Unifying A Multi Cloud World

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Jun 302017
 

Richard Munro, Chief Technologist and Technical Director for vCloud Air EMEA at VMware, is instrumental in helping organisations accelerate their cloud transformation deliverables with VMware&#rsquo;s Cross-Cloud Architecture

With any strategy or plan – no matter how big or small – it can be hard for anyone to lose focus, get distracted or even take a wrong turn. We&#rsquo;re all human after all.

So when it comes to a Cross-Cloud approach which helps all lines of business drive innovation and deliver on their goals, it&#rsquo;s no different. Sometimes those leading such an approach, and those within the business striving to get there need reminding what their ultimate goal is, and need to answer specific questions to ensure they&#rsquo;re on the right path. But rather than a post-it note or some rough notes, a visual guide can be more thought-provoking and has the added bonus of not getting lost amongst a pile of other work!

That&#rsquo;s why we&#rsquo;ve created an image which employees can keep close by and easily refer to, to ensure they&#rsquo;re taking the right steps on their Cross-Cloud journey. For example, if an employee is focusing on security in the cloud, they can refer to the second strand &#lsquo;How secure is your organisation&#rsquo;, and look at each of the steps to ensure they have secure cloud management in place. The steps include ensuring security is a business wide priority, and making sure that clouds are not treated as silos.

Click the Roadmap below to expand!

This is a simple but effective way of ensuring that your employees involved in your Cross-Cloud strategy stay on the right track and are asking the right questions– so share it with them now!

Want to learn more?

  • Download our Network Virtualization for Dummies
  • DownloadCloud Management for Dummies
  • Download our Secure Digital Workspace for Dummies
  • Read our Cross-Cloud Approach: Modernising IT Infrastructure blog

Unifying A Multi Cloud World

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Jun 302017
 

Richard Munro, Chief Technologist and Technical Director for vCloud Air EMEA at VMware, is instrumental in helping organisations accelerate their cloud transformation deliverables with VMware&#rsquo;s Cross-Cloud Architecture

With any strategy or plan – no matter how big or small – it can be hard for anyone to lose focus, get distracted or even take a wrong turn. We&#rsquo;re all human after all.

So when it comes to a Cross-Cloud approach which helps all lines of business drive innovation and deliver on their goals, it&#rsquo;s no different. Sometimes those leading such an approach, and those within the business striving to get there need reminding what their ultimate goal is, and need to answer specific questions to ensure they&#rsquo;re on the right path. But rather than a post-it note or some rough notes, a visual guide can be more thought-provoking and has the added bonus of not getting lost amongst a pile of other work!

That&#rsquo;s why we&#rsquo;ve created an image which employees can keep close by and easily refer to, to ensure they&#rsquo;re taking the right steps on their Cross-Cloud journey. For example, if an employee is focusing on security in the cloud, they can refer to the second strand &#lsquo;How secure is your organisation&#rsquo;, and look at each of the steps to ensure they have secure cloud management in place. The steps include ensuring security is a business wide priority, and making sure that clouds are not treated as silos.

Click the Roadmap below to expand!

This is a simple but effective way of ensuring that your employees involved in your Cross-Cloud strategy stay on the right track and are asking the right questions– so share it with them now!

Want to learn more?

  • Download our Network Virtualization for Dummies
  • DownloadCloud Management for Dummies
  • Download our Secure Digital Workspace for Dummies
  • Read our Cross-Cloud Approach: Modernising IT Infrastructure blog

Blue Medora True Visibility Suite is Also Available to vCAN Partners

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Jun 302017
 

Effective May 1, 2017, vCAN partners can now manage their entire IT stack from VMware vRealize by adding the 3rd Party ISV, True Visibility Suite. The editions completely align with VMware&#rsquo;s vRealize Operations editions. Watch a demo.

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Blue Medora True Visibility Suite is Also Available to vCAN Partners

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Jun 302017
 

Effective May 1, 2017, vCAN partners can now manage their entire IT stack from VMware vRealize by adding the 3rd Party ISV, True Visibility Suite. The editions completely align with VMware&#rsquo;s vRealize Operations editions. Watch a demo.

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New KB articles published for week ending 24th June 2017

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Jun 302017
 

vSphere ESXi

“Unable to set the network parameters\n” error when deploying VCSA 6.5

Date Published: 2017/06/20

Cross-vCenter NFC Actions with offline Storage Migrations or Cloning and ‘Netstack’ with ‘TCP/IP Stack’  

Date Published: 2017/06/19

ESXi loses network connectivity, and/or virtual machines experience network problems

Date Published: 2017/06/19

Palo Alto Networks 7.1.9 integration with NSX 6.2.4 and  vSphere 6.0

Date Published: 2017/06/23

VMware NSX for vSphere

Palo Alto Networks 7.1.9 integration with NSX 6.2.4 and  vSphere 6.0

Date Published: 2017/06/19

VMware vRealize Automation

Deleting existing Business Groups in vRealize Automation 7.x fails with ‘Remote Service Error’

Date Published: 2017/06/22

Horizon-workspace restart causes vRA services to fail in HA environment

Date Published: 2017/06/19

How to reset root password in vRA 7.x

Date Published: 2017/06/22

Upgrade to vRealize Automation 7.3 fails while running post-install scripts

Date Published: 2017/06/21

vRA 7.x Global Setting “DaysNotificationBeforeExpire” does not function properly

Date Published: 2017/06/19

XaaS requests fail with System Exception after upgrading vRA from 6.2.5 to 7.3 

Date Published: 2017/06/19

VMware vSAN

Best practices for upgrading ESxi host in vSAN cluster 

Date Published: 2017/06/19

How to remove a disk from a vSAN host

Date Published: 2017/06/19

Migrating virtual machines to vSAN from other clusters

Date Published: 2017/06/19

Slow performance observed in vSAN cluster

Date Published: 2017/06/19

Storage providers show offline in the vSphere Web Client 

Date Published: 2017/06/19

vSAN Health Check reporting congestion 

Date Published: 2017/06/19

vSAN health test fails on Performance Service 

Date Published: 2017/06/19 

vSAN host unable to enter maintenance mode using 3 node cluster

Date Published: 2017/06/19

VMware SDDC Manager

Collecting diagnostic information for VMware Cloud Foundation for Service Providers

Date Published: 2017/06/19

VMware Virtual Disk Development

Restoring single disk of the VM does not restore any data using hotadd mode

Date Published: 2017/06/19

 

 

 

 

 

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Four bottlenecks that can be solved with vSAN 6.6

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Jun 302017
 

Blog by Rory Choudhuri, Product Marketing Director at VMware. He discusses vSAN 6.6 and the HCI conversations partners can start having with stakeholders at all levels

In April, we launched the latest vSAN product update – vSAN6.6. vSAN is one of the most disruptive technologies in the infrastructure stack. More than 8,000 customers have already chosen to transform their data center, opting to virtualize their storage function and entrust their most important workloads to vSAN. The implementation sees the data centre transformed through a hyper-converged infrastructure, which combines server, storage and network functions, all managed via a software layer to help companies lower TCO, evolve without risk, and scale so they can prepare for any workload. And, of course, for that reason, we want our partners on the journey with us as you sell the solutions to your own customers.

