Feature Updates: December 2014

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Dez 312014
 
To close out 2014, we have some great feature additions and enhancements, including a Town Hall Calendar integration and updates to our External Contributor feature. Collaborating with vendors, contractors, or customers in a secure and private setting couldn’t get easier. Check out Socialcast&#rsquo;s newest updates for the month of December* and let us know what you think!

1. Town Hall Calendar Integration

Town Halls are a great way to bring executives and employees together in a moderated, real-time conversation inside your Socialcast community. Regardless of the topic, a Town Hall would typically cover something you don&#rsquo;t want to miss! Now, members of a community who plan to attend Town Hall will be able to seamlessly add the event to their calendars. There will be a &#rsquo;Add to Calendar&#rdquo; button in the Town Hall announcement or Town Hall page where members will be able to download an .ics calendar file and upload it their primary calendar (as long as it supports .ics files).

The .ics calendar event will include:

  • The name of the Town Hall
  • The description
  • A link to the Town Hall page
  • Town Hall start/end date/time


2. Export Challenges (Ideas) as a CSV

A Challenge offers a quick way to capture ideas from members in the community to solve tough problems, improve processes, and gain feedback. This data is important and should be readily accessible! You can now export the ideas in a Challenge into a CSV file. The file will list all ideas with their upvotes, downvotes, submission date, and status. To export the file, click on the Settings gear icon in a Challenge, and then select “Export Challenge as CSV”. The file will then be downloaded by your browser.

3. Simplified Behavior in the Share Form

We heard from some of our customers that there was some confusion on when to use an &#rsquo;@&#rdquo; sign to notify a user and when they could simply type in a colleague’s name. Going forward we tried to simplify this by allowing users to type a name with or without the &#rsquo;@&#rdquo; sign in the &#rsquo;People or Groups to notify&#rdquo; field of the Post form. This will bring up the suggestion drop-down and automatically add an @mention to a user&#rsquo;s message.


4. New Comment Notification

While typing a comment, you will now see a notification when a new comment is added to the message you’re commenting on. Clicking on the notification will show the new comment, so that your response remains relevant.

5. Paste Screenshot from Clipboard

Attaching screenshots to a post is a very common practice while working towards a resolution. We’ve made it easier to attach screenshots to messages and comments in Socialcast. In addition to saving a screenshot to your local drive and then attaching it, or using the drag and drop feature, you can now paste screenshots that have been copied to your clipboard directly in your post. Check with your Operating System shortcuts for more information on how to take a screenshot that is automatically copied to your clipboard. Note: Due to browser limitations, this only works on Chrome browsers.

 

External Contributor Enhancements

1. Requestable External-Facing Groups

External groups work in a very similar manner to Private Groups as it provides the added security to collaborate with people outside of your organization. Unless you are invited to join an External group, you would not know if the group existed. We felt this was too limiting for large companies that are expanding their social network to include workers from outside the organization.We are now introducing a new option to allow group membership to be requested by members of the community. When an Externally-Facing group is created, a new checkbox will be available: &#rsquo;Allow non-members to request membership&#rdquo;. Checking this field will allow the Externally-Facing group to be discovered in the Groups Directory (via Explore Groups) and will appear in the suggestion drop-down in the Search Bar.

When a request is made to join the External-Facing group, the group admin will then have the ability to decide if the request should be granted or not.


2. Added External Contributors to Search Dropdown

One major painpoint we wanted to tackle was the difficulty around searching for External Contributors and accessing their profiles. As you type the name of an External Contributor in the community Search bar, the auto-suggestion dropdown will now include names of all the External Contributors that are part of the External Groups you are a member of, or have access to. These External Contributors will appear under a section labeled &#rsquo;External Contributors&#rdquo; and will have the &#lsquo;external&#rsquo; indicator over their avatar.

3. Improved @Mention Functionality for External Contributors

We&#rsquo;ve made many enhancements to the @mention functionality across our core app over the year, but External Contributors need to notify people in messages or comments just as full members do. Now, External Contributors will be receive the same type of auto-suggest functionality when trying to @mention people within their groups. The list of suggested names will be limited to only members of that specific external contributor group and not all members of the community.

4. Search Capabilities for External Contributors

We are now providing External Contributors with a Search bar and results page to access previous conversations from the External Groups they belong to. After conducting a search, the External Contributor will be able to filter message results by adding a date range or including web feeds. The search will only include content from the group they are searching from, at this time. However, in future releases we will allow External Contributors to search across all groups for which are members of (if they&#rsquo;ve been invited to multiple Externally-Facing groups within the same community).

*Please note that On-Premise clients will receive these features in a future release.

