Archive for November, 2015

Photon Controller is here

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Blog, VMWare

Following VMworld Barcelona, the Cloud-Native Apps team announced at DockerCon EU that Photon Controller is now available as an open source project. The software makes it easy to deliver on demand to application VMware announced that it would be open sourcing the Photon Controller so they could engage directly with developers, customers and partners, and get some celebrative feedback.


This week they made good on that promise. If you are a developer interested in forking and building the code, go to the GitHub page.

The VMware Photon Platform is a new infrastructure stack optimized for cloud-native applications. It consists of Photon Machine and the Photon Controller.

The Photon Platform is just what you need to run your containers and Cloud-Native apps in a multi-tenant, highly scalable, greenfield environment. You can run Docker, Mesos, Cloud Foundry or Kubernetes in a secure environment.

Photon Platform consists of two main components:

Photon Machine Includes a new ESX Microvisor based on the proven core of VMware ESXi. With Photon Machine, you can deploy Docker containers on a VMware hypervisor that includes built-in, mature, and enterprise-ready capabilities.

Photon Controller Photon Controller is a multi-tenant, API-driven control plane optimized for scale, churn and high-availability. It manages access control between containers through project Lightwave.

NetApp Performance Monitoring with Graphite, and Grafana

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Blog, Storage

I have not had a chance to write many articles recently, mainly because I have been heavily involved in building a very large dual site Netapp clustered ONTAP FAS8080 deployment.

As part of the project we installed graphite to do some of the quantitative monitoring of the clusters. This helps to view performance and capacity information about our NetApp systems in the open source metric platform Graphite and Grafana.


Graphite is an open source enterprise-scale monitoring tool that does two things:

  • Store numeric time-series data
  • Render graphs or API responses of this data on demand

Graphite itself has no metrics collection engine but rather receives metrics sent to it. Graphite supports various techniques to scale up and out the three main components and is quite powerful. Metrics can be retained by Graphite for a configurable retention period and frequency. The Graphite webapp also supports dozens of functions that allow for easy manipulation of collected data into useful information.

Grafana is an open source feature rich metrics dashboard and graph editor for Graphite. It provides a powerful and elegant way to create and share your own dashboards. It supports a wide variety of graphing options forultimate flexibility.

Grafana supports authenticated login and a basic role based access control implementation. Grafana is deployed as a single software installation and includes a webserver and presentation logic and is written in Go and JavaScript.



Graphite is installed using a Virtual appliance. Here is a video demo of Graphite virtual appliance Install  



Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Blog, VMWare

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