Webcast: How CenturyLink Built a Better Infrastructure with vSAN

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Apr 282017
 

In our May 4th webcast, hear from CenturyLink Cloud&#rsquo;s Sr. Lead Systems Engineer, Nilan Shakya, and the VMware vSAN team about how we built a better infrastructure together. CenturyLink, a global enterprise with nearly 6 million customers and an extensive portfolioof network, managed hosting, and cloud solutions, used VMware vSAN to create a more agile

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Webcast: How CenturyLink Built a Better Infrastructure with vSAN

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Apr 282017
 

In our May 4th webcast, hear from CenturyLink Cloud&#rsquo;s Sr. Lead Systems Engineer, Nilan Shakya, and the VMware vSAN team about how we built a better infrastructure together. CenturyLink, a global enterprise with nearly 6 million customers and an extensive portfolioof network, managed hosting, and cloud solutions, used VMware vSAN to create a more agile

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vRealize Network Insight, NSX and Palo Alto Networks for micro-segmentation

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Apr 282017
 

 

Data Center cyber security is a fast-moving target where the IT teams need to constantly stay ahead of those that wish to do evil things. As security attacks can come from all directions, externally, and internally as well, the IT teams must fortify all the data, with a zero-trust security approach. Perimeter security augmented with intrusion detection and protection at the application level are the tools of choice for most data centers. This protects outsiders from getting in, as well as ensuring that the applications do not get impacted by a virus or other forms of malicious activities.

What has not been addressed is the intercommunications of applications amongst themselves, especially within the hypervisor layer, where virtual machines are communicating in an East-West traffic pattern. Traffic never hits the perimeter, and the conversations are happening several layers below the application layers where IDS sits. East-west traffic, from within the data center, has been an area overlooked as there is a gap organizationally. Simply put no one is paying attention to this area of vulnerability. The network infrastructure security teams are fortifying the perimeter, while the server teams are deploying IDS/IPS solutions. What has gone unnoticed is the East-West traffic that is flowing between virtual machines and the ease that an intruder could tap into these conversation, as there is little, to no firewalling, for denying access.

The VMware NSX Distributed Firewall (DFW) protects East-West L2-L4 traffic within the virtual data center. The DFW operates in the vSphere kernel and provides a firewall at the NIC of every VM. This enables micro-segmented, zero-trust networking with dynamic security policy leveraging the vCenter knowledge of VMs and applications to build policy rather than using IP or MAC addresses that may change. Tools for automation and orchestration as well as a rich set of APIs for partner and customer extensibility complete the toolset for security without impossible management overhead. While this is a dramatic improvement in the security posture of most data centers, layer 4 policies may not prevent malware or other threats that propagate via standard, likely permitted, protocols.

The NSX NetX API allows the insertion of 3rd party security services into the VM traffic flow, including streamlining their deployment and the sharing of security tags in order that security policy can still be dynamic. Palo Alto Networks integration with NSX automatically deploys a Palo Alto Next-Generation firewall to every host in a cluster then steers traffic to it within the host for inspection according to policy. Combining the high throughput DFW with the inspection depth of the App-ID and Threat prevention feature sets from Palo Alto Networks permits the blocking of malware and tunneled bad traffic while retaining the distributed nature of NSX traffic flow. Flows take an optimal path between VMs, remaining within the host where possible, delivering on the NSX objective of controlling lateral movement within the data center with micro-segmentation without becoming an administrative burden.Identifying legitimate East-West traffic is a key step to setup micro-segmentation in an existing data center.

VMware offers an analytic tool known as vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) for observing traffic conversations within the hypervisor. vRNI identifies and documents traffic flows, and provides suggested security policies which can be applied to both NSX and Palo Alto firewalls. vRNI analyzes IPFIX output from the Distributed Virtual Switch to provide suggested security policies and security groups. Additionally, including Palo Alto Networks either using existing production devices or during the planning phase of a deployment adding a device temporarily in tap mode, to provide more data for the assessment.The vRNI assessment results enable the addition of NSX based micro-segmentation and the Palo Alto Next-Generation firewall to a brownfield data center with confidence that existing application flows will not be erroneously blocked. The Palo Alto services can either be deployed as virtual appliances to give Threat and anti-malware protection to East-West traffic or hardware to protect North-South traffic at the edge of the data center.

