As many folks following me on Twitter have noted, I've been building quite a nice vSphere "datacenter" lately. Part of this build was integrating UPS monitoring and automatic shutdown, and I'm pleased with the result. I'm using a Raspberry Pi connected to two UPSes via USB as a NUT server and have installed a native ESX version of upsmon to monitor and react as UPS events … [Read more...] about Automated UPS Monitoring for vSphere with NUT and Raspberry Pi (Cheap!)
This is not a link blog, but I just had to highlight this blatant fraudulent activity at Amazon reported by my friend Lee Badman. A quick glance shows that the same thing is widespread - too-good prices on items offered off-Amazon with payment through gift cards. It's a straight-up scam, and I wonder how many people have been hurt by it and why Amazon hasn't done anything to … [Read more...] about Blatant Fraud At Amazon: Do Something About It!
I have a lot of storage. No surprise, given my background, but all those storage devices sure can heat things up, especially when you keep them in a closed cabinet like I do! That's why I'm pleased by the new fan setup I just installed and thought I would share it with you. The Problem With Heat Computers need protection from overheating, especially mechanical bits like … [Read more...] about Having Trouble Keeping Your Cool? You Need Some AC Infinity Fans!
Once Upon A Time... Once upon a time, a happy little storage protocol was born. She was loved by her father, Microsoft, and he asked her to work throughout their small kingdom, delivering packages from the castle to clients all around. Sometimes she would be given other odd jobs, like authenticating a visitor, but mostly she delivered files in the kingdom of LAN. Then one … [Read more...] about A Fairy Tale of Two Storage Protocols
Lots of folks conflate cloud computing and virtualization, but these are not necessarily intrinsically related. Although most cloud servers today use a hypervisor like KVM or Xen to share compute hardware, there's no reason it has to be this way. My takeaway from Gigaom Structure this week is that an alternative paradigm is emerging: Cloud without traditional … [Read more...] about Cloud Without Virtualization