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Enhanced Puppet Integration in vCloud Automation Center 6.1

When you think about cloud management and automation solution, what are some of key asks come to your mind? I bet, there are many – provisioning, policies, lifecycle management to name a few. Today we are going to talk more in detail about asks around OS / middleware configuration, application services management, and drift remediation. Yes, you guessed it right! We are going to talk about vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) and Puppet integration. As we all know, vCAC provides a variety of different mechanisms to build, deploy, and configure applications over various private and public clouds. Puppet is quite popular in the realm of configuration management tools, which excel in area of OS/middleware configuration. We started integrating vCAC and Puppet together couple of years back with vCAC version 6.0 and we are taking it further with our latest release 6.1.

As you may already know, in vCAC 6.0, we have Puppet integration at blueprint creation level as well as at the orchestration level. You can drag and drop different Puppet modules when you are creating application blueprints in vCAC blueprint designer which is shown in the image below. For example, you want to use Puppet module to configure your MySQL server, what you have to do is just drag and drop a Puppet MySQL module on a database server component in blueprint designer. When you are done modeling and deploy that blueprint, vCAC automatically does runtime orchestration between other components and Puppet modules.

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That’s enough of talk about 6.0. I want to tell you more about exciting things we have done in 6.1. We are taking existing capabilities around Puppet integration even further in vCAC 6.1. You can now perform more lifecycle operations after deployment of blueprint. Newly added lifecycle operations in 6.1 are update/rollback, scale out / scale in, and teardown! These additional capabilities are immensely helpful when you need modifications in existing deployments.

Some of our customers who have windows environment were bummed after 6.0 release since at that time we didn’t have support for deploying windows configurations via Puppet. Cheer up! You can now deploy windows configuration with our latest 6.1 release.

That’s not the end! Last but not the least, you can now modify those puppet master configurations and agent run intervals right inside new vCAC UI! So, if you want that drift detection / remediation to happen every ten minutes, just modify Puppet agent run interval in vCAC itself. A picture is worth thousand words, so here is a quick summary of our enhancements related with Puppet integration in vCAC 6.1.

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Moving forward, we are planning to take integrations with Puppet to higher levels, but for that, we need your help! Please let us know more about what you would like to see on this front in comments below (psssst shouting in comments area is totally fine btw)

Webcast – IT Automation for the Cloud

See how VMware vRealize Automation (formerly vCloud Automation Center) and Avnet Services’ BMC Remedy ITSM and Atrium CMDB Plug-ins accelerate the delivery of Enterprise IT services.

A cloud management platform for the hybrid cloud, VMware vRealize Automation empowers IT to accelerate the delivery of personalized, business-relevant IT services, while maintaining IT control. When used with vRealize Orchestrator plug-
ins, vRealize Automation can be used with your existing IT tools.

Avnet Services has developed a vRealize Orchestrator plug-in to directly manipulate BMC Remedy ITSM tickets and CMDB CIs. This bridges the gap between your VMware-based virtualization layer and IT Service Management by enabling enterprise operational process automation and data integration with BMC Remedy ITSM servers to improve process efficiency and reduce manual labor.

Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Time: 10am PDT (1pm EDT / 7pm CET)
Presenters:
Anuj Tuli, Program Manager of Automation Solutions, Avnet Services
Vijay Dwivedi, Product Marketing Manager, VMware

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Stock Analysis in vCenter Operations

What about literally  correlating business data with IT metrics? For example adding some stock quota to vCenter Operations? Not an everyday use case, but at least imaginable: how the stock of your enterprise relates to the market and to your IT or possibly even production numbers?

While presenting vCenter Operations and explaining the concept of dynamic thresholds and anomalies some popular analogies are used. For example the comparison to the heartbeat: healthy heart rate depends on your age and on the context: heart rate of 120 is high if you just sit but may be fine if you are running or attending your own wedding ceremony. This example shows why hard thresholds do not help and self-learning analytics engine is required to monitor complex systems.

