Author Archives: Maya Shiran

About Maya Shiran

Maya Shiran is a Product Line Marketing Manager at the Cloud Management Business Unit, responsible for VMware Integrated OpenStack and vRealize Suite (VMware CMP). Maya joined VMware in December 2016. Prior to joining VMware, Maya was a Product Manager at Oracle, responsible for Oracle Public Cloud. Maya holds a B.Sc degree from the Technion in Israel, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Leverage OpenStack for your Production Workloads

In my previous blog I wrote about VMware’s involvement in open source. The proliferation of open source projects in recent years has influenced how people think about technology, and how technology is being adopted in organizations, for a few reasons. First, open source is more accessible – developers can download projects from github to their laptops and quickly start using them. Second, open source delivers cutting edge capabilities, and companies leverage that to increase the pace of innovation. Third, developers love the idea that they can influence, customize and fix the code of the tools they’re using.  Many companies are now adopting the “open source first” strategy with the hope that they will not only speed up innovation but also cut costs, as open source is free.

However, while developers increasingly adopt open source, it often doesn’t come easy to DevOps and IT teams, who carry the heavy burden of bringing applications from developer laptop to production. These teams got to think about stability, performance, security, upgrades, patching and the list goes on. In those cases, enterprises are often happy to pay for an enterprise-grade version of the product, for which all those things mentioned are already taken care of.

When applications are ready to move to production…

OpenStack is a great example. Many organizations are keen to run their applications on top of an open source platform, also known to be the industry standard. But that doesn’t come without deployment and manageability challenges. That’s where VMware provides more value to customers.

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) makes it easier for IT to deploy and run an OpenStack cloud on top of their existing VMware infrastructure. Combining VIO with the enterprise-grade capabilities of the VMware stack provides customers with the most reliable and production ready OpenStack solution. There are three key reasons for this statement: a) VMware provides best-of-breed, production ready OpenStack-compatible infrastructure; b) VIO is fully tested for both – business continuity and compatibility; and c) VMware delivers capabilities for day 2 operations. Let me go into details for each of the three.

Best-of-breed OpenStack-compatible infrastructure

First, VMware Integrated OpenStack is optimized to run on top of VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), leveraging all the enterprise-grade capabilities of VMware technologies such as high availability, scalability, security and so on.

  • vSphere for Nova Compute: VIO takes advantage of vSphere capabilities such as Dynamic Resource Scheduling (DRS) to achieve optimal VM density and vMotion to protect tenant workloads against failures.
  • VMware NSX for Neutron: advanced networking services with massive scale and throughput, and with rich set of capabilities such as private networks, floating IPs, logical routing, load balancing, security groups and micro-segmentation.
  • VMware vSAN/3rd party storage for Cinder/Glance: VIO works with any vSphere-validated storage (we have the largest hardware compatibility list in the industry). VIO also brings Advanced Storage Policies through VMware vSAN.

Battle hardened and tested

OpenStack can be deployed on many combinations of storage, network, and compute hardware and software, and from multiple vendors. Testing all combinations is a challenge and often times customers who choose the DIY route will have to test their combination of hardware and software for production workloads. VMware Integrated OpenStack, on the other hand, is battle-hardened and tested against all VMware virtualization technologies to ensure the best possible user experience from deployment to management (upgrades, patching, etc.) to usage. In addition, VMware provides the broadest hardware compatibility coverage in the industry today (that has been tested in production environments).

Key capabilities for Day-2 Operations

VMware Integrated OpenStack brings operations capabilities to OpenStack users.  For example, built-in command line interface (CLI) tools enable you to troubleshoot and monitor your OpenStack deployment and the status of OpenStack services. Pre-defined workflows automate common OpenStack operations such as adding/removing capacity, configuration changes, and patching.

In addition, out-of- the-box integrations with vRealize Operations, vRealize Log Insight, and vRealize Business for Cloud provide monitoring, troubleshooting, and cost visibility for your OpenStack infrastructure.

Finally, to add to all of this, another benefit is that our customers only have one vendor and support number to call to in case of a problem. No finger pointing, no need to handle different support plans. Easy!

To learn more, visit the VIO web page and product feature walkthrough.

VMware, Open Source and OpenStack

Last week at VMworld, VMware’s biggest event of the year, I attended a few sessions with various topics related to open source, and was impressed with the number of people who showed interest those sessions. Our customers are looking to leverage open source products on top of VMware technologies, and VMware is more active in the open source community than one might think.

Source: https://vmware.github.io/

We, at VMware, use open source in our products, make thousands of contributions every year to many upstream projects, and create new open source projects that are being used by many. Some of the open source projects created by VMware include:

And the list goes on. You can learn about additional projects here. VMware’s investment in open source makes a lot of sense when you think about it. First, we would like to influence and engage with our customers, who might be looking at open source projects to improve the way they do stuff (see Clarity for example). Second, we would like to improve our products and tools based on feedback and support from the community. And lastly, a lot of growth is happening at the edge of the technology and we want to leverage the opportunity.

