Mai 292015
 
A couple of years ago, VMware made the decision to focus our vCloud Director development efforts on public cloud use cases and prioritize vRealize Automation (previously vCloud Automation Center) for private cloud use cases. As a result of this shift, we are using and leveraging vCloud Director to provide the compute service in vCloud Air, […]]> A couple of years ago, VMware made the decision to focus our vCloud Director development efforts on public cloud use cases and prioritize vRealize Automation (previously vCloud Automation Center) for private cloud use cases. As a result of this shift, we are using and leveraging vCloud Director to provide the compute service in vCloud Air, and our service provider partners in the vCloud Air Network are using the product to stand up compatible VMware-based public clouds. A side effect of this strategy is that vCloud Director is no longer available (since version 5.6) to our traditional customers buying perpetual licenses.

Ironically, not only is vCloud Director alive and prospering, but we are hearing many enterprise customers want to continue to use it to cover specific use cases around test/dev and lab management.

While we invite customers to continue to provide and voice their feedback to us to better understand their actual needs, vCloud Air provides lots of value to customers looking to support these use cases.

The idea is that if you like how vCloud Director works, what it delivers, and how it provides logically isolated pools of resources, you can keep the same experience by subscribing to vCloud Air. By leveraging “vCD-as-a-Service” with vCloud Air, you can avoid having the "low levelplumbing" in your on-premises private cloud, while keeping the focus on your own workloads.In other words, it is possible (and sometimes convenient) to move a lab environment to vCloud Air and gain the benefits of an Opex cost model versus a Capex model.

Provided this solution isn't a direct replacement for customers that have vCD on-premises and would like to keep it, we believe that the nature of the use cases fits perfectly within the characteristics of a public cloud delivery model.

At a very high level, this diagram shows how cloud resources are consumed in vCloud Air, while the role of admins managing the cloud and consumers using the resources remain the same:

Here are some reasons why this may be appealing:

  • The user experience in vCloud Air, from an end-user’s perspective (think Org Admin role), is going to be largely similar if not identical compared to what they had on-premises. The user will have access to the vCloud Director portal.
  • We have recently introduced features in vCloud Director that are only exposed via APIs. This may be a problem for customers that would like to use those features but don't want to build a UI. The vCloud Air UI covers some of this out-of-the-box without any additional customer investment.
  • There is (almost) complete compatibility of APIs. If your internal users (think Org Admin role) wrote a tool to automate the resources in their Orgs, it will likely work completely un-modified against vCloud Air. There are some small caveats that apply, primarily because vCloud Air is actually ahead of delivery of new features into vCloud Director.
  • The migration of templates and vApps from on-premises to vCloud Air is highly simplified since we are using the very same stack and format in both endpoints.
  • Enterprise customers can get out of the business of curating the lifecycle of an on-premises setup. While this isn't a problem unique to VMware, managing a private cloud is known to be a fairly time consuming task. By consuming vCloud Director online, the customer will no longer need to waste time on infrastructure upgrades and similar projects.
  • As a result of the above, people can focus on more meaningful tasks than (e.g.) checking compatibility matrixes to find out which version of product A works with which version of product B. We have teams of engineers working on this to deliver vCloud Air services (with uptime SLAs).
  • Similarly, this model is very much inline with the new role of IT being a broker of resources. The team currently in charge with managing the environment (think Cloud Admin role) can focus on what matters the most and how to best serve their "internal users" providing added value services instead of spending time fixing the infrastructure.
  • Security remains a top concern with public cloud computing. Placing your test/dev and lab environments in vCloud Air is a great way to begin your hybrid cloud journey without exposing your department to too much risk. As your comfort and exposure to public clouds increases, you will be able to make decisions about production workloads next.
  • We have proven this hosted model for lab environments to work very well in the past 7-8 years. Hands-On Labs anyone? Customers can also instantiate nested environments in vCloud Air.
  • In a vCloud Director-as-a-Service scenario, a customer has the option of choosing between a subscription model or a PAYGO (aka OnDemand) model depending on the commercial approach that best fits their consumption patterns. This provides a great deal of flexibility (particularly compared to a standard very rigid CAPEX model). This concept is particularly intriguing for test/dev and lab management scenarios where the consumption pattern may vary substantially over the course of the day, week, month, quarter and/or year.

