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NLVMUG UserCon 2018

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A few weeks ago the annual Dutch VMUG UserCon took place. For the first time this year it was a 2 day event. During the pre-con day there were 3 VMware R&D sessions, a VCDX workshop and a hackathon. I took part in the hackathon and together with my colleagues Martin, Ruurd and Sander we managed to deploy minecraft servers by talking to Alexa. Pretty neat. Source code is here. At the...

Stack Elevator – Ground Floor: Piaas Level

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This is part 2 in a series of blogs about how I ported cloud foundry diego cells to Raspberry PI. In this series I’ll take you with me in the stack elevator. Last time I talked about the basement level which contains the physical side of things. Today we’ll take a look at the IaaS layer. Or actually the Piaas layer (Pi As A Service). bakery Since this piece of software is going to...

Stack Elevator – basement level: Physical world

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As I posted recently I have been working on porting Cloud Foundry to the Raspberry Pi. Porting Cloud foundry took me on a journey through the whole stack. From physical level all the way up to the application and everything in between. In this blog series I’ll take you with me in the stack elevator and show some of each level I visited. First up is the  basement level: Physical world...

First ever Cloud Foundry running on ARM!

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As you might know I have been working on getting Cloud Foundry to run on Raspberry Pi for a while now. Today I am proud to announce that we currently have diego cells running on Raspberry Pi and serving apps! Here is a screenshot of an app that just dumps the output of /proc/cpuinfo in a webpage:                 Below is a pic of the “cloud”...

BOSH Release blobs

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In my attempt to get Cloudfoundry running on Raspberry PIs I had to make some changes to a few BOSH releases. Most of the work involved swapping out blobs with other blobs. At first it wasn’t very clear to me how the blob store thingy in the BOSH releases work so I thought I’d be good to share what I learned. Anatomy of a BOSH Release A BOSH release consists of two main parts: Jobs...

Baking Clouds!

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For the last couple months I have been working on an experiment involving raspbery PIs (or PII?), BOSH and Cloudfoundry. The goal of this experiment is to run Cloudfoundry on one or more Raspberry Pis. My colleague Ruurd Keizer and I will be sharing our journey and demonstrate the result at the Cloudfoundry Summit in Boston in April! Actually the goal is not to run all of the Cloudfoundry...

About Cloud Foundry Service Brokers

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Cloud Foundry offers consumers of the platform all kinds of backing services. Think of services like Mysql, Redis and RabbitMQ. Those services are offered to consumers through the Cloud Foundry marketplace. To be able to create instances of the services in the marketplace and then bind them to an application, Cloud Foundry uses Service Brokers. A Service Broker implements the Cloud Foundry Open...

Beyond automated deployment

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I have been involved in quite a lot of automation projects over the last five years. All of them centered around VMware vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator. During these projects customers throw all kinds of challenges at me. Most of which I can solve. Over the years however I found two challenges that go beyond automated deployment which I can’t really solve using vRA/vRO: If you...

What is Concourse CI?

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This is my third blog in my “What is” series about different products that are part of the Cloud Foundry ecosystem. I discussed Cloud Foundry and BOSH earlier and now it’s time to for he next: What is Concourse CI? So what is it? The github tagline for the concourse project is “Continuous thing doer”. Which is quite accurate. Some would call it a Continuous...

VMware Photon Platform 1.2 released

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Yesterday VMware silently released a new version of its opensource cloud native platform. VMware Photon Platform 1.2 is available for download at github now. You can find the details of the new release in the release notes. Below are the highlights of the new release. What’s new? Photon Controller now supports ESXi 6.5 Patch 201701001. Support for ESXi 6.0 is dropped. Photon platform now...

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.