We&#rsquo;ve deliberately developed our vSAN 6.6 kits with both the customer and partner in mind. Four new HCI Kit bundles provide an easy way for customers to get started with HCI – converging physical storage onto industry-standard servers – because they contain all the essential software needed to deploy a software-defined HCI solution. A customer can purchase any of these HCI software kits and deploy it on certified hardware from the server vendor of their choice. This simplifies the purchasing process for our channel partners, giving them a single software SKU for HCI. vSAN really does pose one of the strongest current opportunities for partners. With a HCI environment, the sales cycle tends to be turned around in 90 days. When you consider that a traditional storage solution takes around nine months, that means you can get things up and running far quicker.

What do you need to look out for when having conversations with your customers?
How do you spot the perfect opportunity to start discussing a move to a hyper-converged infrastructure with vSAN 6.6? These are the things to look out for:

  1. Budget constraints

Your customer has told you they&#rsquo;re concerned with the amount they are currently spending on storage – and won&#rsquo;t be able to sustain their current spending levels. Yet storage requirements are increasing 50% YoY – something has to change. By simplifying the storage function, vSAN significantly reduces Capex and Opex.

  1. Stretched resources and increased management complexity

They&#rsquo;re finding managing infrastructure in siloes not just increasingly complicated, but it&#rsquo;s getting harder to get a true overview of what&#rsquo;s happening across the estate. On top of that, their resources are limited – who has the time to manage silo by silo? Hyper-convergence breaks down these siloes, bringing all infrastructure into one place

  1. Their old infrastructure can&#rsquo;t help them evolve quick enough

We all know how quickly businesses need to be able to move to be competitive – are your customers saying that their infrastructures aren&#rsquo;t future-ready and can&#rsquo;t help them scale in time?

  1. Put the app in charge

Instead of individually configuring LUNs, and relying on your storage admin/architect, set storage policies for the environment. Let the software run the process, both for day 1 set up and ongoing day 2 management. Put the app in charge – that&#rsquo;s what defines the requirement after all.

vSAN 6.6 readily forms the basis of conversations with a number of stakeholders across the business, but they&#rsquo;re going to want to focus on different things. Here are our tips on the conversations you can lead with different people across your client organizations – and the benefits we see attracting each one.

With the CxO:
&#rsquo;vSAN can help you seamlessly evolve to a secure modern datacenter designed for tomorrow&#rsquo;s IT needs, at half the cost.&#rdquo;

With the IT Director/VP:
&#rsquo;With vSAN, IT spend can instead to go to strategic initiatives that actually meet businessdemand, rather than paying to keep the lights on.&#rdquo;

With the Infrastructure team
&#rsquo;vSAN offers performance and high resiliency for all types of workloads, including business-critical applications. It also has the bonus of running on the same technologies you&#rsquo;re already familiar with – if you know vSphere, you know vSAN.&#rdquo;

With storage Lead/Admin:
&#rsquo;vSAN 6.6 will let you simplify capacity planning by scaling compute and storage in tandem.&#rdquo;

We&#rsquo;re keen to work with our partners to help them help us make it even more successful. vSAN has recently won three industry awards for being the Product of the Year in this space. With the kits we&#rsquo;ve put together to help partners sell vSAN 6.6, now really is a great opportunity for our channel to get out there and start selling the software.

Want more information on selling vSAN?

  • Start with the Partner-Led vSAN Assessment
  • Visit Partner Central
  • Contact your VMware Partner Specialist at HCIsales@vmware.com or your VMware Distributor
Jun 302017
 

I’ve seen a few questions around this and I wanted to put together a quick post to put them to rest. Long story short, vSphere Replication and SRM work together the same with vSAN Encryption turned on as they do with it turned off. The reason for this is that vSAN encryption happens at the

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Lead Generation in the Digital Era

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Jun 302017
 

Lead generation in the digital era can be daunting. The good news is, there are resources that can immediately help you fill your sales pipeline. To help you stay on top of your customers&#rsquo; needs our ongoing best practices blog series will focus on lead generation, social media strategies, nurturing programs and more.

Generating consistent and predictable sales leads is the lifeblood of B2B organizations. Unfortunately, in our digital era, successfully managing a sales funnel is easier said than done. Tried and true methods, like cold calling and shotgun email marketing techniques, now only produce lackluster results. This leaves many of us feeling as though we have exhausted our time, budgets and resources.
The primary reason for this change is the evolution of the buying process. Digital has forever altered how buyers make purchasing decisions. In fact, they often complete their own research online before reaching out to a Partner, which highlights the importance of being top of mind at every stage of the sales process.

Understanding the Modern Buyer&#rsquo;s Journey

There are three stages of the buyer&#rsquo;s journey. Each stage puts your customers firmly in the driver&#rsquo;s seat of the decision-making process, including:

  1. Awareness: The buyer realizes they have a problem
  2. Consideration: The buyer begins to research possible solutions
  3. Decision: The buyer chooses a product or solution

Harnessing the Forgotten Power of Email Programs

As social media and content play an ever-expanding role in sales and marketing, email programs have fallen by the wayside. It is important to note that email marketing continues to deliver tremendous performance, consistently exceeding other methods. According to a survey conducted by the Direct Marketing AssociationandDemand Metric, &#rsquo;Email had a median ROI of 122% — more than four times higher than other marketing formats examined, including social media, direct mail and paid search.&#rdquo; [1]

Email marketing is unquestionably effective for building awareness and nurturing leads, but there are critical elements to consider:

  • Purchased email lists are rarely effective and may hurt your reputation. Instead, build an opt-in list with content marketing and other inbound marketing techniques in order to build brand recognition and customer loyalty.
  • Segment your lists to narrow your targeting focus (think verticals, previous email activity such as click-throughs and past purchases).
  • Use multi-touch programs to build your message over time.
  • Be consistent with your messaging to strengthen your brand.

To help you get started, VMware Partners can easily access multi-touch programs in the Partner Demand Center. These campaigns are ideal for driving awareness and include everything you need, from custom emails and landing pages to gated content.

Building Relationships with Lead Nurturing

Depending where your buyer is in their journey, they may not be ready to buy right now. However, it does not mean that you should concede and move on to the next lead. Take this opportunity to nurture the relationship, differentiate your business, build trust, educate your customers and finally move them closer to a decision.