 

Join us for an Upcoming Webinar:

Using vRNI to Visualize and Secure Your Data Center Virtual Network

Learn how to analyze traffic patterns non-disruptively within your production vSphere data centers, and how to use the vRNI assessment to fortify your data center virtual machines, with zero trust security and enforcement policies.

Speaker: Frank Snyder, Sr. Systems Engineer, VMware

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm Central Time

Register today!

 

We also have a session at Palo Alto Networks Ignite:

Real World Perspectives on Implementing and Operationalizing Software Defined Security and Micro-Segmentation in Data Center and Cloud

Thursday, June 15, 1:30-2:20 PM

It&#rsquo;s 2017. Software continues to eat the world. Data centers are undergoing rapid transformation and becoming software-defined (SDDC). Workloads are moving to public clouds creating a hybrid environment for IT to manage. Amidst this sea change, Security continues to be the #1 priority and driver. Micro-segmentation has emerged as a clear winner among all security models to protecting next generation and cloud ready applications. A key obstacle to successful micro-segmentation is lack of visibility and operational readiness. In this session, we will have real world customers talk about how they overcame this obstacle and went about successfully implementing a SDDC. You will learn how they used VMware vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) platform to get pervasive visibility, high automation and efficient operations for their SDDC, built upon VMware NSX platform and Palo Alto Networks Firewalls.

Ignite registrants, click here to select your sessions.


To learn more about VMware NSX and Palo Alto Networks

  • Solution Brief
  • Watch our joint customer sessions from VMworld 2016 SEC10020 – Managing Cybersecurity Risks Within SDDC: VMware and Palo Alto Networks Customers Discuss Their Perspectives and Experiences with NSX and VM-Series Deployments
  • Test drive a free Hands-On-Lab (HOL)
    • Intro to vRealize Network Insight
    • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform with VMware NSX

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Почему vSAN 6.6 — это то, что нужно вашему бизнесу?

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Apr 282017
 

Недавно мы представили vSAN 6.6, который предлагает заказчикам встроенную безопасность гиперконвергентной инфраструктуры, повышает экономию и обеспечивает рост производительности до 50%.

Сегодня мы хотим показать вам инфографику, которая наглядно демонстрирет, почему vSAN 6.6 — это то, что нужно вашему бизнесу.

 

Дополнительные ресурсы

  • Регистрируйтесь уже сегодня на новый курс VMware vSAN6
  • Узнайте больше о VMware vSAN

Подписывайтесь на @VMware_rus в Twitter и на нашу страницу в Facebook, чтобы всегда быть в курсе анонсов и новостей.

In Top Mobile News: Windows 10 Smartwatches & Android-Supported Laptops

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Apr 282017
 
Windows 10 smartwatches come to the enterprise. It&#rsquo;s 1.54 inches, runs Universal Windows Applications, secure and built to &#rsquo;survive a hard day at work,&#rdquo; saidMicrosoft. The TrekStor IoT Wearable runs on Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows 10 for the Internet of Things. Microsoft will reveal more soon on the smartwatch for healthcare, […]]> Windows 10 smartwatches come to the enterprise.

It&#rsquo;s 1.54 inches, runs Universal Windows Applications, secure and built to &#rsquo;survive a hard day at work,&#rdquo; saidMicrosoft. The TrekStor IoT Wearable runs on Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows 10 for the Internet of Things. Microsoft will reveal more soon on the smartwatch for healthcare, manufacturing, retail and other industries.

Migrating to Windows 10—everyone&#rsquo;s doing it.

By the end of this year, 85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10, according to a newGartnersurvey. The top reason to migrate? Nearly half of respondents said it’s improved security.

You may be putting Office 365 apps at risk.

Mobile application management (MAM) helps you control Microsoft Office 365 apps—but there are limitations to an application-onlysecurity framework. Worried?Find out the risks and more comprehensive solutions here.

