So you want to know more about a feature, capability or product, but were too afraid to ask!?
Worry no more! Feature Fridays is an initiative to help enable our partners get the most out of their investment in the VMware Cloud Provider Platform. We’ll cover lots of different aspects of the program, products and capabilities, also discuss new releases and key important things to note.
Hosted by Guy, each week we will release a new video covering a different topic in more depth, interviewing our technical experts and getting to that next level of detail (if I can!) The content will be mostly technical but will also cover services that are feasible with the features. We have tried to keep the content relevant and interesting, but if you have any feedback you can always reach us at email@example.com you can also of course comment on our videos to establish some debate!
Keep an eye out on this blog site to see when a new video is released.
NOTE – all future episodes are listed here too, some some may say private or unpublished until they go live (one each Friday!)
Feature Friday 79 – Troubleshooting VMware Cloud Director – Jan 28th 2022
Want to know how you should start troubleshooting errors you see as an admin or customer issues or events? In this session we discuss high level troubleshooting steps to be able to get to issue identification, essential for a quick resolution from our Global Support teams. Join the experts with Daniel Quirke – Staff Engineer in our Global Support team, Tomas Fotja – Staff Cloud Architect and Joerg Lew – Technical Product Manager as we dive into a high level discussion, best practices and processes for identifying and recording issues.
Each version of the NSX migration tool for NSX-V to NSX-T is getting better and better, more and more blockers are being removed. This version is no exception. Version 1.3.1 and now Cloud Director 10.3.2 has a lot of new migration and NSX-T capabilities covered, making your migration as smooth as possible. New updated assessment, migration to a different vCenter server, DHCP relay and Static bindings migration, route advertisements and enhanced network pool support are all now covered. Please remember to run your migration assessments with this new release and send the report output back to v2t-assessments@VMware.com.
Many providers who are delivering containers and K8s clusters as a service will be looking for that next service, where the developer now becomes their buyer. Utilizing Tanzu Basic with TKG provides a K8s baseline, utilizing Tanzu Standard builds in Mission Control and multi cloud and Tanzu Advanced extends these services with the Tanzu Application Catalog and Tanzu Data and Build. Service. Together these make a great offering for developers to securely build, run and manage applications on your cloud or any other cloud depending on requirements.
Please join Gerrit, Joerg, Stefan and myself as we get together and discuss what the opportunity is for Cloud Providers and how Tanzu can deliver a feature rich DevOps tooling and orchestration layer, essential for modern applications.
Feature Friday 76 – VMware Cloud Provider Lifecycle Manager 1.2 – January 7th 2022
Welcome to episode 76! In this week’s show I am joined by Bhaskar and Amith to discuss the new 1.2 capabilities of Cloud Provider Lifecycle Manager (CPLCM) 1.2.
CPLCM is an evolution of automation delivering Day 0 and 1,2 automation for deployment of a modern VMware cloud infrastructure and ongoing patching and upgrades. This is an important solution for our VMware Cloud Providers; there are many ways they can deliver a VMware cloud service to customers – build your own cloud, buy a hyper-converged cloud or utilize a VMware hyper-scale cloud. Each method has its own merit but building your own is typically the highest operational cost to complete and maintain. CP LCM offers consistency in the build, enabling you to maximize platform stability, it offers best practice VVD deployment, enabling you to scale with confidence and it offers you upgrades, enabling you to get on with your business rather than worrying about interoperability and design. Watch this session to find out more.
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Feature Fridays 75 – MultiCloud and HCX – December 31st
This week we are discussing multi cloud mobility and how core to this is a common cloud hypervisor and the ability to move workloads between clouds with minimal or zero disruption. Hybrid Cloud Extender (HCX) delivers complete workload mobility between clouds, with inclusive deduplications and WAN optimization, HCX can deliver ‘Live vMotion’ for workloads moving to or between clouds, meaning zero downtime or application interruption whilst the migration is happening. HCX can also upgrade older vSphere instances whilst migrating, negating the need to stage. This delivers not only hybrid workload use cases, but also hybrid application across cloud use cases, allowing customers to have a service mesh between clouds and permitting workloads to run on the right cloud and able to interconnect. Watch this session to find out more.
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Feature Friday 74 – App Launchpad 2.1 – December 17th
In this week’s session, I am joined by Sachi Bhatt to discuss App Launchpad 2.1 and dive into the feature updates in this release. App Launchpad is a great way for our Cloud Providers to drive platform consumption and address application portfolios for their customers.
App Launchpad 2.1 brings some cool updates that have been asked for from our partners, secure catalog management via updated connectivity and network flow with a new request mechanism rather than a remote push and usability enhancements such as filters, custom fields, sizing templates and customized dashboard branding.
I know the ordering is wrong! But the date is right!
This is an important session as time is running out for your NSX-V to NSX-T migration and we have just launched a new migration tool v1.3.1 with enhancements that will help you assess and migrate more customer org virtual data centers from V to T. This is a great product, fully supported and very robust, essential to understanding where you can quickly use the product automation to migrate and where some manual tasks would be required.
