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Infrastructure inflexibility is wasting Kubernetes’ potential

At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2020 Virtual, the CNCF and its members talked about the adoption of cloud-native technologies. As Kubernetes is approaching version 1.19, the technology is starting to mature, and making its way into IT environments big and small, serving as the core for modern, cloud-native applications. Container platforms need more than just Kubernetes However, creating a container platform for running production applications needs more than just Kubernetes, including solutions for storage, networking, …

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Spectro Cloud saves Kubernetes from vendor lock-in and DIY complexity

Kubernetes is great for developers creating containerized workloads and microservices. But it’s open, pluggable architecture and design principles can be scary at first sight: it just doesn’t hide any of its complexity, and managing a cluster’s lifecycle is a complex task, requiring expert knowledge and experience. Managed services like Spectro Cloud fill this gap with flexible, managed services that remove complexity and prevent cloud lock-in. DIY Kubernetes That means that to be able to run …

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Test Driving Nutanix Xi Leap in Test Drive

Test Driving Nutanix Xi Leap in Test Drive

If you’re like me, I learn most when I get hands-on experience with something. That’s why in many of the technical writings I create, I ‘play around‘ with the product I’m writing about first. I just… use it. Explore it. Figure it out. Go through the admin and user interfaces. And for many software things, this is no problem. I can run software as a virtual machine, container or on top of an operating system. …

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SoftNAS helps solve legacy app and data inertia

SoftNAS helps solve legacy app and data inertia

SoftNAS is a classic NAS company with a twist. They use old-school technology, like ZFS and classic file-based protocols to solve data inertia problems while moving to the cloud. And sure, I get it. There’s a lot one could say about SoftNAS: they’re a legacy technology company trying to catch up. They are not cloud-native. It could even be argued that SoftNAS sees the cloud as yet another datacenter. They’re certainly not DevOps. The hipster developers …

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Zerto gets into the long-term game at #vRetreat

Zerto gets into the long-term game at #vRetreat

I had forgotten about Zerto for a while. I’ve always like their innovative edge in DR back in the day, but DR became so commodity that the whole field lost their edge a little. Today I was refreshed on the topic at #vRetreat, a independent community blogger event organized by Patrick Redknap. IT Ops is struggling As I’ve recently transitioned to the customer side of IT, I look at things a little differently. Specifically, I …

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@jpiscaer will speak at Spiceworks All Access Amsterdam

@jpiscaer will speak at Spiceworks All Access Amsterdam

I’ll be speaking at SpiceWorks’ All Access conference in Amsterdam on June 28th! About SpiceWorks and All Access SpiceWorks is a big online community for IT Pros and provides technical forums for advice, learning, product reviews and tools for inventory, monitor and troubleshooting. All Access is a single day unconference with community speakers, technical content and lots of networking over a pint. If you want to attend, you can register here. Check the entire agenda. About …

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Accelerite salvages good tech from bad execution: A CloudPlatform story

Accelerite salvages good tech from bad execution: A CloudPlatform story

The title says it all, right? This week, as part of Cloud Field Day 2, I visited Accelerite. Accelerite is a wholly owned business of Persistent Systems, and they do a bunch of stuff. It’s hard to pinpoint what their core product is, nor do the products align or integrate tightly. In other words, it’s a portfolio company. One with an interesting strategy, though. More on that a little later. But first, let’s see what …

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Selectively route traffic over ProtonVPN

Selectively route traffic over ProtonVPN

I’ve started using ProtonVPN on my home Internet connection. With the ever increasing pressure on ISPs to share customer information to government agencies and copyright trolls, I felt more and more uncomfortable having this metadata accessible, and I figured it was now time to go the VPN route to at least shield my metadata from the ISP. I didn’t do this to obscure browsing metadata from websites or hide which country I’m in, though. I’m …

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Nirmata is the cross-cloud orchestrator of orchestrators

Nirmata is the cross-cloud orchestrator of orchestrators

You might know I am a fan of removing complexity at the infrastructure layer so IT folks can focus on higher levels in the stack, preferably applications, data and information. An example I usually refer to is Platform9, who made OpenStack stupidly simple. I wrote about Platform9 and the underlying concepts here: Can Platform9 solve fundamental OpenStack challenges? Can Platform9 simplify OpenStack by making it invisible? A Platform9 architecture deep dive: is it still ‘simple’ …

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Fixing issues with your RDMs after upgrading ESXi to 6.5.0d

I run a Supermicro Xeon-D based for home lab purposes. One of the VMs on the Lab is my fileserver, which has four physical 3TB disks passed through as RDMs. You can read more on my (pretty awesome) home lab, since it’s physically small, but very powerful and incredibly versatile: Running a virtual gaming rig using a Xeon D server, a GFX 750Ti, PCI passthrough and a Windows 10 VM Build a Xeon D-1500 (Open) Home Lab …

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