Hands-on Labs – End of Year 2014

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It has been a long time since my last post. Lest you all think we’re just sitting back and waiting for VMworld 2015, I wanted to give an update on what we have going on in the Hands-on Labs and some of the exciting work we are doing to prepare for 2015. Updated Labs: new […]]> It has been a long time since my last post. Lest you all think we’re just sitting back and waiting for VMworld 2015, I wanted to give an update on what we have going on in the Hands-on Labs and some of the exciting work we are doing to prepare for 2015.
  1. Updated Labs: new builds, wallpaper
  2. Enhanced LabStartup
  3. FAQ
  4. Maintenance

Updated Labs

Following VMworld Europe and the vForums in the APAC region, our teams have been hard at work updating quite a few of our labs with new bits. We often need to use pre-release code in our labs to be ready in time for VMworld. US, which often coincides with our major releases. So, after the big events, our teams frequently need to go back and refresh their lab pods with the GA versions so that we can keep the labs available for you in our online portal. This refresh process can be a little faster than initial development, but does take time, especially since prerelease versions generally do not “upgrade” to GA.

In other news, we released an entirely new version of ourHOL-SDC-1401 lab inearly Decemberto support our latest management software release: vRealize Operations 6. If you want to learn more about this product, please check it out!

In addition to the rebuilds with new code, we have some new labs being developed for debut at VMware Partner Exchange 2015. If you are attending, be sure to stop by and see what’s new. Some of those labs may make it to the public portal while others may remain partner-only.

Updated Wallpaper

Many of you are aware that we had two new wallpapers created for our labs and had you, the community, vote on which one you’d like to see us use for 2015 (see the poll results here). It is no secret that I preferred the more Spartan Cool Steeloption, but the majority has spoken and Galacticawill be used in the new and revised labs.

“Galactica” < WINNER!“Cool Steel”

Something as mundane as replacing the wallpaper on all 50 or so of our vPods across all of the hosting clouds requires significant effort: deploying, updating, capturing, and replicating every one of the templates. Typically, we like to get a little more “bang for our buck” when we have to make changes to all of our vPods, so we have been preparing to test something else that I find particularly exciting: a new and improved LabStartup script.

Enhanced LabStartup

LabStartup is a Powershell script that we have been developing to handle startup automation and reporting of service readiness within our vPods. Each of our vPods has a ControlCenter machine that runs this script and updates a portion of the desktop that you see when logged in to one of our labs with the current runtime readiness of your mini datacenter.

We were using an early version of this script in the 2014 labs with great success and have added many new features for the 2015 season. The plan is to test this updated script in some of the pods at Partner Exchange and fully integrate it for VMworld 2015 and beyond. This script is nothing secret, and you will be able to look at the code for yourself when you launch one of the refreshed pods.

In this script, we provide functions for the following:

  • Check vCenter and ESXi host response (wait until we login to vCenter)
  • Check for URL response and parse for pattern (e.g. is the Web Client responding?)
  • Check for response on TCP port (has service X started listening yet?)
  • Query and Start/Restart services on Windows or Linux machines
  • Start VMs and vApps (in a specific order…)
  • Verify and wait for datastore availability (when you’re running nested storage, things can take longer to “settle”)
  • Report periodic status via DesktopInfo and support failing a pod if it does not initialize within a predefined amount of time (helps detect deployment or password expiry issues)
  • Support for performance testing via “autolab” orchestration — not to be confused with AlastairCooke’s most excellentAutoLabfor your own labs — this is how we test our infrastructure with actual labs running on the clouds and thin clients we have deployed at a large event.

We are still working out some of the details, but we are getting there and hope to have something pretty slick by the time VMworld 2015 rolls around.

FAQ

We have a lot of people taking labs. Believe it or not, a large number of you take the time to fill out our post-lab surveys to let us know how things worked for you during your online lab session. Others use our forum on the VMware Communitiesto pose interesting questions, make suggestions, and report issues. When we notice a pattern or receive a particularly interesting question, we add that to our FAQ. Two of the more common questions recently bear repeating here as an example of what we have in there:

  • Can I download the lab manuals as a PDF?

This is probably the #1 question we receive. We make all of our manuals available in PDF and HTML on the HOL Docs Site:http://docs.hol.vmware.com/catalog

  • Why is the Screen Resolution of the lab desktop so small? It looks like a postage stamp on my giant monitor!

Our labs are used by people around the world and not everyone has a massive amount of bandwidth to our US-based datacenters hosting most of the public Hands-on Labs content. The bottom line is that larger screen resolutions generally consume more bandwidth because there are simply more bits to track and update.

The good news is that you can change the resolution on the ControlCenter desktop and the lab console window will grow to accommodate the selected resolution. Just right-click on the desktop, select Screen Resolution and change it like you would on any other Windows machine. You should be able to experiment a little and find a balance between performance and screen real estate based on your current bandwidth and hardware configuration.