Join Romain and myself as we run through the latest NSX Migration for Cloud Director 1.3.1 solution and the new functionality that is included. Remember time is running out, start your assessment with the 1.3.1 tool today to gain maximum value.
Feature Friday 73 – Tanzu mini series – Part 4 – TMC – December 10th
Tanzu Mission Control (TMC) is the VMware SaaS service umbrella management control capability for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, talking to Kubernetes cluster control planes whether Tanzu or other native Kubernetes. TMC is a multi cloud kubernetes control plane that providers can consume via an VMware MSP contract to manage their customer Kubernetes instances as a managed service, or to provide to customer self service access to manage their own Kubernetes instances. Find out what variations exist for our VMware Cloud Providers, what they can provide and how you can deliver additional value to your customer with Tanzu Mission Control.
If you are delivering Cloud Director services, the advise is to use TKGm as this provides much more functionality and NSX Advanced load balancer for layer 4 load balancing containers and VMs. TKGm brings the same kubernetes control and capabilities to any cloud, whether in native Hyper-scale; Azure, Google, AWS or VMware. With TKGm you do need the CSE server plugin (available from GitHub), and the CSE UI that is available in Cloud Director 10.3 and above. Join Gerrit, Stefan, Joerg and myself as we walk through the TKGm components, examine the architecture and optional reporting and metering that you need to deliver an operational Kubernetes Container cluster as a Service solution.
With the launch of VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.3, DRaaS and Migration has got a new edge. Now with an ultra-fast 1 minute RPO business can address a mission critical tier of service protection. Advanced Retention rules deliver more control over the retention period of a replication allowing 5 sets of rules to govern the replication cycles. Lastly DR and Migration Plans allow the provider or the tenant to manage the order of VMs failing over, set waiting times, and even include prompts for confirming the success of the executed step. To find out more about these key new capabilities and much more watch this Feature Friday with Nikolay and myself.
Feature Friday Episode 70 – Tanzu mini series – Part 2 – TKGs – November 19th
We are building this series to dive into depth about each aspect of Tanzu that our cloud providers have been interested in and more. In the first series we talked about packaging and versions, discussing in detail what was available and how. In this episode we explore the first major component in the Tanzu portfolio, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid service (TKGs).
Watch this Feature Friday mini series with Joerg Lew, Gerrit Lehr, Stefan Berner and myself, to understand more about Tanzu for Cloud Providers. We are starting at the basics in this episode, what is available in what bundles and the key differences as well as how this works with VMware Cloud Director or without. Future episodes will be building on this foundation and exploring all aspects of Tanzu.
It’s the 5th of November, in the UK ‘Guy Fawkes’ night, “Remember, remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason, Why gunpowder treason, Should ever be forgot!” (poem by John Milton) – I haven’t gone crazy, if you are wondering what that is about – read more.
It’s that time of the year, autumn is coming to the Northern hemisphere, and turning a new leaf, we will be taking a deeper look at Kubernetes services! You’ve probably seen or heard of Container Service Extension before, but now with 3.1.1 we are in a much better position, with functionality that delivers much more. In this session Sachi and I discuss how you can start out with CSE and VMware Cloud Director and benefit with the 3.1.1 improvements for production K8s cluster services with persistent disks, NSX Advanced K8s load balancing and more.
Did you know that as of vRealize Automation 8.6 we added an out of the box endpoint for VMware Cloud Director 10.2 (or greater), so you can use your tenant org VDC as an endpoint to provision virtual machines directly into the orgVDC. If you have vRealize Automation, or are looking at providing vRealize Automation as a managed service, or even looking to attract customers who need a ‘public cloud’ that they can drive from their vRealize Automation platform on premises with the rest of their cloud business, then this session is for you!
Feature Friday Episode 66 – VMware Object Storage Extension 2.1 update – October 22nd 2021
VMware Object Storage Extension 2.1 has landed and is delivering some great new capabilities to help you deliver more sticky customer services. What this Feature Friday to find out more about capabilities like on-demand backup and restore of Kubernetes clusters, AWS S3 Glacier archive object recovery and enhanced management features native in VMware Cloud Director for vApps and VMs.
Feature Friday Episode 65 – VMware Application Catalog – October 8th 2021
VMware Application Catalog is available for Cloud Providers and provides pre-packaged, enterprise-grade app building-blocks to your tenants who are working on app modernisation / development. If your tenants are developing solutions using containers, they need secure and tested applications to develop on and against. Watch this week’s session to find out why VMware Application Catalog is a next level offering for Dev Ready Clouds.
Feature Friday – Episode 64 – Partner Acceleration with the Multi-Cloud Architecture and Strategy team – October 1st 2021
In this Feature Friday we will discuss with John Marrone, Director MultiCloud Architecture, Gerrit Lehr, Cloud Solution Strategist and Francisco Romero Gotor , ‘Paco’, Head of Hybrid Cloud IaaS in TietoEVRY, the end to end function of this team and how this has been successful for TietoEVRY to bring their newest Cloud solutions to market.
