Announcing the Unexplored Territory Podcast!

Frank, Johan, and I have been working on this for a few months already, but today I can finally share that a brand new podcast series will be out soon. This bi-weekly podcast (released on Monday) is titled “Unexplored Territory“. We will be discussing topics such as public cloud, virtualization, … [Read more...]

VM Service – Help Developers by Aligning Their Kubernetes Nodes to the Physical Infrastructure

The vSphere 7.0 U2a update released on April 27th introduces the new VM service and VM operator. Hidden away in what seems to be a trivial update is a collection of all-new functionalities. Myles Gray has written an extensive article about the new features. I want to highlight the zoom into the administrative controls … [Read more...]

Empowering development teams to make the most of Kubernetes’ potential

Kubernetes infrastructure is democratizing and commoditizing container platforms for software developers, serving as the core for modern, cloud-native applications. Its standard APIs and the standardized container image format it uses to ensure that Kubernetes is Kubernetes, regardless of the underlying infrastructure … [Read more...]

NLVMUG speaking engagement: Getting started with K8S on vSphere

Today I presented at the Virtual NLVMUG UserCon 2020. The topic of my presentation was “Getting started with K8S on vSphere in 3..2..1” (Aan de slag met Kubernetes op vSphere in 3..2..1). Goal of this presentation was to get the audience up to speed in deploying & configuring vSphere with Tanzu. vSphere … [Read more...]

Why the PX-Backup container-native approach is crucial for data protection

Containers are very different than virtual machines. The more prescriptive way containers store data forces admins and developers to put more thought into which data goes where. It also means traditional data protection makes little sense for backing up container-based applications. Solutions like PortWorx PX-Backup … [Read more...]

How Kubernetes is changing the divide between Dev and Ops

Kubernetes is changing the divide between operations and development. Where traditionally, provisioning and managing infrastructure was a task exclusive to IT Operations, Kubernetes is shifting infrastructure towards developers. Even though public cloud, Kubernetes, and infrastructure-as-code tooling put infrastructure … [Read more...]

A first look at Tanzu Basic (part 2): network setup and HA Proxy

In part 1 of these series I introduced the Tanzu Basic (vSphere with Kubernetes) offering. In part 2 we will create a setup to deploy Tanzu Basic leveraging the vCenter Server Network option. Before we get started, it’s required to setup the VLANs/portgroups you want to use for Tanzu Basic. There’s a … [Read more...]

A first look at Tanzu Basic (part 1): introduction

Previously I published several articles on “vSphere with Kubernetes”, VMware’s solution to run and manage containers/pods and Kubernetes clusters directly on vSphere. One requirement was that you need VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) to leverage vSphere with Kubernetes. With the release of the new Tanzu … [Read more...]

Otomi avoids Technical Debt for Kubernetes platforms

Getting started with Kubernetes is a daunting endeavor, but a necessary one. For most organizations, it’s about digital transformation in the marketplace, where digital products and services are becoming the norm. That means getting and maintaining an edge is highly dependent on your ability to deliver more features … [Read more...]

How to connect vROps to TKG running in vSphere with Kubernetes

With the vRealize Operations Management Pack for Container Monitoring you get a wealth on information to monitor what’s happening inside your Kubernetes clusters. You can use the management pack to monitor your Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) clusters, including TKG Service clusters – that are TKG clusters that … [Read more...]