ContainerCon: Rancher Lab’s founder Sheng Liang

August 19, 2015

Rancher Labs
 debuted late last year and it has already made quite a splash.  Rancher positions itself as a complete infrastructure platform for running Docker in production or, putting it another way, it provides infrastructure services reimagined for containers.

Sheng Liang, who previously founded and then sold it to Citrix, is one of the founders of Rancher Labs and  their CEO.  I pulled Sheng away from the booth here at ContainerCon and asked him about his latest venture.

Some of the ground Sheng covers

  • What is Rancher labs and its main offerings: RancherOS (an uber light OS) and Rancher (a management platform for hosts and containers running on those hosts)
  • Where Sheng got the idea for Rancher labs
  • How they have taken in customer feedback and innovated to create offerings that hadn’t originally thought of e.g. RancherOS


    Rancher screen shot

Extra-credit reading

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Talking to Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth re: Containers, IoT, Project Sputnik and Cloud

August 18, 2015

Yesterday at ContainerCon here in Seattle I ran into Mark Shuttleworth,  founder of Canonical and the man behind Ubuntu.  I asked Mark about some of the efforts Canonical has been focusing on recently and this is what he had to say:

This is what Mark had to say:

Some of the ground Mark covers:

  • Ubuntu on the mainframe
  • LXC (client) and LXD (on servers) which creates, migrates and kills containers
  • The recent Microsoft announcement that REST APIs from LXD will be implemented on windows
  • Canonical’s IoT work which leverages their efforts in the mobile area.
  • How Ubuntu Snappy works, why they built it and where are all the places its being used including drones
  • Their OpenStack work including connecting LXD w/openstack and using containers instead of VMs.  Also how to make much larger openstack clouds and build the ecosystem.
  • Props for the 4th Generation of Project Sputnik, the XPS 13 developer edition laptop

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Meet the project Sputnik team + Case Study

July 29, 2015

The other day Canonical came to Dell for a show and tell.  The Sputnik team, normally located in various buildings in Austin and Round Rock, all found ourselves in attendance at the event.  Here is a quick meet-the-team video introducing ourselves, saying where we’re from and declaring our favorite TV show.

Additionally,  here is a short case study giving the Project Sputnik history.

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Introducing Kubernetes 1.0 and the Cloud Native Computing foundation

July 22, 2015

This morning at OSCON a special event was held to announce the launch of Kubernetes 1.0 (Google’s open source container management framework) as well as the introduction of the Cloud Native Computing foundation.

One of the key speakers at the event was Craig McLuckie of Google who is a founding member of Kubernetes’ team.  Craig has also been working with the Linux Foundation to set up the Cloud Native Computing foundation.

I sat down with Craig for a quick chat regarding both of these efforts.

Some of the ground Craig covers:

  • Craig’s role at Google and his relationship with Kubernetes
  • Today’s announcement as it relates to both Kubernetes 1.0 and the Cloud Native Computing foundation.
  • Where does Craig see Kubernetes going over the next year and what new workloads will it run

Extra-credit reading:

  • As Kubernetes Hits 1.0, Google Donates Technology To Newly Formed Cloud Native Computing Foundation – TechCrunch
  • ​Cloud Native Computing Foundation seeks to forge cloud and container unity – ZDNet
  • Linux Foundation wrangles app container wranglers into new org – The Register

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XPS 13 developer edition on pause

July 20, 2015

We are aware of some issues that need to be addressed with our XPS 13 developer edition.  While patches have been made available (or coming soon), we are working to add these fixes to the systems at the factory.

Given that we want our customers to have the best experience possible, we have temporarily stopped new sales of the XPS 13 developer edition. Our desire is to bring back the system as soon as possible, but only after we have resolved the outstanding issues at the factory level. [Please realize that this DOES NOT AFFECT the windows version of the XPS 13]

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your support and patience.


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Container management and landscape

July 17, 2015

Back at the end of April I gave an internal presentation laying out a high level overview of the container and container management space.   I pulled this together using public info.

Needless to say big things have happened since I created it,  most notably the announcement of the Open Container Project.  That being said it I feel it still offers a good general feel for the players and how they fit together.

Extra-Credit reading

  • Announced today under the Linux Foundation banner, the Open Container Project has the backing of the major forces in cloud and containers, including Docker and appc. – ZDnet
  • New Open Container Project Helps Define the Future Data Center – Jim Zemlin’s blog, the Linux Foundation

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Updated Developer Edition Knowledge base: XPS 13 and M3800

July 15, 2015

Once again we want to thank the entire community for your posts containing feedback and questions to the Dell TechCenter forum and this blog regarding the Ubuntu-based XPS 13 and M3800 developer editions.

Last month we posted links to four knowledge base articles addressing:  wireless drivers, keyboard repeat, suspend/resume and cursor freezes.   Today we are adding three more that have been hot topics recently: creating recovery media, OOBE crashing, and 15.04 UEFI install.  So we have all the articles in one place I have also included the previous ones below.

Knowledge Base links:

How to create recovery media for the XPS 13 9343 and Precision M3800 Developer Editions:

Dell-Recovery Utility May Crash During Out of Box Experience:

How to install Ubuntu on a Dell XPS 13 (9343) developer edition configured for UEFI:

Trackpad cursor freezing issue:

May not resume from suspend running 14.04:

Unwanted keyboard character repeat

How to Install Broadcom Wireless Driver on XPS 13 9343 from Ubuntu 15.04 Install Media:

Leverage your support contracts

Remember, in addition to posting your feedback here, we encourage customers to utilize their support contracts and contact the included Dell support (either Consumer Support or ProSupport, depending on whether you purchased it from the Consumer or Small Business sections).  This will help us to officially track issues and tackle them systematically.

How to reach ProSupport:

Please continue to give us your feedback on the Developer Edition systems.

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