Feature Friday Episode 63 – Green Cloud Defense uses VMware Tanzu – September 10th 2021
This week I am joined by Justin Fox (Senior Director of Product and Software Development) at Green Cloud Defense to shed light on their innovative customer portal primarily supported by VMware Tanzu. With a decade old track record leveraging VMware Cloud Director amongst its Managed Service Provider Network, Green Cloud is now expanding its micro-services capability through VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) underpinning their new partner portal. Watch the full video to discover how Green Cloud Defense is powering the next generation of applications with a single pane of glass.
Feature Friday Episode 62 – Container Service Extension 3.1 – August 27th 2021
For this session, I’m joined again with Sachi Bhatt (Technical Product Manager) to discuss the Container Service Extension 3.1 and the new capabilities that it brings Cloud Providers’ native Kubernetes services and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG-S). Container Service Extension 3.1 brings a few cool new enhancements and was released in conjunction with VMware Cloud Director 10.3. As such it may have got a little lost in the big VMware Cloud Director release, so we wanted to shine some light on this gem! Watch this 62nd episode to find out more about what Container Service Extension can do with Tanzu and native Kubernetes clusters.
Feature Fridays Episode 61- App Launchpad SaaS – August 20th 2021
This week I am joined by Sachi Bhatt (Technical Product Manager) to discuss the SaaS release of VMware App Launchpad (ALP) and the impact it will have on Cloud Providers’ developer ready offerings. VMware App Launchpad has evolved rapidly since its first launch in April 2020, originally it could only be deployed as an extension on VMware Cloud Director. Whereas now, the ALP extension is available to use with Cloud Director service, as a SaaS offering available through Cloud Partner Navigator (CPN) portal. Watch the 61st episode to uncover more details on App Launchpad SaaS release.
Feature Fridays Episode 60 – VMware Cloud Director 10.3, NSX-T vApp Networking Services – August 13th 2021
This week I am joined by Romain Decker (Staff Technical Product Manager) to discuss NSX-T vApp Networking capabilities for VMware Cloud Director (VCD) 10.3. This was a major release as we set vApp edge services in motion for NSX-T adopting like for like features from NSX-V vApp capability. Grouping of VM’s to meet application needs is crucial to VCD users therefore, vApp networking services are extremely important to connect the dots between customer vApp networks and organization networks. Tune into our 60th episode to understand this core feature better.
Feature Fridays Episode 59 – VMware Learning Platform (VLP) SaaS – August 6th 2021
In this session, we will be reviewing VMware Learning Platform, its use cases and underlying technology with Joerg Law (Technical Product Manager) and Brian Noeldner. VMware Learning Platform is a multi-faceted SaaS learning platform that is used by VMware to enable its workforce and customers and is also available to the market as a SaaS education and training delivery eLearning platform. It leverages VMware cloud technology such as NSX and VMware Cloud Director to offer a fully scalable, on-demand and secured infrastructure to businesses that want to manage an end-to-end learning platform with virtual IT labs, Live events, on-demand trainings, and instructor lead courses. Watch the entire episode in YouTube to understand how VMware Learning Platform has transformed the way knowledge is transmitted in this era of digital technology and how you can use the solution for your training or for education services.
Feature Fridays Episode 58 – Zero Carbon Committed with Equinix – July 30th 2021
This episode is a ‘must-watch’ for all our Cloud Providers as I am joined by Nicola Peill-Moelter, Director of Sustainability at VMware and Jennifer Ruch also the Director of Sustainability at Equinix to discuss VMware’s Zero Carbon Committed program. The Cloud industry has many challenges with environment regarding data center energy usage. However, with continued adoption of sustainable cloud, cloud computing companies could eliminate a billion metric tons of CO2 emission over the next four years (IDC, 2021). VMware recognizes that the key factor in reducing the CO2 emissions associated with cloud computing comes from the great efficiency of aggregated and virtualized compute resources. As ESG goals become globally more important, companies are demanding partners have ESG initiatives driving more social consciousness and more investment. Find out how VMware’s Zero Carbon Committed initiative can support your ESG goals by managing power capacity in data centers, optimizing cooling, leveraging power-efficient servers, and optimizing server utilization rates. Watch the full video and become a VMware sustainability champion.
Feature Fridays Episode 57 – General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) – milCloud® 2.0 – July 23rd 2021
This week I am joined by Brian Whitenight (Partner Director for GDIT) and Daniel Paluszek (Principal Solutions Architect at VMware) to discuss how GDIT powers milCloud® 2.0, a cloud solution designed to support defense agencies. We will find out, how defense agencies, also known as mission partners, have been facilitating and operationalizing their transition of applications to milCloud 2.0 with VMware Cloud Director and on-premise to cloud migrations through VMware Cloud Director Availability. All these entities are being used by many government clients in their data centers. Watch this information packed episode to understand more about VMware’s partnership with GDIT and milCloud® 2.0.
Feature Friday Episode 56 – Sovereign Cloud, Gaia-X and Greenplum – July 16th 2021
In this episode I’m joined by Julian Da Silva and Alex Tanner, both involved with Sovereign Cloud initiatives with Cloud Providers and both exploring how Gaia-X can be addressed with the VMware portfolio. In episode 49 of Feature Fridays we have discussed Gaia-X with Laurent Allard, (our resident expert), VMware’s involvement, and how this will affect you, our cloud providers. Now we are taking this to the next level, diving into some of the technologies that could support a Gaia-X initiative. Naturally Gaia-X is an evolving initiative, so these views and designs are being examined for their capabilities to support some of the functions that will be required.
