The ultimate software defined – FPGAs in the datacenter


Recently I have been playing around with this thingy: what is it and why are you blogging about it you might wonder. Well… it’s an FPGA development board. A what? Yes. An FPGA development board. I’m aware that a lot of people in IT infrastructure probably never heard about FPGA’s or maybe they heard about it but don’t really know what they are. Let me explain what it is before I dive into why I’m...

Christiaan and Dennis rewarded vExpert 2016


Something we are very proud of, but we didn’t want to brag about so that’s why we waited so long to share it with you. Christiaan and Dennis are rewarded vExpert for the second year in a row. So what is vExpert program? It’s explained by VMware as follows: The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put... welcomes a new Blogger


Our colleague Olivier Bootsma will be joining us here at Olivier has a lot of vRealize Orchestrator experience so his contributions will be a very valuable addition to this blog. We are expecting his first contributions shortly. Olivier and I will be delivering a vRO bootcamp during the NLVMUG UserCon on march 17th. So you’ll be able to meet him in person if you’re...

ESP8266 PV Logger


I have written about the ESP8266 before in my post about the magic button. For the button I am using the nodeMCU firmware which let’s you run lua script on the ESP. But recently the people over at created an Arduino IDE version which is compatible with the ESP8266. I was already using an ESP connected to an Arduino to log the output of my solar panels so I decided to try and run...

The Magic Button


On March 19th we used The Magic Button ( a.k.a “The What Does This Button Do Button”) in our demo’s at the Dutch VMUG UserCon. It magically  made a CoreOS cluster appear out of nowhere, Launched our demo app and then it scaled it out so all people in the room could open the page. Of course you want to build your own now. Here is how. Hardware The button itself is just a regular...

webEye – The webhook receiver


When building out the demo environment which I was going to use for our NLVMUG UserCon presentation I came accross a problem: I wanted to notify my private cloud whenever a new Docker image was build on Docker Hub. This proofed impossible with the existing VMware software so I created my own solution. And here it is: webEye – The webhook receiver. It will simply forward all received...

The brain of the Automate-IT robot


I recently posted an article about the automate-it robotic arm. I promised to go into more detail on the brain of the Automate-IT robot so time to awake you inner geek because here is a write up about the controller hardware and software that brings the thing to life. Controller Hardware The hardware for the controller is an Arduino Yun microcontroller. In case you’re not familiar with...

Meet the Automate-IT Robot


Time for a less serious friday afternoon post. Meet our new friend: The Automate-IT Robot a.k.a. r2vco2. It’s a robotic arm with a special feature: It can be controlled by vCenter Orchestrator. When I was preparing for the yearly ITQ Technical update session I was thinking of a way to show vCenter Orchestrator can do much more then just automating vSphere tasks. What better way to show this...

About the author

Christiaan Roeleveld
Chris works for ITQ and one of his passions is to share his knowledge and use his experience to find the best solution for his customers. Chris started his consulting career shortly after his first encounting with VMware back in 2004. In 2013 he shifted focus to infrastructure automation and recently made the shift to cloud native platforms.