Join Socialcast at VMworld 2015

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VMworld 2015 is taking place this week and the event offers a great opportunity to learn about Socialcast. Find us at the Enterprise Collaboration booth to make sure you are ready to kick off a social initiative at your organization as soon as you’re back from the show.

This is your chance to get a Socialcast product demo and learn more about the Socialcast Integration Store, which brings together Socialcast, VMware vCenter Server, Airbrake, GitHub, Jenkins, JIRA, New Relic, PagerDuty and other industry-leading DevOps applications and services. The ability to integrate Socialcast with these solutions will empower VMware vSphere administrators, DevOps teams and developers to tackle a variety of DevOps issues within their Socialcast community.

To learn more about Socialcast’s collaborations with cloud management and DevOp solutions, visit the VMware Enterprise Collaboration Booth (EUC6) at VMworld 2015 US. And don’t miss an exciting presentation by Socialcast’s Product Manager, Badi Azad, on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11:45 a.m. at the conference mini theatre. Entitled “Collaborate Across vSphere, vRealize and Other DevOps Tools,” this session will discuss how the Socialcast solution delivers visibility across many enterprise IT operations, including vSphere, vRealize and Other DevOps Tools, and how our solution impacts DevOps engineers every day.

Join Socialcast at VMworld 2015

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VMworld 2015 is taking place this week and the event offers a great opportunity to learn about Socialcast. Find us at the Enterprise Collaboration booth to make sure you are ready to kick off a social initiative at your organization as soon as you’re back from the show.

This is your chance to get a Socialcast product demo and learn more about the Socialcast Integration Store, which brings together Socialcast, VMware vCenter Server, Airbrake, GitHub, Jenkins, JIRA, New Relic, PagerDuty and other industry-leading DevOps applications and services. The ability to integrate Socialcast with these solutions will empower VMware vSphere administrators, DevOps teams and developers to tackle a variety of DevOps issues within their Socialcast community.

To learn more about Socialcast’s collaborations with cloud management and DevOp solutions, visit the VMware Enterprise Collaboration Booth (EUC6) at VMworld 2015 US. And don’t miss an exciting presentation by Socialcast’s Product Manager, Badi Azad, on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11:45 a.m. at the conference mini theatre. Entitled “Collaborate Across vSphere, vRealize and Other DevOps Tools,” this session will discuss how the Socialcast solution delivers visibility across many enterprise IT operations, including vSphere, vRealize and Other DevOps Tools, and how our solution impacts DevOps engineers every day.

How A Great Idea Can Land You the Chance of A Lifetime: Intern Poster Session to VMworld

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Avanti Patil is a vCenter Site Recovery Manager Intern and a current Northeastern University student. She works out of the Cambridge, Massachusetts office and is enjoying exploring Boston.

When engineers first think about “virtualization”, the next thing that pops up into their heads is “VMware“. VMware is the virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions leader in the market because of their world-class products and business standards. The fact that this company was also voted amongst Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2015 ensures the healthy working environment for VMware employees. I always wanted to get first-hand experience working with such a huge enterprise. This dream became a reality when I joined VMware as a vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Intern.

The most notable pattern throughout my internship, in addition to the exciting project work, was the positive interaction and relationship-building opportunities I had with my coworkers. I am grateful to my manager, mentor, and Women Connecting Women mentor — who supported me and pushed me to do my best. I became close to the other interns over the summer, we had a blast together. All the interns bonded on personal level, while completingservice learning for the Boys & Girls Club, participating in Codezilla, and exploring historic Boston.

My goal from this internship forward is to interact with different people across teams and understand VMware’s work culture through these conversations. The social gatherings help to keep in touch with people who share similar interests, and are also an opportunity to share new ideas — not just about work, but about the city and its people.

As an intern, I’ve been exposed to a lot of cool new products and the cultural impact has left me speechless. The Intern Poster Session is the best reflection of this. The Poster Session is a science fair-type event at the culmination of the Summer Internship Program. Each intern, or group of interns, creates a poster to showcase their project work or propose a new idea. Judges and participants decide on the best ideas presented. The best part of Intern Poster Session was interacting with the coworkers who have been working on VMware products since inception, and watching them get intrigued by my idea!The response to my project was overwhelming, which led me to win the Poster Session.

The prize for winning the Poster Session was an invitation to VMware’s annual technology conference, VMworld. At the conference, I hope to grow network by continuing to interact with new professionals, learn valuable career tips from keynote speakers, and have an awesome time celebrating the company that has helped me realize my dreams!

Be sure to virtually join me on my journey as I “take over” the @vmwareu Instagram account on Monday, August 31 to help kick off VMworld.

— Avanti Patil

Search the latest job opportunities for New Grads at VMware

Search the latest internship & Co-Op opportunities for students at VMware

Visit the VMware Careers Site to learn more about the VMware University Relations Program

Learn more about the workplace culture at VMware, see pictures of our offices, connect with our team, and get real time job openings by following us on our social pages:

http://www.facebook.com/vmwareuniversityrelations

http://twitter.com/vmwareu

http://pinterest.com/lifeatvmware/

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How A Great Idea Can Land You the Chance of A Lifetime: Intern Poster Session to VMworld

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Aug 312015
 

Avanti Patil is a vCenter Site Recovery Manager Intern and a current Northeastern University student. She works out of the Cambridge, Massachusetts office and is enjoying exploring Boston.