For quick reference, here is how you can get to all of the resources I mentioned from the main VMware Hands-on Labs site

Maintenance

Those of you who work in an operations role know about this: the endless hamster wheel of datacentermaintenance. We have an interesting environment: roughly 50 miniature datacenters that started out as clones from a master but have experienced varying levels of configuration drift as each team molded the template into their own.

Each year, we incorporate lessons learned from previous years into our base templates, but one of the items that bites us all the time, and may hit you in your own home labs as well, is password expiration. There are the obvious accounts to check — administrator, root, any service accounts you create — and the password policies that apply to them. However, when you are constructing miniature datacenters, which may consist of several interlocking solution components and authentication mechanisms, things can fall through the cracks.Sometimes, you just forget, and other times you learn something entirely new about how a solution is put together.

When the seemingly inevitable happens, we enter the 6 phases of fixing the busted things:

  1. Aww, man! Really?!? (Denial / Disbelief)
  2. Okay, what’s causing the problem? (Acceptance / Triage)
  3. Whew, we figured it out! (Understanding)
  4. Great, now how do we correct it? (Repair)
  5. Can we keep it from happening again? (Prevention)
  6. Make it so: replicate to all the clouds (Implementation)

We have a great team of people, and some of the maintenance we had to perform over the holiday would not have been possible without the excellent collaboration we have among our community, core team, lab staff volunteers, and internal engineering teams. Thank you to everyone for investing the time.

And to you, our community, thank you for your support of VMware Hands-on Labs. Take a lab and tell your friends about it. We appreciate all of you who take the time to send us feedback so that we can grow and make our solution better. We like to hear both the good and the bad and someone (often several someones) reads each lab completion survey that we receive.

2015: The Year We Care More – and Less – about Our Clouds.

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By:Lilac Schoenbeck It&#rsquo;s always been part of the cloud dream – the idea that we could buy resources without even a passing glance at the underlying infrastructure, hypervisor, management environment, etc. The dream of utter commoditization, switching between clouds with the bat of an eye. 2015 will bring us closer – and further – from […]]> By:Lilac Schoenbeck

It&#rsquo;s always been part of the cloud dream – the idea that we could buy resources without even a passing glance at the underlying infrastructure, hypervisor, management environment, etc. The dream of utter commoditization, switching between clouds with the bat of an eye.

2015 will bring us closer – and further – from that dream.

Closer…

2015 will be the year people stop caring about a whole lot of cloud STUFF. Hardware. Precise physical location (countries and geopolitical regions are still important — but where in California? No one cares). Clouds will be assumed to have certain inherent characteristics – and those that fail to meet those will be singled out as exceptions:

  • Real SLAs – 99.99% or 100% SLAs will be de rigueur;
  • Broad OS support, not just a smattering of options;
  • Straightforward pricing – confusion cannot reign supreme much longer;
  • Functional, effective hardware, regardless of storage vendor or server choices;
  • And a whole lot more.

So much will fall by the wayside of the selection process. If you can&#rsquo;t keep up, you&#rsquo;ll be left behind as a cloud vendor. But, these are no longer differentiating items. Buyers will stop caring. We&#rsquo;ll never hear &#rsquo;Well, let&#rsquo;s go with X vendor because they run on Dell storage.&#rdquo;

That&#rsquo;s the dream of cloud – caring less about the details. Fantastic, you say — when can I stop caring?

Much Further Away…

Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. As more and more organization use cloud for more and more systems that are more and more critical, so many components are coming to light as necessary for straightforward operations.

Manageability — How many people are needed just to manage the cloud? How is easy is it to get performance metrics off your cloud? How much additional software will you buy just to get control of your public cloud use? Most companies have neither the time nor inclination to make a series of management decisions IN ADDITION to their public cloud choice.

Performance – This is where the platform still matters, and VMware provides a consistent performance profile that is unmatched by other vendors. Are you REALLY committed to restarting a system 10 times to get on the right server where performance is consistent? In order not to worry every day about performance, you care about the VMware platform during the buying decision.

Compliance and Security — More can be done to assure your workloads than ever before, from protecting data sovereignty to helping with audits. The question is just – will your cloud provider do it? Or are you going to face this hurdle alone?

Technical Support — The &#rsquo;shipping fee&#rdquo; of the cloud world, technical support can make your entire purchase far less cost-effective, and your cloud experience far more harrowing. Astute customers in 2015 will be asking up front what they&#rsquo;re in for with your cloud support.

On one hand, everyone hangs onto the dream of complete commoditization. On the other, I find customers are only too happy to find a cloud provider that differentiates on the back of things that matter to them — and this investment yields great fruit in the market, whether it&#rsquo;s in management portals or compliance support or a good customer service team.

So, you don&#rsquo;t really want all the clouds to be the same. You just want to easily locate the right one for you. In 2015, you may just meet your cloud match.