According to the 2017 Benchmark survey by Demand Gen Report, marketers agree that the best types of lead nurturing programs are email newsletters, white papers and webinars.[2] But, these are not the only tactics that work. Thought leadership articles, research-based content and blog posts are also highly effective. The key for all Partners is to map the right type of program and content to each stage or the buyer&#rsquo;s journey.

VMware knows it takes time to build lead nurturing programs and content from scratch. We offer resources at your fingertips to give you a fast pass to success. Our programs include everything from webinar and workshop planning guides to outbound calling programs – all tools available through the Partner Demand Center.

Accelerating Sales

When buyers reach the decision phase, they&#rsquo;re strategically narrowing down vendors by evaluating specific features and comparing prices. Seeing products in action helps prospects fully grasp the features and overall value of solutions. This is an ideal opportunity to offer testimonials, labs, evaluation checklists, product trials and demos.

VMware supplies the following fast passes to success to help you demonstrate the value of VMware products and move sales forward:

  • Hands-on Labs

VMware Hand-on Labs (HOLs) demonstrate the value of VMware solutions in real time. This program provides you with the tools you need to encourage prospects to try out VMware solutions.

  • Free Trials and Assessments

Free Trial and Assessment forms can be added to your website through VMware Content Syndication. This allows your prospects to download evaluation versions of products and install them in their own environment.

Refining Your Strategy

Once your programs are in place, it is important to continuously evaluate what&#rsquo;s working and refine your strategy based on data. If you&#rsquo;re not focusing on metrics, statistics show that you may be missing valuable leads. According to Demand Gen Report, &#rsquo;The less companies know about their Key Performance Indicators [or metrics], the less likely they are to meet their revenue goals.&#rdquo; To identify where leads are leaking out, it is recommended to regularly examine each stage of the sales funnel. This best practice will go a long way toward boosting your pipeline and improving your marketing and sales practices.

Next Steps for Partners to Boost Sales

  • Take advantage of enablement tools developed specifically for our Partners
  • Participate in a SPECIAL INCENTIVE PROGRAM for new activations. For a limited time, Partners can receive a $25 gift card* by activating a campaign or program and submitting this form.
  • Reference theProgram Overviewor ourGetting Started Guide.
  • Login to thePartner Demand Centerto activate a program or campaign.
  • Email uswith any questions.

Please note that Terms and conditions apply.

——————————————————————————————————————————————Sources:

[1] Email Continues to Deliver Strong ROI and Value for Marketers, https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Email-Continues-Deliver-Strong-ROI-Value-Marketers

[2] 2016 Lead Nurturing Benchmark Study, https://www.demandgenreport.com/resources/reports/2016-lead-nurturing-benchmark-study

[3] 2016 Content Preferences Study, https://www.demandgenreport.com/resources/research/2016-content-preferences-survey-b2b-buyers-value-content-that-offers-data-and-analysis

 

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Lead Generation in the Digital Era

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Jun 302017
 

Lead generation in the digital era can be daunting. The good news is, there are resources that can immediately help you fill your sales pipeline. To help you stay on top of your customers&#rsquo; needs our ongoing best practices blog series will focus on lead generation, social media strategies, nurturing programs and more.

Generating consistent and predictable sales leads is the lifeblood of B2B organizations. Unfortunately, in our digital era, successfully managing a sales funnel is easier said than done. Tried and true methods, like cold calling and shotgun email marketing techniques, now only produce lackluster results. This leaves many of us feeling as though we have exhausted our time, budgets and resources.
The primary reason for this change is the evolution of the buying process. Digital has forever altered how buyers make purchasing decisions. In fact, they often complete their own research online before reaching out to a Partner, which highlights the importance of being top of mind at every stage of the sales process.

Understanding the Modern Buyer&#rsquo;s Journey

There are three stages of the buyer&#rsquo;s journey. Each stage puts your customers firmly in the driver&#rsquo;s seat of the decision-making process, including:

  1. Awareness: The buyer realizes they have a problem
  2. Consideration: The buyer begins to research possible solutions
  3. Decision: The buyer chooses a product or solution

Harnessing the Forgotten Power of Email Programs

As social media and content play an ever-expanding role in sales and marketing, email programs have fallen by the wayside. It is important to note that email marketing continues to deliver tremendous performance, consistently exceeding other methods. According to a survey conducted by the Direct Marketing AssociationandDemand Metric, &#rsquo;Email had a median ROI of 122% — more than four times higher than other marketing formats examined, including social media, direct mail and paid search.&#rdquo; [1]

Email marketing is unquestionably effective for building awareness and nurturing leads, but there are critical elements to consider:

  • Purchased email lists are rarely effective and may hurt your reputation. Instead, build an opt-in list with content marketing and other inbound marketing techniques in order to build brand recognition and customer loyalty.
  • Segment your lists to narrow your targeting focus (think verticals, previous email activity such as click-throughs and past purchases).
  • Use multi-touch programs to build your message over time.
  • Be consistent with your messaging to strengthen your brand.

To help you get started, VMware Partners can easily access multi-touch programs in the Partner Demand Center. These campaigns are ideal for driving awareness and include everything you need, from custom emails and landing pages to gated content.

Building Relationships with Lead Nurturing

Depending where your buyer is in their journey, they may not be ready to buy right now. However, it does not mean that you should concede and move on to the next lead. Take this opportunity to nurture the relationship, differentiate your business, build trust, educate your customers and finally move them closer to a decision.

According to the 2017 Benchmark survey by Demand Gen Report, marketers agree that the best types of lead nurturing programs are email newsletters, white papers and webinars.[2] But, these are not the only tactics that work. Thought leadership articles, research-based content and blog posts are also highly effective. The key for all Partners is to map the right type of program and content to each stage or the buyer&#rsquo;s journey.

VMware knows it takes time to build lead nurturing programs and content from scratch. We offer resources at your fingertips to give you a fast pass to success. Our programs include everything from webinar and workshop planning guides to outbound calling programs – all tools available through the Partner Demand Center.

Accelerating Sales

When buyers reach the decision phase, they&#rsquo;re strategically narrowing down vendors by evaluating specific features and comparing prices. Seeing products in action helps prospects fully grasp the features and overall value of solutions. This is an ideal opportunity to offer testimonials, labs, evaluation checklists, product trials and demos.

VMware supplies the following fast passes to success to help you demonstrate the value of VMware products and move sales forward:

  • Hands-on Labs

VMware Hand-on Labs (HOLs) demonstrate the value of VMware solutions in real time. This program provides you with the tools you need to encourage prospects to try out VMware solutions.

  • Free Trials and Assessments

Free Trial and Assessment forms can be added to your website through VMware Content Syndication. This allows your prospects to download evaluation versions of products and install them in their own environment.