What we have covered so far are the "pros" for making the move. There are clearly some caveats that need to be taken into account. Some of them are listed here:

  • Customers that have created vCloud Director extensions won't be able to bring them to vCloud Air.
  • If your company considers your data/workloads unsuitable for public clouds, a true on-premises private cloud is the only solution.
  • Some typical cloud admin knobs are intentionally unavailable in vCloud Air. For example, customers won't be able to configure the service to use Linked Clones.

There may be obviously other reasons but, for the large part, we think that a lot of vCloud Director customers could find this solution appealing and fitting.

Last but not least, to make it even more appealing, most of what we have discussed above applies to our hundreds of vCloud Air Network partners too.

I think this is exciting. What do you think?

For more information about vCloud Air OnDemand, visitvcloud.vmware.com,and keep an eye on the blogfor upcoming tips and best practices for using vCloud Air.

Be sure to follow our social channels at@vCloudandFacebook.com/vmwarevcloudfor the latest updates.

Mai 292015
 
A couple of years ago, VMware made the decision to focus our vCloud Director development efforts on public cloud use cases and prioritize vRealize Automation (previously vCloud Automation Center) for private cloud use cases. As a result of this shift, we are using and leveraging vCloud Director to provide the compute service in vCloud Air, […]]> A couple of years ago, VMware made the decision to focus our vCloud Director development efforts on public cloud use cases and prioritize vRealize Automation (previously vCloud Automation Center) for private cloud use cases. As a result of this shift, we are using and leveraging vCloud Director to provide the compute service in vCloud Air, and our service provider partners in the vCloud Air Network are using the product to stand up compatible VMware-based public clouds. A side effect of this strategy is that vCloud Director is no longer available (since version 5.6) to our traditional customers buying perpetual licenses.

Ironically, not only is vCloud Director alive and prospering, but we are hearing many enterprise customers want to continue to use it to cover specific use cases around test/dev and lab management.

While we invite customers to continue to provide and voice their feedback to us to better understand their actual needs, vCloud Air provides lots of value to customers looking to support these use cases.

The idea is that if you like how vCloud Director works, what it delivers, and how it provides logically isolated pools of resources, you can keep the same experience by subscribing to vCloud Air. By leveraging “vCD-as-a-Service” with vCloud Air, you can avoid having the "low levelplumbing" in your on-premises private cloud, while keeping the focus on your own workloads.In other words, it is possible (and sometimes convenient) to move a lab environment to vCloud Air and gain the benefits of an Opex cost model versus a Capex model.

Provided this solution isn't a direct replacement for customers that have vCD on-premises and would like to keep it, we believe that the nature of the use cases fits perfectly within the characteristics of a public cloud delivery model.

At a very high level, this diagram shows how cloud resources are consumed in vCloud Air, while the role of admins managing the cloud and consumers using the resources remain the same:

Here are some reasons why this may be appealing:

