I mentioned yesterday that Photon Controller version 1.0 is now available. I rolled it out yesterday, and just like I did with previous versions, I started to deploy some frameworks on top. My first task was to put a Mesos framework on top on Photon Controller. I’d done this many times before, and was able to successfully roll out this same framework with the exact same settings on Photon Controller v0.9. But yesterday I hit the following error when creating my cluster:
Well, not really. This was a bit of fun. Hope none of you took it too seriously. 😛 The whole point of this marketing/viral video was to highlight the #hackathon that is taking place at VMworld 2016 in Barcelona. This is being held on Monday, Oct. 17, at 18:30. Check out this link to a blog by Alan Renouf for more info on the #hackathon. You can also watch the video for more details. Can you figure out who is behind the mask? Clue: he enjoys dressing up in costumes. Enjoy!
Photon Controller version 1.0 was released very recently. Ryan Kelly provides a good overview of what has changed in the UI from previous releases in his blog post here. I got a chance to deploy out the new version just recently, and took a look at a few things which have changed from a deployment perspective. As Ryan states in his blog, the deployment UI is still very much the same. However, under the covers, things are a little different.
This is a short demo (< 5 minutes) which highlights how one can use storage policies to manage the creation of a docker volume when that volume is being deployed on Virtual SAN. This does not cover the installation of the components required, as these have been covered here and there is another short video covering those steps here. Also, my good buddy William Lam has great step by step instructions on how to use VSAN policies for container volumes in his blog post here. This video just takes a very quick look at how the docker volume driver for vSphere can leverage policy settings when creating a volume on VSAN.
I put together this short vSphere Integrated Containers v0.6.0 video (~4 minutes) showing how you can deploy a container running a web server, in this case Nginx, and have its ports mapped back to the Container Host (VCH), allowing you to access the web server from the VCH. This is to coincide with a blog that I posted earlier on the same topic. Check that out for additional details.
If you’d like to try out VIC v0.6.0, you can get it on github, or download the binaries from bintray. You can also get the latest documentation here. If you want more direction, and want to help shape the future of vSphere Integrated Containers, sign up for the beta here.
It’s been a number of weeks since I last looked at vSphere Integrated Containers. When I last looked at v0.4.0, one of the issues had been with port mapping not working. This was a bit of a drag, as in the case of web servers running in containers, you’d definitely want this to function. One of the most common container demos is to show Nginx web server running in a container, and port mapping back to the container host, so that you could point to the IP of the container host, and connect to the web server. I recently got access to v0.6.0, which has a whole bunch of improvements, and it also has working port mapping. So to demonstrate this, I thought I’d show off Nginx running in VIC.
A short post to let you know that I will be participating in a VSAN Roadshow event in South Africa next month. If you are in the Johannesburg or Cape Town area on October 25th and 27th respectively, and want to learn more about VMware’s Virtual SAN, you should definitely come along. I have lots to talk about, and hopefully some cool new VSAN updates from VMworld EMEA. I will also be providing an update on the various VMware projects in the Cloud Native Apps space (e.g. Photon Platform, vSphere Integrated Containers), especially around container persistence, so this may also be of interest as new use cases for Virtual SAN. The location and the agenda is as follows, with the actual registration further down the post.