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VMware Provider Guide: Help Customers Move Workloads to the Cloud (Part 1)

Enterprises small and large deploy public clouds with the goal of minimizing costs by decreasing IT infrastructure and increasing usage of a private cloud. However, some offerings in the market make it expensive and time-consuming for customers to make this transition to the cloud. At VMware, our vCloud Powered public clouds offer smoother workload transition with an easy-to-use approach and tools that customers are already familiar with. 

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we will review VMware vCloud Connector and how customers of providers of vCloud Powered services can move workloads into the cloud using the vCloud Connector Client.

Built on VMware technology, vCloud Connector allows customers to seamlessly move data from their private vSphere environments to a hybrid or public cloud. By using vCloud Connector to access vCloud Powered clouds, customers can:

  • Extend the logical boundaries of the datacenter by taking advantage of public cloud resources.
  • Simplify management through a single pane of glass.
  • Consume public cloud resources with confidence. 

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For more information on vCloud Connector, be sure to check out David Davis’ post, vCloud Connector 1.5 – Must Knows.

Working with the vCloud Connector Client

To begin, VMware vCloud Connector must be started through the VMware vSphere Client or the vCloud Director client interface. 

  • Download the software from the VMware Web site
  • Configure the vCloud Connector Server
  • Install the vCloud Connector Nodes
  • Register nodes and user interface so they appear in the vSphere Client or on vcloud.vmware.com

The Installation and Configuration guide for vCloud Connector can be referenced for details regarding software installation and configuration. 

After the vCloud Connector software has been properly installed and configured, the vCloud Connector graphical user interface (GUI) can be accessed through either the vSphere Client or vmware.cloud.com.. Now, we will go through how to move workloads into the cloud by accessing vCloud Connector with the vSphere Client. 

The vCloud Connector client plug-in can be accessed through the Solutions and Applications section on the Home page.  

Move2To gain access to the cloud, simply add the desired cloud by selecting the name in the vCloud Connector window and entering the administrative username and password.  The cloud will be added to the cloud list and workloads can be moved into it as needed. 

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Once the cloud has been added, all it takes to move an existing workload from a private, enterprise infrastructure into a public or hybrid cloud is to select and copy it over. 

First, power off the virtual machines and vApps you intend to move. Log in to vCloud Connector and select the virtual machines and vApps that will be moved and click Copy.

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Next, we need to choose the cloud to which we want to migrate the workload.  Select a vApp template name and description and hit Copy. 

Note: if the source location is a vCloud Director cloud and the destination cloud is a vSphere cloud, the Source Catalog, cluster or host, resource pool, and datastore for the new instance must be specified.  

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Once you hit Copy, a progress indicator will update you on the copy status.  After the copying is complete, the workload will be listed in the Completed section of the Tasks pane.  The original workload will still be there on the source infrastructure where it can be deleted if so desired.  From there, simply power on the virtual machines and vApps to enable them for usage.

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, when we will walk through working with vCloud Connector through a browser interface. 

Log on to Partner Central and download the whitepaper to learn more. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter at @vCloud and@VMwareSP  for the latest updates on vCloud Connector and vcloud.vmware.com.

The Mid-Market Opportunity for Providers of VMware vCloud Powered Services

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Attention VMware Service Providers – do you sell to mid-market customers? The SMB and mid-market is growing, with virtualization as a top initiative and cloud adoption trailing close behind. 

Selling to the mid-market is a great opportunity for providers of vCloud Powered services, because Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) can be presented as an extension of customers’ existing VMware virtualization environments, or as a solution in place of on-site hardware. VMware Service Providers can leverage VMware virtualization leadership to sell cloud services based on a proven, compatible platform.

Because VMware customers are getting ready for cloud services, we want to help all of our Service Provider partners meet demand more quickly, and more profitably. With comprehensive new resources now available on Partner Central, learn best practices and tips for marketing and selling VMware-based cloud services.

VMware’s Michael McDonough shares more about the new marketing demand generation campaign made just for vCloud Service Provider partners:  

  

On Partner Central, VMware Service Providers can find Sales and Marketing Kits, Cloud Services sales training modules, customer references, whitepapers, a comprehensive Sales Guide, and more – all of which are tailored to help VMware Service Providers:

  • Identify and close cloud opportunities;
  • Understand the cloud value for customers;
  • Generate leads;

…and more! Log on to Partner Central to access resources you need to take advantage of the mid-market cloud opportunity. For future updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter @vCloud and @VMwareSP

vCloud Basics for IT Admins: Key Features

By: David Davis

In my experience with speaking at conferences and creating video software training courses, one of the primary obstacles I must overcome when discussing VMware’s cloud computing solutions is assisting VMware Admins in understanding what “vCloud “ is. 

