Debian 8 and CentOS 7: two new OS images available now

We’re pleased to announced that CentOS 7 and a pre-release of Debian 8.0 “jessie” are now available to run on both BigV cloud and our dedicated servers!

You can start a BigV server with jessie (release candidate 3) or CentOS 7 straight away using the API, command line client or web panel. You can also install them on our dedicated servers by following our re-imaging guide.

The CentOS image is based on the “CentOS 7 (1503)” release from 31 March 2015 and the jessie image is based on the RC3 version from 19 April 2015.

The jessie image is pre-release software, but with the final release so close, it’s a good time to check it out if you haven’t already. The final jessie release is targeted for 25 April 2015 and we’ll update our image as soon as it’s made available on our mirrors.

jessie screengrab

We’re able to offer these new OS images because we’ve now implemented an automated process that lets us create an up-to-date image on demand, using a single command. This should allow us to release images for new versions of distributions a lot quicker than before. It will also bring more consistency across our different images.

One thing to note about this release of the CentOS 7 image is that it currently ships with SELinux disabled. We are working on this – but we didn’t want to further delay making an image available (especially as many other providers don’t have it enabled at all).

Try creating a CentOS or jessie server on BigV now and do let us have your feedback below. What other operating system images would you like to see us support?