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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Run your Cloud Native Applications in production with vRealize Automation XaaS scalable components


Cloud Native Applications are getting some momentum. Still there is some reticence to run these in production on premise, particularly for the applications that could become business critical.
VMware mission is to be here to help. As part of our container portfolio we do have Photon OS to run containers, enterprise-class features with vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) and a  secure and scalable Platform as a Service with Cloud Foundry.

In the case there is a requirement for managing the life cycle of the container infrastructure as often the case for other IaaS applications vRealize Automation has some features that can help extend Photon OS availability in production.

If you are in charge of the infrastructure and have to make critical cloud native applications available in production on vSphere you may start with deploying a Photon Blueprint. Still your application may be very vulnerable. Even if Photon OS does include swarm, a Docker native clustering it still need to be managed to provide high availability and scalability. Also access to the Docker APIs is not secured.

In this blog post I will leverage vRealize Automation features to create blueprints for highly available and scalable Cloud Native Applications.


How I designed my HA, scalable Photon blueprint.

To make the application deployment highly available I did set the cluster option on the blueprint VM. This also provide VM based scale out and scale in day 2 operations.
To make the application cluster aware I have created a “Create docker Node” vRealize Orchestrator workflow calling the swarm API to enable swarm and join new photon hosts. I also have a “Scale in node” workflow for removing a node from the swarm or all of them when decommissioning the deployment.

While this automation gives some great flexibility. I wanted to manage individual swarm nodes from the vRealize Automation user interface:

  • Request a swarm with 2 to 8 nodes


  • See in the vRA user self service portal the swarm nodes as distinct component running in a deployment and be able to check their properties

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  • Scale out / Scale in Photon swarm deployment

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  • Contextually  run node specific day 2 operations in vRA without having to switch to a CLI or third party interface
  • Manage who has access to these day 2 operations using vRA entitlements and optionally approve some operations
  • Monitor the full life cycle of the app including day 2 operations


vRealize Automation 7.2 XaaS scalable components as a solution for managing Photon Swarms

An XaaS scalable component is a blueprint XaaS component that can be scaled independently from the blueprint VMs. I created my own “Docker node” resource using vRO Dynamic Types and could reuse the Create and Scale in workflows to leverage this new resource type.


A benefit from this design is that I can scale out in almost real time since I can pre-provision the VM used to scale out and just start it / join it to the swarm on node scale out.


Then to secure the application access to the API I had two options:

  • Via a certificate
  • Using an NSX virtual Firewall Rule which is one of the vRA blueprint component

This way each swarm can only be managed by the vRO server which in turn is used by vRA end users that can only operate the applications they own.

As you can see reading this post we managed to enable, manage and combine vRealize Automation and Photon scalability and security features providing a very flexible, as a service on premise enterprise ready Cloud Native app solution.

VMworld 2017 Oracle Customer Bootcamps

VMworld 2017 Oracle Customer Bootcamps

On a mission to arm yourself with the latest knowledge and skills needed to master application virtualization?

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VMworld Customer bootcamps can get you in shape to lead the virtualization charge in your organization, with Instructor-led demos and In-depth course work designed to put you in the ranks of the IT elite.

Oracle on vSphere
The Oracle on VMware vSphere Bootcamp will provide the attendee the opportunity to learn the essential skills necessary to run Oracle implementations on VMware vSphere. The best practices and optimal approaches to deployment, operation and management of Oracle database and application software will be presented by VMware expert Sudhir Balasubramanian who will be joined by other VMware and Industry Experts.

This technical workshop will exceed the standard breakout session format by delivering “real-life,” instructor-led, live training and incorporating the recommended design and configuration practices for architecting Business Critical Databases on VMware vSphere infrastructure. Subjects such as Real Applications Clusters, Automatic Storage Management, vSAN and NSX will be covered in depth.

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Cost: $725 / seat

Saturday August 26, 2017
8:00am to 5:00pm
(registration opens at 6:30am)

Mandalay Bay, South Convention Centre
3rd Floor Jasmine Rooms


Be sure to add the Bootcamp in step 4 of your VMworld conference registration, under Educational Offerings, after you’ve selected your conferences pass.

Registration is open, seating is limited! Lunch and breaks provided.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

SAP HANA on VMware vSphere, Multi-VM Support Status as of May 2017

Since my last SAP HANA blog in February, our SAP HANA validation and engineering team was busy performing the remaining validation test on the Intel Broadwell platform.

Because of the positive results, SAP granted us Multi-SAP HANA VM and NUMA node sharing support for vSphere 6.0 and 6.5 on the 4 socket Intel Broadwell platform up to 4 TB VM sizes.

By now we have five SAP support notes that describe the support status of SAP HANA on VMware vSphere. This blog concentrates on Multi-VM configurations. For a complete overview of what is SAP supported please visit the SAP HANA on VMware vSphere Wiki pages on wiki.scn.sap.com.

The first table in this blog shows the SAP HANA Multi-VM configuration status and what is supported in production. The 2nd table shows what is VMware platform supported, but was not explicitly validated for SAP HANA workloads.

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Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management

Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management

Customers deploying production Oracle workloads have stringent requirements to support and maintain critical database operational tasks such as Backup and Recovery, Cloning, Data Refresh for Development/Test environment and Patching. These operational tasks are also known as Database Day 2 Management Operations.

With the rapid adoption of VMware vSAN™ for business-critical workloads due to highly scalable , available , reliable and high performance HCI solution. It is essential to provide features and tools for seamless Day 1 and Day 2 Operations.

vSAN offers a range of tools and features for Day 1 and Day 2 Operations. VMware vSphere® web client provides administrator with the capability to manage their infrastructure in a unified way for deploying, provisioning, health check, and performance monitoring. vSAN 6.0 and above has improved snapshot capability, which provides users with enterprise-class snapshots and clones that can be used for Oracle database cloning use cases.

The Oracle Real Application Clusters on VMware vSAN reference architecture addresses common business challenges that CIOs face today in an online transaction processing (OLTP) environment that requires availability, reliability, scalability, predictability and cost-effective storage, which helps customers design and implement optimal configurations specifically for Oracle RAC Database on vSAN.

The Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN 6.2 All-Flash reference architecture addresses common business challenges that CIOs face today in an OLTP and decision-support-system (DSS) environment that requires predictable performance and cost-effective storage.

Having addressed the Day 1 operations including deployment and provisioning of critical Oracle workloads on VMware vSAN, this operation guide focuses on the Day 2 Operations of Oracle on vSAN including backup and recovery, database cloning, database refresh for test and development environment and database patching.




VMware vSAN snapshot and clone technologies are primarily used for providing support to Oracle Day 2 Operations. VMware vSAN snapshot and clone technologies used with inherent Oracle tools provide efficient Day 2 Operations for business-critical Oracle database.

Check out the recently published Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management  operation guide that provides solutions and operation procedures for Oracle Database Day 2 Operations including below key oracle database tasks using vSAN snapshots and clones:

  • Backup and recovery
  • Cloning
  • Data refresh for development and test environment from production
  • Patching

While the operation guide provides above solutions natively for the Oracle database on vSAN environment. There are backup vendors who provide Oracle application-level integration along with VADP (VMware vSphere Storage APIs – for Data Protection) API integration, which can help in ease of backup/cloning, greater levels of manageability and control in vSphere environment including vSAN. These third-party backup solutions can also be used for these use cases.

Further, with the announcement of VMware Ready for vSAN program that offers partners a set of tools, resources, and processes needed to certify Data Protection products with VMware vSAN. This certification program will provide confidence with the partner data protection solutions deployed in VMware vSAN environments for seamless operation.