Docker for proprietary enterprise software, really?

Docker for proprietary enterprise software, really?

With three weeks since DockerCon and well into my summer vacation, I’ve had some time to digest DockerCon, and I want touch on the disconnect between traditional applications, running them inside containers, and how Docker is addressing this. From this perspective, I’ll highlight some of the announcements made during the show. Docker is for Developers Docker is generally aimed towards at the software development cycle and minimizing the gap between development and operations by offering a simplified and unified workflow and …

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The Power of Platform9: Managed Kubernetes

The Power of Platform9: Managed Kubernetes

As hinted at in my previous post on Platform9 (Can Platform9 solve fundamental OpenStack challenges?), they have entered the Container-as-a-Service space today during #DockerCon. I talked about Platform9’s ability to enter new SaaS-realms easily: their core business is delivering difficult-to-implement/operate infrastructure software like OpenStack as a service, making it easy for customers to deploy in production. Today, they’re coming out with a managed Kubernetes Container-as-a-Service platform with support for the Docker container runtime engine . Not only do they take …

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Build a Xeon D-1500 (Open) Home Lab with me?

Build a Xeon D-1500 (Open) Home Lab with me?

I recently bought a new Home Lab so I can tinker around with new, cool technology like Docker, DC/OS, Azure Stack and unikernel stuff. The lab server I bought really is cool: it’s a Xeon D-1500 series based home lab. The Xeon D-1500 processor family is a low-power, high-performance System-on-Chip processor based on the 14nm Broadwell architecture. It has all the processor features any home lab needs, like hyperthreading, VT-x and VT-d, EPT, AES-NI, NSX-NI, Trusted Execution, …

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Can Platform9 solve fundamental OpenStack challenges?

Can Platform9 solve fundamental OpenStack challenges?

Platform9 is an awesome OpenStack-as-a-Service solution that ties into your enterprise infrastructure running vSphere. I’ve seen them present at Tech Field Day 10 and I encourage you to watch the videos posted here and read my overview and architectural deep-dive posts. Let’s look at OpenStack specifically, as I have my doubts about the project: I am afraid though that the OpenStack-specific use case will disappear over time if the OpenStack project isn’t able to regain focus and find the …

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A Platform9 architecture deep dive: is it still ‘simple’ OpenStack?

A Platform9 architecture deep dive: is it still ‘simple’ OpenStack?

My first Platform9 post gave an overview of the Managed OpenStack service, its use cases, the benefits and an architectural overview. In this post, I will dive into the architecture deeper. But let’s go back to the architectural overview just to refresh your minds: And the OpenStack architecture: SaaS-components I haven’t learned much about the SaaS-part of their solution though this really is the part that makes the offering work. At the same time, this is …

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Can Platform9 simplify OpenStack by making it invisible?

Can Platform9 simplify OpenStack by making it invisible?

At the recent Tech Field Day 10 event, I spoke with Platform9. They offer a managed OpenStack service that ties into your on-prem infrastructure. Platform9 is the simplest way for organizations to implement an OpenStack-based, agile, self-service private cloud, with intelligent self-service provisioning of workloads onto their private infrastructure. With Platform9, organizations can go from just a bunch of virtualized or non-virtualized servers to a fully operational, OpenStack-based cloud in a matter of minutes. Platform9 significantly …

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Coming to a livestream near you: Tech Field Day 10

Coming to a livestream near you: Tech Field Day 10

For the 2nd time, I’ll be attending a full Tech Field Day event. It’ll be Tech Field Day 10. This is a fantastic honor! tl;dr Awesome event where seven cool vendors present to a kick-ass panel. Watch Livestream and comment via hashtag. A little history I first met the TFD-crew and the concept in during VMworld 2012, when I was invited to spend the day with presentations from Veeam and Nutanix. I attended an ‘TFD Extra’ event, as these smaller events during …

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I’ll be talking Hypervisors in the Hyper-Converged World at @tech_unplugged

I’ll be talking Hypervisors in the Hyper-Converged World at @tech_unplugged

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be presenting a session during Tech.Unplugged on February 2nd in Austin, TX! Let me introduce the event briefly, for those that haven’t had the chance to attend: (Check out the full calendar, and register here)

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My session at #VeeamON 2015 on Cloud Connect (and Managed Backup Portal, Veeam Backup for Linux)

My session at #VeeamON 2015 on Cloud Connect (and Managed Backup Portal, Veeam Backup for Linux)

Together with my colleague Koen Buddelmeijer, I presented a session at Veeam’s VeeamON conference today. We talked about using Cloud Connect in different use cases, going beyond the current Backup-as-a-Service use case. Naturally, we spent some time discussing the new features of Veeam Backup & Replication version 9 and how it focusses on the Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service or DRaaS use case as well. Using Cloud Connect in 3 unexpected, awesome ways I want to do a short recap of our session …

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#NextConf running Nutanix Community Edition nested on Fusion

#NextConf running Nutanix Community Edition nested on Fusion

So at the .NEXT conference today, Nutanix released Community Edition. CE is a free, fully featured version of the Nutanix Virtual Compute platform, with PRISM and Acropolis additions. Community Edition is a 100% software solution enabling technology enthusiasts to easily evaluate the latest hyperconvergence technology at zero cost. Users can now experience the same Nutanix technology that powers the datacenters of thousands of leading enterprises around the world. Y U SO PHYSICAL? (well, not anymore) I wrote about Community …

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