Just in time and right before everyone is off on a long 4th of July weekend here in the good old U.S. ofA, I wanted to share a integration demo that I’ve been holding for some time now. Hopefully everyone can see the fireworks delivered by the demo as well.
In this demonstration we’re showcasing the advanced IAAS features and deep integration of vSphere with Virtual SAN, and NSX using Openstack as the Cloud Management Portal for a multi tenant IAAS platform. To prove our point here, this is not just some isolated lab environment, this is a real environment running today and its leveraging currently available technologies.
The environment utilized in this demonstration is actually the NSBU internal cloud which has over 200 environment as a mix of KVM and vSphere. Virtual SAN is used for all vSphere data stores and NSX is used for all tenant connectivity with OpenStack providing a scalable and secure multi-tenant, multi-hypervisor environment.
This demonstration showcases the agility and flexibility of the integration capabilities of vSphere, NSX and Virtual SAN. In the demonstration we rapidly standup of a two tier ‘application’ and demonstrate the connectivity between all elements of the virtual machines providing the applications.
When complete, all instances, networks and routers are decommissioned and the tenant is returned to an ‘empty state’. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes (as can be seen in the instance uptime section in the horizon UI).
Over the past few months I’ve been creating assets showcasing the features and how to deploy them for our VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). This last video takes a much higher level overview to help those not so technical realize the benefits of leveraging the VDS.
When users adopt the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) there is a whole new level to monitoring that becomes available that’s not possible with our vSphere Standard Switch. Industry standard tools such as Port Mirroring and Netflow and our own VDS monitoring called Health Check. These powerful tools not only help to troubleshoot issues or monitor traffic but help to ensure you don’t have issues to begin with.
Continuing on with features found in the vSphere Distributed Switch, the Backup and Restore capability is a feature I rarely saw used when I was in the field. I saw, and still do see, customers going out of their way to make sure they can backup the vCenter database, and even more so SSO, but if you have to rebuild your vCenter or migrate to a new one and don’t have a backup of your Distributed Switch you’re going to be in for a lot of work.
When talking with customers about our vSphere Distributed Switch I often find that they don’t know about a feature in the Traffic Filtering policy engine that allows for creation of Access Control Lists or ACLs. This is in additional to being able to tag traffic and pass Quality of Service (QoS) or Differentiated services Code Point (DSCP) values up to the physical network for prioritization.
The VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal iOS and Android app has recently been updated. It sports a great new look and feel and makes finding the information you need even easier by grouping it by area in our SDDC vision.
When I joined the Technical Marketing team last September I was tasked with vCenter Availability and Scalability along with providing coverage for all things vCenter and SSO.
Since that time I’ve branched out and am also covering Resource Management (more on this coming soon!) and also features in the Enterprise Plus SKU. I’m really excited about this as to this day one of my favorite and I feel underused features is the vSphere Distributed Switch, or VDS.
One question that we often get from customers is how to load balance SSO. While we do have documentation and support for setting up Apache to load balance SSO many customers already own a load balancer or do not wish to use Apache. Continue reading →
On August 26th at VMworld 2013 VMware announced vSphere 5.5, the latest release of VMware’s industry-leading virtualization platform. This latest release includes a lot of improvements and many new features and capabilities. In an effort to try and get my head around all this exciting new “stuff” I decided to go through the what’s new paper and compile a brief summary (well, relatively brief anyway).
Here’s the list I came up with. I’m sure I missed some things, but this list should help you get started with learning about what’s new in vSphere 5.5.
The 2013 VMware Fling Contest is now open. Do you have an idea on how certain features or functionality could be improved upon? Can you think of an app that would make the life of a system administrator so much easier? Do you have a repetitive task that you wished you could have automated in your vSphere environment? Or a decision making tool for certain tasks? We are looking for you, our customers & users, to propose ideas for new VMware Flings. Our panel of judges will pick the winner. The submitter of the winning entry will win a free pass to VMworld 2014.
Last year we got over 120 submissions. We’re also planning to release a new Fling (Proactive DRS) at VMworld that was built based on last year’s winning winning idea.