I’ve found VMware users enthusiastic and hungry for new, detailed information about virtualization technology. At VMware, we look to engage with our customers early and often about technology to help influence product direction.
As one additional venue to bridge the gap, I’m pleased to announce the inaugural session of vCloud Tech Tips, “Affinity Rules!…and Anti-Affinity rules” November 15 at 11am PST.
vCloud Tech Tips is a practitioner’s tutorial on a specific vCloud technology area including
VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced 5.5 was announced at VMworld in Barcelona. I am happy to announce that it is now available for download. Even though this looks like a “dot release”, VDP Advanced 5.5 represents a significant update to this backup and recovery solution for VMware, from VMware. These features are among the highlights of what is new with VDP Advanced 5.5:
Replication of backup data between VDP Advanced appliances
Support for app-level backup and recovery of Microsoft SharePoint
Mailbox recovery for Microsoft Exchange
Support for using EMC Data Domain as a backup data destination
Earlier this week I published an article announcing the availability of the new Havana version of the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance and the vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack. For those of you that haven’t had the time to deploy the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance and get some hands on experience with these tools and are curious to see the tools in action. The demonstration below showcases the plug-in’s configuration and working examples. The plug-in provides vSphere administrators the ability to identify OpenStack instances in vSphere by mapping the instances and properties information from the OpenStack Horizon portal to vSphere via the vSphere Web Client.
Again, It’s important to point out thatthe vSphere OpenStack Appliance and the vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack are both non-production tools, for which VMware doesn’t provide any official support.
These tools are made available as a proof of concepts and are design for provide an easy and simplified way for vSphere administrators to work with OpenStack frameworks and vSphere Infrastructures in order to provide a better and clear understanding on how OpenStack integrates with VMware.
The vCenter Web Client Plug-in for OpenStack can be view here at any time or on our VMwareTV channel on YouTube.
Save time and avoid frustration! in this “don’t miss” webinar, learn how Virtual SAN interoperates with Horizon View, vSphere Data Protection Appliance Advance (VDPA), vSphere Replication, Site Recovery manager (SRM), vCloud Automation Center, and OpenStack Framework.
Gain valuable insight from Rawlinson Rivera (@punchingclouds), Senior Architect at VMware for Software-Defined storage and integration products.
Mark your calendar to attend this webinar on Tuesday, at 8:30am PST
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been looking at the behavior of Virtual SAN (VSAN) from the context of placing a host into maintenance mode. With VSAN enabled on the cluster, the administrator is given a number of options to choose from:
Full data migration
No data migration
The thing with VSAN is that although a virtual machine’s compute may not be on the host that is being placed into maintenance mode, there is still a strong possibility that part of the virtual machines storage object may be on the local disks of that host, especially if you are using a NumberOfFailuresToTolerate policy setting (which you should be). So if ‘Ensure accessibility’ or ‘Full data migration’ is chosen, components of the virtual machines storage objects may have to be migrated from the host entering maintenance mode.
Today Pivotal announced the availability of Pivotal CF. Jointly developed with VMware, the Pivotal CF product includes a packaged and supported version of the Cloud Foundry open PaaS for VMware vSphere.
In April 2011 VMware first launched Cloud Foundry, an Apache-licensed open source Platform as a Service (PaaS) and an associated vSphere-based public cloud service. A year later, in April 2012, we announced a DevOps toolchain called BOSH, used to deploy and manage Cloud Foundry at scale on virtualized infrastructure. In April 2013 VMware and EMC formed Pivotal, a spinout company using technology from both companies including Cloud Foundry.
VMware’s vision for Cloud Foundry has always been to deliver maximum agility to application developers across both public and private cloud environments. In working with Pivotal to deliver Pivotal CF we have fulfilled that vision, bringing the incredible productivity of Cloud Foundry to vSphere customers.
Last week right before the start of the OpenStack Summit the Team OpenStack at VMware released a new version of the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) based on the stable Havana release to the VMware and OpenStack communities.
The new version of the appliance provides a relatively easy and out of the box sort of experience for vSphere and OpenStack integration for compute (Nova) and Storage (Cinder) via the vSphere driver and vSphere datastore driver. But there was another great feature included and worth mentioning on its own which provides a great deal of assistance for vSphere administrators when testing vSphere infrastructure with OpenStack frameworks.
In Part 1 I covered how to upgrade vCenter Heartbeat to version 6.6 which is required for vCenter 5.5.
Once the Primary and Secondary nodes are upgraded to vCenter Heartbeat 6.6 we can begin upgrading to vCenter 5.5 and any optional components (such as VUM or AutoDeploy) that may be installed also.
The first decision before we move on is if Single Sign-on (SSO) will be installed locally to the vCenter (recommended for most customers) or if SSO will be deployed in a centralized fashion (recommended for customers with 8 or more vCenters in a single site). Continue reading →
Since announcing of the release vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) earlier this summer at VMworld 2013 there has been a great amount of interest on this project. Since then, I have wanted to create a demonstration for VMware customers and the vSphere administrators interested in working with the OpenStack framework on vSphere. The demonstration below showcases the built-in integration between vSphere and the OpenStack projects Nova and Cinder.
As of today, the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance does not include the configuration for o VMware NSX or Neutron but it is something the Team OpenStack @ VMware is looking into for future updates. It is important to know and understand the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance is not an official VMware product, but only a proof of concept appliance for which VMware does not provide any official technical support. Please visit the VMwareTV YouTube channel for more OpenStack + vSphere demos in the future.
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Folks we are very excited to announce the release of new version of vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) based on the new OpenStack Havana release. This release contains several additional improvements over the previous VOVA version based on the Grizzly release. Below are some of the highlights included with the new release:
Single Nova compute node can manage multiple clusters under single vCenter.
VMDK driver for Cinder enables creation of volumes using vSphere datastores. This allows OpenStack Cinder to present block storage from extensive range of storage solutions certified to work with vSphere
Removed the additional VNC password for accessing instances from console in Horizon.
First release of “vCenter Web Client Plugin for OpenStack”. This plugin presents OpenStack inventory directly in the vCenter web client. Admins can view the OpenStack related properties of instances along with traditional vCenter details.
Added support for vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS)
In addition to the features above there are significant stability improvements across all aspects of running OpenStack on VMware. To get started working and testing OpenStack on vSphere visit the VMware OpenStack community page at http://www.vmware.com/go/openstack.
We encourage you to try new VOVA and look forward to your feedback. All documentation for VOVA is available for download in the VMware OpenStack community site.
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