In this episode Sachi Bhatt (Technical Product Manager for Tanzu Portfolio) has joined me to shed more light into the Tanzu portfolio integration with VMware Cloud Director 10.2.2. Tanzu basic is now available for VMWare Cloud Director 10.2.2 offering multiple solutions for (K8s) Kubernetes-as-a-service namely Container Services Extension and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG); TKGs (for vSphere) and TKGm (multi-cloud). Find out which of the solution is best suited to your organization and why. Furthermore, this session will cover the star feature of VCD 10.2.2 update which allows network isolation for Service Providers who are managing multi-tenanted environments with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid TKGs. Watch the full video for a detailed demo and learn how to run all the necessary configurations in your VCD 10.2.2 and vSphere environment.
This episode is a rare occurrence for the Feature Friday community, as we bring together a stellar line-up of speakers to discuss an ingenious chatbot solution for VMware Cloud Director (VCD). In this session, I am joined by Joerg Lew (Technical Product Manager), Dimtry Glebov (Solution Architect), Milko Slavov (Engineering) & Eugene Burhovetsky (Senior engineer of Operation Cloud Department) for Rosetelecom, Russia’s leading telecommunications provider. Rosetelecom are successfully operating a chatbot facility within VMware Cloud Director as its first line ‘conversation agent’ to offer on-demand support to their clients/providers. This episode covers the details on VCD extensibility and integration guidance on chatbot implementation. Watch the full video to find out how Rostelecom navigated through their customer demands to implement and successfully launch the chatbot for VMware Cloud Director.
Read the full blog – July 2nd 2021
This week Bhaskar Gupta joins me to run through VMware Cloud Provider (CP) Lifecycle Manage (LCM) and the 1.1 update. Cloud Provider LCM 1.0 was limited released in October 2020 with limited functionality – only deployment, now 1.1 is here, delivering: deployment (Day 0), initial configuration (Day 1) and Day 2 operations for Cloud Provider products: VCD, Usage Meter, vRealize Operations Manager Tenant App. Day 2 operations in VCP LCM 1.1 includes: product upgrade, certificate management, node management API only! Now you can get one step closer to that great SDDC life cycle management capability for your cloud provider stack! Find out more about how you can start automating your cloud stack with CP LCM.
Feature Friday Episode 52 – NSX-V to NSX-T Migration Tool 1.2.1 – June 18th 2021
This week, I am joined by Romaine Decker (Staff Technical Product Manager) to run through the latest developments that took place to accelerate and amplify NSX-V migration to NSX-T. Since VMware announced the sunsetting of NSX-V, targeted for January 16, 2022, migrating to NSX-T should be the top priority for Cloud Providers. Watch this episode to learn how you can strategize an efficient and risk-free migration by leveraging the new capabilities in the 1.2.1 version of the NSX-V to T Migration Tool. The tool offers a brand-new feature to run the assessment mode with VCD environment to determine the migration readiness of your organizations virtual data centers (VDCs) backed by NSX Data Center for vSphere. This capability is slowly becoming the holy grail for most of our Cloud Providers.
Now is the time to refocus on migration with 68% of CIOs ranked “migrating to the public cloud and/or expanding private cloud” as the top IT spending driver in 2021, and 52% of workloads expected to be in public clouds by 2022. In this episode I’m joined by Nikolay Patrikov (Senior Technical Product Manager) to discuss what new VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.2 migration capabilities help Cloud Providers address these migration opportunities & capture workloads to their VMWare Cloud Director public cloud or VMware Cloud on AWS with Cloud Director service! There you go – migration made simple.
Feature Friday Episode 50 – VMware Cloud Director Autoscaling – June 4th 2021
To mark our 50th episode, I am joined by Joerg Law (Staff Technical Product Manager) who is very well known to the Feature Friday community and Milko Hristov Slavov (Staff Engineer for VCD) to discuss the newly extended autoscaling feature for VCD 10.2.2. Dynamic autoscaling uses the VCD extension framework and enables on-demand scaling of virtual infrastructure and resources. Cloud Providers can reap the benefits of this new extensibility solutions to scale cloud services up and down automatically, based on pre-defined rules and policies for each applications requiring autoscaling.
Feature Friday Episode 49 – GAIA-X Overview – May 28th 2021
In this episode I’m joined by our resident GAIA-X expert Laurent Allard to discuss the project and VMware’s involvement, but also how this will affect you, our cloud providers. For those that are new to this, GAIA-X is a European initiative for efficient, competitive, secure and trustworthy federation of data infrastructure and ecosystem service providers. Its aim is to develop common requirements for a European data infrastructure. The resulting federated form of data infrastructure strengthens the ability to both access and share data securely and confidently to boost a digital economy.