Refining Your Strategy

Once your programs are in place, it is important to continuously evaluate what&#rsquo;s working and refine your strategy based on data. If you&#rsquo;re not focusing on metrics, statistics show that you may be missing valuable leads. According to Demand Gen Report, &#rsquo;The less companies know about their Key Performance Indicators [or metrics], the less likely they are to meet their revenue goals.&#rdquo; To identify where leads are leaking out, it is recommended to regularly examine each stage of the sales funnel. This best practice will go a long way toward boosting your pipeline and improving your marketing and sales practices.

Next Steps for Partners to Boost Sales

  • Take advantage of enablement tools developed specifically for our Partners
  • Participate in a SPECIAL INCENTIVE PROGRAM for new activations. For a limited time, Partners can receive a $25 gift card* by activating a campaign or program and submitting this form.
  • Reference theProgram Overviewor ourGetting Started Guide.
  • Login to thePartner Demand Centerto activate a program or campaign.
  • Email uswith any questions.

Please note that Terms and conditions apply.

——————————————————————————————————————————————Sources:

[1] Email Continues to Deliver Strong ROI and Value for Marketers, https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Email-Continues-Deliver-Strong-ROI-Value-Marketers

[2] 2016 Lead Nurturing Benchmark Study, https://www.demandgenreport.com/resources/reports/2016-lead-nurturing-benchmark-study

[3] 2016 Content Preferences Study, https://www.demandgenreport.com/resources/research/2016-content-preferences-survey-b2b-buyers-value-content-that-offers-data-and-analysis

 

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Application Workload Guidance and Design for Virtualized SAP S/4HANA® on vSphere (Part 4/4)

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Jun 302017
 

Inpart 1we introduced the concept of SAP HANA Application Workload guidance and using example business requirements to come up with a workload and vSphere cluster design for the SAP environment. Inpart 2we looked at storage, network and security design for the proposed customer environment. In part 3we lookedat monitoring & management, backup/recovery and disaster recovery for SAP S4/HANA. In this final part we look at validating the design we built over the past three parts and conclude the four part blog series.

SAP S/4HANA Design Validation

Validation of an SAP design is often difficult because of the absence of publicly available validation and performance tools. This design utilizes best practices derived from vendor testing conducted in SAP labs. The SAP HANA database tier is critical to the infrastructure and must be validated. So as part of this SAP S/4HANA VVD solution, some SAP standard validation tools were used to exercise the designed infrastructure.

As part of the application workload guidance process, the design was created to depict an example customer environment based on common business requirements. Even though the design is based on best practices developed by VMware, it is a good practice to conduct performance validation for the solution.

Validation was performed for the SAP HANA database tier for the SAP S/4HANA modules that were designed earlier. The database tier was deployed in its own dedicated cluster on large memory hosts with 44 cores and 1TB RAM each. The VMs were deployed on SLES 12 for SAP with memory and CPU sizes from the infrastructure design. All VMware best practices were adhered to in the deployment of the various SAP S/4HANA deployments.

Validation Tests:

Standardized OLTP and OLAP tests for SAP S/4 HANA were used for the validation. The SAP HANA systems in the design had 8, 16, or 32 vCPUs each. The validation tests were run across these three sizes of VMs and were compared for performance and scalability. The storage used for the SAP HANA deployments was initially SAP HANA TDI storage hosted on the Pure Storage FlashArray//M50. The VMs then were migrated via vSphere vMotion to the all-flash VMware vSAN configuration. The tests were then repeated.

OLTP Tests:

The OLTP tests included inserts, updates, deletes, joins, and join–select operations. These tests were run for the various VM sizes.

Results for Tests with Storage on Pure Storage FlashArray//M50

8 vCPU16 vCPU32 vCPU
Insert13.71158.3184.912
Delete13.1317.8024.4335
Update3.25551.8451.091
Select222.2555110.45463.018
Join–Select6.13753.1521.983

Table 11. OLTP Time Comparison for Various Operations on TDI Storage

The time in seconds shows the duration required to run these tests. Lower times are better because they imply that the test ran more quickly.

Figure 16.OLTP operations Time Comparison for Different HANA VM Sizes on TDI Storage

Results from OLAP Type Tests on Pure Storage FlashArray//M50

Two different types of OLAP tests were performed on the SAP HANA database servers: VDM and TPC-DS. The results of these tests are shown in Table 24.

VDM

The performance for this test is measured in queries per second (QPS). There are two different types of queries, labeled QPS1 and QPS2. The QPS for the two types of queries are compared in Table 24 for the three sizes of SAP HANA database VMs.

vCPUQPS1QPS2
83.92583333345.16535
167.69453846280.1825
3211.4115135.5245

Table 12. QPS Time Comparison Across Different HANA VM Sizes on TDI Storage

Figure 17. Query Time Comparison for Different Query Types on TDI Storage

TPC-DS is a standard benchmark for measuring the performance of decision support solutions.The benchmark models several generally applicable aspects of a decision support system, including queries and data maintenance.It includes a set of 99 queries that test various aspects of OLAP-based systems. The entire suite of queries was run against the SAP HANA databases, and the top 25 queries were compared for the three sizes of database servers. The results are shown in Figure . The 8-vCPU database system is used as the baseline and represents 100 percent from a query time perspective. The 16- and 32-vCPU systems&#rsquo; query times are compared with the baseline as shown in Figure 32.

Figure 18. TPC-DS Query Time Comparison for Different HANA VM Sizes on TDI Storage

Results for Tests with Storage on All-Flash VMware vSAN

OLTP tests were run multiple times, and the average runtimes were calculated and tabulated as shown in Table 25.

8 vCPU16 vCPU32 vCPU
Insert16.0947.6075.145
Delete13.67.3044.44
Update3.2551.8441.035
Select239.958110.49667.87

Table 13.OLTP Time Comparison for Different Operations onVSAN

Figure 19.OLTP operations Time Comparison on VSAN

Results from OLAP-Type Tests on All-Flash VMware vSAN

Two different types of OLAP tests were performed on the SAP HANA database servers: VDM and TPC-DS. The results of these tests are shown in Table 26.

VDM

The performance for this test is measured in queries per second (QPS). There are two different types of queries, labeled QPS1 and QPS2. The QPS for the two types of queries are compared in Table 26 for the three sizes of SAP HANA database VMs.

vCPUQPS1QPS2
84.0845.33
167.0879.45
3211.75136.35

Table 14. QPS Time Comparison Across Different HANA VM Sizes on VSAN

Figure 20: Query Time Comparison for Different Query Types on VSAN

Analysis

The results of the tests clearly show that the vSphere platform provides linear scalability and consistency in performance across different types of SAP S/4HANA database workloads. Linear CPU, memory, and I/O performance and scalability are reflected in these results.