One of the most important open source projects VMware is involved in is OpenStack. At VMworld last week, we announced our new release of VMware Integrated OpenStack, the OpenStack distribution from VMware. In the last few years we have been working hard to deliver an OpenStack distribution that would seamlessly work on VMware SDDC, without you having to spend hours on customization or professional services.

History of Working with the OpenStack Community

VMware has a history of open source contributions to the OpenStack community starting in 2010.  Initially it was via the Nicira team’s work on Open vSwitch (OVS) (Niciria was acquired by VMware).  Later, it was via other projects including Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Glance and Ceilometer. We are the #1 contributor to the Neutron project, and the #6 contributor to the Nova project. In addition, we share all the Compute, Network, and Storage drivers with the community.

Source: http://stackalytics.com/

Compliance with Interop Working Group guidelines

VMware Integrated OpenStack complies with the interoperability guidelines defined by the OpenStack Interop Working Group. This group drafts the guidelines that include a list of capabilities that a “true OpenStack” cloud must expose to end users, a list of tests they must pass in order to prove it, and a list of designated sections of the upstream codebase they must use to provide those capabilities. For example, automation tools that leverage the OpenStack APIs should work on VMware Integrated OpenStack as they would on any other OpenStack distribution. Interoperability prevents vendor lock-in because it allows you to easily switch from your current OpenStack deployment to a different vendor’s distribution.

One area where developers may have been concerned in the past is image formats, since the VMware platform currently utilizes OVA, VMDK, and ISO disk formats with Glance.  However, tools exist to convert from other formats to the formats we have adopted (for example: qemu-img to convert qcow2 to VMDK). In addition, significant community work in the area of image building with projects like Diskimage Builder and Packer enables users to auto-generate a VMware-compatible image relatively quickly.

VMWare is committed to keeping VMware Integrated OpenStack open by ensuring all its drivers are open source, ensuring vendor interoperability based on InterOp Working Group guidelines as well as being a very active participant in the OpenStack community.

To learn more, visit the VIO web page and product feature walkthrough.

Introducing VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0

We’re excited to announce the new release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 today at VMworld US 2017, as part of the VMware SDDC story. You can read more about it here.

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is an OpenStack distribution supported by VMware, optimized to run on top of VMware’s SDDC infrastructure. In the past few months we have been hard at work, adding additional enterprise grade capabilities into VIO, making it even more robust, scalable and secure, yet keeping it easy to deploy, operate and use.

VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 is based on Ocata, and some of the highlights include:

Containers support – users can run VMs alongside containers on VIO. Out-of-the-box container support enables developers to consume Kubernetes APIs, leveraging all the enterprise grade capabilities of VIO such as multi-tenancy, persistent volumes, high availability (HA), and so on.

Integration with vRealize Automation – vRealize Automation customers can now embed OpenStack components in blueprints. They can also manage their OpenStack deployments through the Horizon UI as a tab in vRealize Automation. This integration provides additional governance as well as single-sign-on for users.

Multi vCenter support – customers can manage multiple VMware vCenters with a single VIO deployment, for additional scale and isolation.

Additional capabilities for better performance and scale, such as live resize of VMs (changing RAM, CPU and disk without shutting down the VM), Firewall as a Service (FWaaS), CPU pinning and more.

Our customers use VMware Integrated OpenStack for a variety of use cases, including:

Developer cloud – providing public cloud-like user experience to developers, as well as more choice of consumption (Web UI, CLI or API), self-service and programmable access to VMware infrastructure. With the new container management support, developers will be able to consume Kubernetes APIs.
IaaS platform for enterprise automation – adding automation and self-service provisioning on top of best-of-breed VMware SDDC.
Advanced, programmable network – leveraging network virtualization with VMware NSX for advanced network capabilities.

Our customers tell us (consistently) that VIO is easy to deploy (“it just worked!”) and manage. Since it’s deployed on top of VMware virtualization technologies, they are able to deploy and manage it by themselves, without hiring new people or professional services. Their development and DevOps teams like VIO because it gives them the agility and user experience they want, with self-service and standard OpenStack APIs.

In most cases, in a short amount of time (few weeks!) customers trust VIO enough to run their business-critical applications, such as e-commerce website or online travel system, in production.

VMware Integrated OpenStack will be available as a standalone product later this quarter. For more information go to our website, check out the product walkthrough and try out the hands-on lab.

If you are attending VMworld, please stop by our booth (#1139) to see demos and speak with OpenStack specialists. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

OpenStack Sessions at VMworld 2017 Las Vegas

Don’t Miss Out!