Some people think vCloud is a third party public cloud solution. Some people think it creates private clouds. Some people think vSphere is vCloud. Because confusion is common, I thought I would write a short post explaining what vCloud is and key features VMware admins should be aware of when getting started with vCloud. 

First, I want to point out that I don’t work for VMware so these views are my own, and not VMware’s official marketing message. VMware’s official product pages for anything related to vCloud are located here. 

In this blog post I’ll discuss what vCloud is, what the solutions are that make it up, and how it can help you.

vCloud Overview

VMware says that vCloud looks like this:Vcloudbasics1However, let me explain it in my own words. From my perspective, it breaks down into just 2 basics things that you really must understand, like this: 

  • vCloud Director
  • vCloud Public Clouds

Before I explain these two, let me first cover some common misunderstandings about vCloud…

  • vCloud is not vSphere. vSphere is the underlying hypervisor that runs on physical hardware and makes vCloud infrastructure clouds possible, but they aren’t the same. Just because you use vSphere doesn’t mean that you have a vCloud or are using cloud computing.
  • vCloud isn’t a product. You don’t buy or sell “vCloud” by itself. There are a number of VMware products and services, as well as other companies’ services that start with the word vCloud. You may “use vCloud Director to implement a private infrastructure cloud” but you don’t just use “vCloud”.

vCloud is a family of products offered both by VMware and third-party service providers, with the primary two products being vCloud Director and vCloud datacenter services (such as vCloud Powered Services).

vCloud Director

Sold only by VMware and VMware partners, vCloud Director is used to create private clouds (by private companies) or public clouds (by service providers). It sits on top of vSphere and works with vCenter to provide:

  • Virtual datacenters
  • Fast provisioning with link cloning
  • Multi-tenant organizations
  • vShield security for secure multi-tenancy
  • Infrastructure service catalogs

One of the most powerful things about vCloud Director is the vCloud API that it offers, offering the ability to create custom applications or front-ends that interface with it. 

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vCloud Director is available with a 60 day evaluation (that includes vSphere and vCenter).

vCloud Datacenter Services

When service providers use vCloud Director they can become vCloud Datacenter partners or providers of vCloud Powered services. These providers offer public infrastructure clouds, powered by vSphere and running vCloud Director.

There are eight VMware vCloud Datacenter partners worldwide, and over a hundred providers of vCloud Powered services. The directory of all vCloud providers (with the option to evaluate some of them for free) is found at vCloud.VMware.com.

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To sum “vCloud” up, today, it’s vCloud Director used either within your company to create a private cloud or used by a service provider to create a public cloud.

So if you’re a VMware Admin or new to vCloud, I hope that this post has given you a better understanding of vCloud’s key features and how your organization can benefit from them. Learn more about VMware vCloud here.

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere 5 and vCloud Director video training courses. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video training course from TrainSignal.com.

Another VMware Cloud – Publishers Clearing House Runs Its Hybrid Cloud on VMware

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According to Darwin Bravo, Senior Manager of Online Infrastructure and Operations at Publishers Clearing House, “Partnering with Hosting.com has allowed us to take our VMware virtualization strategy to the next level, helping us to cut costs and enabling a hybrid cloud platform.” 

Publishers Clearing House (PCH), headquartered in Port Washington, NY is a multi-channel direct marketer of value-based merchandise, magazines and promotional offers, as well as a leading provider of digital “Play & Win” entertainment. With an online network of more than 10 million unique monthly visitors, IT agility is essential in order to address extreme fluctuations in website traffic and ensure customer satisfaction.   

Hosting.com’s vCloud Powered hosting solutions allows Publishers Clearing House, “to scale into their public cloud platform in a secure manner when additional computing resources are needed without having to commit to additional hardware/software costs,” according to Bravo. 

Partnering with Hosting.com delivered immediate benefits to Publishers Clearing House, including:

  • 40-50% decrease in IT costs for PCH.com; 
  • Reduced time to procure and provision servers from 2-4 weeks to mere minutes;
  • Improved performance and reliability, with 100% infrastructure uptime. 