Are you thinking what I&#rsquo;m thinking?

Chrome could soon predict what you&#rsquo;re searching for in other Android apps based on the last website you visited in the mobile browser. The &#rsquo;Copyless Paste&#rdquo; feature spotted in development would use machine learning to guess what text you&#rsquo;ll enter next.

Google also updated thelistof Chromebook laptops planned to support Android apps, bumping the total from six to more than 80 devices, reportsThe Verge.

Personal privacy matters to enterprise security, too.

Mobile surveillance is a growing threat to individual privacyandto enterprise data. Bring-your-own (BYO) devices that allow apps to collect personal data, &#rsquo;open the door to corporate hacks, stolen business data and crippling cyber attacks.&#rdquo; Read more fromAppthority President Domingo Guerraon what you can do.

Wonder why workers won&#rsquo;t use the apps you deploy?

Blame it on shorter attention spans. About 7% of users won&#rsquo;t use a new work app for each extra step it takes to get started. So if it takes six extra steps, about 42% of workers won&#rsquo;t use a new app. Read more on theVMware EUC Blog.

Tweet of the Week

Renu Upadhyay, director of product marketing at VMware, on this week&#rsquo;s CMSWire Tweet Jam, &#rsquo;Optimizing the Employee Experience:&#rdquo;

 

 

It&#rsquo;s time for a change of scenery.

This year&#rsquo;s largest VMware event, VMworld, will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for enterprise mobility experts. You’ll hear from Sumit Dhawan, Blake Brannon, Noah Wasmer and other end-user computing (EUC) leaders. Register now for early-bird rates, and get all the details at theAirWatch Blog.

Up next:

  • Join our SociaLab—Introduction to Mobile Device Management (MDM) with AirWatch—May 2 in Houston.
  • &#rsquo;Realize Your Digital Future&#rdquo; May 8–11 atDell EMC Worldin Vegas.
  • Unlock mobility withderived credentials and AirWatchJune 23 online.
  • Don&#rsquo;t miss anexclusive AirWatch experience atVMworld 2017, Aug. 27–31 in Vegas.

vCAN LIVE 2017 is June 8 – Register Now

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Apr 282017
 

Register now to attend this virtual session dedicated to EMEA Service Providers: ‘Multiply Your Success in the Multi-Cloud Era’, from 10.30 to 13.00 CEST, to learn how to help your customers become a market disruptor with the agility to capitalize on emerging opportunities before anyone else. Join our panel of VMware experts, Ajay Patel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Provider Software Business Unit, Geoff Waters, Vice President of Cloud Sales, and Graham Crich, Director, Cloud and Service Provider Partners, EMEA to discover how VMware is turning ambitions like these into reality for every kind of business. We will show you how, by building the right platform and differentiating your Cloud services, so you can help your customers activate digital transformation that delivers a competitive punch.

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Firma invitada: Cómo llevar el Cross-Cloud de VMware a África

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Apr 282017
 

Como uno de los mayores socios de VMware de África, Node África está ayudando a las empresas de todo el continente en su viaje de transformación digital, utilizando el conjunto completo de soluciones cloud de VMware. Al comenzar 2017, le pedimos al CEO de Node Africa, Phares Kariuki, que compartiera sus pensamientos sobre las oportunidades para negocios y partners en África.

Hoy en día, las empresas buscan con más atención qué servicios existen en diferentes nubes y cómo pueden ejecutarlos mientras gestionan eficientemente los costes. El ecosistema de TI en Kenia es una mezcla compleja de oportunidades y desafíos en un contexto de hardware limitado y con la necesidad de equilibrar cargas de trabajo en presupuestos cada vez más limitados.

Muchas empresas están explorando maneras innovadoras de asegurar cargas de trabajo a menor coste y probando procesos y software antes de firmar compromisos a largo plazo con los proveedores. Por ejemplo, una compañía de seguros con la que trabajamos ha puesto recientemente cargas de trabajo en la plataforma de Centro de Datos Definido por Software (SDDC) de VMware y se beneficia de la infraestructura en un modelo de “try as you buy”. Esto permite a la empresa escalar según la demanda, y la agilidad y el ahorro de costes incurridos han tenido un impacto impresionante.

