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Reference Architecture for building a VMware Software–Defined Datacenter

The latest in our series of reference architectures is now available. This is an update to the previous version which brings in additional products and covers the vCloud Suite 5.8 release.

This reference architecture describes an implementation of a software-defined data center (SDDC) using VMware vCloud® Suite Enterprise 5.8, VMware NSX™ for vSphere® 6.1, VMware IT Business Management Suite™ Standard Edition 1.1, and VMware vCenter™ Log Insight™ 2.0 to create an SDDC. This SDDC implementation is based on real-world scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. The configuration uses industry-standard servers, IP-based storage, and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networking to support a scalable and redundant architecture.

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Journey to the SDDC – vCenter Operations Management Suite

The vCenter Operations Management Suite can pack a lot of different features from different areas, and bring them all together through the same interface. What this does is gives more and more meaningful data points and relative views into this data. Instead of touching on all the marketing material for this suite, we’ll discuss what that actually means for a real-life environment.

Breaking away from the vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) entry (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2014/07/journey-sddc-vsphere-operations-management.html#more-13313), the suite allows much more customization, even more in-depth troubleshooting, and allows for the addition of 3rd party plugins to consolidate the environment’s relevant information.  Continue reading

SDDC Reference Architecture

I’m pleased to announce the first in a series of reference architectures is now available.

This reference architecture showcases the integrations between VMware vCloud® Suite Enterprise, VMware NSX for vSphere®, and VMware vCenter Log Insight to create an on-demand infrastructure with a secure networking environment. It is based on real-world scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. It uses industry-standard servers, IP-based storage, and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networking to support a scalable and redundant architecture based on vCloud Suite Enterprise version 5.5.

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Don’t miss what your peers are saying about building a Software-Defined Data Center at VMworld 2014!

Ever wonder how you can:

  • Forecast storage needs for the next 1-3 years
  • Deploy a cost-effective storage tier for VDI environments
  • Monitor compute and reduce mean time to resolution
  • Virtualize and provide Disaster Recovery for Business Critical Applications, like SAP / Oracle RAC Database and ERP
  • Automate server and application provisioning, with a true service catalog

Join us in a roundtable discussion on architecting a Software-Defined Data Center, design trade-off decisions, and time to value. John Gilmartin, General Manager of the SDDC Suites Business Unit, will moderate the discussion among:

  • Ricky Caldwell, MCSE, CCIA, CCE-V – Director, Server Infrastructure & Architecture for Cornerstone Home Lending
  • Andy Lubel – Manager, Technical Infrastructure for Exostar
  • Suzan Pickett – Senior Manager, Global Infrastructure Services for Columbia Sportswear
  • Sunyo Suhaimi – IT Cloud Transformation Director for VMware

Register now for SDDC2556-S – Customer Panel: Journey to Software-Defined Data Center. Attend and you just might be 1 of 5 lucky session attendees who will take home an iPad Mini or a Patagonia jacket. Because it never hurts to be prepared –  “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” See you there.

Journey to the SDDC – vSphere with Operations Management

Are you looking at the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) and taking a dive into the vCloud Suite? As you take your journey it sometimes becomes confusing and potentially overwhelming as you look at all the possibilities and figure out what comes next.

For example, it’s fairly easy to recognize the value in these solutions, but you also do understand that implementing change takes time and resources no matter how much you desire to get them done. Continue reading

vCloud Suite 5.5 – Click Thru Demos available online

As part of the launch collateral for vCloud Suite 5.5, VMware’s Technical Marketing team has created a number of ‘click-thru’ demos. These have been used extensively at VMworld 2013, both in break-out sessions and in the VMware booth.

However, these demos are also available online, and can be readily accessed by VMware customers who are interested in seeing some of the new features in version 5.5 first hand.

The navigation is quite simple. The upper left hand corner, when clicked, will give you a list of available demos. The upper right hand corner (i for information) will display screen navigation tips, such as turning on and off annotation and turning on and off demo notes.

We have demos covering Virtual SAN (which I used in my VSAN Session at VMworld), but also VDP, Application HA, Flash Read Cache, and many more.

The link to the demos is here – http://vmwarewalkthroughs.com/vCloudSuite5-5/. Check back regularly to see new content and videos, which we plan to add very soon.

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Use Cases of the vCloud Suite

You likely have already heard of the VMware vCloud Suite.  What you might not know is how the products included within the vCloud Suite can be used to solve a specific use case.

To help with this, we’ve defined some of the common use cases that we find our customers using.  If you look here, you’ll find a page that describes these use cases and have the opportunity to watch a series of videos that provide a short overview on some of the use cases defined.

You’ll also notice on this same page that there is a link to a Hands On Lab (HOL) catalog that contains a series of labs that you can go through, related to the vCloud Suite.  Over time, you will see that there will be a lab that corresponds to each of the use cases presented.  This is a excellent way to actually see and use the products in action.  You can access these HOLs online or at VMworld, if your lucky enough to go.

The vCloud Suite Digest (June, 2013) with Pang Chen and Mike Laverick

With contributions from our esteemed colleagues: 

Tomas Fojta, Michael Haines, Ray Budavari, Scott Harrison, Francois Misiak, Adrian Roberts, Raghvender Arni, Les Major, Jesse Schachter, Jagan Raghu

This month we have several trick and tips from everything from vCloud Director transfer storage to vCloud Connector Content Sync.  Without further delay…

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The vCloud Suite Digest (Apr, 2013) with Pang Chen and Mike Laverick

With contributions from:  Massimo Re Ferre, Eric Fulton, Tomas Fojta, Ray Budavari, Jesse Schachter, Kyle Smith, Francois Misiak, Benham Chia, Ranga Maddipudi, Trevor Gerdes and Ben Byer

We hope you enjoy this month’s vCloud Suite Digest.  This is where we take some questions that we get and disseminate the answers in the hopes that it will help someone else who might have a similar question.  This month, we have some great tidbits on guest OS clustering, elastic VDCs, and networking among other things.  Enjoy!

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Which Products Do I Have Installed From The vCloud Suite?

This was a question I received this morning on how to programmatically identify which products have been installed from the VMware vCloud Suite in a given environment. There are a variety of use cases where this information can come in handy such as software audits, information for third party application/integrators or documentation to just name a few. This information is provided through vCenter Server and the vSphere API using the ExtensionManager which is responsible for both VMware and third party solutions.

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