Publishers Clearing House decided to partner with Hosting.com, a provider of vCloud Powered services, for four main reasons: 

  • Hosting.com’s excellent track record as a hosting provider;
  • Hosting.com’s VMware vSphere platform met all of the technical requirements of the PCHgames.com applications; 
  • Ability to seamlessly integrate VMware’s private cloud solution with Hosting.com’s public enterprise cloud platform; 
  • Ability to integrate the Hosting.com’s virtualized environment with its own internal virtual machines to create a hybrid cloud. 

What’s next for Publishers Clearing House? The company now plans to leverage VMware virtualization to enhance its Disaster Recovery capabilities through VMware SRM 5. Within its internal development environment, the company is also planning to upgrade to the latest version of VMware vSphere, in conjunction with implementing a Cisco Unified Computing environment. 

Visit Another VMware Cloud to learn more about other companies who have successfully deployed a public, private, or hybrid cloud model through VMware. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @vCloud and @VMwareSP for more Another VMware Cloud stories!

vCloud Ecosystem Monitoring with vCenter Operations and vFabric Hyperic

By: David Hill, Senior Cloud Consultant for the VMware Global Centre of Excellence in Cloud Infrastructure

At the beginning of this year, a team within VMware looked at how we could utilise vCenter Operations and vFabric Hyperic to create a vCloud Monitoring solution. The following blog post shows how this architecture fits together and is integrated.

Architecture

The integration of these products relies on a vCloud environment following the vCAT reference architecture. There are numerous articles written on how to design your vCloud environments, which this article will not go in to, however the following diagram depicts the logical representation of a vCloud Environment as taken from the vCAT documentation.

vCAT Reference Architecture

The Management Cluster contains all the vCloud Infrastructure Virtual Machines that are required to provide the vCloud ecosystem. The following list depicts the minimum components required for a vCloud environment to exist.

  • vSphere
  • vCenter Server
  • vShield Manager
  • vCloud Director
  • Database server (Oracle or SQL)

These components along with the scalability of vCloud Director must be taken into consideration when deploying the monitoring environment. vCloud Director can provide support for up to 25 vCenter servers.

Integration – Logical overview

The following diagram depicts the logical design for a vCloud monitoring deployment.

vCloud Monitoring Deployment
As demonstrated in the diagram all the vCloud infrastructure components are monitored either through vFabric Hyperic relaying information to vC Ops, or through vC Ops adapters themselves.

The links between vFabric Hyperic and the specific virtual machines demonstrates that vFabric Hyperic is monitoring the services and processes running on the vCloud Director cells. Once an alert or status change is received this is relayed to VMware vC Ops. Virtual machine status is monitored directly through the vC Ops vCenter adapters. This allows us to monitor the status of the vShield Edge and vShield Manager virtual appliances.

Through the vC Ops vCenter adapters this allows us to monitor the virtual machine status of all cloud workloads. We can determine if these are up or down, however no information regarding the actual state of the application workloads running in these virtual machines can be monitored.

For more information on vCloud monitoring, be sure to follow @vCloud on Twitter

Don’t Miss VMware vCloud Sessions at VMworld 2012!

By: David Davis

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VMworld 2012 is just around the corner. The most popular sessions, as voted on by the public, havebeen selected and it’s time to get registered!

Once registered for VMworld, what sessions should you attend? There are some excellent vCloud sessions that you must consider. After all, vCloud datacenters, vCloud Director, and vCloud solutions are one of the hottest things in virtualization. With so much news around vCloud, you don’t want to miss these vCloud sessions!

Here’s the latest list:

INF-BCO2155 – vCloud DR for Oxford University Computing Services – Real World Example
Resiliency is a key aspect of any infrastructure—even more important in IaaS solutions. This session will include a tour of a real world vCloud DR solution deployed at Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS). This session will offer a perfect complimentary follow on from the session regarding the high-level process presented by Duncan Epping and Chris Colotti and the Automation session by Alan Renouf and Aidan Dalgleish. Those sessions will describe the process and the automation principles where as this session will describe a complete real world implementation.
Gary Blake – Senior Consultant, VMware, Inc.
Aidan Dalgleish – Consulting Architect – Global COE, VMware, Inc.

