What is Nanosphere?
What can Nanosphere do?
- Network auto-configuration
- Automatic network configuration without ever typing an IP address
- Web Management Interface
- Provision, Delete, Power On/Off Virtual Machines with pure HTML5 interface
- Console access without special apps or plugins
- WSX remote console running on ESXi
- Dead-simple installation
- Just install a tiny VIB onto any ESXi host and you’re good to go. The VIB can also be integrated into a vanilla ESXi ISO image
- The physical host has ESXi and Nanosphere installed.
- You "unbox" it (take it home from Staples) and plug it in on your home LAN, headless.
- It gets DHCP but you have no idea what the address is because it's headless.
- Nanosphere "phones home" to a broker running at nanosphere.cloudfoundry.com (custom application written on Cloudfoundry) to report its local LAN address (e.g. '192.168.0.4') and its UUID. The broker also records the WAN address.
- You use a plain browser on any device on the same LAN - we used an iPad - to connect to the same broker. It matches the WAN addresses and redirects the browser to the Nanosphere’s LAN address.
What's next for Nanosphere?
As mentioned earlier, nanosphere is still a proof-of-concept but the VMware engineers have some interesting ideas on where it could go and would love to get your feedback if the following use cases interests you.
- Early adopters and hobbyists playing with ESXi for fun
- VARs delivering Nanosphere-based servers in selected vertical markets
- Nanosphere-based appliances delivering NAS and media streaming
- Nanosphere-based servers for developing markets and nonprofit organizations
- Hybrid public/Nanosphere clouds with bidirectional app portability
- OEMs delivering Nanosphere-based servers through a retail channel
- Value-added services like cloud backup and remote admin (including VMware GO)