Feature Friday Episode 48 – Build a Compelling Modern Apps and Managed Application Cloud Business – May 21st 2021
This week I’m joined by Gerrit Lehr one of our prominent Cloud Solution Strategists to discuss a new white-paper he has written covering the Business Opportunity for our VMware Cloud Providers to Deliver a Modern Apps and Managed Application Cloud Business. This white-paper builds on the original IAAS TCO foundation white paper. These assets are really important if you are looking at either starting your cloud business with VMware or looking at the next phase for your cloud business with VMware.
This week I’m joined by Mark Stockham from Dell Technologies to cover the Dell Data Protection plugin for VMware Cloud Director. This plugin has ben around for about 3-4 years now, it was one fo the first plugins to use the VMware Cloud Director Extensibility framework and also is the only vendor that is available in our program in points for Data Protection. Since then there has been many updates to the plugin and the Dell solutions, so we felt it is time to refresh and find out what is new with the plugin and how this could benefit you and your customers. Watch this Feature Friday to find out more.
This week I’m joined by In this episode I’m joined by Joerg Lew to discuss the updates in VMware Cloud Director 10.2.2. This release is rather feature packed; there are some great time saving capabilities like Global Placement policies, operational management enhancements with SNMP, operational usage improvements in Guided Tours to name just some! Watch this Feature Friday here to find out more.
Feature Fridays Episode 45 – vRealize Operations Tenant App 2.6 update April 30th 2021
This week I’m joined by In this episode I’m joined again by Joerg Lew and Dattathreya Sathyamurthy Hassan, Product Line Manager for the Tenant App to discuss the new 2.6 update. Can you believe it’s been 5 months since the last release, it seems like so much has happened! The new update now provides support for NSX-T bandwidth pricing, VMware Cloud Director Availability DRaaS pricing, pricing for used and configured storage and pricing for ‘ephemeral’ VMs up to a 5 minute level. Watch this Feature Friday here to find out more!
In this video I’m joined by Romain Decker (Staff Technical Product Management) to discuss VMware Cloud Director and NSX-T’s new northbound routing capabilities, including the new VRF-lite capability that has removed previous bottlenecks in capacity. NSX-T networking in this capacity is very different from the traditional ways of network and NSX-V, so if you’re looking at NSX-T, I would highly advise you look at this video first!
Feature Fridays Episode 43 – Dell Technologies Cloud Platform + VMware Cloud Director Hands on Labs April 16th 2021
In this video I am joined by Lucas Nguyen and Clive Wenman to discuss the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP) and VMware Cloud Director (VCD) and the new Hands-On-Lab (HOL). HOL are a great way to get to see a product in action, and Dell DTCP with VCD is an amazing solution with great potential to be a defacto standard for Cloud Provider public or private cloud solutions. Who wouldn’t want a standard VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) SDDC with a building block unit like vxRail, with VCD on top making the whole solution multi-tenanted and extensible?
In this video I’m joined with Daniel Paluszek Principal Solutions Architect at VMware to discuss our new Cloud Provider certification for 2020! This exam is not for the fainthearted, it’s been designed to test your understanding of the Cloud Provider Platform at a solution level and is suitable for only those with practical experience of the Platform. Learn more about how this can differentiate you from the crowd and how you can earn this new badge!
In this video I’m joined by Jasenko Masic and Robert Brink from Cloudist Solutions, a Cloud Provider Distributer in Sweden. Cloudist Solutions have an interesting business model being a distributer of VMware Cloud infrastructure services and other solutions from a custom developed portal and VMware Cloud Director. Delivering VMware Cloud Director as a Service (as well as all the plugin services, Disaster Recovery as a Service, Bitnami applications etc), to other Cloud Providers to be able to offer to their end customers, as a business model, is an area of growth. More and more smaller traditional providers are looking to other providers to deliver the infrastructure and applications for them, so they can focus on the service and their specialization. Watch this session to find out more about how Cloudist Solutions in particular has created their offerings and how this model is working for them.
In this video I’m joined by Joerg Lew (Staff Technical Product Manager) to discuss what new capabilities are available in Object Storage Extension 2.0. This includes covering Native S3 support, AWS tenant account creation/re-use, Object Lock support, Bucket policy UI support, Ceph support and much more. Join this session to find out more about how you can offer S3 Object Storage from within VMware Cloud Director.
In this video I’m joined by Tim Hynes, Solution Specialist and software engineer from Rubrik. We will discuss the holistic approach Rubrik has with policy automation for backup, replication and archival for VMware Cloud Director. Rubrik delivers Data Protection services across hybrid clouds supporting tenant self service from their Cloud Director plugin.
In this video I’m joined by Amith Vijayanand a business analyst and Product Marketing Manager in our Cloud Provider Business Unit at VMware. We are showcasing the new opportunity calculator for Cloud Director service, available to all partners here. The idea of this calculator is to be able to calculate what your opportunity could be and what your business case looks like using VMware Cloud on AWS and Cloud Director service.
In this video I’m joined by Chris Colotti, Field CTO at Cohesity to discuss the VMware Cloud Director integration for Cohesity Data Management as a Service offerings, primarily backup and restore. Cohesity is a multi-tenant solution that maps to existing VCD customer orgs to be able to offer them different tiers of service for their data management service.