When engineers first think about “virtualization”, the next thing that pops up into their heads is “VMware“. VMware is the virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions leader in the market because of their world-class products and business standards. The fact that this company was also voted amongst Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2015 ensures the healthy working environment for VMware employees. I always wanted to get first-hand experience working with such a huge enterprise. This dream became a reality when I joined VMware as a vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Intern.

The most notable pattern throughout my internship, in addition to the exciting project work, was the positive interaction and relationship-building opportunities I had with my coworkers. I am grateful to my manager, mentor, and Women Connecting Women mentor — who supported me and pushed me to do my best. I became close to the other interns over the summer, we had a blast together. All the interns bonded on personal level, while completingservice learning for the Boys & Girls Club, participating in Codezilla, and exploring historic Boston.

My goal from this internship forward is to interact with different people across teams and understand VMware’s work culture through these conversations. The social gatherings help to keep in touch with people who share similar interests, and are also an opportunity to share new ideas — not just about work, but about the city and its people.

As an intern, I’ve been exposed to a lot of cool new products and the cultural impact has left me speechless. The Intern Poster Session is the best reflection of this. The Poster Session is a science fair-type event at the culmination of the Summer Internship Program. Each intern, or group of interns, creates a poster to showcase their project work or propose a new idea. Judges and participants decide on the best ideas presented. The best part of Intern Poster Session was interacting with the coworkers who have been working on VMware products since inception, and watching them get intrigued by my idea!The response to my project was overwhelming, which led me to win the Poster Session.

The prize for winning the Poster Session was an invitation to VMware’s annual technology conference, VMworld. At the conference, I hope to grow network by continuing to interact with new professionals, learn valuable career tips from keynote speakers, and have an awesome time celebrating the company that has helped me realize my dreams!

Be sure to virtually join me on my journey as I “take over” the @vmwareu Instagram account on Monday, August 31 to help kick off VMworld.

— Avanti Patil

Search the latest job opportunities for New Grads at VMware

Search the latest internship & Co-Op opportunities for students at VMware

Visit the VMware Careers Site to learn more about the VMware University Relations Program

Learn more about the workplace culture at VMware, see pictures of our offices, connect with our team, and get real time job openings by following us on our social pages:

http://www.facebook.com/vmwareuniversityrelations

http://twitter.com/vmwareu

http://pinterest.com/lifeatvmware/

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Cross vCenter Networking & Security with VMware NSX

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NSX 6.2 was released on August 20, 2015. One of the key features in NSX 6.2 is Cross vCenter Networking and Security. This new capability scales NSX vSphere across vCenter boundaries. Now, one can span logical networking and security constructs across vCenter boundaries irrespective of whether the vCenters are in adjacent racks or across datacenters (up to 150ms apart). This enables us to solve a variety of use cases including:

  • Capacity pooling across vCenters
  • Simplifying data center migrations
  • Cross vCenter and long distance vMotion
  • Disaster recovery

With Cross vCenter Networking & Security one can extend logical switches (VXLAN networks) across vCenter boundaries enabling a layer 2 segment to span across VCs even when the underlying network is a pure IP / L3 network. However, the big innovation here is that with NSX we can also extend distributed routing and distributed firewalling seamlessly across VCs to provide a comprehensive solution as seen in the figure below.

Of course, there are a more details behind how this feature works and how we solve some really cool challenges in a simple elegant manner with network virtualization which we will cover at VMworld 2015 in the session NET5989. In the meanwhile if you want to see this in action take a look at the demo on Cross vCenter Networking & Security (youtube link here).

And if you want to give this a test drive at VMworld, Cross vCenter NSX will be a part of the VMworld Hands-on-labs. This feature is being covered in the NSX Advanced Labs (HOL-SDC-1625).

See you at VMworld!

 

 

 

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Cross vCenter Networking & Security with VMware NSX

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NSX 6.2 was released on August 20, 2015. One of the key features in NSX 6.2 is Cross vCenter Networking and Security. This new capability scales NSX vSphere across vCenter boundaries. Now, one can span logical networking and security constructs across vCenter boundaries irrespective of whether the vCenters are in adjacent racks or across datacenters (up to 150ms apart). This enables us to solve a variety of use cases including:

  • Capacity pooling across vCenters
  • Simplifying data center migrations
  • Cross vCenter and long distance vMotion
  • Disaster recovery

With Cross vCenter Networking & Security one can extend logical switches (VXLAN networks) across vCenter boundaries enabling a layer 2 segment to span across VCs even when the underlying network is a pure IP / L3 network. However, the big innovation here is that with NSX we can also extend distributed routing and distributed firewalling seamlessly across VCs to provide a comprehensive solution as seen in the figure below.

Of course, there are a more details behind how this feature works and how we solve some really cool challenges in a simple elegant manner with network virtualization which we will cover at VMworld 2015 in the session NET5989. In the meanwhile if you want to see this in action take a look at the demo on Cross vCenter Networking & Security (youtube link here).

And if you want to give this a test drive at VMworld, Cross vCenter NSX will be a part of the VMworld Hands-on-labs. This feature is being covered in the NSX Advanced Labs (HOL-SDC-1625).

See you at VMworld!

 

 

 

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From CIO to CEO: Financing your ITaaS Organization with Charge-back

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By Jason Stevenson

In my latest CIO to CEO blogs, we discussed How to RUN and ORGANIZE an Information Technology as a Service (ITaaS) Provider. In this blog, we will discuss how to FINANCE an ITaaS Provider.

One of the loftiest goals as an ITaaS Provider is the ability to charge-back, or at least show-back cost of services. It can also be daunting to do so in a fair manner for all customers.

