As I suspected, the Intel NUCs included in my "Rabbit" cloud hardware are proving much more useful than the Nvidia Jetson TK1s. I received both "Silvermont" NUC5 and "Goldmont" NUC6 machines in my surplus eBay cloud hardware, and both are good little machines, with some notable limitations. My NUC Census I purchased three "trays" of ex-rabb.it encoding hardware from … [Read more...] about Running Rabbits: More About My Cloud NUCs
We live in a world of cattle, not pets, and Kubernetes rules the roost. I've been meaning to spend some time getting up to speed on the latest but didn't have enough hardware to make that happen until now. I recently bought a whole pile of surplus hardware so I will be able to experiment with orchestration and container platforms in the office. Watch this space for more details … [Read more...] about Introducing Rabbit: I Bought a Cloud!
As I mentioned in my previous post about Raspberry Pi power monitoring, I recently built a VMware vSphere "datacenter" from three Intel NUC mini PC's. One limit of the NUC is that it has just one Ethernet port. But there's a Mini PCIe slot inside the fourth-generation NUC that can be used to add a second Ethernet NIC! Here's my story. A Bit About the Intel NUC … [Read more...] about Adding a Second Ethernet Port to an Intel NUC via Mini PCIe
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!)