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VMware’s vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE) achieves Hortonworks Operations Ready Certification

 

Hortonworks announced on the 17th December 2014 that VMware’s Big Data Extensions tool for Hadoop on virtual machines is now both HDP Certified and Operations Ready. HDP is the Hortonworks Data Platform – an open Hadoop platform that is centered on YARN. The Operations Ready designation is a new certification introduced by Hortonworks to focus attention on those tools that integrate in an approved way with Apache Ambari by making use of the open Ambari management application programming interfaces. The focus of the program is to certify operational tools for managing a Hadoop/HDP cluster. The Operations Ready program also provides assurance to enterprises adopting Hadoop that the tools they select to run and interact with Hadoop have been tested and validated to work correctly. At VMware we are excited to get this additional level of certification for VMware’s BDE and we look forward to continued engineering collaboration with Hortonworks.

Here is the description of the new Operations Ready program from Hortonworks:

http://hortonworks.com/partners/certified-technology-program/ops-ready/

You probably by now have also seen the recent VMware Big Data Extensions 2.1 announcements. Here is a quick summary of those new features in 2.1:

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2014/10/whats-new-vsphere-big-data-extensions-version-2-1.html

BDE 2.1 was announced as being Generally Available in October 2014. One of the central new features in BDE 2.1 is better integration with the de-facto Hadoop management tools from the distro vendors. Chief among those tools is Ambari. This integration with Ambari was the result of a request made to us directly by the VMware BDE user community.

BDE 2.1, with the new application manager construct, can now use the Ambari APIs under the covers to provision the HDP software into the virtual machines that it has created through cloning its template virtual machine. This method of deploying everything through BDE ensures that the resulting new Hadoop cluster is entirely compatible with Ambari. That is important because many of our users would like to use Ambari and VMware vCenter together from the point at which a cluster is provisioned onwards.

  • Ambari is the management tool of choice among HDP users in order to gain insight into what is going on at runtime at the Hadoop level (e.g. checking the status of HDFS, YARN, MapReduce and other services) and to make service changes there.
  • VMware vCenter is the virtualization infrastructure management tool that is in use at tens of thousands of VMware’s customers to view system behavior and performance at the virtual infrastructure level (virtual machines, physical machines, consumed resources and performance data). vCenter with the BDE plug-in is in popular use for deploying user Hadoop clusters today at many enterprises.

The BDE plug-in uses the vCenter APIs as well as the Ambari Blueprint APIs. Combining the two tools together to collaborate on the Hadoop provisioning details simplifies the management of your virtualized Hadoop cluster significantly. Both the Hadoop application architect and the virtualization manager can converse about the components of the HDP cluster and their effect on hardware consumption.

Hortonworks’ new Operations Ready program is one of a set of certifications that are currently available from the company. Other certifications available are the YARN Ready, Security Ready and Governance Ready programs. You can read more about the new programs here:  http://hortonworks.com/blog/accelerating-adoption-enterprise-hadoop

You can find the full BDE Administrator’s  and User’s  Guide and the BDE Command Line Interface Guide, as well as the Release Notes at: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-big-data-extensions-pubs.html

 

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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Infographic – Walk Through of VMware Availability

Here’s a visualization we put together to help people understand the various offerings from VMware that can positively affect your levels of availability.

Hope you like it!

VMware-Availability  <click here for pdf>

VMworld US 2014 in San Fransisco Panel Discussion “Applications on Oracle on vSphere” Panel

Mike Adams and Don Sullivan conducted a panel discussion at VMworld in San Francisco in August which highlighted a group of very successful VMware customers. The panelists answered questions pertaining to their varied application implementations running on Oracle on vSphere.  Their applications stories varied from SAP to Homegrown travel applications and from Oracle Identity Management to a broad sampling of Higher Education Applications.  The commonality was that they were all spectacularly successful.

Dan Young represented Indiana University when receiving the “VMware Innovation Award” rushed over from the Marriott Marquis to join the panel and highlighted the day with entertaining commentary of how he was sitting on the panel and receiving the award the same week that 128,000 Indiana University students were registering for classes.   He explained to the crowd how the virtualized database services model and the stability that the architecture provided was responsible for affording him this opportunity.  Jon Tucker from First National Bank of Nebraska in Omaha talked glowingly of the success of the bank’s Oracle Identity Management system and Kris Cook of SITA described how virtualization enhanced their homegrown travel applications environment.  Finally Mike Peter’s of Conagra got a big laugh when he described how their 20vCPU virtualized SAP Supply Chain system running on an Oracle DB was responsible for delivering all the frozen foods that the audience might consume that evening.

Each of these customers brings a unique experience with a common story.  “This is my application and it is very important and it runs better because it runs on vSphere”

For the first time VMware also conducted an Oracle customer panel at VMworld Europe in Barcelona but no video was produced of that event.  The event in Europe featured Eric Mealy CIO or Societe Generale bank of Luxembourg and Tobias Appelo of Cap Gemini who discussed their implementation at Centrica Energy in the UK.

Below is the YouTube link for the video from the San Francisco event.

