On beyond Crowbar: RackN and Digital Rebar

January 11, 2016

Last, but not least in my KubeCon video-palooza series is an interview with RackN founder, Rob Hirschfeld.  Rob talks about their offering Digital Rebar and how it addresses composable operations.

Some of the ground Rob covers

  • How he’s taking what he did at Dell (Crowbar) and taking it beyond physical provisioning and automation.
  • V3 is now called DigitalRebar Composable operations – the company name is RackN
  • Allows you to build up a “ready state” on the infrastructure and then can bring in Ceph or Kubernetes, OpenStack, Mesoshpere…
  • What companies they’re working with and where they seem themselves going – composable operations and addressing the “fidelity gap” – taking the same work from start to scale and addressing the deployment hassles

Extra-credit reading

 

Pau for now..

 


Covering Mesos and Mesosphere

January 8, 2016

Today’s post is the penultimate video in my series of interviews from KubeCon back in November.  Below, Aaron Bell, the product manager working on developer facing tools, talks about the Mesos project and Mesosphere — what they do and who’s using it.

Some of the ground Aaron covers

  • How mesosphere is connected to the Apache Mesos project (powers Siri and is used at Twitter) 50% of the committers
  • What Mesos does and how it works
  • DCOS (data center OS) what it is
  • What to expect from Mesos in the next year

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Talking to ClusterHQ founder about Flocker and the Dell storage plugin

January 7, 2016

Continuing with my videos from KubeCon, here is a chat ClusterHQ’s founder and CTO, Luke Marsden.  Luke explains Flocker, how its being used and talks about the Dell/Flocker driver.

Some of the ground Luke covers

  • What is Flocker (hint: a way to connect the container universe to the storage universe)
  • Why you don’t want containers that are “pets rather than cattle”
  • What types of customers are using Flocker and how Swisscom uses it along with Cloud Foundry
  • The Dell storage center plugin for Flocker

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Learning about CoreOS and Tectonic

January 6, 2016

With today’s post we are five interviews into the videos I took at Kubecon with three remaining.

Today’s interviewee is Rob Szumski, one of the early employees of CoreOS.  Rob explains CoreOS, Tectonic and where CoreOS is going from here.

Some of the ground Rob covers

  • CoreOS began as an operating system for large scale clusters and how Docker came around at just the right time and worked with CoreOS
  • CoreOS as the original micro OS
  • The components of Tectonic – How you should deploy your containers, on top of: kubernetes, flannel, coreOS, etc; it also comes with support and architectural help
  • Whats on tap for CoreOS and Tectonic – tools and more

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Containers, VMs and Joyent’s Triton — how they relate

January 5, 2016

While I was in San Francisco back in November, I stopped by Joyent’s headquarters.  The main purpose was to talk about the Docker/Triton platform we are setting up in the CTO lab.

While I was there I chatted with Joyent’s Casey Bisson, director of product management.  Casey took me through a couple of white board sessions around containers and VMs.  This first session talks about how containers and VMs work together, how they’re different and where Joyent’s elastic container infrastructure, Triton, fits.

Some of the ground Casey covers

  • Linux allows you to build containers on your laptop and push them, as is, to the cloud.  For other OS’s you need to use VMs
  • Containers in the cloud within VMs and the affect on efficiency
  • Running containers on bare metal, security concerns and how Joyent addresses these concerns
  • How Triton virtualizes the network into the container

Extra-credit reading

  • KubeCon: Learning about Joyent and Triton, the elastic container infrastructure – Barton’s blog

Learning about Joyent and Triton, the elastic container infrastructure

January 5, 2016

Here’s another interview from KubeCon back in November.  This one’s a twofer.  Joyent’s CEO and CTO, Scott Hammond and Bryan Cantrill respectively, talk about taking their learnings from Solaris zones and applying them to the world of modern apps and containers.

Some of the ground Scott and Bryan cover

  • Joyent, a software company focused on delivering a container native software infrastructure platform
  • They had been doing containers for 6 years and when Docker came along they focused on that
  • How Solaris zones came about, how Joyent picked it up and ran with it, and how it acted as a foundation for today’s containerized world – How they were in the right place at the wrong time
  • Whats in store for Joyent going forward – supporting the movement to modern app dev and the intersection of containers – taking this new tech and productizing and simplifying them to allow enterprises to roll them out

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…

 


Red Hat launches OpenShift v3.1, full of Docker/Kubernetes goodness

January 4, 2016

Im just getting around to publishing my interviews from KubeCon back in November

Today’s interview features Red Hat’s Grant Shipley, director of developer advocacy for “container application platform” OpenShift.  Grant talks about the launching of OpenShift v3.1 and what’s ahead.

Some of the ground Grant covers:

  • Announcing 3.1, the latest upstream version of Red Hat’s open source project OpenShift Origin
  • Enterprise comes with support for docker/kubernetes in production
  • Moving away from “PaaS” to “container application platform”
  • All functionality exposed via apis; cli and web console tools for ops; ops has full control but devs can self service
  • How it works with Ansible (or Puppet and Chef)
  • Whats next going forward: continuing to focus on dev experience whether they’re using node.js or Java

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now


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