Feature Friday Episode 36 – Veeam Backup and Restore in VMware Cloud Director (service) Feb 26th 2021
In this video I’m joined by Andy Sturniolo, Veeam Solutions Architect and Matt Lloyd, Director of Global Alliances at Veeam. We are discussing the Veeam backup and recovery solutions with VMware Cloud Director and VMware Cloud Director service. The new updated Veeam VCD plugin for the VCD extensibility framework provides support for VMware Cloud Director-aware backup and restore operations across VM’s, vApps, guest and file systems! It also supports using Veeam Cloud Connect replication directly into VMware Cloud Director customer organization virtual data centers. This enables cloud service provider partners and tenants alike, to take advantage of a single user experience with the extensibility enhancements VMware has built into the platform including single-sign-on.
In this video I’m joined by Lorenzo Salhi founder of PrimaryIO, and Sumit Kapoor Technical Director of PrimaryIO to discuss the newly announced support for Cloud Director and Cloud Director service. PrimaryIO is now tested and verified for cloud migration use cases from on-premises to Cloud Director and Cloud Director service destinations, with warm migration coming soon. Using a customer side plugin, customers can migrate their on-premise virtual machines to their customer org in VMware Cloud Director on the provider target site.
In this video I’m joined by Romain Decker (Staff Technical Product Management) to discuss the new updated NSX-V to NSX-T migration tool – version 1.2. The NSX-V to NSX-T migration tool provides parallel migration to a new NSX-T environment on a org by org basis, it is the only tool that understands VCD constructs and is capable of migrating and converting functionality from NSX-V to NSX-T and NSX Advanced Load Balancer from Avi. 1.2 of the tool includes many more additional capabilities for more complex customer environments. Watch to find out more.
In this video I’m joined by Joerg Lew (Staff Technical Product Manager) and Romain Decker (Staff Technical Product Management) to discuss Terraform vCloud Director Provider 3.1 release and NSX-T support. Using Terraform makes a lot of sense to deliver infrastructure services for your customers, but also for your customers to drive their own infrastructure too. 3.1 of Terraform vCloud Director Provider 3.1 was released in December 2020 and now has support for NSX-T edges.
Feature Friday Episode 32 – VMware Cloud Director APIs Jan 29th 2021
In this video I’m joined by Benoit Serratrice, Staff Cloud Solutions Architect at VMware to discuss VMware Cloud Director APIs and SDKs. Automation is key for our providers to maintain volume and reduce operating expenses. Using the VMware Cloud Director APIs various functionality is available across different API types as we move into a consolidated API ongoing and in the future. Watch this session to understand some of the capabilities of the APIs available and the corresponding SDK coverage of the APIs, so you can make the right decision and save time programmatically automating your cloud solution.
This week I’m joined by Mariush Minkov, Senior Product Manager for VMware Cloud Director Availability to discuss monitoring aspects available to tenants and providers for their DRaaS service. In 4.0 we introduced monitoring capability for providers (Syslog & VCD events), and now in 4.1 this is extended to tenants with eMail, there are UI and API metrics that can be monitored and SLA profiles to control the offerings. Monitoring the SLA profiles that are being consumed by each replication or each tenant is key for providers to tier their offering for tenant’s differing workload criticality. Find out what is available and what best practices you should consider setting up and monitoring your DRaaS offerings
This week I’m joined by Mariush Minkov, Senior Product Manager for VMware Cloud Director Availability. We will be discussing the great new capabilities of the solution, covering improved notifications, encrypted Cloud to Cloud Disaster Recovery as a service, improved tenant experience, new single pane of glass deployment, public API improvements, new backup and restore capabilities and much more. 4.1 is out now and ready for you to download. It is the simplest solution for providing self service Disaster Recovery as a service and self service free migration from customer premise to VMware Cloud Director cloud. Find out more on the product page https://www.vmware.com/products/cloud-director-availability.html
This week I’m joined by Nikolay Patrikov Technical Product Manager at VMware to cover what VMware Cloud Director Availability can provide regarding migration. Did you know that migration jobs are free for our Cloud Provider partners? VMware Cloud Director Availability supports, cold and warm migrations and can be easily configured to use Layer 2 stretch networking as well to minimise any workload changes and reduce risk. VMware Cloud Director Availability migration is incredibly simple, customers can even run it themselves from their vsphere console without any need for training.
In this video I’m joined by Mariush Minkov (Product Manager for VMware Cloud Director Availability – VCDA) to discuss something that every service provider needs to address at some point – how to productize you Disaster Recovery as a Service solution. How should the product be offered, how can it be metered, what tiering can you do and how is this matched through metering and monitoring, how are other providers doing it today…..
Feature Friday Episode 27 – VMware Cloud Director 10 2 UI improvements December 11th 2020
In this video I’m joined by Joerg Lew (Technical Product Manager) and Martin Marinov (Cloud Director Engineering, UI Architecture) to cover VMware Cloud Director (VCD) 10.2 UI improvements; Guided Tours, Advisories and Global Searches. The team take us through these UI updates, their capabilities and their limitations. Add more efficiency to your VCD environment with these great new features!