If you&#rsquo;re ready to find a service provider, visit us atvCloudProviders.VMware.com.

Be sure to subscribe to the vCloud blog, follow@VMwareSPon Twitter or &#lsquo;like&#rsquo; us onFacebookfor future updates.

Las principales tendencias tecnológicas para 2015

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Dez 302014
 

El año2014estállegandoa su fin, así que vamos a mirar hacia lo que nos va a traer el 2015 en cuanto a la cloud y la movilidad.Mientras el uso de datos digitales va serparte fundamental en laestrategia de las organizaciones,hablaremosde las tendencias tecnológicasclaves para el negocio,centradas en torno al Big Data incluyendo BYOD, seguridad y lanubehíbrida.

_El año de lacloud y lamovilidad

Todavíaveremosun aumento en el trabajo móvil y BYOD. Mientras que hace años había preocupaciones en torno ala confianza, la propiedad y la capacidad de entrega, lo que impidióquealgunas empresas se beneficiaran de la eradelcloud y la movilidad, ahora veremos cómo de manera más rápidalas empresasdotarána los empleados con las herramientas de movilidad correctas.

_Securidadpara elusuario final yel centro de datos

Con BYOD, la seguridad del usuario final se estáhaciendo cada vezmás importante.La implementación de la arquitectura de la nube permitiráa los usuarios acceder a sus datosa través de diferentes servicios,con acceso controlado de forma centralizada.

La seguridad del centro de datostambién será prioritariaa lo largo de2015.Las importantesbrechas en seguridad en años anterioresresaltala importancia de poner en marcha nuevos niveles de seguridad de los datos y la reputación de la marca.

_El despegue de la virtualización de las redes

Con uncrecimientocada vez mayor en torno a los beneficios de NSX -y un creciente interés en la seguridad del centro de datos-,veremossu rápida expansióndurante2015.Lamicrosegmentaciónseráenormementeútil, permitiendo a los administradores ponerun firewallpor máquina en el centro de datos virtual y gestionar fácilmente las políticas alrededor de los flujos de tráfico de cada usuario.

_Implementación de lanubehíbrida

Conun mayor número de pymes y startupscompitiendo en el mercado,hay una creciente necesidad de lasempresaspara responder más rápidamentea la realidadyseguir siendo competitivos.En2015 veremos más empresas que implementan soluciones de nube híbrida para poder cambiar entre público y privado con rapidez y de manera rentable, además de aumentar la velocidad, reducir el coste y poder desarrollarnuevos productos y servicios.

Get up to Speed on vRealize Operations

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Dez 292014
 

Leverage our new enablement resource guide to learn how to sell, support, and configure vRealize Cloud Management solutions. It provides a simple learning path for product competency, access to product assets and demos, Hands-on-Labs (HOL Labs), mToolbooks, and Solution Enablement Toolkits. And, it’s available on the Partner University Mobile app.

Устаревшие ИТ-системы тормозят развитие бизнеса и экономики

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Dez 292014
 

О проблеме

Бизнесу как никогда раньше необходимо соответствовать требованиям рынка, и ИТ-технологии становятся инструментом, создающим конкурентные преимущества. Новые технологии позволяют изменить способ ведения бизнеса и обогнать уже закрепившихся на рынке игроков.

Однако не все так просто. Исследование VMware мнения ИТ-руководителей в России, проведенное в мае 2014 года, показало, что две трети (66%) опрошенных видят разрыв между потребностями бизнеса и возможностями ИТ в пять месяцев. Это расхождение между нуждами бизнеса и поддержкой ИТ может повлечь за собой серьезные последствия как для бизнеса, так и для экономики в целом, если проблема не будет решена.

Экономическое влияние

ИТ-департаменты в регионе EMEA в среднем тратят около 14 часов в неделю на решение проблем, связанных с устаревшими ИТ-системами. Еще 11 часов уходит на работу с облачными приложениями. В результате на решение этих задач тратится около €14 миллиардов. Более глубокий анализ Центра экономических и бизнес исследований (Centre for Economics and Business Research) показал, что расходы бизнеса на решение этой проблемы в Нидерландах составляют более €400 миллионов в год, в России – €895 миллионов, в Германии – €738, и больше всех в Великобритании – €5,9 миллиардов. И это расходы только с точки зрения потраченного времени на ликвидацию ИТ-проблем. Основной тенденцией в данном случае является то, что разрыв между бизнесом и ИТ оказывает серьезное влияние на всю экономику в регионе EMEA.

Гонка за изменениями

Хотя компании могут не осознавать, что их повседневные решения имеют длительные последствия, выходящие далеко за рамки самой организации, сегодня мы видим небывалую потребность в ИТ-решениях. Исследование, о котором мы уже говорили, показало, что российские ИТ-директора испытывают огромное давление со стороны руководства с целью снизить затраты (47%), повысить мобильность работников (46%) и перенести всю инфраструктуру в облако (34%). И только 12% сотрудников ИТ-отделов полностью уверены, что ИТ-инфраструктура и рабочие инструменты их компании в настоящее время соответствуют запросам бизнеса. Таким образом, необходимость в инновациях становится более чем очевидной.