INF-NET1927 – vCloud Networking: an Extensible and Open Platform
Networking infrastructure in the physical world relies on known products from trusted vendors. Learn how vCloud Automated Networking Framework lets you include the wealth of offerings from known vendors in the virtual data center realm, with easy provisioning, flexible insertion points, and automated lifecycle.
Adina Simu – Sr. Product Manager, VMware, Inc.
Anirban Sengupta – Director, R&D, VMware, Inc.

INF-NET2161 – VMware Networking 2012: Enabling the Software Defined Network
This session will provide an overview of the networking functionality in the 2012 release across the vSphere platform, VDS, VXLAN, Edge and vCloud networking. This session will include product demos and will also highlight a real world use case of the full VMware stack.
Milin Desai – Group Product Manager, Networking, VMware, Inc.
Sachin Thakkar – Networking & Security R&D, VMware, Inc.

INF-NET2163 – Troubleshooting and Monitoring Virtual Networks
vCloud Networkng provides multiple capabilities to troubleshoot and monitor virtual networks including overlay networks with capabilities such as Port Mirroring, Netflow, SPAN, RSPAN, ERSPAN, SNMP, Network Healthcheck, Edge CLI, Edge stats etc. This session will give an overview and demonstration of the troubleshooting capabilities of VDS including VXLAN.
Christian Elsen – Staff Product Integration Architect, VMware, Inc.
Dimitri Vlachos – Sr. Director, Product Management, Cascade, Riverbed

INF-NET2373 – Best Practice for Deploying VXLAN with Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware vCloud Director
Cisco Nexus 1000V is the first virtual switch to provide Virtual eXtensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) providing cloud network isolation and is fully integrated with VMware vCloud Director. Come to this session to find out how to deploy VXLAN with VMware vCloud Director.
Han Yang – Product Manager, Cisco Systems Inc.

INF-SEC2031 – Building YOURcloud: the U.S. Government’s first Secure Hybrid Community Cloud
This session will show how Infrastructure on Demand evolved from a secure private cloud three years ago into the U.S. Government’s first secure hybrid community cloud: YOURcloud. Learning Objectives: 1) How to evolve your virtualization investment into a cloud, 2) Key Architectural Components to consider when building your own cloud, 3) Methods to address Security, Disaster Recovery, Lifecycle Management and Chargeback
Anil Karmel – Solutions Architect, Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration
Travis Howerton – CTO, National Nuclear Security Administration
Ravi Kumar – Group Marketing Manager, VMware, Inc.

INF-VSP1196 – vCloud Director Networking Deep Dive
This session will go into details on the different networking layers, and how they are consumed in vCloud Director when building solutions. The session will also touch on how to scale virtual machines networking across the whole datacenter using VXLAN, in order to provide for scalable Virtual Data Centers.
Kamau Wanguhu – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.

INF-VSP1295 – vCAT 3.0 – Architecture to Implementation in 5 Easy Steps
This session will provide an overview of the Architecting a Cloud and Implementation Examples documents in the vCloud Architecture Toolkit 3.0. Several examples of how IT practitioners can leverage the content in these document will also be highlighted.
Thomas Kraus – vCloud Solutions Architect, VMware, Inc.
Ben Lin – Staff Systems Engineer, VMware, Inc.
Wade Holmes – Technical Solution Architect – Cloud, VMware, Inc.
Chris Colotti – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc. 

INF-VSP1329 – PowerCLI Best Practices: The Return!
Building on the success of the PowerCLI Best Practices sessions from VMworld 2011, Alan and Luc will show their next collection of PowerCLI Best Practices. This session will show and demonstrate PowerCLI in all its aspects managing and automating not just vSphere but also vCloud Director, View, vShield and more.
Alan Renouf – Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.
Luc Dekens – System Engineer, Eurocontrol Maastricht 

INF-VSP2164 – Automation of vCloud Director Disaster Recovery
This session will include guidance, examples and demonstrations of the use of VMware vSphere PowerCLI (PowerCLI) to automate the recovery of a vCloud Director–based infrastructure. In particular the session will focus on the automation of the recovery steps for vCloud Director managed vApp workloads that cannot be recovered with vSphere Site Recovery Manager (SRM). This session will offer a perfect complimentary follow on from the session regarding the high-level process presented by Duncan Epping and Chris Colotti.
Alan Renouf – Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.
Aidan Dalgleish – Consulting Architect – Global COE, VMware, Inc.

