If you’re like me, you have a lot of different systems running in different places: at work, at home, in the lab, and in the cloud. And if you’re like me you’ve often struggled to connect and access these machines, especially when you’re on the road. At long last, I have a fully functional solution that lets me access everything from everywhere, securely and efficiently, whether on the open internet or behind NAT after NAT. The solution is ZeroTier!
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.
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.
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!
NUT is a wonderful and extensible power management framework, and the Raspberry Pi is an awesome platform on which to run the UPS monitoring drivers and upsd server daemon. Even if you’re not running vSphere, a Pi running NUT makes sense for the connected servers found everywhere today.