Upcoming #vBrownBag EMEA Appearance – July 26th at 7pm BST

vbrownbagAs my take-3 tenure in the VMware Cloud Native Apps (CNA) team draws to a close, the guys over at #vBrownBag have kindly invited me to come on their show and talk about the various VMware project and initiatives that I have been lucky enough to be involved with. All going well, I hope to be able to demonstrate the Docker Volume Driver for vSphere, some overview of Photon Controller CLI and Photon Platform with Docker Swarm, and maybe Kubernetes as well as some vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC). If you are interested, you can register here. I’d be delighted if you can make it. The show is on at 7pm (local time) tomorrow, Tuesday July 26th. See you there.

Deploy Mesos on Photon Controller (video)

mesosThis video will show you the steps involved in deploying Apache Mesos on VMware’s Photon Controller product using the “cluster” mechanism available in Photon Controller. It uses Photon Controller CLI to create a tenant, resource ticket and a project. It then shows how to create an appropriate image for VMs to run Mesos, how to enable the Photon Controller deployment for Mesos clusters, and finally the creation of the cluster. After the deployment has succeeded, you are shown some command outputs and Photon Controller UI views of the running cluster. I decided to pick Mesos in this case, as I have already written a lot on Docker Swarm and Kubernetes, and have shown how to deploy these both natively, and using the Photon Controller “canned” cluster mechanism.

*** Note that at the time of writing, stand-alone Photon Controller is still not GA ***

*** Steps highlighted in this video may change in the GA version of the product ***

The video is just over 13 minutes in length. If you want to read up on the actual steps, or you wish to learn about how to use Marathon for a simple container demo, this blog post I created previously might be useful.

For all of my Cloud Native Apps articles, click this link.

Getting started with vSphere Integrated Containers (short video)

I decided to put together a very short video on VIC – vSphere Integrated Containers v0.4.0. In the video, I show you how to create your very first VCH (Virtual Container Host) and then I show you how you can create a very simple container using a docker API endpoint. I also show you how this is reflected in vSphere. Of course, VIC v0.4.0 is still a tech preview, and is not ready for production. Also note that a number of things may change before the VIC becomes generally available (GA). However, hopefully this is of interest to those of you who wish to get started with v0.4.0.

For more information on VIC v0.4.0, visit us on github.

Deploy Docker Swarm using docker-machine with Consul on Photon Controller

docker-swarmIn this post I will now show you the steps involved in creating a Docker Swarm configuration using docker-machine with Photon Controller driver plugin. In previous posts, I showed how you can setup Photon OS to deploy Photon Controller and I also showed you how to build docker-machine for Photon Controller. Note that there are a lot of ways to deploy Swarm. Since I was given a demonstration on doing this using “Consul” for cluster membership and discovery, that is the mechanism that I am going to use here. Now, a couple of weeks back, we looked at deploying Docker Swarm using the “cluster” mechanism also available in Photon Controller. This mechanism used “etcd” for discovery, configuration, and so on. In this example, we are going to deploy Docker Swarm from the ground up, step-by-step, using the docker-machine with photon controller driver, but in this example we are going to use “Consul” which does something very similar to “etcd”.

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Compare and Contrast: Photon Controller vs VIC (vSphere Integrated Containers)

PHOTON_square140As many regular reader will be aware, I’ve been spending a lot of time recently on VMware’s Cloud Native App solutions. This is due to an internal program available to VMware employees called a Take-3. A Take-3 is where employees can take 3 months out of their current role and try a new challenge in another part of the company. Once we launched VSAN 6.2 earlier this year, I thought this would be an opportune time to try something different. Thanks to the support from the management teams in both my Storage and Availability BU (SABU) and the Cloud Native Apps BU (CNABU),  I started my Take-3 at the beginning of May. This is when my CNA articles on VIC (vSphere Integrated Containers) and Photon Controller first started to appear. Only recently I was asked an interesting question – when would I use VIC and when would I use Photon Controller? That is a good question, as both products enable customer to use containers on VMware products and solutions. So let me see if I can provide some guidance, as I asked the same question from some of the guiding lights in the CNABU.

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See you at VMworld 2016

vmworld2016I’m thrilled to have had a session accepted at this year’s VMworld. I’m also going to be a co-speaker on another session. As you might have guessed, both presentations are on Virtual SAN (VSAN), and I am co-presenting both sessions with my buddy Paudie O’Riordan.

In the first session, we will be talking about how to conduct a successful proof of concept (PoC) on VSAN, which will cover how to prepare, how to test, and what gotchas you need to be aware of when going through a PoC with VSAN. This is session id STO7535 and it is currently scheduled for Wednesday morning (31st August) at 08:30am.

In the other session, which covers day #2 operations, we will cover items like upgrades, troubleshooting, remediation, and monitoring of VSAN, and all those other things that you need to care about when you have VSAN in production. This is session id STO7534 and is scheduled for Tuesday morning (30th August) at 11:00am.

If you have any thoughts on what you would like to see covered during the session, please leave a comment. We’re still putting together the content, and we are wide open to suggestions.

Hope to see you at one of the sessions.

Joint Virtual SAN/Rubrik White Paper

Logo_Rubrik_400x400I’m delighted to announce the availability of a joint Rubrik and VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) white paper. Both Rubrik and Virtual SAN epitomize many of the features and characteristics of Software Defined Storage, in particular simplifying storage and backup/restore for vSphere Administrators. Other features include abstracting the underlying storage into one large pool, and consuming/utilizing that underlying storage through policies, whether these are for virtual machine deployment or backup. If you are completely new to VSAN and/or Rubrik, this paper gives a good explanation of both technologies. The paper also explains how Rubrik and VSAN work seamlessly together to back up and restore virtual machines deployed on VSAN.

I should also mention that my co-author was none other than the one and only Chris Wahl, and as always, it was a pleasure to work with him on this paper.

I’d like to thank Chris, Julia and Sara of Rubrik for their attention to detail on this paper. I think it has turned out extremely well, and we hope you get a lot of good information from it.

You can get the paper by clicking here.