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Register now for Webinar to learn about Pivotal CF, based on Cloud Foundry and powered by VMware vSphere and vCloud Air

Learn about how customers are rapidly adopting Pivotal CF on VMware, the enterprise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables customers to experience turnkey PaaS capabilities on familiar vSphere and now vCloud Air environments.

Register now for the upcoming webinar: Supercharge your Application Delivery.

Jointly hosted by VMware and Pivotal, the speakers are:

  • Jay Marshall, who is a Principal Cloud Development Strategist at VMware, who has spent almost 20 years working in enterprise application development and specializes in next generation application architecture on VMware’s vCloud Air cloud platform.
  • Rosie Pongracz, who leads Pivotal CF and PaaS Product Marketing at Pivotal, with over 20 years of experience bringing enterprise technology to market.

VMware Orchestrator Shellshock Patches Released

A few days ago there was an announcement on some security vulnerabilities potentially affecting Linux based machines (see here: VMware Security Advisory). Well, today we announced the availability of more patches for various versions of VMware Orchestrator here: VMware Orchestrator Express Patch.

Please refer to the knowledge base articles above for steps to upgrade and/or patch your current systems that may be vulnerable. Note that if you are running VMware Orchestrator installed on Windows, this machine is not impacted by this vulnerability.

Check here for the download page for these relevant patches.

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vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2 Released

Today VMware released Update 2 of its vSphere management solution, vCenter Server. In this release there are updates to the supported database versions and many resolved known issues.

What’s New

  • vCenter Server database support: vCenter Server now supports the following external databases:
    • Oracle 12c. Important: For pre-requisite requirements, see KB 2079443.
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • vCloud Hybrid Service: The vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) introduces a new container, Hybrid Cloud Service, on the vSphere Web Client home page. The Hybrid Cloud Service container contains the vCHS installer and the new vCloud Connector installer.
  • Customer Experience Improvement Program: The vSphere customer experience improvement program is introduced to collect configuration data for vSphere and transmit weekly to VMware for analysis in understanding the usage and improving the product. For more details, see the vSphere Documentation Center.

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Introducing VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions

At VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, we introduced VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard and Advanced editions. These exciting offerings will allow us to provide new and existing customers of all sizes with enhanced service level, standardization and availability capabilities for remote and branch office locations.

Customers can expect vSphere Remote Office Branch Office to deliver:

  • Faster provisioning of servers through virtualization
  • Enforcement of configuration standards
  • High availability of IT infrastructure at remote sites via vSphere’s business continuity features such as vMotion, Storage vMotion, Replication and Data Protection

These new offerings feature a per virtual machine licensing metric that offers customers the flexibility to deploy only the number of workloads required at each remote site. vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard and Advanced is expected to be available in Q3 2014. They will be available in packs of 25 virtual machines priced at $3,000 for the Standard edition and $4,500 for the Advanced edition. These packs can be distributed across multiple remote sites.  These new offerings will replace existing vSphere Essentials and Essentials Plus Kits for Retail and Branch Offices.

Note that the regular non-Retail/Branch Office Essentials and Essentials Plus Kits (that come in 6 CPU packs with 1 vCenter Server Essentials) will continue to be available.

For more info, go to:  http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/compare.html

If you’re at VMworld this week, you can learn more about using vSphere in Remote Office and Branch Office environments in the following session:

INF1212 – “Best Practices in Virtualizing Remote Offices and Branch Offices with VMware”

  • Tuesday, Aug 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
  • Wednesday, Aug 27, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT

Coming soon: vSphere 5.5 Update 2

We’re also announcing vSphere 5.5 Update 2. The new release offers support for new chipsets, guest operating systems, business critical application and 6TB hosts. It is expected to be available in Q3 2014.

Get details on the pending release at the following session:

INF1502 – “What’s New in vSphere?”

  • Wednesday, Aug 27, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PT
  • Thursday, Aug 28, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PT

vSphere Beta Program Continues

On June 30, we opened up the vSphere Beta Program for everyone to enroll and to help us define the direction of world’s most robust virtualization platform. Over the last couple of months, beta participants have offered up heaps of feedback on product functionality, configurability, usability, and performance in the private beta community. Additionally, they have had the chance to learn more about vSphere through weekly webcasts and interaction with our product teams.

We’re committed to make the next release the strongest possible with your help. The beta program remains open, and we’re still seeking participants. It’s not too late to download, install, and evaluate the vSphere beta software in your environment today.

Join the vSphere Beta Program today at: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere-beta

There will be a technical previews pod in the VMware booth (1229) showcasing some of the features in this vSphere Beta.  Please stop on by to learn more.

Learn How to Get Integrated Storage Policy-Based Management with vCloud Automation Center 6 This Thursday

Software Defined Storage is a key pillar of the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). It ensures agility, responsiveness and efficiency to enterprise storage while maintaining data integrity and redundancy. It is a critical part of any Software Defined Data Center. That’s why we’re improving it.