TPC-DS on All-Flash VMware vSAN

TPC-DS is a standard benchmark for measuring the performance of decision support solutions.The benchmark models several generally applicable aspects of a decision support system, including queries and data maintenance.It includes a set of 99 queries that test various aspects of OLAP-based systems. The entire suite of queries was run against the SAP HANA databases, and the top 25 queries were compared for the three sizes of database servers. The results are shown in . The 8-vCPU database system was used as the baseline and represents 100 percent from a query time perspective. The 16- and 32-vCPU systems query times are compared with the baseline as shown in Figure 40.

Figure 21. TPC-DS Query Time Comparison for Different HANA VM Sizes

Analysis

The results of the tests clearly show that the vSphere platform provides linear scalability and consistency in performance across different types of SAP S/4HANA database workloads. Linear CPU, memory, and I/O performance and scalability are reflected in these results.

Conclusion:

Virtualizing SAP HANA scale-out systems enables an organization to benefit from all supported VMware virtualization solutions and options, such as live migration via vSphere vMotion, to increase SLAs and reduce TCO. The recent joint SAP and partner testing and the subsequent release of the VMware virtualized BW-EML benchmark of an SAP HANA scale-out system have shown reliable operation with a very small impact on overall system performance. SAP HANA scale-out support in controlled availability provides additional benefits for the customer by offering additional consultation from SAP, VMware, and the hardware partner. This ensures that virtualized SAP HANA configurations work well and run optimally in a customer&#rsquo;s virtualized environment.

A comprehensive implementation of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) using the prescriptive advice found in this Application Workload Guidance Design document will lead to the successful &#rsquo;end-to-end&#rdquo; and linearly scalable virtual SAP HANA system. The components used within this set of tests constitute a reference architecture. Each component, although ideal for this type of implementation, is interchangeable with a variety of products widely available through the industry. The overhead imposed by the SDDC is extremely minimal. Even when using VMware vSAN, the tests in this report reveal that any overhead introduced by VMware vSAN processing is negligible.

This Application Workload Guidance Design document based on a VMware Validated Design, in addition to providing an end-to-end infrastructure for running business-critical applications, includes a VVD infrastructure that is designed, deployed, and validated for the entire SAP S/4HANA landscape. The SAP Quick-Sizer approach was used to convert business requirements to allocated compute resources. The sizing and designing of the SAP S4/HANA infrastructure followed SAP and VMware best practices. All VVD components were leveraged to build out the end-to-end solution for SAP S/4HANA. The following are some of the major components of the VVD that were used in this infrastructure:

  • vSphere for virtualized compute and infrastructure
    • High-performance Dell R630 and R730 PowerEdge Servers
    • Pure Storage–based SAP TDI and Western Digital all-flash VMware vSAN storage
    • Brocade Generation 6 SAN fabric
  • Separate vSphere clusters for management, SAP applications, and SAP HANA databases
  • vSphere HA and vSphere FT for simplified high availability
  • VMware NSX for networking with microsegmentation for security on Brocade VDX switches
  • vRealize Automation with Adapter for SAP Landscape Management
  • vRealize Operations with Blue Medora SAP dashboards for operations and capacity planning

The solution was then successfully validated to meet and exceed the requirements. The results of the validation tests clearly show that vSphere offers a robust platform for running SAP S/4HANA production workloads.

This set of tests was conducted in a truly comprehensive manner, both broad in scope and striking in depth. In addition to what has been highlighted in this voluminous work, there are components of VMware technology that were used as &#rsquo;common practice&#rdquo; during the testing procedure that are well accepted in &#rsquo;everyday&#rdquo; virtualized environments and therefore don&#rsquo;t necessarily warrant detailed or complex analysis and explanation in the text. For example, vSphere vMotion was used on the virtual SAP HANA VMs to transition them from servers using the Pure Storage array to those configured to use VMware vSAN. This is a highly impressive capability, but it is one that in 2017 is so commonly employed in virtualized environments that it is unnecessary to highlight.

The time has come to definitively recognize that the well-known VMware motto &#rsquo;No Application Left Behind,&#rdquo; which was adopted in the vSphere 6.x time frame and signifies that every implemented application and database is a candidate for virtualized infrastructure, is an observable fact. The benefits and value of the VMware SDDC will enhance any SAP HANA implementation.

More details from this blog series can be found in this comprehensiveWhitepaper.

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Application Workload Guidance and Design for Virtualized SAP S/4HANA® on vSphere (Part 4/4)

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Jun 302017
 

Inpart 1we introduced the concept of SAP HANA Application Workload guidance and using example business requirements to come up with a workload and vSphere cluster design for the SAP environment. Inpart 2we looked at storage, network and security design for the proposed customer environment. In part 3we lookedat monitoring & management, backup/recovery and disaster recovery for SAP S4/HANA. In this final part we look at validating the design we built over the past three parts and conclude the four part blog series.

SAP S/4HANA Design Validation

Validation of an SAP design is often difficult because of the absence of publicly available validation and performance tools. This design utilizes best practices derived from vendor testing conducted in SAP labs. The SAP HANA database tier is critical to the infrastructure and must be validated. So as part of this SAP S/4HANA VVD solution, some SAP standard validation tools were used to exercise the designed infrastructure.

As part of the application workload guidance process, the design was created to depict an example customer environment based on common business requirements. Even though the design is based on best practices developed by VMware, it is a good practice to conduct performance validation for the solution.

Validation was performed for the SAP HANA database tier for the SAP S/4HANA modules that were designed earlier. The database tier was deployed in its own dedicated cluster on large memory hosts with 44 cores and 1TB RAM each. The VMs were deployed on SLES 12 for SAP with memory and CPU sizes from the infrastructure design. All VMware best practices were adhered to in the deployment of the various SAP S/4HANA deployments.

Validation Tests:

Standardized OLTP and OLAP tests for SAP S/4 HANA were used for the validation. The SAP HANA systems in the design had 8, 16, or 32 vCPUs each. The validation tests were run across these three sizes of VMs and were compared for performance and scalability. The storage used for the SAP HANA deployments was initially SAP HANA TDI storage hosted on the Pure Storage FlashArray//M50. The VMs then were migrated via vSphere vMotion to the all-flash VMware vSAN configuration. The tests were then repeated.

OLTP Tests:

The OLTP tests included inserts, updates, deletes, joins, and join–select operations. These tests were run for the various VM sizes.

Results for Tests with Storage on Pure Storage FlashArray//M50

8 vCPU16 vCPU32 vCPU
Insert13.71158.3184.912
Delete13.1317.8024.4335
Update3.25551.8451.091
Select222.2555110.45463.018
Join–Select6.13753.1521.983

Table 11. OLTP Time Comparison for Various Operations on TDI Storage

The time in seconds shows the duration required to run these tests. Lower times are better because they imply that the test ran more quickly.