Tener una plataforma consistente a largo plazo que apoye esto, como es el caso de la estrategia de VMware Cross-Cloud, es increíblemente valioso. Este enfoque permite a las empresas aprovechar las estrategias multi-cloud que están transformando la flexibilidad disponible para muchas empresas keniatas. La arquitectura Cross-Cloud de VMware permite a las empresas ejecutar, administrar, conectar y asegurar aplicaciones a través de nubes y dispositivos en un entorno operativo común.

El principal beneficio de una solución como la plataforma de virtualización de red NSX en Kenia es que no importa qué hardware tenga ya que toda la inteligencia es atendida por el software. Esto ofrece a las empresas la flexibilidad de utilizar hardware de diferentes fabricantes, intercambiar características dentro y fuera y ofrecer una mayor seguridad con políticas más granulares.

Pero, ¿cuáles son las oportunidades que esto crea para los socios?

Existen grandes oportunidades para que los socios de VMware ayuden a los clientes a comprender los entresijos de la arquitectura de cross-cloud y la gestión, políticas, redes y seguridad asociadas. Por ello, pueden ayudar a los clientes a trabajar de forma inteligente y aprovechar al máximo cualquier presupuesto que tengan, ya sea trabajando en múltiples lugares o proporcionando la mejor orientación cuando las opciones de hardware son limitadas. Los socios que sean capaces de comprender el delicado equilibrio del panorama tecnológico de Kenia y África serán los que tendrá éxito. Los socios también deben ser conscientes de que el valor añadido para el cliente radica en la experiencia de cómo adoptar SDDC y no en las ventas de infraestructura, por lo que las oportunidades son ilimitadas.

Las empresas keniatas saben la importancia de encontrar un socio que esté tan dedicado a su trayectoria como lo está en términos de infraestructura y de obtener lo mejor de su estrategia en la nube. En Node Africa contamos con una amplia experiencia en la gestión de sistemas críticos y en la creación de infraestructuras de nube a medida.

Mi consejo es que aporten valor ayudando a las empresas a implementar conjuntos de plataformas como NSX. Muchos todavía los están infrautilizando y espero ver políticas de establecimiento de una red de centros de datos en 2017 ya que las compañías cuentan cada vez más con plataformas con arquitecturas flexibles para apoyar su viaje hacia la transformación digital.

En África, el dinero, la agilidad y la tranquilidad serán una parte importante de la agenda de negocios para el próximo año en muchas empresas, pero encontrar un socio que les ayude a aprovechar todo el potencial de sus presupuestos de TI también lo será.

Para más información del VMware Partner Programme, visita:http://www.vmware.com/uk/partners.html

Apr 282017
 

In the world of HCI vSAN helped redefine the possible in the primary storage space. Now Cohesity is looking to bring these same principles and advantages to the secondary storage space. Secondary data consumes about 80% of enterprise storage capacity and imposes a huge burden on enterprise IT budgets. Cohesity calls this the Storage Iceberg.

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Apr 282017
 

みなさん、こんにちは。VMwareでパートナー様を担当させて頂いてますSEの北村です。

今回は Cloud Infrastructure Blog に次の3つをTIPs として投稿したいと思います。

1. vSphere Replication の数の制限について
2. vSphere Replication と Site Recovery Manager を共に使用する場合の構成について
3. vSphere 5.x と 6.x の Products Offering の KB (Knowledge Base) 紹介

では、それぞれについて記載していきます。

 

1. vSphere Replication の数の制限について

vSphere Replication は、ハイパーバイザー ベースで仮想マシンのレプリケーションを行う vCenter Server の拡張機能です。ストレージ・アレイ・ベースのレプリケーションを代替する機能なため、弊社の Disaster Recovery ソリューションである、Site Recovery Manager と共に使用するケースが多いですが、vSphere Replication を使用してれ保護 (レプリケーション) できる仮想マシンの数には制限 (上限) がある事はご存知でしょうか?

