Ansible, Cumulus, Dell & Nutanix: One big happy family :) – Part2

The road so far…

In Part1, we covered a few things.

  • Design goals etc,
  • Where this was born out of
  • The demo itself.
  • Getting KVM running on a Dell OpenNetworking switch
  • Starting Foundation VM on the switch. (kinda the cool part, rly..)

In tonights episode.

May acts like a tiger, Richard says ‘meow‘ and the I get down with Ansible…. So now I’m depressed I’m not powersliding supercars… but lets move on shall we?

First we’ll dive into the fabric provisioning playbooks showing you a bit more detail.

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OpenComputeProject Summit: Day1

What a day…

Breakfast + panel (sponsored by Menlo ventures + Scality)

  • Nolan going for the jugular of some of his fellow panelists on the cross was kinda funny.
    • 7am, he may not have had sufficient caffeine :)
  • Scality sounds like “Ceph, that actually works reliably” & they share a bunch of GTM channels w/ Cumulus, so I’ll probably be crossing paths. Looking forward to diving deeper when the time is right.

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Ansible, Cumulus, Dell & Nutanix: One big happy family :) – Part1

Wow; that’s a lot of vendors in one sentence…

This post is basically to describe the demo I put together for a Nutanix/Cumulus webinar and presented at SF Network Automation meetup last wednesday(2/25/15). It seemed to have a good reaction, and I had fun building and presenting it. So why not share it more broadly? :)

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Thoughts on Networking@Scale event

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The invite.

When I received an invite to the Networking@Scale (@netatscale on twitter) a couple of weeks ago, I remember my reaction well “Fk yeh, no way! Wow it’s cool to be right-here-right-now” (excuse the profanity). I must confess, as a techy from the middle-of-nowhere (Perth), it was hard to not be a bit star-struck… and the event did not disappoint. It happened to directly conflict w/ another cool event I was looking forward to; Network Field Day 9, which my employer (Cumulus Networks) were part of this time. That was a shame to miss, but luckily following the tweets from both events lead to much hilarity. I’ll probably watch the videos later too. Read the rest of this entry »

Routed vMotion: Why?

Recently, a customer  asked me, “What are the limitations around vMotion across an L3 Clos?”. That question prompted me to re-raise the issue via a discussion I had on Twitter. This post documents my thought process on why vMotion at the routing layer is a requirement in the modern data center. Read the rest of this entry »

ESXi, vCenter, vCloud Director, Zerto, AD….. all nested inside vCloud.

So this is basically another piece of craziness born out of necessity.

I needed to do some testing with the latest release of Zerto virtual replication suite. I didn’t want to do it in Prod (obviously!) and our existing physical lab environment is a bit-too-secure to be useful and has no ability to demo what I build in it to clients…. So, what’s a cloud architect to do….. run in the cloud of course! (OK, that’s a bit wank, but sarcasm doesn’t translate well in text…). Read the rest of this entry »

ObjectStore + vDAS = Win?

So this post start came about as a result of me fishing for some information from a fellow Engineer/Architect @ another cloud-provider, Kyle Bader (@mmgaggle). Basically, I’d seen a video about DreamObjects’ Ceph Implementation and picked up on a mention of using Coraid and was intrigued.

Kyle and I exchanged a few tweets and he questioned why I would use Coraid behind an ObjectStore platform…. so I thought I’d put my thoughts together and get some feedback. Read the rest of this entry »

Building a Multi-Tenant Veeam Replication Target

Intro

Ok, so it’s been a while, but I’ve been very busy building a few new products :) Honestly I don’t know how the other bloggers manage to get time to blog if they’re actually doing work as well, but I digress….

The task laid upon me was pretty simple in it’s definition:

“Provide one or more ways for a customers to replicate their on-premise VM’s to a cloud provider in a scalable and secure manner”

… simple, right? Not so much…. Read the rest of this entry »

New Home Lab: CniLab 1.0 (Part 1)

Well, since I’m moving on from my current workplace which has a fantastic lab environment, I thought it was probably about time to build myself a testlab at home. I’ve done a fair bit of research into what others have done, as well as looking at a variety of SMB sites. Ultimately, I want to create something that meets my own needs, not anyone elses though.

Why CniLab?
After seeing Simon Gallagher’s vTardis, I thought “damn that’s a cool name for a vm-lab”, not to mention a very nice setup in general, so being a complete geek; I set about thinking up a name for mine. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to move on…

Well after three years, I’ve decided its time to throw in the towel @ UWA. This environment has provided me with a fantastic learning platform and helped to accelerate my growth as an IT professional. I had the opportunity to work with some really talented people and hope that we keep in touch. I learned a lot, but it’s time to move on.

I have been offered and accepted a new position of Senior Virtualization Engineer @ ZettaServe. I will be working on developing the next generation hosting platform for their ZettaGrid project. I’m really excited to get started, if a little daunted by the challenge.

Moving from the ‘cruisy’ education sector to the commercial consulting world is sure to be a change, but I’m looking forward to it. :)

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