Figure 16.OLTP operations Time Comparison for Different HANA VM Sizes on TDI Storage

Results from OLAP Type Tests on Pure Storage FlashArray//M50

Two different types of OLAP tests were performed on the SAP HANA database servers: VDM and TPC-DS. The results of these tests are shown in Table 24.

VDM

The performance for this test is measured in queries per second (QPS). There are two different types of queries, labeled QPS1 and QPS2. The QPS for the two types of queries are compared in Table 24 for the three sizes of SAP HANA database VMs.

vCPUQPS1QPS2
83.92583333345.16535
167.69453846280.1825
3211.4115135.5245

Table 12. QPS Time Comparison Across Different HANA VM Sizes on TDI Storage

Figure 17. Query Time Comparison for Different Query Types on TDI Storage

TPC-DS is a standard benchmark for measuring the performance of decision support solutions.The benchmark models several generally applicable aspects of a decision support system, including queries and data maintenance.It includes a set of 99 queries that test various aspects of OLAP-based systems. The entire suite of queries was run against the SAP HANA databases, and the top 25 queries were compared for the three sizes of database servers. The results are shown in Figure . The 8-vCPU database system is used as the baseline and represents 100 percent from a query time perspective. The 16- and 32-vCPU systems&#rsquo; query times are compared with the baseline as shown in Figure 32.

Figure 18. TPC-DS Query Time Comparison for Different HANA VM Sizes on TDI Storage

Results for Tests with Storage on All-Flash VMware vSAN

OLTP tests were run multiple times, and the average runtimes were calculated and tabulated as shown in Table 25.

8 vCPU16 vCPU32 vCPU
Insert16.0947.6075.145
Delete13.67.3044.44
Update3.2551.8441.035
Select239.958110.49667.87

Table 13.OLTP Time Comparison for Different Operations onVSAN

Figure 19.OLTP operations Time Comparison on VSAN

Results from OLAP-Type Tests on All-Flash VMware vSAN

Two different types of OLAP tests were performed on the SAP HANA database servers: VDM and TPC-DS. The results of these tests are shown in Table 26.

VDM

The performance for this test is measured in queries per second (QPS). There are two different types of queries, labeled QPS1 and QPS2. The QPS for the two types of queries are compared in Table 26 for the three sizes of SAP HANA database VMs.

vCPUQPS1QPS2
84.0845.33
167.0879.45
3211.75136.35

Table 14. QPS Time Comparison Across Different HANA VM Sizes on VSAN

Figure 20: Query Time Comparison for Different Query Types on VSAN

Analysis

The results of the tests clearly show that the vSphere platform provides linear scalability and consistency in performance across different types of SAP S/4HANA database workloads. Linear CPU, memory, and I/O performance and scalability are reflected in these results.

TPC-DS on All-Flash VMware vSAN

TPC-DS is a standard benchmark for measuring the performance of decision support solutions.The benchmark models several generally applicable aspects of a decision support system, including queries and data maintenance.It includes a set of 99 queries that test various aspects of OLAP-based systems. The entire suite of queries was run against the SAP HANA databases, and the top 25 queries were compared for the three sizes of database servers. The results are shown in . The 8-vCPU database system was used as the baseline and represents 100 percent from a query time perspective. The 16- and 32-vCPU systems query times are compared with the baseline as shown in Figure 40.

Figure 21. TPC-DS Query Time Comparison for Different HANA VM Sizes

Analysis

The results of the tests clearly show that the vSphere platform provides linear scalability and consistency in performance across different types of SAP S/4HANA database workloads. Linear CPU, memory, and I/O performance and scalability are reflected in these results.

Conclusion:

Virtualizing SAP HANA scale-out systems enables an organization to benefit from all supported VMware virtualization solutions and options, such as live migration via vSphere vMotion, to increase SLAs and reduce TCO. The recent joint SAP and partner testing and the subsequent release of the VMware virtualized BW-EML benchmark of an SAP HANA scale-out system have shown reliable operation with a very small impact on overall system performance. SAP HANA scale-out support in controlled availability provides additional benefits for the customer by offering additional consultation from SAP, VMware, and the hardware partner. This ensures that virtualized SAP HANA configurations work well and run optimally in a customer&#rsquo;s virtualized environment.

A comprehensive implementation of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) using the prescriptive advice found in this Application Workload Guidance Design document will lead to the successful &#rsquo;end-to-end&#rdquo; and linearly scalable virtual SAP HANA system. The components used within this set of tests constitute a reference architecture. Each component, although ideal for this type of implementation, is interchangeable with a variety of products widely available through the industry. The overhead imposed by the SDDC is extremely minimal. Even when using VMware vSAN, the tests in this report reveal that any overhead introduced by VMware vSAN processing is negligible.

This Application Workload Guidance Design document based on a VMware Validated Design, in addition to providing an end-to-end infrastructure for running business-critical applications, includes a VVD infrastructure that is designed, deployed, and validated for the entire SAP S/4HANA landscape. The SAP Quick-Sizer approach was used to convert business requirements to allocated compute resources. The sizing and designing of the SAP S4/HANA infrastructure followed SAP and VMware best practices. All VVD components were leveraged to build out the end-to-end solution for SAP S/4HANA. The following are some of the major components of the VVD that were used in this infrastructure:

  • vSphere for virtualized compute and infrastructure
    • High-performance Dell R630 and R730 PowerEdge Servers
    • Pure Storage–based SAP TDI and Western Digital all-flash VMware vSAN storage
    • Brocade Generation 6 SAN fabric
  • Separate vSphere clusters for management, SAP applications, and SAP HANA databases
  • vSphere HA and vSphere FT for simplified high availability
  • VMware NSX for networking with microsegmentation for security on Brocade VDX switches
  • vRealize Automation with Adapter for SAP Landscape Management
  • vRealize Operations with Blue Medora SAP dashboards for operations and capacity planning

The solution was then successfully validated to meet and exceed the requirements. The results of the validation tests clearly show that vSphere offers a robust platform for running SAP S/4HANA production workloads.

This set of tests was conducted in a truly comprehensive manner, both broad in scope and striking in depth. In addition to what has been highlighted in this voluminous work, there are components of VMware technology that were used as &#rsquo;common practice&#rdquo; during the testing procedure that are well accepted in &#rsquo;everyday&#rdquo; virtualized environments and therefore don&#rsquo;t necessarily warrant detailed or complex analysis and explanation in the text. For example, vSphere vMotion was used on the virtual SAP HANA VMs to transition them from servers using the Pure Storage array to those configured to use VMware vSAN. This is a highly impressive capability, but it is one that in 2017 is so commonly employed in virtualized environments that it is unnecessary to highlight.