Компании появляются и исчезают вместе с волнами технологических инноваций, но лишь одна вещь остается неизменной. Успешным становится тот бизнес, который может быстро адаптироваться к постоянно изменяющимся условиям. Новые и более динамичные компании бросают вызов и побеждают уже устоявшихся игроков, обремененных устаревшими системами. И фактически, в современных условиях рынка инновации становятся не просто вызовом, а необходимостью.

Решение

Сегодня необходимо полностью изменить роль ИТ, чтобы они стали инструментами для определения стратегии организации и проактивного внедрения инноваций, позволяя компаниям сохранять лидирующие позиции. И это возможно, только если ИТ-отделы освободятся от необходимости тратить часы на поддержку устаревших систем и начнут использовать это время на развитие технологий будущего. Неправильно сбалансировав поддержку систем и внедрение инноваций, бизнес не только вредит своей же производительности, конкурентоспособности и снижает потенциал роста. Он также наносит урон всей экономике. Внедрение ИТ-инноваций позволит добиться повышения прибыли и благосостояния, таким образом, обеспечивая рост и развитие экономики.

Question of the Week (Horizon Mirage)

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Dez 262014
 

This weeks question comes from the Horizon Mirage video series:

a) Horizon View
b) vSphere
c) vCloud Director
d) ThinApp


Click through to thecommentsfor the answer.

Follow@VMwareEducationon Instagram to see more #TechTrivia every Friday andvisual updates from the VMware Education and Certification community.

 

New Software-Defined Storage Competency

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Dez 262014
 

With Horizon Air, VMware provides cloud desktops and applications as monthly subscriptions. Target decision makers across your vSphere installed base. Customize and run the campaign via the VMware Partner Demand Center or download it for execution today.

V2C (Virtual to Cloud) – VMware vSphere 環境から vCloud Air への移行

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Dez 262014
 
VMwareは、2014年11月にパブリッククラウド vCloud Air のサービスを日本で開始しました。本シリーズのエントリでは、物理から仮想化環境への移行P2V(Physical to Virtual) について記載してきましたが、今回はP2V で移行したオンプレミスの仮想マシンを、vCloud Air に移行するV2C(Virtual to Cloud) をご紹介します。 V2C を実施する際にはVMware vCloud Connector(vCC)を使用することで、プライベートクラウドとパブリッククラウド間での仮想マシンの移行をスムーズに行うことができるようになります(vCC は無償で提供されています)。vCC の導入とオペレーションについて、詳細は下記リンクで公開されているドキュメントをご参照ください。 vCloud Connector構築ガイド(Step by Step の構築ガイドで簡単に環境が構築できます)   ■ アーキテクチャ オンプレミス環境 – vCloud Air 間をvCC で接続し、ネットワーク経由で仮想マシンのイメージを移行します。vCC はConnector Server と、Connector Node で構成されており、オンプレミスのvSphere 環境にデプロイします。vCloud Air 側は、あらかじめデプロイされているマルチテナント型のConnector Nodeを使用します。 Connector Server(オンプレミス) – Connector Node(Air) 間の通信にはTCP ポート8443 を使用するため、FWで通信を許可する必要があります。データ転送はNode 間で実施します。デフォルトの設定ではデータ転送にTCP ポート8443 を使用しますが、UDT(UDP-based Data Transfer […]]> VMwareは、2014年11月にパブリッククラウド vCloud Air のサービスを日本で開始しました。本シリーズのエントリでは、物理から仮想化環境への移行P2V(Physical to Virtual) について記載してきましたが、今回はP2V で移行したオンプレミスの仮想マシンを、vCloud Air に移行するV2C(Virtual to Cloud) をご紹介します。

V2C を実施する際にはVMware vCloud Connector(vCC)を使用することで、プライベートクラウドとパブリッククラウド間での仮想マシンの移行をスムーズに行うことができるようになります(vCC は無償で提供されています)。vCC の導入とオペレーションについて、詳細は下記リンクで公開されているドキュメントをご参照ください。

vCloud Connector構築ガイド(Step by Step の構築ガイドで簡単に環境が構築できます)

 

■ アーキテクチャ
オンプレミス環境 – vCloud Air 間をvCC で接続し、ネットワーク経由で仮想マシンのイメージを移行します。vCC はConnector Server と、Connector Node で構成されており、オンプレミスのvSphere 環境にデプロイします。vCloud Air 側は、あらかじめデプロイされているマルチテナント型のConnector Nodeを使用します。

