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Experience with Docker Machine Driver for RackHD

Earlier this week we received an email from David Lloyd about his excitement around Docker Machine Driver for RackHD .  He wanted to let us know how much he was “enjoying mucking around with RackHD and Docker Machine” and that he was “looking forward to presenting to a packed Meetup later in the week.” So we kept our eye on the twitter feed to see how the Meetup went, and were pretty stoked when we read this:

“Blown away by @Davlloyd preso @SydneyDocker showing EMC RackHD. This is a new EMC I am seeing here!” – Anthony Shaw

With feedback like that, we had to reach out to David to get more details! Here’s what he had to say…

“As part of the Docker Birthday #3 Meetup events, here in Sydney, Australia, we at EMC were very happy to be one of the sponsors of the local event that ran on March 23rd. This was exciting to me as it gave us the opportunity to present some of the great work that is going on in EMC with Docker. We were lucky enough to have Matt Cowger and Jonas Rosland down-under last December for aDevOps week. They did a great job walking through a live demo and bringing us up to speed on work happening with EMC {code} to enable stateful apps with Docker and Mesos with the Mesos DVDI and REX-Ray projects. Since they presented at a local Docker Meetup , this presented a hard act to follow and meant those options were off the table. 

After tossing some ideas around, it was great to hear on the Friday before the event of the very first release of the new Docker Machine driver for RackHD by Clinton Kitson and Kendrick Coleman . RackHD is something that really excites me as it takes the ‘ Infrastructure as Code’ process down to the lowest physical level of infrastructure, marry that to Docker, and to me you have a match made in heaven. Being able to turn infrastructure tin (the things that produce heat) into a Docker Swarm Cluster in such a simple open way is extremely powerful. The perfect answer when looking to deploy controlled, repeatable, production class Docker nodes in the way the DevOps community demands and expects. This is making the ease of use of Docker Machine when creating sandbox environments on local and public cloud platforms, to include bare metal, fresh out of the box and just plugged into the network (with power of course). The other options were out, RackHD was an easy choice for the night!

Even days before the Meetup kicked off, the registration exceeded the 200 person capacity with 50 people on the waitlist eager to join. That night there were ~200 attendees! We had a great audience and when they were asked it seemed to be fairly evenly split between people that classed themselves as ‘Dev’ and those that were ‘Ops’ –  not your typical traditional EMC audience, but this is a new EMC and the EMC {code} community goes a long way to demonstrate this. I opted for a couple of slides to set the picture, and then jumped straight into a live demo showing from start to finish the provisioning of a Linux Node with RackHD all the way through to it being turned into a Docker Engine with Docker Machine and off the laptop with the vagrant test environment included in Git. While the machine build was under way, and as each phase was executed, it was easy to demonstrate the various feeds that enable the logic such as the Graphs, SKUs, Profiles and Templates. These are the bits, the ‘infrastructure as code’ that make this cool stuff happen and the audience definitely was engaged. The actual provisioning and Docker actions are pretty well hands off except for turning the machine on and a couple of CLI commands, so it gave a great chance to walk through the solution. To get an infrastructure-focused solution to resonate with an application-centric crowd just demonstrates how powerful RackHD is. It is always easy to show off something that is really cool and this firmly fits into the ‘cool’ category. 

The feedback and questions from the event were great and demonstrated that with communities like EMC {code} and the quality and vision of the projects being produced, we are very well placed for this new wave in IT. I have firmly enjoyed diving deep into this area and the accessibility of information, and the community in general viaGithub andSlack is absolutely awesome. I highly recommend anyone to get their geek on and get involved, a thoroughly rewarding experience.

Thanks again to the EMC {code} team for their great work!

Cheers,  David

Thank you David for taking the time to reach out and share your experience with us. We love seeing this kind of interaction with our projects. The excitement that is created in the community through projects like this, is the reason we are here and is the reason we love what we are doing.

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Experience with Docker Machine Driver for RackHD

David Lloyd sharing at the Sydney Docker Meetup

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