Leonardo da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and Albert Einstein said “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” In this blog I’ll walk through a quickly executable IT cost model to calculate Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), using mostly tools and data we already have, to establish a price that is:

  • Simple
  • Accurate
  • Equitable
  • Scalable
  • Agile

STEP 1: Establish Labor Costs

Bob worked 40 hours this week. 16 hours in support of services including day-to-day operations, online training every other day, and daily staff meetings. 24 hours were spent working on a migration for Project 2. All employees had a holiday the first Monday of this particular month. As it happens, none of our employees took any leave for the rest of the month. Out-of-office equals $0 cost and is excluded. The reason for this will become more evident when we discuss burdened rates.

Highlighted in blue, each project is associated with a service. It is important to note Project 2 is associated with Service B. The cost of Project 2 is derived from our employees’ wage and a rate of 1.5. The wage is multiplied by this rate to equal a burdened rate. Burdened rates reflect wages plus benefits and fee if any. Bob worked 24 hours on the Project 2’s migration in Week 2 per our example and contributed to Project 2’s cost of $5,724.00 this month.

Highlighted in orange, Bob worked 16 hours in support of services in Week 2 per our example. Tickets (requests, incidents, problems, changes, etc.) are associated with each service. Out of the 112 total tickets this month, 30 were related to Service B or approximately 27%. Using the number of tickets per each service and total labor for service gives us the cost of service. In this case, $17,172.00 * (30/112) = $4,599.64 for Service B this month.

Highlighted in green, the total cost of Service B labor for this month is $10,323.64 by adding $4,599.64 for project labor and $5,724.00 for service labor from our previous calculations. Our service organization must recover $36,252.00 this month for just labor.


STEP 2: Distribute Operational Expense

Services may require operational expenditures (OPEX) like: leases, utilities, maintenance, etc.; some of which may be indirect and need to be fairly distributed across services based on relative service size. By dividing subscribers of a service by the total number of subscribers we arrive at a fair percentage of monthly operational expenses for Service B of 28%. Indirect operational expenses for Service B are calculated fairly by $18,000.00 * (250/900) = $5,000.00.

Some expenditures are so large that the expense cannot be recognized at one point in time and need to be amortized (for example building a new data center). Depending on your model, this expense may be captured as either a project expense or an operational expense. In keeping our model simple, amortization should be used sparingly. When absolutely necessary, it should be used consistently by establishing a concise policy like “All expenses over $500,000 will be amortized (spread) over 36 months.” In our example, no expenses exceeded half-a-million-dollars and so amortization does not apply. However, if we had an Expense E of $1,750,000 for our new data build-out it would be recognized as $1,750,000 / 36 = $46,611.11.

STEP 3: Calculate Total Cost of Ownership

Projects may require capital expenditures (CAPEX) beyond labor like: material procurements, suppliers of personnel, etc. plus travel. Project costs are often direct and simply added with project labor for total project cost. We can distribute these costs as well if needed. Total Cost of Ownership for Service B rises to $18,323.64 by adding capital expenses of $3,000.00 to our previous operational expenses and labor. Assuming our other services and projects require only labor, our service organization must recover $44,252.00 this month to remain solvent. Dividing Service B’s total cost by 250 subscribers gives us a cost of $73.29 per subscriber per month.

STEP 4: Establish Charge-back

Our previously mentioned 250 subscribers of Service B is spread over four service customers (departments in this example) as 100 + 100 + 25 + 25 = 250. A fee of 7% which is the difference between our cost and our price. Recovery from each customer of their fair share of services. Department A has 100 subscribers of Service B; which equates to 100 * ($73.29 *107%) = $7,842.03. 107% is a representation of 100% of the cost plus 7% fee. Our previous Total Cost of Ownership of $44,252.00 is now a price of $47,349.64, allowing our service organization to not just be solvent but also profitable to enable research, development, improvement, etc. of services.

If the culture of your organization does not allow for your IT department to charge customers for service the same principles can still be applied. Remove the fee (7% in our example) and communicate the same information as Service Consumption Report rather than an invoice to provide show-back to your customers. Though they may not be paying for services you can still influence their behavior by giving them comparative analysis against their peers.

The following table summarizes charge-back using an IT Cost and Price Model.

In my next blog post we will explore tips for how to ensure, as the new “CEO” or your IT department, that your transition to an agile, innovative, and profitable service provider is a successful one.

===============

Jason Stevenson is a Transformation Consultant with VMware.

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From CIO to CEO: Financing your ITaaS Organization with Charge-back

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By Jason Stevenson

In my latest CIO to CEO blogs, we discussed How to RUN and ORGANIZE an Information Technology as a Service (ITaaS) Provider. In this blog, we will discuss how to FINANCE an ITaaS Provider.

One of the loftiest goals as an ITaaS Provider is the ability to charge-back, or at least show-back cost of services. It can also be daunting to do so in a fair manner for all customers.

Leonardo da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and Albert Einstein said “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” In this blog I’ll walk through a quickly executable IT cost model to calculate Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), using mostly tools and data we already have, to establish a price that is:

  • Simple
  • Accurate
  • Equitable
  • Scalable
  • Agile

STEP 1: Establish Labor Costs

Bob worked 40 hours this week. 16 hours in support of services including day-to-day operations, online training every other day, and daily staff meetings. 24 hours were spent working on a migration for Project 2. All employees had a holiday the first Monday of this particular month. As it happens, none of our employees took any leave for the rest of the month. Out-of-office equals $0 cost and is excluded. The reason for this will become more evident when we discuss burdened rates.