  • The user experience in vCloud Air, from an end-user’s perspective (think Org Admin role), is going to be largely similar if not identical compared to what they had on-premises. The user will have access to the vCloud Director portal.
  • We have recently introduced features in vCloud Director that are only exposed via APIs. This may be a problem for customers that would like to use those features but don't want to build a UI. The vCloud Air UI covers some of this out-of-the-box without any additional customer investment.
  • There is (almost) complete compatibility of APIs. If your internal users (think Org Admin role) wrote a tool to automate the resources in their Orgs, it will likely work completely un-modified against vCloud Air. There are some small caveats that apply, primarily because vCloud Air is actually ahead of delivery of new features into vCloud Director.
  • The migration of templates and vApps from on-premises to vCloud Air is highly simplified since we are using the very same stack and format in both endpoints.
  • Enterprise customers can get out of the business of curating the lifecycle of an on-premises setup. While this isn't a problem unique to VMware, managing a private cloud is known to be a fairly time consuming task. By consuming vCloud Director online, the customer will no longer need to waste time on infrastructure upgrades and similar projects.
  • As a result of the above, people can focus on more meaningful tasks than (e.g.) checking compatibility matrixes to find out which version of product A works with which version of product B. We have teams of engineers working on this to deliver vCloud Air services (with uptime SLAs).
  • Similarly, this model is very much inline with the new role of IT being a broker of resources. The team currently in charge with managing the environment (think Cloud Admin role) can focus on what matters the most and how to best serve their "internal users" providing added value services instead of spending time fixing the infrastructure.
  • Security remains a top concern with public cloud computing. Placing your test/dev and lab environments in vCloud Air is a great way to begin your hybrid cloud journey without exposing your department to too much risk. As your comfort and exposure to public clouds increases, you will be able to make decisions about production workloads next.
  • We have proven this hosted model for lab environments to work very well in the past 7-8 years. Hands-On Labs anyone? Customers can also instantiate nested environments in vCloud Air.
  • In a vCloud Director-as-a-Service scenario, a customer has the option of choosing between a subscription model or a PAYGO (aka OnDemand) model depending on the commercial approach that best fits their consumption patterns. This provides a great deal of flexibility (particularly compared to a standard very rigid CAPEX model). This concept is particularly intriguing for test/dev and lab management scenarios where the consumption pattern may vary substantially over the course of the day, week, month, quarter and/or year.

What we have covered so far are the "pros" for making the move. There are clearly some caveats that need to be taken into account. Some of them are listed here:

  • Customers that have created vCloud Director extensions won't be able to bring them to vCloud Air.
  • If your company considers your data/workloads unsuitable for public clouds, a true on-premises private cloud is the only solution.
  • Some typical cloud admin knobs are intentionally unavailable in vCloud Air. For example, customers won't be able to configure the service to use Linked Clones.

There may be obviously other reasons but, for the large part, we think that a lot of vCloud Director customers could find this solution appealing and fitting.

Last but not least, to make it even more appealing, most of what we have discussed above applies to our hundreds of vCloud Air Network partners too.

I think this is exciting. What do you think?

For more information about vCloud Air OnDemand, visitvcloud.vmware.com,and keep an eye on the blogfor upcoming tips and best practices for using vCloud Air.

Be sure to follow our social channels at@vCloudandFacebook.com/vmwarevcloudfor the latest updates.

Mai 292015
 

Du 3 au 4 juin 2015 se tiendra le salon Data Cloud Europe 2015 dau Cloud et aux Datacenters, destinée aux utilisateurs finaux et aux leaders d’entreprise.

Joe Baguley, Chief Technology Officer, EMEA chez VMware animera une session mercredi 3 juin à 11h15 sur le thème: ‘comment une approche d’infrastructure hyper-convergée peut être une plus-value essentielle pour l’informatique’.

L’informatique doit apporter une valeur ajoutée à l’entreprise. Mais la question pour les organisations informatiques est de savoir où, quand et comment elles peuvent créer une réelle valeur. Il est temps de radicalement simplifier la façon dont sont délivrées et gérées les infrastructures informatiques grâce à l’approche qu’offre l’infrastructure hyper-convergée. Permettant de rationaliser la montée en charge et de simplifier les serveurs, le stockage, la sécurité et le réseau, l’infrastructure hyper-convergée peut délivrer une réelle valeur ajoutée et tout particulièrement dans des environnements cloud. Joe Baguley développera en détails cette approche lors de cette session.

Plus d’infos sur Data Cloud Europe 2015: http://www.datacloudcongress.com/programme#june3-cloud-morning

Data Cloud Europe 2015

Mercredi 3 juin à 11h15

Au Grimaldi Forum à Monaco

Mai 292015
 

Du 3 au 4 juin 2015 se tiendra le salon Data Cloud Europe 2015 dau Cloud et aux Datacenters, destinée aux utilisateurs finaux et aux leaders d’entreprise.