Connector Server(オンプレミス) – Connector Node(Air) 間の通信にはTCP ポート8443 を使用するため、FWで通信を許可する必要があります。データ転送はNode 間で実施します。デフォルトの設定ではデータ転送にTCP ポート8443 を使用しますが、UDT(UDP-based Data Transfer Protocol)を使用する場合はUDP ポート8190 をFW で許可します。

 

■ 構築手順
オンプレミスのvSphere 環境に、Connector Server とConnector Node を展開します。各コンポーネントはOVF 形式で提供されており、vCenter サーバから簡単にデプロイできます。

1. vCloud Connector Node の展開
vCenter Server から「OVF テンプレートのデプロイ」を選択し、OVF 形式で提供されているConnector Node を展開します。展開時にIPアドレスの設定を行います。

2. vCloud Connector Node の設定
展開後にWeb ブラウザから「https://Connector_Node_IP:5480」にアクセスし、vCenter Server を登録します。データ転送にUDT プロトコルを使用する場合は、Connector Node で設定を行います。

3. vCloud Connector Server の展開
vCenter Server から「OVF テンプレートのデプロイ」を選択し、OVF 形式で提供されているConnector Server を展開します。展開時にIP アドレスの設定を行います。

4. vCloud Connector Server の設定
展開後にWeb ブラウザから「https://Connector_Server_IP:5480」にアクセスし、vCenter Server を登録します。オンプレミス側及びAir 側のConnector Node の登録を実施します。

 

■ 移行手順
各コンポーネントの展開及び設定後、vSphere Client の「ホーム」画面からvCloud Connector の管理画面にアクセスできるようになります。Connector のオペレーションは、今後vSphere Web Client でも実装予定ですが、現在はvSphere Clientから実施します。オンプレミス及びAir 側のvCC Node を登録することでセットアップは完了です。移行対象の仮想マシンを選択し、vCloud Air へ「Copy」することで、簡単に移行ができます。

 

■ まとめ
vCloud Connector を使用いただくことで、オンプレミスの仮想マシンを簡単にvCloud Air 上に移行することができます。オンプレミスのvSphere 環境と同様に幅広いゲストOSがvCloud Air 上で動作しますので、P2V を行った古いゲストOSをvCloud Air 上で稼働させることが可能になります。また、vSphere 環境と同じアーキテクチャで動作しますので、仮想マシンのイメージの変換等、異なるアーキテクチャのパブリッククラウドへの移行時に発生する煩雑なオペレーションがありません。

オンプレミス環境とvCloud Air 間のワークロード移行にはvCloud Connector をご活用ください。

vCloud Connector構築ガイド(Step by Step の構築ガイドで簡単に環境が構築できます)

 

[仮想化への移行]シリーズ
・はじめに
-移行計画、準備段階でのポイント
・V2V (Virtual to Virtual)
- VMware vCenter Converter Standaloneを利用した他の仮想化製品フォーマットから VMware vSphere 環境への移行
・P2V (Physical to Virtual)
- VMware vCenter Converter Standalone を利用した物理サーバ (Linux) から VMware vSphere 環境への移行
・I2V (3rd Party Image/Backup Tool to Virtual)
- 3rd Party Image/Backup Tool から VMware vSphere 環境への移行
・V2C (Virtual to Cloud)
- VMware vSphere 環境から VMware vCloud Air への移行 ← 本エントリ

A whitepaper on VMware Horizon 6 RDSH Performance and Best Practices

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Dez 252014
 
VMware Horizon 6 delivers remote desktops and applications from a single platform. With Horizon 6, IT can deliver seamless applications and users can access their desktops or applications from anywhere on devices running Windows, Linux, MAC, iOS, and Android operating systems. In this blog, we present the Horizon 6 RDSH Performance whitepaper that shows the […]]> VMware Horizon 6 delivers remote desktops and applications from a single platform. With Horizon 6, IT can deliver seamless applications and users can access their desktops or applications from anywhere on devices running Windows, Linux, MAC, iOS, and Android operating systems.

In this blog, we present the Horizon 6 RDSH Performance whitepaper that shows the performance of remote sessions (desktops and seamless applications) and the performance of the RDSH virtual machines, paying particular attention to the sizing of the Horizon 6 environment. The paper also reveals the competitive results of leading remote display network protocols.Finally, the paper presents some of the best practices to tune the RDSH server VM performance. All performance tests were run using the VMware View Planner 3.5 benchmark.