Highlighted in blue, each project is associated with a service. It is important to note Project 2 is associated with Service B. The cost of Project 2 is derived from our employees’ wage and a rate of 1.5. The wage is multiplied by this rate to equal a burdened rate. Burdened rates reflect wages plus benefits and fee if any. Bob worked 24 hours on the Project 2’s migration in Week 2 per our example and contributed to Project 2’s cost of $5,724.00 this month.

Highlighted in orange, Bob worked 16 hours in support of services in Week 2 per our example. Tickets (requests, incidents, problems, changes, etc.) are associated with each service. Out of the 112 total tickets this month, 30 were related to Service B or approximately 27%. Using the number of tickets per each service and total labor for service gives us the cost of service. In this case, $17,172.00 * (30/112) = $4,599.64 for Service B this month.

Highlighted in green, the total cost of Service B labor for this month is $10,323.64 by adding $4,599.64 for project labor and $5,724.00 for service labor from our previous calculations. Our service organization must recover $36,252.00 this month for just labor.


STEP 2: Distribute Operational Expense

Services may require operational expenditures (OPEX) like: leases, utilities, maintenance, etc.; some of which may be indirect and need to be fairly distributed across services based on relative service size. By dividing subscribers of a service by the total number of subscribers we arrive at a fair percentage of monthly operational expenses for Service B of 28%. Indirect operational expenses for Service B are calculated fairly by $18,000.00 * (250/900) = $5,000.00.

Some expenditures are so large that the expense cannot be recognized at one point in time and need to be amortized (for example building a new data center). Depending on your model, this expense may be captured as either a project expense or an operational expense. In keeping our model simple, amortization should be used sparingly. When absolutely necessary, it should be used consistently by establishing a concise policy like “All expenses over $500,000 will be amortized (spread) over 36 months.” In our example, no expenses exceeded half-a-million-dollars and so amortization does not apply. However, if we had an Expense E of $1,750,000 for our new data build-out it would be recognized as $1,750,000 / 36 = $46,611.11.

STEP 3: Calculate Total Cost of Ownership

Projects may require capital expenditures (CAPEX) beyond labor like: material procurements, suppliers of personnel, etc. plus travel. Project costs are often direct and simply added with project labor for total project cost. We can distribute these costs as well if needed. Total Cost of Ownership for Service B rises to $18,323.64 by adding capital expenses of $3,000.00 to our previous operational expenses and labor. Assuming our other services and projects require only labor, our service organization must recover $44,252.00 this month to remain solvent. Dividing Service B’s total cost by 250 subscribers gives us a cost of $73.29 per subscriber per month.

STEP 4: Establish Charge-back

Our previously mentioned 250 subscribers of Service B is spread over four service customers (departments in this example) as 100 + 100 + 25 + 25 = 250. A fee of 7% which is the difference between our cost and our price. Recovery from each customer of their fair share of services. Department A has 100 subscribers of Service B; which equates to 100 * ($73.29 *107%) = $7,842.03. 107% is a representation of 100% of the cost plus 7% fee. Our previous Total Cost of Ownership of $44,252.00 is now a price of $47,349.64, allowing our service organization to not just be solvent but also profitable to enable research, development, improvement, etc. of services.

If the culture of your organization does not allow for your IT department to charge customers for service the same principles can still be applied. Remove the fee (7% in our example) and communicate the same information as Service Consumption Report rather than an invoice to provide show-back to your customers. Though they may not be paying for services you can still influence their behavior by giving them comparative analysis against their peers.

The following table summarizes charge-back using an IT Cost and Price Model.

In my next blog post we will explore tips for how to ensure, as the new “CEO” or your IT department, that your transition to an agile, innovative, and profitable service provider is a successful one.

===============

Jason Stevenson is a Transformation Consultant with VMware.

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New Capabilities in Project Photon OS Technical Preview 2 (TP2)

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Project Photon OS, the small-footprint container runtime from VMware that was first announced back in April, is making great progress. Several new enhancements to this open source initiative are especially interesting to vSphere administrators and those responsible for deployment and administration.

PXE Boot and Network Installation

Operating system ISO images may be the lingua franca of install media due to portability and ease of use across a wide range of environments, but a proper PXE boot infrastructure can be a very valuable enhancement to both lab test beds and production environments. Those that have invested the effort in PXE will be pleased to know that Photon OS TP2 can be easily booted from the network for quick installation. And by quick, we mean really quick! Photon OS is purpose-built for containers and does not include the extraneous packages found in general-purpose distributions. Administrators can expect an interactive installation to take less than a minute, and the majority of that time will likelybe spent keying in a complex root password two times.

The source of the network installation is also flexible, ranging from an internal HTTP server to a public Internet-based repository for those environments that desire to keep things minimal.

Scripted Installation

Manually installing guests in vSphere is fine for one-off efforts, troubleshooting, or other experiments, but to really operationalize any process, automation is necessary. Photon OS TP2 now supports scripted installation, which can be used with either the network or ISO installation options.

While it accomplishes the same goal as traditional kickstart, the Photon OS scripted install differs somewhat in implementation. The first and most obvious difference is the configuration file format. Instead of a plain text file with simple directives, Photon OS leverages JSON format. This is easy enough to edit by hand but also opens up the possibilities for programmatic manipulation, if desired. Another major difference is the range of directives – Photon OS is streamlined by nature and does not offer infinite control over aspects such as disk partition layout. There is, however, a means of running an arbitrary script at the end of the installation that should satisfy a great majority of customization requirements.

