers to produce larger and more complex, commercial applications. Most of our local and remote contractors have had no problem transitioning to FreeBSD syntax and procedures for updating their development jail in a "real" UNIX environment where they have full control, as do our customers. This flexibility, coupled with the project's continued commitment to stability, security and scalability made FreeBSD the right choice for most of our web development projects.

For these reasons, Tera Bear Consulting, is committed to using and supporting FreeBSD now, and in the future.

– Jon Lybrook, Tera Bear Consulting


Tarsnap is an online backup service for BSD, Linux, OS X, and other "unix-like" operating systems. I started work on Tarsnap in 2006 when, as FreeBSD Security Officer, I was worried about the security of the information (such as unreleased security advisories) on my laptop; this resulted in a design for a backup system which inspired the tagline "online backups for the truly paranoid".

Tarsnap would never have existed without FreeBSD for another reason: As the name suggests, the Tarsnap software is based on the standard UNIX tar utility, and to that end I started development using the excellent bsdtar utility which was developed within FreeBSD in the preceding years. If I hadn't been able to reuse code from a tar utility, it would have taken me years longer to launch Tarsnap; and both the license (BSD) and code quality (excellent) of bsdtar were crucial to my ability to reuse it.

As well as reusing code from FreeBSD in the client software, Tarsnap relies entirely on FreeBSD for its server infrastructure. In addition to being easy to maintain and administer, FreeBSD's separation between the minimalist and internally-maintained "base" system and third-party "ports" code has proven to be extremely useful when responding to security issues: For the recent "shellshock" vulnerabilities, for example, I merely had to confirm that I had never installed bash from the ports tree. If bash had been installed on any of Tarsnap's servers, it would have required a much more time-consuming process to audit all of the ways that it might have been used -- and that process would have been required even if the eventual conclusion was that bash had never been used.

Tarsnap Backup Inc. is proud to support FreeBSD, both through my personal work (most recently, maintaining the FreeBSD/EC2 platform) and through its place as a Silver sponsor of the FreeBSD Foundation; and Tarsnap has directly benefited from projects and events which the FreeBSD Foundation has supported. Giving back is not merely an act of charity; it is truly an investment which yields an excellent return.

– Colin Percival, President, Tarsnap Backup Inc.


The pfSense® project provides a free, Open Source distribution of FreeBSD, tailored for use as a firewall, router and VPN platform. The project is sponsored and run by Netgate and includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing the end-users to add even more functionality. From its beginnings a decade ago, pfSense has been based on FreeBSD. Our latest release, pfSense 2.2 is based on FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE. Other parts of the pfSense system derive from the FreeBSD ports collection. Together with FreeBSD, these components have allowed Netgate and the rest of the pfSense community to build the pfSense platform into an system of security tools that secures the networks at over 250,000 locations. Like FreeBSD, pfSense is BSD licensed. This licensing has enabled other organizations including VMware and Avaya to adapt the pfSense source code into their commercial offerings. The BSD License allows us to both use and contribute code freely, and allows both our customers and the consumers of FreeBSD to do the same.

Netgate is a proud Silver Sponsor of the FreeBSD project. Without the FreeBSD community and the contributions of its members and benefactors, the pfSense project would not continue to thrive as it does today. Netgate is committed to giving back its bug fixes and enhancements and continuing its financial assistance of the FreeBSD project. We encourage anyone so-inclined to donate to the FreeBSD Foundation as well. Doing so helps to increase the evolution and the popularization of FreeBSD for everyone.

– Jim Thompson, Chief Technology Officer, Netgate Inc.


When Xinuos sought a mature and stable operating system with a modern feature set as an alternative for its installed base of clients, FreeBSD stood out as the obvious choice. OpenServer X, our version of FreeBSD, is what our customers require for running their business and Xinuos will support them for many years to come.

Our resellers especially appreciate the freedom of the BSD license, which provides the best flexibility in the industry for creating customized solution stacks. We expect the market for this license freedom and flexibility to grow tremendously in the coming years and we intend to help drive and support it. FreeBSD is a vital part of our future.

– Sean Snyder, President & COO, Xinuos


Atlantic.Net is a hosting solutions provider specializing in Cloud & SSD VPS (Virtual Servers) services. We were founded in 1994, initially providing dial-up Internet access to second-tier and rural markets throughout Florida. Our business model has changed through the years, from providing residential dial-up Internet access, Enterprise connectivity and business solutions, server co-location, and most recently managed hosting & VPS services.

FreeBSD has been an integral part of shaping many of today's Internet technologies which benefit all Internet users worldwide. We have been using FreeBSD for decades, and based on our history, it has been a flexible tool adapting itself to the changing conditions that have occurred as the Internet has grown. Along the way, FreeBSD has been hallmark of stability, order, and management of one of the Internet's most valuable resources -- the "free" BSD operating system.

We wholeheartedly recommend FreeBSD and believe it to be one of the best gifts and lasting treasures of the global Internet. So many Internet technologies, decades later, are still deriving their work from the foundation that FreeBSD has provided. Over the last 20 years, we are very proud of how FreeBSD and the community have evolved and improved. We can't wait to see what the next 20 years bring!

– Marty Puranik, Founder/CEO, Atlantic.Net


At WhatsApp we leverage FreeBSD and Erlang to provide industry record uptime. The ability to scale linearly on commodity hardware has allowed WhatsApp to keep our serving costs low. These days we run anywhere between 2 million and 3 million concurrent TCP connections on a single FreeBSD server as we documented in our blog post.

WhatsApp is the leading global mobile messaging service. WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS and is available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Phone and Nokia! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.

– Jan Koum, CEO aka Sr. Tweet Manager, WhatsApp

Limelight Networks

Limelight Networks is a top tier content delivery network (CDN) offering superior performance and high availability with a massive network footprint, an object-based global file system that provides policy controlled storage and replication, powerful software that enables organizations to deliver faster websites, more responsive web applications, the highest quality video for both on demand and live streaming, while operating at the scale needed to deliver software downloads and games updates to any device, mobile or fixed, anywhere in the world.

Our FreeBSD deployment is on order of tens of thousands of bare metal systems strategically located at internet exchange and peering points of presence around the world.

We are proud to deliver using FreeBSD and have done so since 2001. Limelight Networks is committed to the long term success of FreeBSD and we appreciate the efforts of the FreeBSD community and The FreeBSD Foundation.

– Kevin Bowling, Systems Architect, Limelight Networks

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


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 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,


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,

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

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

Experts Exchange

Experts Exchange is a technology help site located at -- 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.,


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,

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,


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 or follow the conversation at

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,

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.,

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

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,