Roxie inside a brick


Last VMUGIT meeting in Rome hosted, among others, Rubrik, with a session presented by Giampiero Petrosi. There I met for the first time Roxie (well, I didn’t tell my wife actually).

I’m already amazed by the whole product, after discovering this “feature” I fell in love definitively.

From the beginning. I like Rubrik for several reasons. It’s a game changer product, it’s simple to use, has a nice GUI (and for a backup solution that’s a scoop) and overall, it’s effective – a restore ready in few seconds should itself be enough.

All this told, let’s come back to Roxie.

We all know Cortana, Alexa, Siri…. do I forget anyone? But all of them aren’t focused, they give you general infos, lots of, but general. Roxie no, she’s focused and an awesome alternative to the traditional GUI. More, she’s not only informative, but she’s also operative.


Based on AWS Lambda, through REST APIs, she’s happy to inform us about state of cluster, space left, rate of data growth, quantity of data archived, and SLA. This is about info.

But the exciting part is the operative one: change policies, archiving in the cloud and… well, they’re APIs, they will rule the world! Correct Chris?

I’d like to introduce you a good friend of mine:

Openstack made easy: Platform9

Managing an infrastructure like OpenStack could be challenging but also complicate. This is one of the reason why it’s the base for a production environment, where a great human resources and specialists requirement is often a barrier.


However, usage of Openstack is widely desired mostly because of standardize on a open public API, and to avoid vendor lock-in.

A good soultion could be an effective SaaS sitting upon the infrastructure to make the whole system much more affordable.

Here is where Platform9 come in help.

I’ve been lucky to meet them during TFD13 in Austin, and attend a product presentation. I’ve seen by my eyes the time needed to take control of a KVM environment and presenting it in a very friendly way, so that the users, and especially administrators, don’t have to worry about that hard configuration.
Beside that, features like monitoring and management of updates are an interesting integration to have a complete solution. Multitenancy is another feature, HA is supported.


And it’s not finished here. It allows to manage an Openstack environment, mix it with others (VMware for example, and also AWS or other public clouds) but, most of all, with Kubernetes framework, either on prem and on public. Last one, Fission – a serverless framework built on Kubernetes, I still have to try it, but I had an awesome impression during TFD13. Serverless applications start spreading in the world…


Platform9 solution is hosted on AWS, and connects with customer’s premises via HTTPS (no VPN).
Actually, way of application’s building is very similar to AWS, it’s enough some dozens of code lines to automate and customize an application creation.

I spent some days applying it on my Ravello Systems‘ datacenter – I didn’t catch screenshots (shame on me!), so I will deploy it again in order to present it on my next post. But what I’ve just written comes from this experience, together with TFD13’s presentation.

You can find a mention of it also on Openstack site (

Furthermore they give you the opportunity, shouldn’t you have available a test environment (or, simply, time), to try it in their SandBox.

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