The time has come to definitively recognize that the well-known VMware motto &#rsquo;No Application Left Behind,&#rdquo; which was adopted in the vSphere 6.x time frame and signifies that every implemented application and database is a candidate for virtualized infrastructure, is an observable fact. The benefits and value of the VMware SDDC will enhance any SAP HANA implementation.

More details from this blog series can be found in this comprehensiveWhitepaper.

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Application Workload Guidance and Design for Virtualized SAP S/4HANA® on vSphere (Part 4/4)

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Jun 302017
 

Inpart 1we introduced the concept of SAP HANA Application Workload guidance and using example business requirements to come up with a workload and vSphere cluster design for the SAP environment. Inpart 2we looked at storage, network and security design for the proposed customer environment. In part 3we lookedat monitoring & management, backup/recovery and disaster recovery for SAP S4/HANA. In this final part we look at validating the design we built over the past three parts and conclude the four part blog series.

SAP S/4HANA Design Validation

Validation of an SAP design is often difficult because of the absence of publicly available validation and performance tools. This design utilizes best practices derived from vendor testing conducted in SAP labs. The SAP HANA database tier is critical to the infrastructure and must be validated. So as part of this SAP S/4HANA VVD solution, some SAP standard validation tools were used to exercise the designed infrastructure.

As part of the application workload guidance process, the design was created to depict an example customer environment based on common business requirements. Even though the design is based on best practices developed by VMware, it is a good practice to conduct performance validation for the solution.

Validation was performed for the SAP HANA database tier for the SAP S/4HANA modules that were designed earlier. The database tier was deployed in its own dedicated cluster on large memory hosts with 44 cores and 1TB RAM each. The VMs were deployed on SLES 12 for SAP with memory and CPU sizes from the infrastructure design. All VMware best practices were adhered to in the deployment of the various SAP S/4HANA deployments.

Validation Tests:

Standardized OLTP and OLAP tests for SAP S/4 HANA were used for the validation. The SAP HANA systems in the design had 8, 16, or 32 vCPUs each. The validation tests were run across these three sizes of VMs and were compared for performance and scalability. The storage used for the SAP HANA deployments was initially SAP HANA TDI storage hosted on the Pure Storage FlashArray//M50. The VMs then were migrated via vSphere vMotion to the all-flash VMware vSAN configuration. The tests were then repeated.

OLTP Tests:

The OLTP tests included inserts, updates, deletes, joins, and join–select operations. These tests were run for the various VM sizes.

Results for Tests with Storage on Pure Storage FlashArray//M50

8 vCPU16 vCPU32 vCPU
Insert13.71158.3184.912
Delete13.1317.8024.4335
Update3.25551.8451.091
Select222.2555110.45463.018
Join–Select6.13753.1521.983

Table 11. OLTP Time Comparison for Various Operations on TDI Storage

The time in seconds shows the duration required to run these tests. Lower times are better because they imply that the test ran more quickly.

Figure 16.OLTP operations Time Comparison for Different HANA VM Sizes on TDI Storage

Results from OLAP Type Tests on Pure Storage FlashArray//M50

Two different types of OLAP tests were performed on the SAP HANA database servers: VDM and TPC-DS. The results of these tests are shown in Table 24.

VDM

The performance for this test is measured in queries per second (QPS). There are two different types of queries, labeled QPS1 and QPS2. The QPS for the two types of queries are compared in Table 24 for the three sizes of SAP HANA database VMs.

vCPUQPS1QPS2
83.92583333345.16535
167.69453846280.1825
3211.4115135.5245

Table 12. QPS Time Comparison Across Different HANA VM Sizes on TDI Storage

Figure 17. Query Time Comparison for Different Query Types on TDI Storage

TPC-DS is a standard benchmark for measuring the performance of decision support solutions.The benchmark models several generally applicable aspects of a decision support system, including queries and data maintenance.It includes a set of 99 queries that test various aspects of OLAP-based systems. The entire suite of queries was run against the SAP HANA databases, and the top 25 queries were compared for the three sizes of database servers. The results are shown in Figure . The 8-vCPU database system is used as the baseline and represents 100 percent from a query time perspective. The 16- and 32-vCPU systems&#rsquo; query times are compared with the baseline as shown in Figure 32.

Figure 18. TPC-DS Query Time Comparison for Different HANA VM Sizes on TDI Storage

Results for Tests with Storage on All-Flash VMware vSAN

OLTP tests were run multiple times, and the average runtimes were calculated and tabulated as shown in Table 25.

8 vCPU16 vCPU32 vCPU
Insert16.0947.6075.145
Delete13.67.3044.44
Update3.2551.8441.035
Select239.958110.49667.87

Table 13.OLTP Time Comparison for Different Operations onVSAN

Figure 19.OLTP operations Time Comparison on VSAN

Results from OLAP-Type Tests on All-Flash VMware vSAN

Two different types of OLAP tests were performed on the SAP HANA database servers: VDM and TPC-DS. The results of these tests are shown in Table 26.

VDM

The performance for this test is measured in queries per second (QPS). There are two different types of queries, labeled QPS1 and QPS2. The QPS for the two types of queries are compared in Table 26 for the three sizes of SAP HANA database VMs.

vCPUQPS1QPS2
84.0845.33
167.0879.45
3211.75136.35

Table 14. QPS Time Comparison Across Different HANA VM Sizes on VSAN

Figure 20: Query Time Comparison for Different Query Types on VSAN

Analysis

The results of the tests clearly show that the vSphere platform provides linear scalability and consistency in performance across different types of SAP S/4HANA database workloads. Linear CPU, memory, and I/O performance and scalability are reflected in these results.

TPC-DS on All-Flash VMware vSAN

TPC-DS is a standard benchmark for measuring the performance of decision support solutions.The benchmark models several generally applicable aspects of a decision support system, including queries and data maintenance.It includes a set of 99 queries that test various aspects of OLAP-based systems. The entire suite of queries was run against the SAP HANA databases, and the top 25 queries were compared for the three sizes of database servers. The results are shown in . The 8-vCPU database system was used as the baseline and represents 100 percent from a query time perspective. The 16- and 32-vCPU systems query times are compared with the baseline as shown in Figure 40.

Figure 21. TPC-DS Query Time Comparison for Different HANA VM Sizes

Analysis

The results of the tests clearly show that the vSphere platform provides linear scalability and consistency in performance across different types of SAP S/4HANA database workloads. Linear CPU, memory, and I/O performance and scalability are reflected in these results.