The setup, detailed results, and best practices can be found in the performance whitepaper provided below:

VMware Horizon 6 RDSH Performance and Best Practices

VMware Horizon 6 and Hardware Accelerated 3D Graphics

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Dez 252014
 
A recently published paper presents best practices and performance data for Horizon 6&#rsquo;s support for hardware accelerated 3D. Awhile back, we published a paper about the same subject with VMware Horizon View 5.2. The new paper updates all the graph data for Horizon 6 and shows the improvements in performance. The View Planner 3.5 benchmark […]]> A recently published paper presents best practices and performance data for Horizon 6&#rsquo;s support for hardware accelerated 3D. Awhile back, we published a paper about the same subject with VMware Horizon View 5.2. The new paper updates all the graph data for Horizon 6 and shows the improvements in performance. The View Planner 3.5 benchmark is used to simulate four workloads:
  • A light 3D workload, which simulates an office worker using such applications as Office, Acrobat, and Internet Explorer.
  • A light CAD workload, which adds the SOLIDWORKS CAD viewer to the light 3D workload. In this test, the CAD viewer is used to run two models: a sea scooter and a cross-section of a shaft.
  • The sea scooter and shaft models are run in the SOLIDWORKS CAD viewer without any other applications running on the test system.
  • A Solid Edge CAD viewer is run on its own using a different model of a 3-to-1 reducer.

Read the results for VMware Horizon 6 and Hardware Accelerated 3D Graphics.

Главные ИТ-тренды в 2015 году

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Dez 242014
 

Приближается конец года, и самое время посмотреть, что ждет нас в 2015 году. Использование цифровых данных определенно становится ключевой составляющей стратегии любой организации, поэтому мы видим будущие тенденции в использовании концепции Big Data, BYOD, вопросах информационной безопасности и гибридных облаков.

Год мобильных облаков

Мы по-прежнему наблюдаем рост мобильности сотрудников и распространение концепции BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). За несколько лет эти технологии не раз вызывали опасения с точки зрения доверия и возможностей, которые не давали многим компаниям действительно оценить выгоды эпохи мобильности и облаков. Поэтому сейчас эти компании должны наверстать упущенное и оперативно обеспечить своих сотрудников мобильными инструментами и приложениями для эффективной работы.

Безопасность на всех уровнях, включая ЦОД и конечных пользователей

С приходом BYOD защита мобильных устройств становится все более важной. Развертывание облачной мобильной архитектуры обеспечит пользователям доступ к данным с разных устройств, контролируемый через центральный элемент управления.

Безопасность дата-центров также будет одним из главных вопросов в 2015у году. Серьезные инциденты безопасности за последние годы подтвердили необходимость повышения уровня защиты как самих данных, так и репутации компании.

Рост сетевой виртуализации

Растет понимание преимуществ платформы виртуализации сетей NSX, и все больше компаний осознают важность безопасности дата-центров. В 2015 году эти тренды продолжат стремительно распространяться. Микросегментация позволит менеджерам ставить межсетевой экран на каждую машину в виртуальном ЦОДе и легко управлять политиками трафика каждого отдельного пользователя.

Распространение гибридных облаков

Сейчас на рынке конкурируют многие небольшие компании с более гибкой инфраструктурой, поэтому для любой организации очень важно оперативно реагировать на любые изменения внутренней и внешней среды, чтобы не отставать от конкурентов. В 2015 году организации будут использовать гибридные облака, чтобы быстро и экономно распределять ресурсы между публичным и частным облаком и повысить скорость разработки новых продуктов и сервисов, при этом сокращая затраты на ИТ.

New Horizon Air Desktop Campaign

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Dez 242014
 

With Horizon Air, VMware provides cloud desktops and applications as monthly subscriptions. Target decision makers across your vSphere installed base. Customize and run the campaign via the VMware Partner Demand Center or download it for execution today.

Driving Your Investment in Citrix XenApp Toward a Future of VMware Horizon 6: If It’s Not Completely Broken, Should I Fix It?

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Dez 242014
 
By Debra Perrin Coltoff, Technical Writer, End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware With significant contributions from Mark Ewert, End-User Computing Architect, VMware My car hasn&#rsquo;t passed 150,000 miles yet and it works just fine. Why would I buy a new one? For many of us, investing in an updated technology for business, much like a new […]]> By Debra Perrin Coltoff, Technical Writer, End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

With significant contributions from Mark Ewert, End-User Computing Architect, VMware

My car hasn&#rsquo;t passed 150,000 miles yet and it works just fine. Why would I buy a new one? For many of us, investing in an updated technology for business, much like a new automobile for the road, is no small thing. It takes time and money to decide which tool to purchase in the first place. And at the office, that decision is often accompanied by an enormous investment of time and effort to convince those who hold the purse strings that your well-informed choice really does make the most sense. So why pay for something new when the old reliable set of wheels is working just fine? Why not stay on top of the belts and fluids, replace brake pads and tires as they wear out, and utilize the investment you have already made?

For many shops with an existing investment in Citrix XenApp, the question is the same. Why change what still works? Let us explore the three most common options for utilizing VMware Horizon to enhance the XenApp investment you made some time ago.