Guest OS Customization

In a vSphere environment, automated installation is great but it is typical to deploy new VMs from a template or Content Library – one of the new features of vSphere 6. Photon OS TP2 now has the necessary internals to support the guest OS customization that must occur after making a clone of a VM template. This is the procedure by which unique settings such as the hostname and network configuration are properly assigned. In TP2, all of the typical naming and addressing options are supported.

RPM-OSTree

A new approach to OS deployment known as RPM-OSTree debuts in Photon OS TP2. This is an open source mechanism that combines aspects of image-based and package-based OS configuration, aimed at improving the consistency of deployed systems. Instead of updating packages on farms of individual servers through some means of configuration management, updates are made to a central reference system that is subsequently synchronized to clients.

While this approach may seem restrictive, it is actually very well aligned with a container runtime instance that needs just a small number of packages installed. Offering an advantage in areas such as stability and security, server instances become largely immutable and not subject to configuration drift that would be found in a handcrafted environment.

Photons Everywhere You Look!

Photon OS is a great open source Linux container runtime, but it is also an important ingredient in other VMware cloud-native infrastructure stacks. For instance, vSphere Integrated Containers uses a “pico” edition of the Photon OS Linux kernel for the parent VM that is repeatedly forked with Instant Clone to run containers. This “pico” edition is smaller than is practical for many Photon OS environments, but when used as an embedded component of vSphere Integrated Containers, the image can be very slim. Photon OS is also present as a container runtime in the distributed control plane that makes up Photon Controller, part of Photon Platform, the new VMware infrastructure optimized for running cloud native apps at extreme scale.

For developers, Photon OS is included in the VMware AppCatalyst product as well as through Hashicorp Atlas in the form of a Vagrant box. Speaking of Vagrant, another important new feature of Photon OS TP2 is full support for shared folders (HGFS) when using with VMware desktop hypervisors.

Getting Photon OS TP2

Photon OS continues to be offered as an open source project available on Github. But for the most part that venue is geared toward developers from VMware as well as other collaborators working on the actual code. vSphere administrators will primarily be interested in a binary ISO release, which now comes in two different sizes, optimized for minimal or full installations.

Take a look at Project Photon OS Technical Preview 2 and explore containers on your trusted vSphere infrastructure today!

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New Capabilities in Project Photon OS Technical Preview 2 (TP2)

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Aug 312015
 

Project Photon OS, the small-footprint container runtime from VMware that was first announced back in April, is making great progress. Several new enhancements to this open source initiative are especially interesting to vSphere administrators and those responsible for deployment and administration.

PXE Boot and Network Installation

Operating system ISO images may be the lingua franca of install media due to portability and ease of use across a wide range of environments, but a proper PXE boot infrastructure can be a very valuable enhancement to both lab test beds and production environments. Those that have invested the effort in PXE will be pleased to know that Photon OS TP2 can be easily booted from the network for quick installation. And by quick, we mean really quick! Photon OS is purpose-built for containers and does not include the extraneous packages found in general-purpose distributions. Administrators can expect an interactive installation to take less than a minute, and the majority of that time will likelybe spent keying in a complex root password two times.

The source of the network installation is also flexible, ranging from an internal HTTP server to a public Internet-based repository for those environments that desire to keep things minimal.

Scripted Installation

Manually installing guests in vSphere is fine for one-off efforts, troubleshooting, or other experiments, but to really operationalize any process, automation is necessary. Photon OS TP2 now supports scripted installation, which can be used with either the network or ISO installation options.

While it accomplishes the same goal as traditional kickstart, the Photon OS scripted install differs somewhat in implementation. The first and most obvious difference is the configuration file format. Instead of a plain text file with simple directives, Photon OS leverages JSON format. This is easy enough to edit by hand but also opens up the possibilities for programmatic manipulation, if desired. Another major difference is the range of directives – Photon OS is streamlined by nature and does not offer infinite control over aspects such as disk partition layout. There is, however, a means of running an arbitrary script at the end of the installation that should satisfy a great majority of customization requirements.

Guest OS Customization

In a vSphere environment, automated installation is great but it is typical to deploy new VMs from a template or Content Library – one of the new features of vSphere 6. Photon OS TP2 now has the necessary internals to support the guest OS customization that must occur after making a clone of a VM template. This is the procedure by which unique settings such as the hostname and network configuration are properly assigned. In TP2, all of the typical naming and addressing options are supported.

RPM-OSTree

A new approach to OS deployment known as RPM-OSTree debuts in Photon OS TP2. This is an open source mechanism that combines aspects of image-based and package-based OS configuration, aimed at improving the consistency of deployed systems. Instead of updating packages on farms of individual servers through some means of configuration management, updates are made to a central reference system that is subsequently synchronized to clients.

While this approach may seem restrictive, it is actually very well aligned with a container runtime instance that needs just a small number of packages installed. Offering an advantage in areas such as stability and security, server instances become largely immutable and not subject to configuration drift that would be found in a handcrafted environment.

Photons Everywhere You Look!

Photon OS is a great open source Linux container runtime, but it is also an important ingredient in other VMware cloud-native infrastructure stacks. For instance, vSphere Integrated Containers uses a “pico” edition of the Photon OS Linux kernel for the parent VM that is repeatedly forked with Instant Clone to run containers. This “pico” edition is smaller than is practical for many Photon OS environments, but when used as an embedded component of vSphere Integrated Containers, the image can be very slim. Photon OS is also present as a container runtime in the distributed control plane that makes up Photon Controller, part of Photon Platform, the new VMware infrastructure optimized for running cloud native apps at extreme scale.

