Another month and another edition of vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP). Every month we publish a new article in our ongoing series detailing the many exciting use cases of the VMware vCloud Solution and help you take full advantage of the superior cloud solutions found in the vCloud environment.
But before we dive into this month’s material, let’s recap our most recent vCAT-SP blog series posts:
- Migration Strategies for the Hybrid Cloud: An Essential Hybridity Guide
- How Horizon® 7 is Helping the Enterprise Scale Digital Workspaces
- Leveraging VMware vSAN for Highly Available Management Clusters
- Multitenant Use of VMware vRealize Operations as a Service
- Customer Onboarding with VMware NSX L2VPN Service for vCloud Air Network
In this installment, we explore how service providers can automate their self-service portals using VMware vRealize® Automation™. The whitepaper, “Automated VMware vRealize Automation Deployments for VMware vCloud® Air™ Network,” details the specific solutions and processes required to deliver self-service portal capabilities to end customers on a per-tenant basis.
Why Deploy vRealize Automation?
vRealize Automation allows end-customers in the vCloud Air Network to easily provision workloads in private hosted cloud deployment without the maintenance and management overhead traditionally associated with the private cloud infrastructure. Additionally, users can independently deploy and maintain the lifecycle of workloads thanks to vRealize Automation’s self-service portal capabilities.
vApp Deployment of vRealize Automation in vCloud Director
Meanwhile, for service providers in the vCloud Air Network, the implementation of vRealize Automation provides a number of benefits beyond those for the end-customer including:
- Provide additional value to the traditional hosting platforms based on VMware vSphere.
- Dramatically decrease the deployment time of vRealize Automation for per-customer consumption.
- Enable the provider to move up the stack to offer applications to their end-customer’s conceptual design or architecture.
- Automated deployment of vRealize Automation in an “as a Service” model within a VMware vCloud Director OrgVDC.
- Connect the vRealize Automation platform to a vCloud Director OrgVDC for IaaS provisioning
- Reduce staff effort required to deploy the solution while also minimizing human error.
Deployment Basics: A Look at the Three Most Common Methods
The vRealize Automation platform can be deployed in a variety of enterprise environments. Historically, it has been implemented in the private cloud, but many service providers today have an interest in providing vRealize Automation services for customers on a per-tenant basis in both a hosted and virtual private cloud environment.
As a result, several of the most common deployment models used by service providers are as follows:
- Internal Operations – In this model, a single tenant instance of vRealize Automation is deployed by the service provider for internal operations users.
- Dedicated Customer Private Cloud – This entails a single tenant deployment of vRealize Automation with the optional use of multiple business groups.
- Fully Managed Service Offering – In this model, the service offering leverages multiple business groups and is managed fully by the VMware vCloud Air Network service provider on behalf of the customer.
Each of the listed deployment models above enables customers to operate across single and multiple data centers provided by the service provider. However, the solutions discussed in the whitepaper focus on the method for automating the deployment of vRealize Automation in both the dedicated customer private cloud and the fully managed service offering.
Interested in learning more about the technical requirements for the deployment of vRealize Automation? Download the whitepaper here for a full step-by-step guide to deployment. For more technical breakdowns of VMware cloud solutions, visit the VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit site.