Join Chen Wei, Solution Engineer and Strategic Solutions Development at VMware, and Rawlinson Rivera, Senior Technical Marketing Architect at VMware, in the VMworld session MGT1923, as they describe how you can integrate the vSphere Storage Policy-based Management framework into the vCloud Automation Center service catalog. With this advancement, end users can take advantage of on demand storage capabilities for software defined storage technologies like Virtual SAN, Virtual Volumes, Core Storage and future storage solutions.

Chen and Rawlinson will be discussing how to get Storage Policy-Based Management to work within vCloud Automation Center on Thursday, August 28, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at Moscone West, Room 3014.

For more session details, click here. This is a session you won’t want to miss out on!

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.

Virtual Volumes (VVols) vSphere APIs & Cloning Operation Scenarios

VVolsI’ve been getting a number of questions around vSphere Storage APIs (VAAI and VASA) and Virtual Volumes and how they would interact with arrays that are compliant with both vSphere APIs (VAAI and VASA). So, instead of providing an individual answer to the question I figured it would be best to share with a broader audience since it’s probably something that a lot of people may also wonder about.

Virtual Volumes is based on vSphere Storage APIs – Storage Awareness (VASA) and some of the function of its operations are based on the ability to offloading operations directly to compatible storage arrays. The other vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration (VAAI) also provide operation offloading capabilities, especially when it comes to cloning and migration operations. Listed below is the questions asked:

With VVols when a VM is cloned on an array that supports VAAI does VAAI & VASA complement each other or VASA is used for this operation?

That was a loaded question and figured that it would be better to explain and provide some illustrations and specific details  around what happens, because the way in which the cloning operation will work depends on a few facts and scenarios.

Scenario A

When virtual machines are stored on a VVol container, anytime a virtual machine is cloned onto the same VVol container, the system will use the VASA API cloneVirtualVolume and offload the entire clone operation to the array.

VVol-VASA-SC1

Scenario B

If a clone operation is to be performed across different storage containers, in this case the operation may or may not offload the clone operation via the VASA API cloneVirtualVolume. This is all dependent on vendor implementation and environment constraints, for example;

If there is VASA Provider managing two different arrays from the same vendor and each array has a VVol container (VVol-a, and VVol-b), in this case if a clone operation is performed, the system will utilize the cloneVirtualVolume VASA primitive because the source and destination containers are both VVols. Changes are this operation will fail because the VASA provider has no way to offload the clone operation from the source array’s VVol (VVol-a) to the target array’s VVol (VVol-b).

Another example could be an array that has two VVol containers exported, depending on how the containers are configured, the array vendor may or may not be able to perform a MV clone operation across the two VVol containers due to constraints based on the vendors implementation where for example there are two independent VVol groups that are not compatible with one another and that prevents the clone operation from being offloaded across the two.

VVol-VASA-SC02

For both examples, if the VASA call cloneVirtualVolume fails, the system will then fail back to a host-driven mechanism using the bitmap APIs.

If the target does not support this type of workflow, the system will use a host-based bitmap copy (making use of the allocatedBitmapVirtualVolume and/or unsharedBitmapVirtualVolume VASA API) and use the vmkernel data mover to service the operation request.

Scenario C

Another possible scenario is cloning from a VMFS datastore on a VAAI enabled array to a VVol container on the same array.  In this scenario, the system will use the XCOPY VAAI offload to accelerate the clone.   Note that this is a one way workflow,  in other words, VVol > VMFS VAAI does not use the XCOPY.

VVol-VASA-SC03

I hope this answers the questions is helpful for everyone else.

- Enjoy

For future updates on Virtual Volumes (VVols), Virtual SAN (VSAN) and other Software-defined Storage technologies as well as vSphere + OpenStack be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds

SLES for VMware End of Availability Announcement

On June 25, 2014, VMware is announcing the End of Availability (EoA) of all SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware offerings.  As a result, the SLES for VMware offering will be removed from the VMware price list on July 25, 2014.  After July 25, 2014, customers that purchase VMware vSphere Standard, vSphere Enterprise, or vSphere Enterprise+ (either standalone or as part of a suite) will no longer be eligible to a free SLES for VMware offering.

All Support and Subscription Services for the EoA product will be unaffected and will continue as per VMware’s Support Lifecycle Policy through the published support period until August 25, 2016.

Customers are not required to take any immediate action.  This notification in no ways impacts customer’s ability to use SLES for VMware past June 25, 2014.  However, if customers want to take advantage of their eligibility to receive SLES for VMware, they must do so before July 25, 2014.

For any further inquiries, please contact VMware Support.

vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b released

Today VMware released an update to its virtualization management solution, vCenter Server. The update brings several fixes as documented in the release notes which can be reviewed in full here.

The new versions are as follows:

  • vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b | 12 JUN 2014 | Build 1891313
  • vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b Installation Package | 12 JUN 2014 | Build 1891310
  • vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1b | 12 JUN 2014 | Build 1891314
    downloaded now from vmware.com

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