I have been a big fan and user of vmware ESXi for years, I started playing with it since circa 2008. The bare metal hypervisor and its easy to use GUI on Windows makes virtualization management extremely easy.
However in the past couple of years the free version of esxi has moved to HTML5 web management, and in the latest ESXi version the Windows client (vSphere client) requires you to pay for a license a run a central vcenter server/vm in order to manage via GUI (non-web).
In my last post I discussed Proxmox and SmartOS as possible alternatives to ditching vmware ESXi for my homelab.
Given the amount of information that is out there on the internet and that I spent quite a few hours trying to find other open source projects / cloud platforms that could be other alternatives, I thought why not make a post linking to all the platforms I have come across during my search, this way it will help someone else to simply click thru opening new tabs.
Posted in Cloud, Virtualization
Tagged cloudslang, cockpit, esxi, kontena, kubernetes, mirantis, panamax, portainer, proxmox, rancher, shipyard, smartos
I have finals this week, so I will update this post as I have more time. In the meantime, I am working to get vmware ESXi (free version of vmware Virtualization server hypervisor) onto a custom whitebox build to replace my aging Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 server that uses around 125 Watts while idle. Continue reading