Conclusion:

Virtualizing SAP HANA scale-out systems enables an organization to benefit from all supported VMware virtualization solutions and options, such as live migration via vSphere vMotion, to increase SLAs and reduce TCO. The recent joint SAP and partner testing and the subsequent release of the VMware virtualized BW-EML benchmark of an SAP HANA scale-out system have shown reliable operation with a very small impact on overall system performance. SAP HANA scale-out support in controlled availability provides additional benefits for the customer by offering additional consultation from SAP, VMware, and the hardware partner. This ensures that virtualized SAP HANA configurations work well and run optimally in a customer&#rsquo;s virtualized environment.

A comprehensive implementation of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) using the prescriptive advice found in this Application Workload Guidance Design document will lead to the successful &#rsquo;end-to-end&#rdquo; and linearly scalable virtual SAP HANA system. The components used within this set of tests constitute a reference architecture. Each component, although ideal for this type of implementation, is interchangeable with a variety of products widely available through the industry. The overhead imposed by the SDDC is extremely minimal. Even when using VMware vSAN, the tests in this report reveal that any overhead introduced by VMware vSAN processing is negligible.

This Application Workload Guidance Design document based on a VMware Validated Design, in addition to providing an end-to-end infrastructure for running business-critical applications, includes a VVD infrastructure that is designed, deployed, and validated for the entire SAP S/4HANA landscape. The SAP Quick-Sizer approach was used to convert business requirements to allocated compute resources. The sizing and designing of the SAP S4/HANA infrastructure followed SAP and VMware best practices. All VVD components were leveraged to build out the end-to-end solution for SAP S/4HANA. The following are some of the major components of the VVD that were used in this infrastructure:

  • vSphere for virtualized compute and infrastructure
    • High-performance Dell R630 and R730 PowerEdge Servers
    • Pure Storage–based SAP TDI and Western Digital all-flash VMware vSAN storage
    • Brocade Generation 6 SAN fabric
  • Separate vSphere clusters for management, SAP applications, and SAP HANA databases
  • vSphere HA and vSphere FT for simplified high availability
  • VMware NSX for networking with microsegmentation for security on Brocade VDX switches
  • vRealize Automation with Adapter for SAP Landscape Management
  • vRealize Operations with Blue Medora SAP dashboards for operations and capacity planning

The solution was then successfully validated to meet and exceed the requirements. The results of the validation tests clearly show that vSphere offers a robust platform for running SAP S/4HANA production workloads.

This set of tests was conducted in a truly comprehensive manner, both broad in scope and striking in depth. In addition to what has been highlighted in this voluminous work, there are components of VMware technology that were used as &#rsquo;common practice&#rdquo; during the testing procedure that are well accepted in &#rsquo;everyday&#rdquo; virtualized environments and therefore don&#rsquo;t necessarily warrant detailed or complex analysis and explanation in the text. For example, vSphere vMotion was used on the virtual SAP HANA VMs to transition them from servers using the Pure Storage array to those configured to use VMware vSAN. This is a highly impressive capability, but it is one that in 2017 is so commonly employed in virtualized environments that it is unnecessary to highlight.

The time has come to definitively recognize that the well-known VMware motto &#rsquo;No Application Left Behind,&#rdquo; which was adopted in the vSphere 6.x time frame and signifies that every implemented application and database is a candidate for virtualized infrastructure, is an observable fact. The benefits and value of the VMware SDDC will enhance any SAP HANA implementation.

More details from this blog series can be found in this comprehensiveWhitepaper.

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Test Driving macOS High Sierra Public Beta: Now Even Easier

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Jun 302017
 

Today Apple seeded the first Public beta ofmacOS 10.13 High Sierra, making it available for all interested Mac usersthrough the Apple Beta Software program.

We’ve written about how to run 10.13 in a Virtual Machine before, and previously there was a couple of hacks to do in order to get it running. This is just part of the funof being on the ‘bleeding edge’, and thankfully with Fusion doing all this in a virtual environment makes it pretty painless.

With the recent release of Fusion 8.5.8 we did several behind-the-scenes changes, and while the release notes were a bit light on details for a variety of reasons, we did manage to make the process of testing out macOS High Sierra in a VM much easier.

The two main problems previously were that a) We would get the error about Fusion being ‘unable to create the installation medium’, and b) the lack of APFS support in our virtual EFI implementation.

Under Fusion 8.5.7 this is expected behaviour, now resolved with 8.5.8

For the ‘Unable to create installation medium’ issue, for which we had a communitycontribution to help work around that which we posted to our github page, we have since addressed the issue and the user-submitted code is not required. Big thanks tonorio-nomuraover on github for taking the time tosubmit those changes. While we did not use code from that pull requestto accomplish our task, we sincerely appreciate the community digging in and contributing.

Users can now simply drag the ‘Install macOS High Sierra.app’ directly on to Fusion’s New VM wizard and it will ‘do the right thing’.

The second problem was lack of support for APFS, rendering the OS unbootable if the user chose the‘covert drive to APFS’ option from the installer.

The previously missing APFS UEFI driver is no longer missing

This issue is now simply resolved and the VM should boot just fine.

We don’t officially support High Sierra in a VM, and don’t recommend it in production environments, but by and large things seem to be working well as a VM with Fusion 8.5.8.

How has your experience been? We’d love to hear how your testing has been going, what you like and what drives you crazy both about macOS and about Fusion!

 

 

 

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Announcing the New VMware Solution Exchange Marketplace

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Jun 292017
 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new VMware Solution Exchange Marketplace! The new marketplace is now accessible through thesolutionexchange.vmware.comURL as well as the newmarketplace.vmware.comURL.

Our goal with this new marketplace is to provide our customers and partners an easy, fast, reliable, and more effective way to learn about partner products that integrate with VMware products.

Not only does this new platform give us the ability to improve the performance, look, and feel of the marketplace, it will also give us an opportunity to build and improve the marketplace to keep up with the needs of our customers and partners. As a current TAP partner and user of theVSXyou will notice some changes in the way you login and edit your listings:

  • We&#rsquo;re integrating with theMyVMwaresingle-sign in to make logging in to the marketplace more convenient.
  • We&#rsquo;re updating the home page and the way customers search for products.
  • We&#rsquo;re updating our Administration menu to improve the experience of adding or editing listings.
  • By updating our platform we will be able to add new and improved reporting and user management.

Because we&#rsquo;ve moved so much of the information from one marketplace platform to another we would ask that you review your listings to make sure that they look correct and up-to-date. For more information about how to view your account and listings please use the information available on the marketplacePartner Page.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the VSX Alliance Team atvsxalliance@vmware.com.

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Dogfooding the Cloud: How VMware Used vCloud Director to Consolidate Internal IT

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Jun 292017
 

Powered by VMware vCloud Director cloud management, VMware launched its OneCloud platform in 2012 that now runs more than 100,000 virtual machines (VMs) for internal users. The solution has eliminated the need to manage many small systems, reduced CapEx, improved and automated security, and shifted internal customer costs to OpEx. Read this blog for more detail.

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