For developers, Photon OS is included in the VMware AppCatalyst product as well as through Hashicorp Atlas in the form of a Vagrant box. Speaking of Vagrant, another important new feature of Photon OS TP2 is full support for shared folders (HGFS) when using with VMware desktop hypervisors.

Getting Photon OS TP2

Photon OS continues to be offered as an open source project available on Github. But for the most part that venue is geared toward developers from VMware as well as other collaborators working on the actual code. vSphere administrators will primarily be interested in a binary ISO release, which now comes in two different sizes, optimized for minimal or full installations.

Take a look at Project Photon OS Technical Preview 2 and explore containers on your trusted vSphere infrastructure today!

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VMware NSX – It’s About the Platform Ecosystem

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The basis of competition has shifted from individual products and technologies to platforms,

Best-In-Class Partners

but with everyone aspiring to be a platform the bar is set high. A platform must be a value-creation entity, underpinned by a robust architecture that includes a set of well-integrated software artifacts and programming interfaces to enable reuse and extensibility by third parties. Platforms must support an ecosystem that can function in a unified way, foster interactions among its members and orchestrate its network of partners. And finally, platforms must adhere to the network effect theory which asserts that the value of a platform to a user increases as more users subscribe to it, in effect, creating a positive feedback loop.

The VMware NSX network virtualization platform meets this criteria resoundingly. NSX is specifically designed to provide a foundation for a high-value, differentiated ecosystem of partners that includes some of the networking industry’s most significant players. The NSX platform leverages multi-layered network abstractions, an extensible and distributed service framework with multiple entry points, and transparent insertion and orchestration of partner services. What distinguishes NSX from other platforms is its inherent security constructs which partner solutions inherit, and a context sharing and synchronization capability that allows partners to fine-tune the delivery of their services on the NSX platform inside the data center in a closed feedback loop.

As software-defined data center adoption gains momentum, NSX attracts more users and more partners with innovative solutions. The classic flywheel effect. The NSX platform broadens the market by enabling adjacent solutions. By allowing partners to share actionable network intelligence in an orchestrated service chain NSX goes a step further. It enables multiple interactions between NSX partners adding even more value to customers who have rich options for best-of-breed solutions as well as vendor products working together without the need for backend integration.

NSX partners including industry leaders, established companies and emerging innovators represent a wide cross-section of services across network security, visibility and operations, application delivery and cross-environment connectivity. Partners leverage NSX for several reasons:

  • IT enables customers to incorporate and extend their existing investments inside the data center
  • It allows them to deliver to their customers the same technology brand benefits inside the data center that they already provide at the perimeter of the data center
  • It fully automates the provisioning and orchestration of their services inside the data center so that their existing products can be transparently extended to SDDC environments
  • It de-risks customer adoption of cutting edge solutions.

Whatever the reason, customers have a rich portfolio of services to choose from.

In this blog we are pleased to feature some of our NSX ecosystem partners who help us to deliver additional value to customers.

  • Arkin Net: Arkin and VMware NSX – A Holistic Approach to Software Defined Data Center
  • F5: F5 BIG-IP & VMware NSX Join Forces for the SDDC
  • Gigamon: Securing the Promise of SDDC Micro-segmentation
  • Juniper Networks: Juniper and VMware make Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) a reality
  • NetScout: Service Assurance for NSX Environments with NetScout – Providing the Essential Visibility for Confidence and Certainty
  • Riverbed: The Year of Living Operationally with NSX
  • Trend: Micro: Cloud to Desktop – Advanced Security Framework
  • Tufin: VMware’s Duty to Care For Believers Amidst the CIO Crowd

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How To Choose The Best Infrastructure Stack For Your Cloud-Native Applications

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Aug 312015
 

Cloud-native applications are gaining mindshare, especially containerized apps that align well with the requirements of DevOps workflows, microservices, and immutable infrastructure trends. Developers and infrastructure experts must soon identify the platform for their next-generation workloads. Wouldn’t it be great if existing investments in skills, infrastructure, and technology ecosystem continued to offer the best environment to run all applications — including containerized apps?

Acknowledging that a single architecture may not satisfy the sometimes mutually exclusive requirements for traditional and third platform applications, VMware is gearing up for two new approaches in support of containerized apps.

Whether integrating with existing vSphere infrastructure to run alongside other workloads, or building an entirely new footprint optimized for high scale and churn, VMware has all of the bases covered!

vSphere Integrated Containers – Technology Preview

For those customers needing to support developers that are in the initial stages of deconstructing monolithic enterprise applications through microservices, Agile development, and DevOps workflows, the vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) approach will serve them well.

VIC takes the basic constructs specified by the Open Container Initiative and maps them to the vSphere environment, exposing a virtual container host that is compatible with standard Docker client tools but backed by a flexible pool of resources to accommodate apps of many sizes. In this model, VMs essentially become containers and other aspects, such as storage and network, are mapped to corresponding elements of the vSphere platform. A tiny variant of Photon OS forms the basis of the container runtime in VIC. Performance and density is optimized through the use of Instant Clone – a feature of vSphere 6 that enables a running VM to be rapidly forked so that child VMs consume only resources that change from the parent base image.

Based on Project Bonneville technology, this is the most seamless way to provide a Docker container runtime environment with several advantages over bare-metal Linux container architectures. Hardware-level isolation of individual containers paves the way for capabilities in VIC that cannot be matched through a shared Linux kernel model.