As you know, most cars operate the same way in a general sense. But, if you compare my older car with its aging engine and rebuilt transmission to the 2015 newer model that my parents just purchased, you will see something quite different. In my car, there have been many changes over the years. Although the body, for the most part, remains the same, quite a few key components have been replaced, sometimes with ones that were not made specifically for this model. While my parents&#rsquo; 2015 parts came directly from the factory, configured to work together to produce the best possible result, my car is more a bit of this and a bit of that. I often hope it will work better than it does. And I spend a lot of time babying it to make sure it keeps running.

The same is true in a computing environment. Those with an aging infrastructure must continually work to make sure all of the parts are moving in the same direction. A more current environment, on the other hand, has some distinct advantages. From the start, it is a newer, more flexible infrastructure. It has more options, it can extend further than an older environment can, and it utilizes fewer resources in the process. And like my parents with their new 2015 car, you get more for the money you have spent on your compute resources if the parts are all from the same vendor, made to work seamlessly together. Most people cannot afford to buy a new car whenever they hear of a tempting new model. And most organizations have likewise already made a significant investment in technology and personnel when they hear about the advantages of VMware Horizon 6. Everyone wants the best value for every dollar spent. So how do you utilize your legacy XenApp infrastructure in combination with a more versatile VMware Horizon 6 approach? There are three main options.

Figure 1: Routes from XenApp to Horizon

You have the choice of

  • Integrating your XenApp infrastructure with VMware Workspace Portal
  • Migrating your XenApp hosted applications to Horizon with View hosted applications, with Workspace Portal for optional application access
  • Replacing your XenApp infrastructure with View hosted applications, with Workspace Portal for application access

Both Workspace Portal and View are available in the Horizon Advanced and Enterprise Editions. We recommend using Workspace Portal as the application portal so that hosted applications look the same to the user, whether XenApp hosted applications are integrated into Workspace Portal, or migrated to or replaced with View hosted applications. Underneath the hood, you can choose integration, migration, or replacement; to the user, on the dashboard, the hosted applications look identical.


So you might think of this decision about integration, migration, or replacement as you would think about purchasing a new car:

  • If you want to update the look and feel of your automobile, you can replace the interior. This gives the driver and passengers a new way to access the car and a new level of comfort and ease that they have not experienced for some time. This is like the integration choice, where the application portal is the only change.
  • If your car still runs and is not a safety hazard, but could use some repair of the interior, body, and controls, you can replace only these parts, and still rely on the engine and transmission. This is like the migration option: You will reuse the servers, but switch the endpoints and the application portal.
  • If you must continually repair your car, and it is too expensive, time consuming, or complex to fix, it should be completely replaced. Your car was perfect for you once, but that time is now in the past. This is like the replacement option: You have new servers, a unified application portal, and endpoints configured to work perfectly with the rest of the solution.

 

Which option is the best for you? My parents asked that same question when they began looking at new cars. They are getting older, and their focus was on buying a car that would be the safest possible to protect them in case of an accident. What will protect your business, moving forward into 2015? What about five years from now? Or ten? How do you know which approach is best for your organization? The following diagram offers ways to think about the current state of your XenApp infrastructure and your business goals for the future.

Figure 2: Which Approach Is Right for You?

Technology has completely passed by my older car. My parents&#rsquo; new model has nine computers in it, and mine has a manual transmission that, to be honest, was built before some of my colleagues graduated from high school. When will it no longer be worthwhile to search for the parts that I am unable to replace? At what point do I take the plunge and invest in a technologically brighter tomorrow? And if I am just buying parts, rather than a new car, which parts will I need to replace to keep my old car going? We have some ideas about that, too. Let us take a look at what is under the hood.

Figure 3: Major Components Required for the Route from XenApp to Horizon

As you can see, the migration and replacement options with View hosted applications have some different components from those required for XenApp hosted applications integrated with Workspace Portal. The most significant difference is that while Citrix integrated with Workspace Portal requires a separate Citrix license server, the migration or replacement option with View hosted applications requires no license server.

Whichever path you choose to follow, we have the road map you need to stay on track. For more information on integrating, migrating, or replacing your XenApp hosted applications, read the white paper How to Migrate Citrix XenApp to VMware Horizon 6.

I still use a manual key to open my car door, and my mobile phone for directions. My parents have a smart key that unlocks their car and starts its engine, a dashboard navigation system, and sensors to warn them of objects that they are unable to see as they drive. For whichever combination of technology you choose, VMware Horizon 6 will help you get where you are going.

Migrate/Upgrade vCloud Automation Center

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Dez 232014
 

Read the post on migrating from vCloud Automation Center 5.2 to 6.1. and be sure to watch the short, two-part video. For those of you with customers running vCloud Automation Center 6.0, take a look at this video on upgrading to 6.1.