INF-VSP2448 – Automating Bare Metal to the Cloud and Beyond
Cisco, VMware and Bluelock will show you how to automate the build of your complete vCloud Director Infrastructure from the bare metal up to the cloud and beyond. Learn how PowerShell can be used to create a single easily readable and adaptable script to ensure your system is built quickly and efficiently, watch as a system is built before your very eyes with no magic tricks or rabbits in sight.
Eric Williams – Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco Systems Inc.
Alan Renouf – Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.
Jake Robinson – Solutions Architect, BlueLock

ITT1918 – Is My Organization Ready to Reap the Benefits of the Cloud?
Based on the VMware Cloud Operations Framework, this session will help providers and consumers understand the changing roles and responsibilities that are required to operate the cloud and the services it offers. Leave this session with a good understanding of what a Cloud-aware Organization should look like along with possible changes that can be made to ensure you are ready for a successful deployment of a VMware-based cloud.
Andy Troup – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.
Kevin Lees – Senior Consultant, VMware, Inc.

OPS-CIM1309 – vCAT Part 3: Operating a VMware vCloud
Part 3 of 5 – The ‘Operating a VMware vCloud’ component of vCAT provides operating guidelines and considerations for operating and maintaining a vCloud environment. This is the third of five sessions recommended for vCloud Architects and Operators.
Rohan Kalra – Business Solution Architect, VMware, Inc.
Kevin Lees – Senior Consultant, VMware, Inc.

OPS-CSM1167 – Architecting for vCloud Allocation Models
In this session Frank Denneman and Chris Colotti will break down the three vCloud Director Allocation models in depth. This session is a must for anyone implementing vCloud Director that wants to maximize their cluster and vCloud resource designs.
Frank Denneman – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.
Chris Colotti – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.

OPS-CSM1340 – FedEx Case Study: Lessons Learned Integrating vCloud Director, vSphere and Third Party Solutions with vCenter Orchestrator
FedEx has been running an internal pilot to see how different technologies can be used to streamline the end-to-end provisioning process. FedEx Architects and VMware Account team members will discuss specifics around using vCloud Director blocking tasks with vCenter Orchestrator to enhance the provisioning process.
Vivienne Cleveland – Technical Advisor, FedEx Services
Chris Greer – Chief Engineer, FedEx Services
Chris Norton – Solutions Consultant, VMware, Inc.

OPS-CSM2150 – Lab Management with vCloud Director – Software Development Customer Panel
In this session, listen to a panel of thought leaders from Symantec, McKesson, and DST Systems to learn about how they are accelerating infrastructure delivery in software development lab environment with vCloud Director.
Eric Lee – Virtualization Engineer, DST Systems, Inc.
Merritte Stidston – Director, DC Strategy & Operations, McKesson
Jon Sanchez – Sr. Manager, Symantec

PAR1519 – How to Sell and Deliver Services Powered by VMware vCloud
Do you provide or resell cloud hosting services? In this session, we'll cover the VMware cloud strategy and opportunities for service providers and partners to build a business based on VMware's vCloud Services platform.
Joe Andrews – Director, Product Marketing, VMware, Inc.

PAR1782 – Understanding the VMware Cloud and Infrastructure Operations Management Competitive Advantages
The VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite has unique capabilities and takes the fullest advantage of tight integration with the vSphere and vCloud platforms to deliver powerful management capabilities for your customers. In this session you will learn how to best position key advantages of VMware management solutions to open up upsell opportunities for your VMware business.
Ben Scheerer – Sr Product Mgr, VMware, Inc.

PAR2172 – Built to Last: Why VMware vCloud Should be the Cornerstone of Your (Customer’s) Private Cloud
System Center 2012 and the upcoming new release of Hyper-V have no doubt led your customers to ask you why they should continue their journey to the Cloud with VMware. In this session discover why VMware’s approach to virtual infrastructure management, high availability, and resource management provide an unrivaled foundation for the Private Cloud.
Randy Curry – Competitive Marketing Engineer, VMware, Inc.