Inherent benefits of the vSphere platform such as administrator tool choices — from the rich Web Client GUI to the productivity-boosting PowerCLI – are further extended by comprehensive application management and monitoring capabilities in vSphere and vRealize. These resource management features deliver enhanced abilities to meet enterprise SLAs for compute, network, and storage.

Photon Platform – Technology Preview

For those customers with new initiatives that have advanced cloud-native requirements, VMware is introducing the Photon Platform. The platform is a collection of technologies that provide infrastructure with just the features needed to securely run containerized applications, controlled by a massively-scalable distributed management plane with an API-first design approach. Photon Platform benefits from the solid heritage of the VMware ESXi hypervisor but favors scale and speed over the rich management features offered by vSphere.

Photon Platform consists of the following components:

  • Photon Machine
    • Secure ESX Microvisor based on the proven core of VMware ESXi and optimized for container-based workloads
    • Photon OS – the lightweight Linux container runtime designed to integrate with VMware infrastructure
  • Photon Controller
    • Distributed management plane provides massive scale and resiliency
    • API/CLI for flexible integration with DevOps workflows

Photon Platform will also provide an extensible provisioning capability that allows administrators to quickly instantiate popular consumptions surfaces for containerized applications such as Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, or Mesos.

Scale, Speed, and Churn

For developers on the cutting edge of application architecture, a pattern is emerging that favors re-deployment over painstaking configuration management approaches often found in the traditional datacenter. This trend, sometimes called immutable infrastructure, forces deploymentsto be described programmatically and helps eliminate human bottlenecks and errors. Configuration changes can require many new VMs or containers to be deployed while old ones are rapidly destroyed, even further amplified when multiple development and test environments must also be delivered. These frequent deployments are automated, essentially eliminating the need for rich graphical interfaces and comprehensive wizards. Photon Platform foregoes full-featured centralized management tools, as they do not add the same value here that they do in traditional datacenter environments.

How to Choose

While VIC will quickly launch a container VM on demand, the magnitude would typically be in the tens, or possibly hundreds, at a time for an application. Photon Platform, on the other hand, is designed for environments where thousands or tens of thousands of containers are needed in a very short time – imagine how pleased your developers will be to learn that they can have a new Kubernetes endpoint with 1,000 nodes available for use within minutes — and another one a few minutes later!

Regardless of your cloud-native infrastructure needs, VMware will continue to be your trusted partner extending a strong record of innovation. Think of vSphere Integrated Containers as the enterprise-grade onramp to containerized applications, leveraging existing investments in technology and skillsets. Imagine Photon Platform as the next-generation infrastructure to support future initiatives that require incredible scale and churn for a range of popular container-centric consumption surfaces.

Both vSphere Integrated Containers and Photon Platform are currently Technology Previews. Please contact your VMware account team for more information or to learn about potential opportunities to participate in private betas.

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VMware NSX – It’s About the Platform Ecosystem

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Aug 312015
 

The basis of competition has shifted from individual products and technologies to platforms,

Best-In-Class Partners

but with everyone aspiring to be a platform the bar is set high. A platform must be a value-creation entity, underpinned by a robust architecture that includes a set of well-integrated software artifacts and programming interfaces to enable reuse and extensibility by third parties. Platforms must support an ecosystem that can function in a unified way, foster interactions among its members and orchestrate its network of partners. And finally, platforms must adhere to the network effect theory which asserts that the value of a platform to a user increases as more users subscribe to it, in effect, creating a positive feedback loop.

The VMware NSX network virtualization platform meets this criteria resoundingly. NSX is specifically designed to provide a foundation for a high-value, differentiated ecosystem of partners that includes some of the networking industry’s most significant players. The NSX platform leverages multi-layered network abstractions, an extensible and distributed service framework with multiple entry points, and transparent insertion and orchestration of partner services. What distinguishes NSX from other platforms is its inherent security constructs which partner solutions inherit, and a context sharing and synchronization capability that allows partners to fine-tune the delivery of their services on the NSX platform inside the data center in a closed feedback loop.

As software-defined data center adoption gains momentum, NSX attracts more users and more partners with innovative solutions. The classic flywheel effect. The NSX platform broadens the market by enabling adjacent solutions. By allowing partners to share actionable network intelligence in an orchestrated service chain NSX goes a step further. It enables multiple interactions between NSX partners adding even more value to customers who have rich options for best-of-breed solutions as well as vendor products working together without the need for backend integration.

NSX partners including industry leaders, established companies and emerging innovators represent a wide cross-section of services across network security, visibility and operations, application delivery and cross-environment connectivity. Partners leverage NSX for several reasons:

  • IT enables customers to incorporate and extend their existing investments inside the data center
  • It allows them to deliver to their customers the same technology brand benefits inside the data center that they already provide at the perimeter of the data center
  • It fully automates the provisioning and orchestration of their services inside the data center so that their existing products can be transparently extended to SDDC environments
  • It de-risks customer adoption of cutting edge solutions.

Whatever the reason, customers have a rich portfolio of services to choose from.

In this blog we are pleased to feature some of our NSX ecosystem partners who help us to deliver additional value to customers.