We also explain, that vCenter Operations analyzes every metric, no matter if it comes from vCenter, operating system or any other source. Getting biometrical data collected and transferred to computer readable format would require additional gadgets (which are becoming more and more popular), but what about some other data, for example –  stock quotes? (your stock portfolio may be related to your heart rate  too, if you are heavily invested). So before adding biometrical data, lets start with stocks.

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Kemp Technologies releases their Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) application load balancer Management Pack for vCenter Operations

KEMP Technologies recently announced the general availability of its new Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) application load balancer management pack for vCenter Operations Manager.  We are excited as this Management Pack is the second example vCenter Operations consuming, correlating and displaying load balencer data (the first was our NSX Management Pack).

Many organizations use KEMP’s LoadMaster application load balancer to provide high availability and traffic optimization for a variety of deployed workloads. An overwhelming number of these customers are opting to deploy KEMP’s VMware Ready VLM to complement their VMware-powered infrastructures and are also using vCenter Operations Manager to gain increased operational insight about their environment.

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Log Insight and vCenter Operations – Better Together with vRealize Operations Insight

This post is authored by Jon Herlocker, CTO, Cloud Operations Management Products, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware.

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At VMware, we are personally dedicated to making IT Operations a better place. What does that mean? To me that means providing software and automation that detects and mitigates most issues before they impact your customers, rapidly detects and resolves issues that do impact your customers, reduces the total cost of purchasing and maintaining your infrastructure, frees up time for innovation, and generally makes IT operators look good and lets them sleep better at night.

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Achieving operational insights into NetApp Storage using vCenter Operations

We are pleased to announce that today one of our vCenter Operations Manager partners, Blue Medora, has released a major update to the what VMware had previously called the vCenter Operations Adapter for NetApp – turning it into a full-blown Management Pack with significant upgrades and out of the box dashboards for improved ease of use.

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Automating your vCloud Automation Center with vCAC APIs

vCloud Automation Center (now vRealize Automation) has always provided a rich set of capabilities for extending the product’s out-of-the-box functionality. The flip side of these flexible call-outs to integrate with third-party systems during the provisioning and management life cycle is the ability to enable external systems to initiate actions in vCloud Automation Center programmatically rather than through the vCAC portal UI.

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Keeping Your Cloud Infrastructure Healthy With the Internet of Things

When every object can be monitored, networked and analyzed in the cloud, enterprises must first examine the impact of managing this flood of data.

  • Learn how to offset cloud infrastructure management challenges provoked by the Internet of Things
  • Learn why predictive analytics is vital to harnessing this data
  • See how the right cloud management solution can improve key business metrics contained in service level agreements

Stay out in front on this issue by reading our FREE eBook, Keeping Your Cloud Infrastructure Healthy With the Internet of Things.

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David Davis on vCenter Operations – Post #15 – Storage Capacity Analysis

I’ve written a number of posts on this blog covering how you can perform various forms of capacity analysis with vCenter Operations Manager. This post, about storage capacity analysis, is yet another way that vC Ops can help you with capacity to ensure that you don’t get into trouble. Some of the other posts I’ve created around capacity analysis with vCenter Operations Manager are:

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When it comes to analyzing any kind of storage, you must always consider that the two aspects to consider are – CAPACITY and THROUGHPUT. These are usually measured in GB or TB (for storage) and I/Os per second (or IOPS) for throughput.

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Calling all DevOps, resources are here for integrations

VMware provides a rich set of APIs and extensibility surfaces through which developers, devops engineers can rapidly develop cloud management solutions that integrate seamlessly with the latest VMware technologies for cloud automation and cloud operations.

VMware Developer Center’s new Cloud Management and Automation zone gives you a single starting point for accessing the information and resources you need to start building application blueprints for vCloud Automation Application Services, vCenter Orchestrator plug-ins, workflows, vCenter Log Insight Content Packs, vCenter Operations Management Packs, and other solutions for cloud automation and cloud operations.

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