Month: July 2014

John Willis at Triangle DevOps, Hosted by Bronto

My latest contribution to the Bronto Engineering Blog is about a talk that John Willis delivered to Triangle DevOps on Software Defined Networking.

Engineering @ Bronto

Here at Bronto, we’re very proud to support the local community in many ways. One of the facets of that spirit of community support is in hosting a number of meetup groups. One of the meetup groups that we’ve been hosting for over a year now is Triangle DevOps. We love this group so much that two members of our engineering team, Doug Hairfield and myself, actively help to keep the group running smoothly along with Mark Mzyk of Chef, Mark Imbriaco of Digital Ocean, and Nathan Walls of WebAssign. We often host the group’s meetings in our Thunderdome, which has a maximum capacity of 200 people.

Back in May, before this Engineering Blog was live, we were very proud to host John Willis who is the VP of Customer Enablement at Stateless Networks. John is an early adopter of DevOps, and has…

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Homelab Update

I’ve not been a generous blogger, and for that I apologize.

The homelab is still a work in progress. The Dell cabinet is in place, I’ve got all of one server for it (for now) which is racked up and running. There’s another server being built out now for it, which I’ll also break down for you.

The first server that is up and running is an HP Proliant DL160 G6. It’s got two Intel Xeon X5650 hex core processors running at 2.67GHz, 72GB of RAM, and a couple of small boot disks that came with it (which I’ve mirrored). I’ve also installed four 1TB SAS disks in a RAID 10 array for /var/lib/libvirt to be mounted. The whole point of this machine is to host virtual machines, and the point of many of the virtual machines will be for hosting Docker containers. This is not a toy; this is a tool by which I continue to learn and hone my craft.

The next server that is being staged is a Dell PowerEdge 1950 III, with dual E5410 quad core Xeons running at 2.33GHz, only 8GB of RAM, and (for the moment) a single 73GB disk. Another disk of identical specs will be added for RAID purposes. This machine is a utility server, meant to provide basic services to the virtual machines and containers. It will be responsible for dhcp, dns, ntp, Foreman, Puppet, etc.

There’s quite a lot going in here, which I’m sure will be fodder for future posts. I’ll also be writing for the new Bronto Engineering Blog about cool things we’re doing at work.