Joe Baguley, Chief Technology Officer, EMEA chez VMware animera une session mercredi 3 juin à 11h15 sur le thème: ‘comment une approche d’infrastructure hyper-convergée peut être une plus-value essentielle pour l’informatique’.

L’informatique doit apporter une valeur ajoutée à l’entreprise. Mais la question pour les organisations informatiques est de savoir où, quand et comment elles peuvent créer une réelle valeur. Il est temps de radicalement simplifier la façon dont sont délivrées et gérées les infrastructures informatiques grâce à l’approche qu’offre l’infrastructure hyper-convergée. Permettant de rationaliser la montée en charge et de simplifier les serveurs, le stockage, la sécurité et le réseau, l’infrastructure hyper-convergée peut délivrer une réelle valeur ajoutée et tout particulièrement dans des environnements cloud. Joe Baguley développera en détails cette approche lors de cette session.

Plus d’infos sur Data Cloud Europe 2015: http://www.datacloudcongress.com/programme#june3-cloud-morning

Data Cloud Europe 2015

Mercredi 3 juin à 11h15

Au Grimaldi Forum à Monaco

Mai 292015
 
On June 16, VMware will be bringing together enterprise technology leaders for a virtual Business Mobility event. During the session, CEO Pat Gelsinger and EUC EVP and General Manager Sanjay Poonen will highlight mobility’s impact on the enterprise and share how VMware is poised to help enterprises prepare for the mobile business era. The virtual […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/05/join-vmware-online-business-mobility-event/feed/ 0 Scania deploys enterprise mobility to optimize customer experience http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/05/scania-deploys-enterprise-mobility-optimize-customer-experience/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/05/scania-deploys-enterprise-mobility-optimize-customer-experience/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 17:31:22 +0000
Mai 292015
 
On June 16, VMware will be bringing together enterprise technology leaders for a virtual Business Mobility event. During the session, CEO Pat Gelsinger and EUC EVP and General Manager Sanjay Poonen will highlight mobility’s impact on the enterprise and share how VMware is poised to help enterprises prepare for the mobile business era. The virtual […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/05/join-vmware-online-business-mobility-event/feed/ 0 Scania deploys enterprise mobility to optimize customer experience http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/05/scania-deploys-enterprise-mobility-optimize-customer-experience/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/05/scania-deploys-enterprise-mobility-optimize-customer-experience/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 17:31:22 +0000
Mai 292015
 
From the earliest versions of vCenter Operations to the current vRealize Operations incarnation, we have been offering a multitude of capabilities to help IT administrators effectively manage, troubleshoot and simplify their infrastructure. One of the most powerful of these capabilities is the ‘Analysis Badge.’ Analysis Badges can be used to provide ‘at-a-glance’ views in numerous […]]> http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/05/managing-netapp-storage-vrealize-operations-analysis-badge-3rd-party-extensions.html/feed 0 Optimizing PowerShell workflows in vRealize Orchestrator http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/05/optimizing-powershell-workflows-vrealize-orchestrator.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=optimizing-powershell-workflows-vrealize-orchestrator http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/05/optimizing-powershell-workflows-vrealize-orchestrator.html#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 10:00:18 +0000
Mai 292015
 
From the earliest versions of vCenter Operations to the current vRealize Operations incarnation, we have been offering a multitude of capabilities to help IT administrators effectively manage, troubleshoot and simplify their infrastructure. One of the most powerful of these capabilities is the ‘Analysis Badge.’ Analysis Badges can be used to provide ‘at-a-glance’ views in numerous […]]> http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/05/managing-netapp-storage-vrealize-operations-analysis-badge-3rd-party-extensions.html/feed 0 Optimizing PowerShell workflows in vRealize Orchestrator http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/05/optimizing-powershell-workflows-vrealize-orchestrator.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=optimizing-powershell-workflows-vrealize-orchestrator http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/05/optimizing-powershell-workflows-vrealize-orchestrator.html#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 10:00:18 +0000
Mai 282015
 

