I will presenting at a couple of upcoming VMware User Group (VMUG) meetings this week in Florida. I’ll be delivering a presentation on VMware’s Software Defined Storage Portfolio with focus on Virtual SAN (VSAN) recommended practices, use cases, and vCloud Suite interoperability capabilities.
For those interested in pursuing the VCDX Certification, I will also be participating in the delivery of a VCDX Boot Camp along with Florida’s own local VCDX, Chris McCain (VCDX#79).
On Tuesday, December 3rd, I’ll be presenting at the Tampa VMUG Meeting at the USF Marshall Student Center. Go to the Tampa VMUG Meeting site for more information about the Tampa VMUG Meeting and registration.
On Wednesday, December 4th, I’ll be presenting at the Orlando VMUG Meeting at the PUP Corporate Office. Go to the Orlando VMUG Meeting site for more information about the Orlando VMUG Meeting and registration.
Oh yeah! Last but not least, on Thursday, December 5th, I’ll be presenting at the Miami VMUG Workspace at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Go to the Miami VMUG Workspace meeting site for more information about the Miami VMUG Workspace and registration.
I hope to see and meet many of you at the events, and hopefully answer your questions with regards to VMware’s Software Defined Storage portfolio. Have your questions ready.
A common question that I have seen recently around Virtual SAN (VSAN) is how limits on number of components, disks, etc., translate into capacity and policy limits. I will attempt to cover some of the basics in this post. However for a deeper explanation on the various sizing and design considerations, please check out the updated Design & Sizing Guide which you can find in the VSAN beta community documents section in the POC Kit folder. If you are not yet signed up for the VSAN beta, why not? Click here to register. The beta community has a wealth of information, including documentation, hardware guidance and some great discussions with our R&D engineers. A great place to start if you just want to read up on Virtual SAN, or indeed, kick its proverbial tires.
There is a new beta release of Virtual SAN (VSAN) available today for those of you participating in the beta. You can download the new bits of the beta refresh by clicking here (you will need a valid MyVMware login to access it). This post covers a number of areas around the beta refresh. It will cover how to upgrade to the new release, a fix for the AHCI controller issue that we encountered in the beta testing, the new PowerCLI fling, changes to certain VSAN limits and the winners of some of our VSAN contest and surveys. Read on to learn more about the changes in the VSAN beta refresh.
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
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.
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.