A new book from the crew behind the IT Architect series of books has finally been released: IT Architect Series: Stories From the Field, Vol. 1. I have been fortunate enough to be able to contribute one of the chapters in this book, alongside quite an all star list of a total of thirty five contributers. I have also contributed as an editor for quite a few of the stories. In my opininion, this is another must have book for all aspiring and existing IT infrastructure architects and fits in really well with the existing books in the IT Architect Series.

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Today saw a bunch of announcements from VMware, including vSphere 7.0 Update 1, vSAN 7.0 Update 1, VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 and I thought it might be useful to post a list of some of the resources that has been published.

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VMware vSphere 7 Update 1 With Tanzu enables administrators to run Kubernetes clusters in vSphere, without any other requirements!
Not only has VMware with this move adressed the VMware Cloud Foundation requirement for getting started with running modern applications on vSphere, but since there is no requirement for NSX or even vSAN for this to work the entry level point has been dramatically lowered. It’s basically Kubernetes infrastructure on vSphere, with your choice of networking, storage and load balancing solutions!

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3654 days — 120 months — 10 years — 2010 to 2020 — A decade — That is a long time.

A lot has changed in these 10 years, and looking back at my first post on this site makes that very evident — the name even changed, pre launch! The original name was vmaware and I even had the domain registered and configured, but before I made the site live I found out someone else was already using that, but under a different tld. Luckily I caught it, rookie mistake on my part — I know, before I launched the site and changed it to vNinja instead.

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The macOS Menu Bar tends to get cluttered over time, as applications really like to put an icon up there. I’m aware that you can remove most of them by dragging the icon away from the meenu bar, while holding down command (⌘) but, some times the icon is useful when you need it. It just doesn’t have to be in your face all the time.

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I use my Ubiquiti USG for Remote User VPN Using L2TP, but L2TP does not provide routing information to the client, so I needed a way to automatically create routes when the VPN connection fires. Thankfully, this is pretty easy in macOS (and Linux). The /etc/ppp/ip-up file triggers every time a PPP (L2TP is based on PPP) connection is made, thus making it easy to trigger a route command when a connection is made.

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VMware has updated the requirements for running Kubernetes workloads on VMware Cloud Foundation, and I’m happy to see that the requirements has been scaled down quite a bit. The news is that it is now supported to enable the Kubernetes Supervisor Control Plane on the management Workload Domain, letting go of the hard requirement of running it in a seperate Workload Domain.

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The dust has settled a bit after the big VMware vSphere 7 release, and vSphere 7 with Kubernetes, and there is now some really good resources available for those looking into the details about the various Kubernetes and Tanzu parts of it.

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All in all, Cloud Foundation 4.0 seems to be a solid version upgrade, with a lot of promise. The tight integration between Cloud Foundation and vSphere with Kubernetes, coupled with the other managementment tools already available from VMware should prove to be a solid foundation (pun intended) for anyone looking to provide both traditional virtualization and container workloads in their on-premises datacenters going forward. The problem, in my not so humble opinion, with this is that vSphere with Kubernetes is (for now?) only available through Cloud Foundation 4.0. That is a very limiting form factor for delivery, and something that might just slow the adoption rate for it considerably.

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During todays Online Launch Event App Modernization in a Multi-Cloud World VMware announced the next generation of VMware Cloud Foundation; version 4.0. This release includes support for the new versions of vSphere and vSAN as well as updates to the vRealize Suite and NSX.

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Christian Mohn works as a Chief Technologist SDDC for Proact in Norway.

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