PAR2202 – Selling vCloud Suites in Competitive Environments
For customers looking to build a private cloud, the VMware vCloud Suites offer simple, integrated solutions to stand up the most agile, secure, and cost-effective clouds. Learn why the vCloud Suites are a better solution than other vendors’ suites and how to successfully sell the suites in competitive environments. Also see how the vCloud Suites deliver the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – especially against clouds based on Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center 2012.
Jenny Fong – Product Marketing, VMware, Inc.

TEX1409 – A Reference Architecture for Cloud Application Design using VMware’s vFabric and Cloud Infrastructure Suites
This session is designed for VMware’s ISV partners who are supporting their applications in a traditional on-premise model today and considering a move toward new delivery models such as virtual appliances or cloud (private, public and/or hybrid). For cloud-based delivery, VMware’s vCloud Director can be used to provision multiple customers in secure containers using shared underlying infrastructure. This session will give attendees an understanding of VMware’s thinking in the cloud application area and be able to execute it in their own business.
David Korsunsky – Director, ISV Alliances, VMware, Inc.
Justin Murray – Systems Engineer, VMware, Inc.

TEX1899 – vCloud Automated Networking Framework – Network Extensibility (NetX)
The vCloud Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) offering has brought to bare the need for infrastructure components be inserted and deleted on demand by the end user of the cloud. The networking element of the IaaS is extremely critical since the concept of multi-tenancy starts with networking services. NetX is an integral part of the a new vCloud automated networking framework that is being introduced to enable third party network vendors to insert the service on demand. This session highlights the different technology integrations of the framework, and also provides an insight to the ecosystem program that is being developed for scaling the ecosystem integration effort.
Ravindra Neelakant – Partner Solutions Architect, VMware, Inc.

TEX2225 – Deliver New Cloud Services with vCloud Director: Extending the vCloud API (TAP only)
vCloud Director in 2012 provides more than a basic IaaS – with the new feature of vCD API Extensibility it delivers an extensible platform for cloud services that can be leveraged by providers and ISVs to deliver wide array of *aaS Solutions. This session will introduce the vCD API Extensibility Framework and walk through the process of building an extension.
Ryan Sweet – Group Product Manager, vCloud Director, VMware, Inc.
Yatin Patil – Staff Product Manager, VMware, Inc.
Mahesh Ramachandran – Group Product Manager, VMware, Inc.

There may be more sessions added to the content catalog between now and VMworld 2012, but I am especially excited about vCloud sessions like those from our own vCloud blogger Chris Colotti, Frank Denneman, Wade Holmes, Jake Robinson, Alan Renouf, Luc Dekens.

In case you don’t have it on your calendar, VMworld 2012 will be held in San Francisco, CA August 27-30 and in Barcelona, Spain October 9-11. Register now!

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere 5 and vCloud Director video training courses. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video training course from TrainSignal.com.

Another VMware Cloud – Gratifón Runs Their Hybrid Cloud on VMware

“We saved $50k by not having to buy server hardware, and we’re saving $60k per year in operating efficiencies, electricity, Internet bandwidth, and IT man hours. That is what the Dell Cloud [with vCloud Datacenter Service] makes possible,” according to Oz Yosef, CEO at Gratifón S.A.

Gratifón is a Panama-based company that has developed telephone kiosks with high definition, 17-inch screens that allow customers in supermarkets, hotels and airports to pick up the phone and dial anywhere in the world for free, using voice-over-IP telephony. During customer phone calls, interactive videos pop up on the screens with ads offering – providing a win-win situation for customers, advertisers and Gratifón alike. Through Gratifón, customers can make free phone calls, and advertisers can take advantage of a direct-marketing approach.

Gratifón currently has 50 kiosks in Panama, but with the company’s concept gaining in popularity, Gratifón plans to expand with thousands of phones in Columbia, Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil. In order to handle the traffic generated by thousands of phones and thousands of streaming videos, Gratifón needed a dependable, scalable and cost-efficient server infrastructure to support its telephone kiosks. 

 

Because constructing mission-critical datacenters in each country would have been an extremely expensive scenario, Yosef sought a cloud provider with high scalability, easy-to-use management tools, and a granular, secure user permissions system. Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service provides Gratifón with the scalable computing power and storage they need – eliminating the need to build out its own data center, while delivering simplicity, ease of deployment, and a single point of contact for support. 

Because Yosef had already worked with VMware virtualization for Gratifón’s local servers in Panama, the company’s transition to Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service was simple.  Of the transition, Yosef shares: 

“It was easy to set up my applications in the Dell Cloud. I just converted them to Open Virtual Format, uploaded that, and I was up and running in less than a day.” 

