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Survivor’s Guilt

February 10, 2015 in Musings

John Goebel

Now that I’ve had two gastro tests with negative results, I feel safe in saying that I don’t have any serious gastrointestinal diseases or cancer. I feel some combination of relief but also a tad of survivor’s guilt. In addition to my brother, I’ve had other friends and family succumb to gastric and colon cancers over the years.

It all seems like such a crap shoot – some of us “win” the genetic lottery of cancer mutations, and some of us survive with decent health – for now, at least. It begs the question, why do some of us stay in good health where others have the incredible bad luck, through no fault of their own, of getting terminal illness. In these past few months since James was diagnosed with gastric cancer, I have often wondered what I have done to deserve my (thus far) decent state of health. The reality is that I’ve done nothing – I don’t regularly exercise and I don’t pay much attention to what or how much I eat. It all feels grossly unfair.

I’ll never forget when John Goebel told me he had been diagnosed with Colon cancer. It blew my mind. Here was this 38-year-old who was the epitome of good health: ate right, exercised, and looked great. He looked 10 years younger than his age. It seemed like such a cruel joke that he would be the one to leave behind his family while many of us with poor lifestyle habits have the luxury of seeing our children grow up.

Then again, I could be diagnosed tomorrow with some terminal illness or die in a horrible accident, rendering this post entirely moot. If the last 6 months have taught me anything, it’s that these things can change rather rapidly.

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Community Depot is Live – and in BETA

December 5, 2014 in Syndicated

We can now take the covers off of the ManageIQ Community Depot and show it to you live. Just understand it’s in beta and may (will) have some bugs. The Depot is where you can share, download and collaborate on extensions and other software built for ManageIQ.

If you want to contribute your code to the Depot, just follow the steps in the If you find any issues with the site, please report them on our GitHub tracker.

We will be adding a significant number of extensions and other software components that help to round out your ManageIQ deployments. Submit yours today – or collaborate on an existing project.

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December 2, 2014 in Syndicated

Here is the list of GEMs and their info that are included in the CLOUDFORMS 5.3.0 appliance. I thought it would be useful to post, I need this recently for some work I am doing. It was really easy as most things in CLOUDFORMS usually are I simply wrote some ruby to utilise an existing… Read Original Post

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RESTapi – A teach yourself lab

December 2, 2014 in Syndicated

Here is a lab I put together for a recent event, it was well received and I think it is very valuable to the ManageIQ and CloudForms user bases. In the lab you will GET and POST RESTapi actions. Its a basic look at some common use cases such as, Query a VM’s hardware inventory. Read the rest

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How to Contribute to the ManageIQ Depot

November 21, 2014 in Syndicated

The ManageIQ Depot will be where community members can collaborate, share and download extensions and other software developed for the ManageIQ hybrid cloud management platform. I made a quick video showing how to grab the latest depot code from GitHub, add your extension, and then test it locally before issuing a pull request to add it to the git repository.

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ManageIQ Community Welcomes Navteca and Synnefo

November 20, 2014 in Syndicated

It is our pleasure to announce that two new members have joined the ManageIQ Community: Synnefo and Navteca. Both of these partners attended the recent Design Summit, where they succombed to the enthusiasm and decided to join up with the rest of the community. This brings the total number of community members to 12: BBVA, Booz Allen Hamilton, Chef, Cirba, Cox Automotive, Cloudsoft,, ICE Systems, Red Hat, VMTurbo and now Navteca and Synnefo.

Navteca will help with marketing ManageIQ by proposing it to their clients and implementing it in current projects. They want to contribute on the development side starting with state machines and, eventually, with plug-ins and application code. Synnefo, a Forsythe Company, will promote best practices in hybrid cloud management, including standardized use cases, optimal deployment scenarios and reference architectures unburdened by IP claims or license encumberment.

The ManageIQ Community is all about member organizations coming together to create a large ecosystem for open hybrid cloud software. We’re very happy to have these two new companies on board – welcome! It is through your contributions that customers, partners, developers and service providers will be able to construct compelling solutions in the cloud.

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The Extensions Depot Needs You – Call for Participation

November 10, 2014 in Syndicated

We are happy to announce that we are moving forward with the ManageIQ Extensions Depot! The Extensions Depot is a place for the ManageIQ Community to share policies, dialogs, state machines and other items of interest to the greater community.

