HowTo: Platform9 + Ravello + VMware

Platform9 Connected to VMware on Ravello

RavelloSystems provides a cloud-based platform for spinning up a test-lab quickly and easily, and it supports VMware’s vSphere/ESXi hypervisor through nested hypervisors (running ESXi on a Google or AWS compute instance). Platform9 is a cloud-based automation and control platform for spinning up and managing an OpenStack environment quickly and easily, … Read More

Useful Vendor Swag

Inspired by a question from @jfrappier, here is a bunch of vendor swag I’ve received over the years that has actually proved useful. Hopefully this will help marketing at the various vendors to invest in useful swag and not pointless landfill. The biggest issue with swag is its marginal utility: … Read More

VFD4 Prep: Platform9

Platform9 bill themselves as “the simplest way for Enterprises to implement an OpenStack based, agile, self-service Private Cloud.” Ok. They’re offering a Software-as-a-Service OpenStack Controller. It looks like they have some fancy software that lives somewhere out there on the Internet, and talks to your infrastructure over HTTPS. You sign … Read More

Announcement: I’m Going to VFD4!

I get to go to another Tech Field Day event! Yay! <glee mode> Stephen, Tom, Claire and the crew have kindly invited me to attend Virtualization Field Day 4 in Austin, TX in January 2015. The invitations only just went out, so the details are still coming through about who … Read More