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Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2

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On Feb 13th VMware released the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center version 4.2.  This latest update to our detailed prescriptive path on how to implement, operate, and maintain a VMware based Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) includes a few minor changes, such as updates to the software bill of materials and some new naming conventions, Read more...

Patching and updates made easy with VMware Cloud Foundation

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Its official, VMware released the latest version of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), 2.3. At the core of VCF is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage and networking. Completing an upgrade of all of the components of an SDDC without VCF would typically take some careful planning and execution. One of the Read more...

Connecting IP-Based (NFS or ISCSI) External Storage To VMware Cloud Foundation

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VMware Cloud Foundation is based on a modern hyper-converged architecture that extensively leverages VMware vSAN – a vSphere-native software-defined storage platform that delivers flash-optimized storage for the software-defined data center (SDDC).  While vSAN is the primary storage platform for Cloud Foundation, that’s not to say it’s your only storage option. There are a number of Read more...

Introduction to VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3

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On Dec 5th, 2017, VMware announced the upcoming release of VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3.  This release comes with many new capabilities to help further simplify the tasks of deploying, operating and maintaining a VMware based hybrid cloud.  In this post, I will introduce you to some of the more notable features in this release, to include Read more...
A conceptual diagram of a VMware Cloud Foundation VDI Workload Domain

Automating Horizon 7 Deployments with VMware Cloud Foundation

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VMware Cloud Foundation simplifies the deployment of private cloud infrastructure, turning lengthy and complex implementations into fully automated workflows. When the workflow is complete, customers have a complete vSphere + vSAN + NSX infrastructure that is ready to run business workloads, including Horizon 7 for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). In Cloud Foundation, business workloads are Read more...

VMware Cloud Foundation 2.2 SoS tool

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VMware Cloud Foundation is a best-in-class fully integrated hybrid cloud platform, that includes compute, storage, networking, and security. This hybrid cloud platform with its ability to fully automate the SDDC (software defined data center) deployment and automate software updates, it is the most comprehensive SDDC solution from VMware. Day 2 operational tasks are also enhanced by a Read more...

A Reference Architecture for Deploying vSphere Integrated Containers on top of VMware Cloud Foundation

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  VMware Cloud Foundation brings together the building blocks of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), namely vSphere, vSAN, and NSX, with the advanced automation capabilities of the VMware SDDC Manager.  Combined, these components deliver an engineered integration of the core SDDC software stack.  Whether you’re looking to build an on-premises private cloud, deploy the SDDC stack Read more...

Cloud Foundation #CaptionVCF Contest

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What happens when you put VMworld attendees and a “caption this” drawing together? A whole lot of humor and maybe a troll or two (but we won’t let that get us down)! This year at VMworld Barcelona 2017, we encourage you to follow the VMware Cloud Foundation Twitter handle @vmwcf and join in on our 3-day caption Read more...