Getting started with the vRealize Automation Terraform Provider

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In my previous post, Infrastructure as Code and vRealize Automation, I talked about the principles of Infrastructure as Code and how vRealize Automation can help you put some of those ideas into action. I also mentioned Terraform as a complimentary technology to vRealize Automation. There are several VMware providers for Terraform (including vSphere, NSX-T, vCloud Read more...

Dell EMC VxRail Management Pack for vRealize Operations

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With a joint development effort with the Dell EMC VxRail team, I’m very excited to share general availability of the VxRail MP for vRealize Operations.  The Dell EMC VxRail Management Pack for vRealize Operations provides a single, end-to-end view of vSAN clusters powered by the VMware vRealize Operations Manager AI/ML analytics engine.  This helps operationalize Read more...

Rightsizing VMs with vRealize Operations

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Rightsizing VMs is critical to get the best performance of your vSphere infrastructure and your VMs. Rampant oversizing of VMs can cause contention at the host or cluster level, which manifest as CPU ready, CPU co-stop, VM swap, etc. Undersized VMs can cause contention inside the guest OS, which manifest as CPU queuing, memory paging, Read more...
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To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

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To cloud or not to cloud: that is the question. A critical component of a good cloud strategy is a defined process to determine if a service should be brokered or consumed directly from a public cloud provider, or built out internally as part of a private/hybrid cloud environment. Enterprises need to define the evaluation Read more...

The vExpert Cloud Management Zombie VM Hunt

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  Zombies are everywhere, needlessly consuming resources in every customer’s environment. Zombie VM’s are virtual machines that were provisioned and for one reason or another unintentionally not used. This can be due to stalled or abandoned projects or even incomplete decommissioning procedures. Despite being unused, Zombie VM’s continue to eat valuable Compute, Memory, Storage, and Read more...

Managing VMware Cloud on AWS with vRealize Operations

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So, you’re thinking about leveraging VMware Cloud on AWS (or maybe you’re already there). You might be retiring old HW in your datacenter, maybe expanding your dev-ops needs, or even hosting some of your business critical apps. Regardless of your reason to adopt a hybrid cloud, you’re starting to wonder how you are going to Read more...
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The Importance of a Cloud Strategy

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A clear, unambiguous, and widely-communicated cloud strategy is critical to the successful transformation of an IT organization. The creation and publication of the cloud strategy document serves to align the various teams across an enterprise to a cohesive plan which informs and guides the adoption of cloud services. The creation of a cloud strategy may Read more...

Extending vRealize Automation Custom Forms with vRealize Orchestrator

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Within the vRealize Automation Service Broker is the Custom Forms designer which, much like previous versions of vRealize Automation, allows catalog administrators to create custom forms. These can be used to create a more dynamic and engaging user experience, especially for business users who may not have the knowledge (or desire) to make technical decisions. Read more...