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EMC, VMware and Pivotal (EVP): Software-Defined Data Center Architecture

Are you attending VMworld this year and looking to learn about how you can transform your data center into a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), which provides a solution for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Backup as a Service (BaaS), Storage as a Service (SaaS) as well as other data center capabilities? If so, here’s a great chance to gain in-depth knowledge on the new offering from EVP SDDC.

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Meet us in the Partner Lounge at VMworld 2014!

Have you always been searching in various places to get the right resources to build your solution? You now have an integrated one-stop shop of all the developer resources you need to design solutions for the software-defined data center with VMware Developer Center.

Come join us in the fun at the Partner Lounge in VMworld 2014 to learn more about what we do and also win a raffle. At the photo booth, all you have to do is use the #vmwdev to tweet a picture of yourself holding the Developer Center sign!

Photobooth PicturePlease follow us at @vmwaredevcenter to get live updates of our activities and winners during the show. See you there!

Hello, VMware Objects: Getting Started with the Property Collector

This is the second in series of articles introducing the VMware Management stack. In the first article, I explained how to:

  • Set up a development environment
  • Work with SSL/TLS security in a development environment
  • Connect to a vCenter Server, log in, and get some basic information

In this article, we will build on the previous example. We will look at the VMware object system in the form of Managed Objects and Data Objects, learn more about invoking methods on Managed Objects, and use the Property Collector to start exploring the vCenter inventory.

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New Tech Note: ‘Bootstrapping VSAN without vCenter’

Ever wondered how to deploy Virtual SAN when there is no vCenter available to begin with? Bootstrap method allows one to deploy VSAN datastore and then can be used to install vCenter. However, this does not mean we don’t require vCenter for VSAN. vCenter is definitely key to manage the full functioning of VSAN.

Apart from the bootstrapping method, additional methods to restart a VSAN cluster when vCenter is running on the VSAN datastore are described.

You can find the tech note titled, ‘Bootstrapping VSAN without vCenter’ on Developer Center, your one stop shop for all developer resources. ‎For more information on VSAN, including other tech notes, visit the VSAN Architecture page.

New Tech Note: ‘Using HostProfiles for VSAN’

VMware Virtual SAN technology provides  hyper-converged storage and compute solution. When you run out of space or need more compute and storage, you can expand existing VSAN cluster upto a maximum of 32 nodes.

Are you wondering how to extend the exisitng VSAN settings such as disk groups and IO Policies to a new host without downtime? The answer is vSphere HostProfiles. Developer Center now hosts the technote to show how to use HostProfiles to add new host and extend the exisitng VSAN settings to the new Host.

You can find the tech note titled, ‘Using HostProfiles for VSAN‘ on Developer Center, your one stop shop for all developer resources. ‎For more information on VSAN, including other tech notes, visit the VSAN Architecture page.

New Tool: Valgrind, ESXi Version

As part of our ongoing commitment to developers and open source software, VMware has released an ESXi porting of Valgrind 3.7.0, a GPL (GNU General Public License) licensed  instrumentation framework for building dynamic analysis tools. Valgrind Tools, ESXi Version works with ESXi 5.5 and later versions. This suite comprises a number of tools for memory debugging, memory leak detection, and cache and heap profiling.

Download Valgrind for ESXi today and stay tuned for an in-depth article on dynamic memory analysis from the Valgrind team.


New Technical Paper: vCenter Operations Management Packs

VMware vCenter Operations Management Packs extend the capabilities of vCenter Operations Management Suite to third- party products and technologies to enable end-to-end operations intelligence with data visualizations, dashboards, reports, alerts, and actions. And now VMware has published a management pack technical white paper will give you insight into the types of management packs you can create and how to deliver them, along with examples of great management packs from other VMware partners.

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New Log Insight Partner Program

With the recent release of vCenter Log Insight 2.0, VMware has extended its platform for log analytics and machine learning in a variety of areas. As mentioned on the Cloud Management Blog, we’re also making it easier for partners to build Log Insight Content Packs with the new Log Insight Partner Program.

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Getting Started With the vSphere Management SDK

If you are a software developer new to the VMware management stack, you may have noticed that the learning curve is a little steep. This is due in part to the breadth of our offerings, and the number of different ways you may need to use VMware products. This can lead to an overload of information.

This is the first in a series of articles that will walk through the process of getting set up and using the vSphere Management SDK. It is targeted at developers of software products that will manage, monitor, analyze, automate or otherwise interact with virtual resource controlled by VMware infrastructure. I’m not addressing device drivers or low level development, nor am I addressing scripts to automate specific IT operations.

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vSphere 2015 Beta Is Here

VMware is pleased to announce the vSphere 2015 Public Beta program, which represents one small leap for VMware and one giant leap for cloud computing. The new beta, which for the first time is open for everyone to join, includes updates to several limited access SDKs and APIs, along with their associated programs, certifications and documentation—all available on VMware Developer Center.

Join the vSphere Beta Community

Beta participation is vital for us to reach our Day 0 goals together. Early feedback will insure we have enough time to address your issues and concerns in the General Availability release of our SDK and certification plugins. Although this Beta Program has no established end date, and you can provide comments throughout the program, we strong encourage everyone to participate and provide feedback in the first 4-6 weeks of the program (which started June 30, 2014).

Download Gated SDKs for vSphere 2015 Beta

Authorized partner developers who are participating in eligible Developer Center programs can now find SDKs, certification plugins, and associated documentation for vSphere 2015 Beta on VMware Developer Center portal. Early feedback will insure we have enough time to address your issues and concerns in the General Availability release of our SDK and certification plugins.

The Beta release is not to be used for production development or certification purposes. Official certification will start with the Release Candidate (RC) build.

Not sure where to start? Download the vSphere Beta Program Ground Rules or read the Master Software Best Test Agreement before you join the vSphere Beta program. For all issues, and any assistance, please access your Developer Center Partner Network (DCPN) account or contact your VMware program manager for additional help.