  • Arkin Net: Arkin and VMware NSX – A Holistic Approach to Software Defined Data Center
  • F5: F5 BIG-IP & VMware NSX Join Forces for the SDDC
  • Gigamon: Securing the Promise of SDDC Micro-segmentation
  • Juniper Networks: Juniper and VMware make Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) a reality
  • NetScout: Service Assurance for NSX Environments with NetScout – Providing the Essential Visibility for Confidence and Certainty
  • Riverbed: The Year of Living Operationally with NSX
  • Trend: Micro: Cloud to Desktop – Advanced Security Framework
  • Tufin: VMware’s Duty to Care For Believers Amidst the CIO Crowd

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How To Choose The Best Infrastructure Stack For Your Cloud-Native Applications

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Aug 312015
 

Cloud-native applications are gaining mindshare, especially containerized apps that align well with the requirements of DevOps workflows, microservices, and immutable infrastructure trends. Developers and infrastructure experts must soon identify the platform for their next-generation workloads. Wouldn’t it be great if existing investments in skills, infrastructure, and technology ecosystem continued to offer the best environment to run all applications — including containerized apps?

Acknowledging that a single architecture may not satisfy the sometimes mutually exclusive requirements for traditional and third platform applications, VMware is gearing up for two new approaches in support of containerized apps.

Whether integrating with existing vSphere infrastructure to run alongside other workloads, or building an entirely new footprint optimized for high scale and churn, VMware has all of the bases covered!

vSphere Integrated Containers – Technology Preview

For those customers needing to support developers that are in the initial stages of deconstructing monolithic enterprise applications through microservices, Agile development, and DevOps workflows, the vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) approach will serve them well.

VIC takes the basic constructs specified by the Open Container Initiative and maps them to the vSphere environment, exposing a virtual container host that is compatible with standard Docker client tools but backed by a flexible pool of resources to accommodate apps of many sizes. In this model, VMs essentially become containers and other aspects, such as storage and network, are mapped to corresponding elements of the vSphere platform. A tiny variant of Photon OS forms the basis of the container runtime in VIC. Performance and density is optimized through the use of Instant Clone – a feature of vSphere 6 that enables a running VM to be rapidly forked so that child VMs consume only resources that change from the parent base image.

Based on Project Bonneville technology, this is the most seamless way to provide a Docker container runtime environment with several advantages over bare-metal Linux container architectures. Hardware-level isolation of individual containers paves the way for capabilities in VIC that cannot be matched through a shared Linux kernel model.

Inherent benefits of the vSphere platform such as administrator tool choices — from the rich Web Client GUI to the productivity-boosting PowerCLI – are further extended by comprehensive application management and monitoring capabilities in vSphere and vRealize. These resource management features deliver enhanced abilities to meet enterprise SLAs for compute, network, and storage.

Photon Platform – Technology Preview

For those customers with new initiatives that have advanced cloud-native requirements, VMware is introducing the Photon Platform. The platform is a collection of technologies that provide infrastructure with just the features needed to securely run containerized applications, controlled by a massively-scalable distributed management plane with an API-first design approach. Photon Platform benefits from the solid heritage of the VMware ESXi hypervisor but favors scale and speed over the rich management features offered by vSphere.

Photon Platform consists of the following components:

  • Photon Machine
    • Secure ESX Microvisor based on the proven core of VMware ESXi and optimized for container-based workloads
    • Photon OS – the lightweight Linux container runtime designed to integrate with VMware infrastructure
  • Photon Controller
    • Distributed management plane provides massive scale and resiliency
    • API/CLI for flexible integration with DevOps workflows

Photon Platform will also provide an extensible provisioning capability that allows administrators to quickly instantiate popular consumptions surfaces for containerized applications such as Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, or Mesos.

Scale, Speed, and Churn

For developers on the cutting edge of application architecture, a pattern is emerging that favors re-deployment over painstaking configuration management approaches often found in the traditional datacenter. This trend, sometimes called immutable infrastructure, forces deploymentsto be described programmatically and helps eliminate human bottlenecks and errors. Configuration changes can require many new VMs or containers to be deployed while old ones are rapidly destroyed, even further amplified when multiple development and test environments must also be delivered. These frequent deployments are automated, essentially eliminating the need for rich graphical interfaces and comprehensive wizards. Photon Platform foregoes full-featured centralized management tools, as they do not add the same value here that they do in traditional datacenter environments.

How to Choose

While VIC will quickly launch a container VM on demand, the magnitude would typically be in the tens, or possibly hundreds, at a time for an application. Photon Platform, on the other hand, is designed for environments where thousands or tens of thousands of containers are needed in a very short time – imagine how pleased your developers will be to learn that they can have a new Kubernetes endpoint with 1,000 nodes available for use within minutes — and another one a few minutes later!

Regardless of your cloud-native infrastructure needs, VMware will continue to be your trusted partner extending a strong record of innovation. Think of vSphere Integrated Containers as the enterprise-grade onramp to containerized applications, leveraging existing investments in technology and skillsets. Imagine Photon Platform as the next-generation infrastructure to support future initiatives that require incredible scale and churn for a range of popular container-centric consumption surfaces.

Both vSphere Integrated Containers and Photon Platform are currently Technology Previews. Please contact your VMware account team for more information or to learn about potential opportunities to participate in private betas.

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Video: VDC Research ranks AirWatch as top EMM performer and #1 in EMM market share

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Aug 312015
 
In the recent report, “The Global Market for Enterprise Mobility Management” VDC research firm analyzes EMM vendors that are paving the way for the future of the EMM marketplace. As one of the VDC-defined Tier 1 vendors on the list, the report ranks AirWatch by VMware as a top performer in the market and EMM […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/08/vdc-research-ranks-airwatch-top-emm-performer-1-emm-market-share/feed/ 0 The VMware EUC Team is ‘Ready for Any’ at VMworld 2015 http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/08/vmware-euc-team-ready-vmworld-2015/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/08/vmware-euc-team-ready-vmworld-2015/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:32:25 +0000