こんにちは。マーケティングを担当している坂本です。本日はvSphere をお使いの方向けの資料2種、「お客様の管理画面を公開!事例に学ぶ仮想化導入成功ノウハウ」Ebookと「vSphere を管理する10の技術ポイント」という2つの資料をご紹介します。是非ダウンロードして御覧ください。

Ebookは vSphere with Operations Management を使い、自社の仮想化環境の運用を効率化された方のお話を元に作成いたしました。

  • IT 部門の課題とそれを解決した VMware ソリューション
  • Q&A 形式でご紹介するお客様の声
  • 管理ダッシュボードのカスタマイズ例

という3つのステップでそれぞれの特長を紹介しており、vSphereを管理されている方には参考になると思います。 (ダウンロードはこちら)

また、 「vSphere を管理する10の技術ポイント」では、潜在的な課題を事前に検知して問題解決を効率化する10のポイントを、
  • 健全性監視とパフォーマンス分析
  • キャパシティの管理と最適化
  • 直感的に操作可能な運用ダッシュボードと根本原因の分析

という3つの軸に注目して紹介しております。是非御覧ください。(ダウンロードはこちら)

これらの資料は米国VMware 作成の資料の翻訳版です。翻訳のご要望はこのブログのコメントやTwitterhttps://twitter.com/VMware_Japanへのメンションでお受付しております。 ご要望もお寄せください。
Mai 282015
 

We know there are unique challenges when it comes to implementing enterprise IT at a small or mid-size business (SMB) — that’s why we’ve pulled together posts from the VMware blogosphere that we think might be useful to you: get tips and how-tos on VMware solutions, along with additional resources from an SMB perspective.

Evolution of IT

IT has rapidly evolved over the past 15 years—costs have dropped, speed has increased and virtualization has soared. See how cloud computing has changed the game in this eBook sponsored by VMware.

Location-Based Printing

With Horizon 6, IT organizations can map desktops to the nearest printer—meaning no matter where you are, you can print to whatever printer is closest. Learn how to set it up, plus find handy reference guides with more information.

Upgrading Your Virtual Environment?

Ready for a new release? We’ll help you make a smooth transition, whether you’re doing a fresh install or upgrading your existing environment. Discover the pros and cons of each—and why a mixed approach may be best—in this post.

Like what you see? We’ll be rounding up the top SMB posts each month, so come back often to discover new tips, solutions, and reference guides for VMware products from a small and mid-size business point-of-view.

Mai 282015
 
In August 2014, VMware rebranded and expanded the VMware Service Provider Program to the VMware® vCloud Air™ Network. Although the name changed, our approach remains the same – since 2008, we have worked closely with service provider partners to deliver public and hybrid cloud services to a diverse customer base on a global basis. Through […]]> http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2015/05/vcloud-air-network-global-hybrid-cloud.html/feed 0 VMware and VMUG Announce New Virtual SAN Evaluation Program http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2015/05/vmware-vmug-announce-new-virtual-san-evaluation-program.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vmware-vmug-announce-new-virtual-san-evaluation-program http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2015/05/vmware-vmug-announce-new-virtual-san-evaluation-program.html#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 16:00:11 +0000
Mai 282015
 
By: Ivan Talley, Systems Engineer at VMware What’s the difference between an “enterprise” product and an “SMB” product? Answer: there really is no such difference – it’s about the right solution for the right application. Case in point, let’s talk about EVO. EVO you say? Isn’t that used by huge corporations who are laying out […]]> By: Ivan Talley, Systems Engineer at VMware

What’s the difference between an “enterprise” product and an “SMB” product? Answer: there really is no such difference – it’s about the right solution for the right application. Case in point, let’s talk about EVO. EVO you say? Isn’t that used by huge corporations who are laying out new data centers from scratch? Not always…

I have one customer that deals with ocean going vessels who only gets to board typically once a year. His primary concern is not cost, it’s physical size and heat production. The conversation originally started with VSAN but he expressed tremendous interest in EVO when exposed to it since he needs redundancy due to limited access, as well as robustness, since they’re hoping to deploy VDI into the same environment in the future.