Feature Friday Episode 26 – App LaunchPad 2.0 December 4th 2020
In this video I’m joined by Joerg Lew (Technical Product Manager) to cover App Launchpad 2.0. The recent update to App Launchpad has created some amazing new opportunities for our Cloud Provider partners. Now providers can deliver helm chart applications into CSE managed Kubernetes clusters, driving more growth and more dev-cloud relevance. VMware Cloud Marketplace is supported which includes the now free (to VMware Cloud Partners who sign the MSP agreement) Bitnami community catalog applications as well as 3rd party applications all delivered with a new easy sync pull mechanism. Lots more capabilities like a public API, support for custom applications, new management enhancements like app categories and better catalog management are all discussed and shown.
Feature Friday Episode 25 – Centralized Point of Management (CPOM) November 27th 2020
In this video I’m joined by Joerg Lew (Technical Product Manager) to cover VMware Cloud Director Centralized Point of Management. Although this feature has been around for quite sometime, it is a particularly nice capability to save a provider time and money and give the tenant a single access and control plane to all their managed, hosted or on-premise private clouds and public clouds all in one place. As more and more customers seek the additional security, compliance and control that dedicated private cloud provides and as more Hyper-converged solutions hit the market, this makes a really nice offering for a provider to deliver any cloud type, manage it anywhere and all through VMware Cloud Director.
Feature Fridays Episode 24 – Monetizing vRealize Operations November 20th 2020
In this video I’m joined by Joerg Lew (Technical Product Manager) and Brandon Gordon (Technical Marketing Architect for vRealize Operations) and we are covering vRealize Operations and how you as a Cloud Provider can use vRealize Operations and various features available to generate new monitoring service revenue opportunities. Unlike the last Feature Friday where we covered vRealize Operations, this session dives deeper into vRealize Operations than focusing on VMware Cloud Director Tenant App integration.
Feature Fridays Episode 23 – Tenant App 2.5 update November 13th 2020
This week I’m joined by In this episode I’m joined again by Joerg Lew and Dattathreya Sathyamurthy Hassan, Product Line Manager for the Tenant App to discuss the new 2.5 update. There are some great new updates in the reporting capabilities for custom reports as well as alert customization, also some improvements in metering and coverage has been increased. Watch this Feature Friday here to find out more!
Feature Fridays Episode 22 – NSX-T Networking and Data Center Groups November 6th 2020
This week I’m joined by Romain Decker (Director of Technical Product Management) to discuss a NSX-T networking capabilities and particularly focus on Data Center Groups and the what benefits can be obtained using them.
Episode 21 – Feature Friday Episode 21 – NSX-T VRF Lite with VCD 10.2 October 30th 2020
This week I’m joined by Romain Decker (Director of Technical Product Management) to discuss a new NSX-T capability that is now available in VMware Cloud Director 10.2 – VRF Lite. Watch the Feature Friday here to find out more about how you can use VRF lite capability to help address scale so you can support more customers per T0 and configure per tenant routing isolation all from VMware Cloud Director!
Episode 20 – VMware Cloud Director Storage Principles October 23rd 2020
This week I’m joined by Ken Lamoreaux (Director of Technical Product Management) to discuss VMware Cloud Director storage. Ken has a wealth of practical knowledge in VMware Cloud Director and discusses from the ground up the storage presentation, management and controls available in Cloud Director, including the new Cloud Director 10.2 functions for IOPs limits and quotas.
Episode 19 – NSX-T Advanced Load balancer October 16th 2020
This week we discuss the new NSX Advanced Load Balancer from Avi Networks the parity functionality in it’s basic form included in the Flex Core and additional capabilities. With VMware Cloud Director 10.2 there is an initial capability with the Advanced Load Balancer and this will grow over time.
Episode 18 – NSX-V to NSX-T migration tool for VMware Cloud Director October 9th 2020
NSX-T is a core component in VMware Cloud Director and it is essential that Cloud Providers start to consider migration to the platform. The Cloud Services Business Unit is here to support you plan and action the migration with a NSX-V to NSX-T migration tool. Learn more about this from Romain Decker, our resident NSX expert.
Episode 17 – VMware Cloud Director multi-site capabilities October 2nd 2020
VMware Cloud Director is a versatile hybrid infrastructure and service delivery platform. Connecting multiple sites is a key feature of hybrid management and VMware Cloud Director makes this easy. Watch this session to learn how to configure multi-site associations so your tenants can get the best UI experience possible from your multiple VMware Cloud Director instances.
Episode 16 – VCD Service Designs September 25th 2020
This week we are covering some of the service concepts with VMware Cloud Director, whether you offer a full self service public cloud, dedicated private or shared infrastructure service you will see in this session what’s important to consider in managed services and what components of the VMware stack you will need in your cloud operating model.