Operational Limits for vSphere Replication 6.x (2102453)

上記のKBでその数の制限 (上限) について説明しています。KBの中には以下の表があり、この表から、1台の vCenter Server 環境で最大 2,000台の仮想マシンを保護することができ、その際に必要となる vSphere Replication Appliance は1台、vSphere Replication Server が9台である事がわかります。つまり、1台の vSphere Replication Appliance と、9台の vSphere Replication Server が、それぞれ 200台の仮想マシンの保護を担う事で、合計 2,000 台の仮想マシンの保護を可能としています。

では、vSphere Replication Appliance と vSphere Replication Server ですが、何が違うのでしょうか?

vSphere Replication Appliance には、以下の 2つの役割があります。

  1. vSphere Replication Management Server:vCenter Server や vSphere Replication Server の構成と管理
  2. vSphere Replication Server:データの受信と書き込み

vSphere Replicationを使用する環境に最初に展開される Appliance は①と②の機能を有しており、200台を超える仮想マシンを保護したい環境に追加で展開される Appliance は②の機能のみ有しているという違いがあります。そして、①と②の機能を有している Appliance を vSphere Replication Appliance、②の機能のみを有している Appliance を vSphere Replication Server と呼びます。

 

2. vSphere Replication と Site Recovery Manager を共に使用する場合の構成について

では、Site Recovery Manager と共に使用する場合、vSphere Replication Appliance とvSphere Replication Server は、保護サイトと災害対策サイトのそれぞれにどのように配置する事になるでしょうか?

  1. まず、保護サイトと災害対策サイトの双方に vSphere Replication Appliance を展開します。
  2. 次に、保護対象の仮想マシンの数が 200 台以上の場合、災害対策サイトに、200 台の仮想マシン毎に vSphere Replication Server を展開します。
  3. 保護サイトから災害対策サイトへの片方向のレプリケーション構成の場合、受信側となる災害対策サイトだけにvSphere Replication Server を展開すればいいとなりますが、Site Recovery Manager と共に使用している DR (Disaster Recovery) システムとして考慮するならば、サイト・フェイルオーバ後のサイト・フェイルバックまでを想定した Appliance の配置をしておくのが一般的と言えますので、保護サイトと災害対策サイトの両サイトに同じ台数の vSphere Replication Server を展開しておく事を弊社としては推奨しています。
  4. 尚、当然ですが、保護サイトと災害対策サイトが双方向のレプリケーション構成の場合は、両サイトに必要な数 (仮想マシン数に応じた) だけの vSphere Replication Server を展開する事になります。

例えば、500台の仮想マシンを vSphere Replication と Site Recovery Manager を使用して、片方向のレプリケーション構成としたDRシステムの場合、保護サイトと災害対策サイトに、それぞれ、1台の vSphere Replication Appliance と、2台の vSphere Replication Server を配置する、と言う事になりますので、図にすると以下のようなイメージになります。

 

3. vSphere 5.x と 6.x の Products Offering のKB (Knowledge Base) 紹介

皆さん、以下の KB はご存知でしょうか?

vSphere 5.x の各エディション (一部、キット) で提供されているる機能:

  • 英語版 :Product offerings for vSphere 5.x (2001113)
  • 日本語版:vSphere 5.x プロダクト提供 (2073973)

vSphere 6.x の各エディション (一部、キット) で提供されているる機能:

  • 英語版 :Product offerings for vSphere 6.x (2109507)
  • 日本語版:vSphere 6.x の各エディションにおける機能一覧 (2111426)

これらの KB は、それぞれ vSphere で利用可能な機能を一覧表にしていますが、&#rsquo;ある機能が、vSphere の、どのバージョン、どのエディション (一部、キット)&#rdquo; で利用できるのか、という事が解るようになっています。

 

ではどんな時に役に立つのかと言うと、例えば、次のような疑問を持った場合に上記の KB 参照する事で疑問を解決できます。

  1. Storage vMotion はどのバージョンのどのエディション (キット) でサポートされている機能なのか?
  2. vSphere Replication はどのバージョンのどのエディション (キット) でサポートされている機能なのか?
  3. vSphere Fault Tolerance どのバージョンのどのエディション (キット) でサポートされている機能なのか?