As we continue to work on the user interface for the Depot, we have begun pushing some of our extensions into the Depot’s GitHub repository. There, you’ll see instructions for how to format your extensions and how to generate a pull request to have it added to the repository.

This is an exciting project. As we move forward with the depot UI, we will share that soon and look for your feedback.

John Mark
Community Guy

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ManageIQ Design Summit Preview – Come Fleece with Us

October 3, 2014 in Syndicated

Next week is the first ever ManageIQ Design Summit, and the agenda looks great – a real opportunity to learn more about cloud management in general, and how we’re shapping the roadmap of ManageIQ in particular. Here are some of the highlights of what you’ll see:

Event Kick-off – October 7, 9am

Oleg Barenboim will discuss where we are, engineering-wise, and then Xavier Lecauchois, CloudForms product czar, and Jarid Cottrell, Booz Allen Hamilton architect, will talk about the state of cloud management and where ManageIQ fits.

Extend Track

There are two tracks in the design summit, extend and design. The extend track is all about how you can utilize ManageIQ, color outside the lines, and push it beyond the scope of what it does “out of the box”.

John Hardy and Brad Ascar give Tour de Force of ManageIQ

If you’ve ever been curious about how to do more with ManageIQ and automate All of the Things, the first day will be a wonderful experience for you. From utilizing state machines and navigating the ManageIQ object model to mastering the powerful policy engine and using ManageIQ as a RESTful backend platform, these talks are key to understanding how to tailor ManageIQ for your environment. For additional information on these topics, see their recent podcast.

Creating a Cloud Services Broker on ManageIQ – Booz Allen Hamilton

Jarid Cottrell and Nirmal Mehta, whom you may have met on the ManageIQ podcast, (notice a trend?) will give an overview of their cloud broker and how they built it on ManageIQ. Their project is a testament to the power and versatility of ManageIQ as a platform.

Extending ManageIQ’s IPAM Feature Set – Cox Automotive

JD Calder and Jason Cornell will discuss how they modified ManageIQ to fulfill their self-service requirements. And yes, JD also appeared on the podcast.


The design track will consist of developers plotting out the next release – and beyond. If you want to push the project into the future, or you just need to know, this track is for you.

Modularization Direction and Roadmap – Oleg and Jason Frey

As of now, ManageIQ is a single monolithic release, but that may not be the case in future releases. You can hear about some of this in Jason’s podcast.

Heat/CloudFormation Integration – Greg McCullough, Bill Wei

Orchestration is big – and essential to future development. This talk will focus on two of the main technologies for cloud automation and how to interface with them.

Plugin Provider Architecture – Greg Blomquist, Jason Frey

One important thing on the roadmap is the ability to more easily add in new service providers. At the moment, adding a new provider is manual and non-trivial.

Cloud Broker Integration Roadmap – Jarid and Nirmal

Jarid and Nirmal talk about how to integrate future versions of their cloud broker project with the ManageIQ object model and UI.

Upgrading to Ruby 2.x / Upgrading to Rails 4.x – Joe Rafaniello, Aaron Patterson

These are actually two separate sessions separated by lunch. ManageIQ is a Rails application, but it is built on outdated Ruby and Rails architectures. Time to figure out how to upgrade them. Aaron gave us a preview of what the work entails in his podcast.

Hacking Room

If you’re inspired to start a project as you’re surrounded by the talented folks in the community, we will supply a breakout room for you to do just that on Wednesday, October 8. Get some developers and enough caffeine to do the job and do something cool.

Be there!

These are just the highlights – there’s more where that came from. Take a look at the agenda and see what you can see. Enjoy the show!

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Podcast with JD Calder, Cox Automotive

October 3, 2014 in Syndicated

Cox Automotive (nee Autotrader Group) is a founding member of the ManageIQ Community. JD Calder talked about their contributions and what you can look forward to at the Design Summit.

Cox Automotive has been a long-time ManageIQ/CloudForms user and even hacker, modifying pieces to build an IPAM for their service catalog.

This will be the final design summit podcast! Register now, because this will be quite the show.

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Podcast 4 with Jarid and Nirmal from Booz Allen

October 2, 2014 in Syndicated

Jarid and Nirmal brought their late night act to the podcast, talking up their cloud broker software, open source in the cloud, and the role ManageIQ played in helping them tie it all together.

Booz Allen Hamilton is a founding member of the ManageIQ community, a co-sponsor of the design summit, and is doing some amazing things, integration-wise, with ManageIQ. Look for some great sessions from them next week discussing their upcoming open source release.