I have another customer in nation mill producing flour that is splitting off from their previous parent company and needs significant infrastructure across 44 locations, since they’re essentially having to build everything from scratch under significant time constraints. And I have a third customer who’s considering EVO for a newly acquired second site with limited or no IT support, who needs something rapidly deployable and easily manageable since it may also become their DR site. So as you can see, EVO could be relevant to your business regardless of its size.

I was recently asked by a customer if they could purchase EVO Rail Appliances from multiple vendors for use within the same datacenter. An interesting question.

If you’re not familiar with the EVO Rail it is, at a high level, a single 2U appliance containing 4 ESXi hosts, a Virtual SAN (VSAN) storage array, the vCenter Server, Enterprise Plus VMware software, and 3 years of support on the hardware and software. This allows a rapid deployment of a Software Defined Data Center ready for virtual machines in as little 8 minutes after connection and power on.

Since the EVO Rail is an appliance, and not customizable, customers are interested in what the growth path is for this solution. Currently the growth path is to add additional EVO Rail appliances into a single stack. This allows you to have a 16 node High Availability (HA) vSphere cluster with a large single VSAN datastore managed by a single vCenter server.

Now to the customer’s question. You can purchase for example two devices from two different Qualified EVO Partners (QEPs) and they can coexist within the same environment. However, these will necessarily be two individual 4 host clusters each with their own vCenter Server. To truly integrate or stack the EVO Rail appliance would require that you stick with a single vendor.

So remember, don’t always confine yourself to thinking about your company size and what products that are supposed to be best for your ’type’ of customer. Instead, really look at what your business needs, and look up and down our entire portfolio. You may be pleasantly surprised.

For more information, visit the EVO product page or try EVO:RAIL for yourself as part of VMware’s Hands-on Labs.

Follow VMware SMB onFacebook,Twitter,SpiceworksandGoogle+for more blog posts, conversation with your peers, and additional insights on IT issues facing small to midmarket businesses.

 

Ivan Talley has over 20 years of experience as a Network Engineer in medium size business data centers. His expertise also includes multiple verticals such as consulting engineering, contract electronics manufacturing, waste management, and legal services.

Mai 282015
 
Are you struggling to organize your vRealize scripts or workflows? Ted Spinks—VMware's TAM Tech Lead for Cloud Automation Portfolio—shows you techniques to maximize efficiency and scalability with scripts and workflows. The blog addresses some handy tips, like: How multiple scripts within a workflow can share connections to avoid over-consumption Applying these techniques to the vSphere […]]> Are you struggling to organize your vRealize scripts or workflows? Ted Spinks—VMware's TAM Tech Lead for Cloud Automation Portfolio—shows you techniques to maximize efficiency and scalability with scripts and workflows. The blog addresses some handy tips, like:
  • How multiple scripts within a workflow can share connections to avoid over-consumption
  • Applying these techniques to the vSphere Tagging use case addressed in an earlier Cloud Management blog post
  • Bonus integration techniques for vRealize Automation
  • Setting up error handling to prevent orphaned PS Sessions and vCenter connections from causing issues

Spinks specializes in the automotive manufacturing industry. Read the full blog article "Optimizing PowerShell workflows in vRealizeOrchestrator."


 

Ted Spinks is a Technical Account Manager at VMware, focused on serving Detroit's global automotive manufacturing customers. Ted is also a TAM Tech Lead for VMware’s Cloud Automation portfolio, helping customers from across the VMware TAM community achieve success as they tackle their automation and integration challenges.

Mai 282015
 

Register today and join Vice President Frank Rauch, along with other key Business Unit leaders, for our quarterly virtual Town Hall. They'll share the latest news in terms of strategy, programs, and incentives to help you win more business.