KBから上記の 1 から 3 の答えは、それぞれ以下である事が解ります。

vSphere 5.x の場合;

  1. vSphere 5.0 の Enterprise、Enterprise Plus と、vSphere 5.1 以降の Standard、Enterprise、Enterprise Plus でサポートされる機能です。
  2. vSphere 5.1 以降の Essentials Plus と、vSphere 5.0 以降の Standard、Enterprise、Enterprise Plus でサポートされる機能です。
  3. vSphere 5.0 の Enterprise、Enterprise Plus と、vSphere 5.1 以降の Standard、Enterprise、Enterprise Plus でサポートされる機能です。

vSphere 6.0 の場合;

  1. vSphere 6.0 の Standard、Enterprise、Enterprise Plus でサポートされる機能です。
  2. vSphere 6.0 の Essentials Plus、Standard、Enterprise、Enterprise Plus でサポートされる機能です。
  3. vSphere 6.0 の Standard、Enterprise、Enterprise Plus でサポートされる機能で、サポートされる vCPU の数がエディションによって異なるので注意が必要です (Standard と Enterprise の場合は 最大で 2 vCPU、Enterprise Plus は最大で 4 vCPU の vCPU を搭載した仮想マシンを Fault Tolerance 化する事が出来ます)。

注) &#rsquo;Product offerings for vSphere 6.x (2109507)&#rdquo; と &#rsquo;vSphere 6.x の各エディションにおける機能一覧 (2111426)&#rdquo; に vSphere 6.5 に関する情報の追記を関係部門に依頼中 (2017年4月28日 (金) の時点)。

 

最後まで読んで頂きありがとうございます。今回は以上となります。またの機会をお楽しみに。

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Apr 272017
 

VMware vSphere Replication (VR) is a replication feature that is included with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions of vSphere. Replication is configured on a per-VM basis with RPOs as low as five minutes. It is compatible with vSAN, as well as, other datastore types such as VMFS, NFS, and vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols).

The post vSAN Storage Policy Assigned to vSphere Replication Replicas appeared first on Virtual Blocks.

Apr 272017
 

VMware vSphere Replication (VR) is a replication feature that is included with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions of vSphere. Replication is configured on a per-VM basis with RPOs as low as five minutes. It is compatible with vSAN, as well as, other datastore types such as VMFS, NFS, and vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols).

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Close More Deals with New VMware NSX Programs

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Apr 272017
 

Access the new NSX marketing programs – ranging from emails, webinars, and workshops to leads calling, hands-on labs, and more – on the Partner Demand Center today.

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Close More Deals with New VMware NSX Programs

 Allgemein, Knowledge Base, Updates, VMware, VMware Partner, VMware Virtual Infrastructure, vSphere  Kommentare deaktiviert für Close More Deals with New VMware NSX Programs
Apr 272017
 

Access the new NSX marketing programs – ranging from emails, webinars, and workshops to leads calling, hands-on labs, and more – on the Partner Demand Center today.

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The Public Cloud: The True Next Step in Modern Data Center Control and Evolution

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Apr 272017
 

After virtualization itself, the public cloud is considered the natural second step in helping both private and public organizations protect, extend, and replace existing data center infrastructure. And spending trends indicate that many enterprises are keen to jump on the public cloud bandwagon. According to Gartner, total public cloud spending through 2020 is projected to reach $381B.1

 

Already a trusted partner in virtualization, VMware is dedicated to helping its customers safely take the fast path the public cloud, delivering a true hybrid infrastructure that empowers organizations to enhance their data center investments and streamline IT control and capabilities.

 

And the timing couldn&#rsquo;t be better, as many organizations are encountering the limits of traditional data center capabilities. In both public and private sectors, end-user demands and expectations have created unprecedented levels of pressure on IT staff tasked with supporting their organizations&#rsquo; segue to more advanced data center capabilities.