VMworld US (SF) 2014 – Applications on Oracle on vSphere Customer Success Stories (Conagra, SITA, IU, FBNO)

http://youtu.be/B7QPvTjnNgo

Webcast from Database Trends and Analysis on Virtualizing Oracle Databases and Software

The webcast will describe the amazing results of the survey taken by Database Trends and Analysis (DBTA) which quantified the tremendous adoption rates of Oracle Software on virtualized infrastructure http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/oracle/VMware-The-Empowered-Database-2014-IOUG-Platform-Decisions-Survey-Report.pdf .  Sign up for the webcast at http://proof.infotoday.com/kr/webevent-dbta-panel-7nov14/

Update on the registration link for this webcast.  Use any of the following links

VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal App Update

VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal App IconIt’s hard to believe that another VMworld season has come and gone.  I enjoyed the many conversations I had with our customers and partners in both San Francisco and Barcelona.  Your thirst for knowledge and everlasting quest to deliver high quality IT services to your business is refreshing – especially considering rapid pace of innovation in the industry combined with the ever increasing demands being placed on you!  That’s the paradox of IT today – so many cool new toys and so little time to play learn.

VMware has developed the VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal (VMKP) app to help.  There’s no shortage of information, and sorting the wheat from the chaff can be time consuming.  The VMKP provides technical, timely and accessible VMware product knowledge in a convenient mobile format.  The content is curated to ensure that you have ready access to the latest technical content relevant to your jobs in the Software-Defined Data Center.

The VMKP includes a variety of technical content, from product whitepapers and reference architectures to demo videos and Product Walkthroughs (the same Product Walkthroughs that you’ll find on http://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com).  Much of the content can be marked for offline viewing, so you have access to good technical information where ever you are (planes, trains and that dark basement office that IT always seems to get stuck with).

VMKP-screenshot-EUCWe’re constantly updating the app – some 200 new End-User Computing related assets were uploaded during VMworld 2014!  The app also just received a minor update to support iOS 8.  Grab the VMKP today from the Apple AppStore or Google Play – here are the links:

VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal on Google Play Link              VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal on App Store Link QR Code

VMware Partner University Mobile AppVMware Partners should also download the VMKP’s sister app – VMware Partner University Mobile.  The VMware Partner University Mobile (VPUM) app gives VMware Partners access to enablement training, tools and content.  With VPUM, partners can access online or offline e-Learning courses, leverage enablement tools like Partner mToolBooks, Sales Bytes and Launch Playbooks, and review VMware event presentations and vmLIVE recordings.  The icon to the right will take you to the landing page where you can find the download links.

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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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

Site Recovery Manager 5.8 is now GA – What’s new?

Yesterday VMware announced the GA of Site Recovery Manager 5.8. There are a number of great additions and improvements and I’m going to cover them here briefly.

Full Web Client Integration

SRM-Site-Summary

The most visible change is that SRM 5.8 is fully integrated as a plug-in with the vSphere Web Client. In addition to not having to use two different interfaces to manage your environment improvements were also made to a few workflows making it easier and simpler to map arrays, networks, folders, etc by having SRM handle the reciprocal instead of having to do it manually.

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vSphere 5.5 Update 2 is GA, available for download

What’s new in this release?

  • Support for hosts with 6TB of RAM – vSphere 5.5 Update 2 starts to support hosts with 6TB of RAM.
  • VMware vShield Endpoint Thin Agent as VMware Tools Guest Introspection plugin – The vShield Endpoint driver bundled with VMware Tools is now called Guest Introspection.
  • vCenter Server database support: vCenter Server now supports the following external databases: Oracle 12c, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1and 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.
  • Resolved Issues – This release delivers a number of bug fixes that have been documented in the Release Notes

Product Support Notices

  • vSphere Web Client: Starting with vSphere 5.5 Update 2, Windows XP and Windows Vista are not supported as vSphere Client Operating System. You can find the complete list of operating system supported by vSphere Web Client in the VMware Compatibility Guide.
  • vSphere Web Client: Because Linux platforms are no longer supported by Adobe Flash, vSphere Web Client is not supported on the Linux OS. Third party browsers that add support for Adobe Flash on the Linux desktop OS might continue to function.
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance: In vSphere 5.5, the VMware vCenter Server Appliance meets high-governance compliance standards through the enforcement of the DISA Security Technical Information Guidelines (STIG). Before you deploy VMware vCenter Server Appliance, see the VMware Hardened Virtual Appliance Operations Guide for information about the new security deployment standards and to ensure successful operations.
  • vCenter Server database: vSphere 5.5 removes support for IBM DB2 as the vCenter Server database.
  • VMware Tools: Beginning with vSphere 5.5, all information about how to install and configure VMware Tools in vSphere is merged with the other vSphere documentation. For information about using VMware Tools in vSphere, see the vSphere documentation. Installing and Configuring VMware Tools is not relevant to vSphere 5.5 and later.
  • vSphere Data Protection: vSphere Data Protection 5.1 is not compatible with vSphere 5.5 because of a change in the way vSphere Web Client operates. vSphere Data Protection 5.1 users who upgrade to vSphere 5.5 must also update vSphere Data Protection to continue using vSphere Data Protection.
  • Interoperability Matrix: Check out supported databases, host OS, upgrade paths in the matrix

Get vCenter 5.5 Update 2 at download page