My highlights from KubeCon and CloudNativeCon, Day #1, Europe 2019

This year, I have once again been fortunate enough to attend KubeCon and CloudNativeCon Europe, which is being held in Barcelona. This is my second such conference, having attended last years European event in Copenhagen. I was very interested in seeing how things have progressed, especially in the cloud native storage space. The morning started with the usual set of keynotes. Dan Kohn and Cheryl Hung filled us in on what is happening in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) space, sharing details about the increase in membership and contributors since the last conference. Of note, there are 7700 attendees…

Portworx, STORK and container volume snapshots

As I continue on my cloud native storage journey, I found myself looking at Portworx. The reason for this was down to the fact that Portworx provide a plugin for the Heptio Velero product, and I was interested to see how this behaved on top of my vSphere on-premises infrastructure. I’ve written about Velero a few times already, and done a few posts where I leveraged the Restic plugin for snapshot functionality. Thus, I wanted to see how Portworx achieved the same thing, and wanted to learn about bit more about STORK, Portworx’s Storage Orchestrator for Kubernetes. I’ve written about…

A first look at the Couchbase Operator

A few weeks back, I took a look at Heptio Velero, formely known as Ark. Velero provides backup and restore capabilities for cloud native applications. During that research, I used a Couchbase DB as my application of choice for backup/restore. After speaking to Couchbase regarding that blog post, they strongly recommended I try the new Couchbase operator rather than the StatefulSet method that I was using for the application. Couchbase talk about the advantages of the operator approach over StatefulSets here. Now, while Couchbase provide steps on how to deploy Couchbase with their operator, they create it in the default…

Fun with PKS, K8s, MongoDB Helm Charts and vSAN

I’ve been spending a bit of time lately look at our Heptio Velero product, and how it works with various cloud native applications. Next application on my list is MongoDB, another NoSQL database. I looked at various deployment mechanisms for MongoDB, and it seems that using Helm Charts is the most popular approach. This led me to the Bitnami MongoDB Stack Chart GitHub Repo. At this point, I did spin my wheels a little trying to get MongoDB stood up. In this post, I’ll talk through some of the gotchas I encountered. Once again, my environment is vSphere 6.7 and…

Tanzu/K8s

A quick reference to Tanzu, Kubernetes, Containers and related posts Tanzu is an ‘umbrella’ name for a host of open source and cloud native offerings from VMware. This includes Tanzu Kubernetes. Books Kubernetes for vSphere Administrators book – paper / kindle (released 14 July 2022) Posts VMware has a number of initiatives taking place in the Kubernetes space. Below you will find articles related to Tanzu, Kubernetes, Docker, and other VMware related container technologies, both past and present. Kubernetes for vSphere Admins – June 2023 VMware User Group Global Virtual Event Why do I get “Error from server (Forbidden)” in…

vSAN

A quick reference to vSAN content vSAN is VMware’s Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HC) platform, offering both compute and distributed storage in a single solution. Books vSAN 8.0 U1 Express Storage Architecture book – paper / kindle (released 25 April 2023) vSAN 7.0 U3 Deep Dive book – paper / kindle (released 09 May 2022) A link to the vSAN 6.7 U1 Deep Dive book Posts New Book: VMware vSAN 8.0U1 Express Storage Architecture now available Dynamic RWX volumes now supported in TKC in vSphere with Tanzu vSAN Data Persistence platform (DPp) Revisited Announcement! vSAN Deep Dive book updated for 7.0 U3…