 

IT leaders across industries have had to strike the perfect balance: modernize their data centers while complementing existing technology investments and third-party applications. VMware vCloud Air, the secure public cloud for VMware workloads, has helped countless decision-makers in this task, giving adopters an agile infrastructure that not only supports existing applications, but support for application development as well.

 

Organizations currently experiencing growing pains and unforeseen pressures to their data center capacity can harness three key benefits with vCloud Air:

 

  • Disaster Recovery: Safeguarding on-premises virtualized and non-virtualized infrastructure to keep IT operations up and running in the event of a disaster

 

  • Data Center Extension: With common management, seamless networking, and unified support, vCloudAir provides a seamless way to extend on-premises IT infrastructure by adding resources from the public cloud

 

  • Data Center Replacement: Quickly and securely &#rsquo;lift and shift&#rdquo; an on-premises vSphere infrastructure to the public cloud while maintaining a public cloud architecture that is consistent with the on-premises data center

 

Ultimately, existing vSphere users have enjoyed particularly seamless transitions to the public cloud, immediately gaining peace of mind and enjoying reduced day-to-day strain on IT staff resources. Learn more about how organizations are utilizing the public cloud to take the next step in updating their data centers.

 


1Gartner: Forecast Analysis: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2Q16 Update, August 2016.

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Understanding How Host Profiles Handles Host-Specific Configuration Settings Through Customizations

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Apr 272017
 

Host Profiles is an advanced capability of VMware vSphere that provides for configuration and compliance checking of multiple VMware ESXi hosts. Although a profile can be attached directly to a single host in vCenter Server, typically, a profile is attached to a vSphere cluster, where all the hosts have the same hardware, storage, and networking configurations. The latest release of vSphere includes several enhancements to Host Profiles. This post goes into a little more depth on two different sources of configuration settings for a host.

While Host Profiles focuses on configuring identical settings across multiple hosts, certain items must be unique for each host. These unique items are known as customizations; in the past, we also referred to them as answer files.

Administrators initially configure a reference host to meet business requirements and then extract the entire configuration into a new profile which can be subsequently edited or updated as requirements change. These settings are applied to other hosts in the cluster through the process of remediation, and hosts that are not able to meet all the profile requirements are flagged as non-compliant.

Profiles That UseDynamic Addressing Require Little Customization

In a very basic scenario, it is possible to foregocustomizations that requireadministrator input. This is the case if hosts are using DHCP for network identity – IP address and hostname – and there are no specific business requirements for setting unique root passwords per host.

Typical vSphere Host Configurations Use Static IP Addresses

But for most customers, static IP addresses are desirable in the datacenter, at least for IP storage and perhaps for vMotion or other VMkernel interfaces. Security guidelines may require all hosts to have unique root credentials, and there are other configurable items in a profile that also need to be specified per host. In general, when an attribute in Host Profiles is set to prompt for &#rsquo;user specified&#rdquo; input, that item will need to be configured per-host through customizations.

The following image gives some examples of settings on a host that will require customization:

When these customizations are missing, the profile will not be compliant – for many reasons. For example, shared datastores cannot be mounted if the appropriate VMkernel IP address is not configured.

Host Customizations Supply the Necessary Static Elements

Host customizations can be provided by vSphere administrators through a wizardduring the remediation process, or they can be uploaded in bulk via CSV file – a new feature of vSphere 6.5.

Once the host customizations have been provided and stored on vCenter Server, the associated profile can be remediated to become compliant.

Persistence of Host Customization Data

Host customization data is storedon vCenter Server, and will be deleted if a host is removed from inventory. This is an important behavior to be aware of, as sometimes hosts are removed and re-added to vCenter Server as part of troubleshooting or during a major rolling upgrade.

And finally, be aware that these host customizations apply to both stateful hosts using traditional on-disk installation, as well as stateless hosts that are booted from the network with Auto Deploy.

Takeaways

  • Host Profiles is a feature of vSphere designed to apply identical configuration to multiple VMware ESXi hosts
  • Settings that are unique for individual hosts are provided through customizations
  • vSphere Administrators enter or update customizations through graphical clients or via CSV file

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