Dell Cloud with vCloud Datacenter Service also gives Gratifón rapid scalability, making adding capacity a point and click experience. “To add servers for additional markets, it’s an easy copy, paste, and change the labels,” according to Yosef, cutting the process of adding new markets from 10 days to less than 2 hours. 

What’s next for Gratifón? The company plans to add 250 kiosks to the 50 already set up in Panama within the next six months. The company then plans to roll out roughly 3,000 kiosks in other Latin American markets within 12-18 months.

Visit Another VMware Cloud to learn more about other companies who have successfully deployed a public, private, or hybrid cloud model through VMware. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @vCloud and @VMwareSP for more Another VMware Cloud stories! 

CONTEST: How Do You Speak Cloud? Win a Pass to VMworld US 2012!

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Public, Private, Hybrid: how do you speak cloud? We want your opinion – and your opinion could win you some great prizes. 

Starting July 9th, we’re asking you, our vCloud community to vote for your favorite video of the week, with each featuring different “cloud styles.”

Some IT admins get their cloud inspiration from Disco, some Samba – it’s up to you to decide which music style fits with how you like to speak cloud.

CAST YOUR VOTE DAILY and help crown the ultimate champion in the cloud. Each vote submitted enters you in a raffle to win an iTunes gift card ($15 value), with drawings twice a day for the full three weeks. 

During the final week, there will be a grand prize drawing for a full conference pass to VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. All votes cast during the three weeks will be eligible for the final drawing. 

Start casting your votes, and you’ll be on your way to attend VMworld 2012! Questions/comments? Tweet us at @vCloud or share your favorite cloud style using the #speakcloud hashtag. 

VMware’s First Cloud Certification

By: David Davis

Recently VMware’s first certification around cloud computing quietly went into beta. Let’s learn more about this new certification option, the VCP-Infrastructure as a Service (or VCP-IaaS) certification…

Top 10 Must-Knows for the New VCP-IaaS

As this certification is still in beta, as of today, we don’t have a lot of official information yet but here’s what we do know:

  1. VMware Education confirmed the existence of this new certification on their blog, here.
  2. The VCP-IaaS will focus on Installing, Configuring, and Administering Infrastructure as a Service clouds based on vCloud Director.
  3. It’s expected to be launched in late-July.
  4. It requires that you already have a VCP so it’s the second form of the VCP with the VCP-DT being the other.
  5. According to Eric Sloof from NTPRO.NL, the current beta exam consists of 115 questions and a short pre-exam survey consisting of 8 questions. The passing score for this exam is 300, using a scaled scoring method. Eric said that the scoring scale ranges from 100 to 500.
  6. Also according to Eric, “Candidates interested in this certification should be capable of installing and configuring vCloud Director and related components, utilizing vCD to create and manage vApps, Service Catalogs, Organization/provider VDCs, and administering cloud enabled networking and storage.”
  7. If you don’t already have your VCP5, that is where you need to start on your way to this new VMware vCloud certification.
  8. If you do have your VCP5 then I recommend that you get started learning vCloud Director by trying out either my TrainSignal vCloud Director Essentials video training course or the VMware Education vCloud Director Fundamentals course.
  9. You can try vCloud Director (and vSphere with vCenter) FREE for 60 days, here.
  10. If you are already a vSphere user, vCloud solutions – either via private cloud with vCloud Director or public cloud through vCloud providers – are what you need to be considering next.

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My Take on the VCP-IaaS

I am super-excited about the VCP-IaaS and look forward to its public release. One of the best ways for the some 100,000+ VCPs out there to learn about vCloud Director is to do it through a certification program. As vCloud Director becomes more prolific in the datacenters of today, look for more great blog posts, certifications, books, and video training about it (in fact, I know of a vExpert current producing an upcoming vCloud Director Organizational Admin video training course). VMware is smart to create their first cloud certification and I hope that they won’t stop there and decide to follow this up with a VCAP and VCDX on cloud infrastructure and vCloud Director. Exciting times!

Note: I’ll be following up with more information about the VCP-IaaS on this blog as soon as it is released. To stay up to date, be sure to follow @vCloud on Twitter.

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere 5 and vCloud Director video training courses. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video training course from TrainSignal.com.