Episode 15 – VCD Multi-Factor Auth with Azure September 18th 2020
I’m delighted to be joined by Thomas Paulsen from Akquinet in Germany We will quickly run through how simple and easy it is to setup tenants to access VMware Cloud Director Tenant UI using their Azure login and multi-factor authentication that their Azure Active Directory is configured to use
Episode 14 – Cloud Director Advanced UI plugin sandboxing September 11th 2020
Joerg and myself are joined by Jeff Moroski (Staff Engineer from our software engineering group for VMware Cloud Director), and we walk through some of the more complex aspects of development, integrating other products into VCD and handling things like authentication and configuration. Jeff also steps you through the Cloud Director developer sandbox he has created (available to all, read more here) and more.
Episode 13 – Cloud Director UI plugin framework and iFrames – learn how to customize your instance! September 4th 2020
We are covering all aspects of VMware Cloud Director UI plugins and iFrames as well as context menu customization. Cloud Director is an incredibly flexible solution allowing you the provider to have a single jump point for your customers to access all your services. So watch this session to learn how you can get started and make VMware Cloud Director your one-stop shop for your customers.
Episode 12 – VMware Cloud Director 10.1 Hands on Lab August 28th 2020
In this episode I’m joined by Joerg Lew and we wanted to show you the new VMware Cloud Director 10.1 Hands on Labs, as they are an extremely useful resource for training and demos. Hands on Labs have been around a while now, but this lab is new and features all of the great capabilities 10.1 has on offer including; centralized point of management, container and object storage service extensions, tenant app and more. This will be especially useful to those of you attending VMworld sessions regarding VMware Cloud Director.
Episode 11 – vRealize Operations for Cloud Providers August 21st 2020
In this episode I’m joined by Joerg Lew. and Brandon Gordon (Technical Marketing Architect for vRealize Operations) and we cover vRealize Operations and how you as a Cloud Provider can use vRealize Operations to generate new monitoring service revenue opportunities with VMware Cloud Director and without.
Episode 10 – VMware Cloud Director Terraform Provider August 14th 2020
In this episode I’m joined by Joerg Lew. If you haven’t heard about VCD Terraform provider, where have you been?! It’s a fantastic way to deliver infrastructure without leaving your coding environment, use it to generate new infrastructures, delete old ones or modify existing components.
Episode 9 – Advanced Pricing Constructs August 7th 2020
In this episode I’m joined again by Joerg Lew and Dattathreya Sathyamurthy Hassan, Product Line Manager for the Tenant App. Learn how you can use the Tenant App to deliver pricing the way you need it. There are lots of options and capabilities for pricing your services and VMware Cloud Director services, learn more about this today.
Episode 8 – What is Tenant App? July 24th 2020
In this episode I’m joined again by Joerg Lew (he’s been brilliant in working with me on these as you may have noticed!) and Dattathreya Sathyamurthy Hassan, Product Line Manager for the Tenant App. We will explore what the Tenant App in VMware Cloud Director is all about; how it is deployed, what it needs to work and what you can publish to dashboards for your tenants.
Episode 7 – Tenant App Dashboards July 24th 2020
For this episode I am joined again by Joerg Lew (Staff Technical Product Manager at VMware). We cover what dashboards there are in the VMware Cloud Director Tenant App, how they behave and what can be offered. The Tenant App has gone through recent improvements and the monitoring and metering data it provides makes a great additional service for your customers.
Episode 6 – VMware Cloud Director Flex consumption model July 17th 2020
For this episode I am joined by Julian Da Silva (Senior Cloud Solutions Architect). We will run through what the Flex model is VMware Cloud Director, lets clear up the confusion! Flex is an awesome way to provide the best of both worlds, allocation and reservation models.
Episode 5 – Developer-Ready Cloud July 10th 2020
For this episode I am joined again by Joerg Lew (Staff Technical Product Manager at VMware). We will run down the developer ready capabilities that you can offer to your tenants via VMware Cloud Director, our core service delivery platform
Episode 4 – VMware Cloud Director Custom Branding July 3rd 2020
For this episode I am joined again by Joerg Lew (Staff Technical Product Manager at VMware). We will learn how you can use your own custom branding and themes in VMware Cloud Director to make the solution look and feel like your own portal and service interface for tenants.
For this episode I am joined again by Joerg Lew (Staff Technical Product Manager at VMware). Today we cover VMware Container Service Extension for VMware Cloud Director. Learn how you can deliver Kubernetes Clusters as a Service and utilise the CSE capabilities and additions to deliver upgrades and management of these Clusters. Watch it here
Episode 2 – Bitnami and App Launchpad June 19th 2020
For this episode I am joined again by Eiad Al-Aqqad (Lead Solution Engineer at VMware). Together we cover the new Bitnami integrated capabilities to VMware Cloud Director and the exposing of these applications in the App Launchpad Cloud Director plugin! Watch it here
Episode 1 – VMware Cloud Director – Service Extensions June 12th 2020
For this week I am joined by Joerg Lew (Staff Technical Product Manager at VMware). Together we will run through vRealize Orchestrator functionality underpinning the Service Extension capabilities in VMware Cloud Director! Watch it here
Now, it’s Friday 😊 and the weekend is almost here! Maybe it’s around lunch time wherever you are in the world? So go and grab something to eat 🥪 or a cup of coffee ☕️ and settle in to a 30-40 minute run down about VMware Cloud Provider technology capabilities.