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Since we announced the VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP), toolsour goal was to give service providers the reference documents they need to construct cloud platforms and service offerings built on today’s VMware technologies.

Today, we want to give you an update on vCAT-SP, as well as highlight one feature that is sure to enhance your experience as a service provider.

The feature we’re talking about is the ability to extend the standard API included with vCloud Director. This gives you the ability to include your own functionality and services within the base Infrastructure-as-a-Service. It’s an often underused, but extremely powerful, feature of vCloud Director for Service Providers.

For example, you can use the API extension framework to develop integration to your own custom or third party ticketing system, allowing tenants to open tickets at the customer level. We demonstrate how to do this in our whitepaper, “VMware vCloud® Architecture Toolkit for Services Providers: VMware vCloud Director® Extension Framework,” which you can find here. Other examples include the ability to order and manage services and the ability to configure antivirus. It’s a helpful feature that could help enhance your organization’s services.

Additionally, we’ve finalized the global release of our first vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers. Release 1 is now complete in six languages:

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • German
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

So, what’s next for vCAT-SP? Glad you asked! Stay tuned to this channel for future resources and documentation, including holistic architecture views of managed hosting solutions, public cloud solutions, and much more.

Take a look at the list below for some examples of what’s to come:

  • Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service to vCloud Air Network Providers
  • Micro-segmentation Use-cases for vCloud Air Network Providers
  • Enhancing End-customer On-boarding with Software Defined Networking
  • Leveraging Virtual SAN for Highly Available Management Clusters
  • Ready to bring your own innovations into the VMware vCloud Architecture?

Be sure to check out our whitepaper, “VMware vCloud® Architecture Toolkit for Services Providers: VMware vCloud Director® Extension Framework.

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