VMworld 2017 Las Vegas is just around the corner and we can’t wait to meet our customers and partners, and explore all the great sessions, workshops and activities planned for next week. With over 500 sessions across all categories, it may be overwhelming to understand which sessions are most beneficial for you. Here is the list of all the OpenStack related session, make sure you register and mark your calendar in advance so you don’t miss out!

In addition, make sure to stop by the VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) booth (#1139) to learn more and see a demo or two.

When/Where

Description

Monday, Aug 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | South Pacific Ballroom, Lower Level, HOL 5

[ELW182001U] VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) – Getting Started Workshop
Monday, Aug 28, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Islander C, Lower Level

[MGT2609BU] VMware Integrated OpenStack: What’s New
It is not OpenStack or VMware; it is OpenStack on VMware.
Come and learn what is new in VMware Integrated OpenStack and our plans for the future of OpenStack on the software-defined data center.
Monday, Aug 28, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Islander F, Lower Level

[LDT1844BU] Open Source at VMware: A Key Ingredient to Our Success and Yours
Open-source components are part of practically every software product or service today. VMware products are no exception. And increasingly, IT departments are presented with many application roll-out requests that include large open-source components as part of the infrastructure on which they rely. From OpenStack to Docker to Kubernetes and beyond, open source is a reality of the enterprise environment. VMware is investing in open source both as a user of many components (and contributor to many of those projects) and as a creator of many successful open-source projects such as Open vSwitch, Harbor, Clarity, and many more. This session will talk about the what, the why, and the how of our engagement in open source: our vision and strategy and why all this is critically important for our customers.
Monday, Aug 28, 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Meet the Experts, 2nd floor foyer, Table #5 Wednesday, Aug 30, 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Meet the Experts, 2nd floor foyer, Table #5 Thursday, Aug 31, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Meet the Experts, 2nd floor foyer, Table #5

[MTE4733U] Implementing OpenStack with VIO
Meet Xiao Gao, VMware Integrated OpenStack expert. Bring your questions!
Tuesday, Aug 29, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Meet the Experts, 2nd floor foyer, Table #7

[MTE4803U] OpenStack in the Enterprise with Marcos Hernandez
Speak with Expert Marcos Hernandez about the benefits of running OpenStack in private Cloud environments.
Tuesday, Aug 29, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Oceanside D, Level 2

[MGT1785PU] OpenStack in the Real World: VMware Integrated OpenStack Customer Session
More and more customers are looking to leverage OpenStack to add automation and provide open API to their application development teams. In this session, VMware Integrated OpenStack customers will share their OpenStack journey and the benefits VMware Integrated OpenStack provides to development teams and IT.
Tuesday, Aug 29, 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | VMvillage – VMTN Community Theater

[VMTN6664U] Networking and Security Challenges in OpenStack
CloudsDecided it’s time to implement OpenStack to build your Cloud? Have you tested in the lab, evaluated the various distributions available, and hired a specialized team for OpenStack? However, when it arrives the time to put into production Neutron is not integrating with your physical network? If the above story closely resembles what you have been facing, this TechTalk is critical for you to understand the challenges of Networking and Security with any OpenStack distribution and what solutions are missing for your Cloud to fully works. NOTE: Community TechTalk taking place in VMvillage.
Tuesday, Aug 29, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Mandalay Bay Ballroom B, Level 2

[NET1338BU] VMware Integrated OpenStack and NSX Integration Deep Dive
OpenStack offers a very comprehensive set of Network and Security workflows provided by a core project called Neutron. Neutron can leverage VMware NSX as a backend to bring advanced services to the applications owned by OpenStack. In this session we will cover the use cases for Neutron, and the various topologies available in OpenStack with NSX, with a focus on security. We will walk you through a number of design considerations leveraging Neutron Security Groups and the NSX Stateful Distributed Firewall integration, along with Service Chaining in NSX for Next Generation Security Integration, all available today.
Wednesday, Aug 30, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Surf A, Level 2

[FUT3076BU] Simplifying Your Open-Source Cloud With VMware
Open source or VMware? Clearly, you can’t have both, right? Wrong. As open-source, cloud-based solutions continue to evolve, IT leaders are challenged with the adoption and implementation of large-scale deployments such as OpenStack and network function virtualization from both a business and technical perspective. Learn how VMware’s solutions can simplify existing open-source innovation, resulting in new levels of operations, standardization (app compatibility), and delivery of enterprise support.
Wednesday, Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Surf A, Level 2

[FUT1744BU] The Benefits of VMware Integrated OpenStack for Your NFV Platform
Communication Service Providers (CSPs) embracing network functions virtualization (NFV) are building platforms with three imperatives in mind: service agility, service uptime and platform openness. These capabilities require the cloud platform they choose to be able to easily model, deploy and modify a service, to run it on a tightly-integrated robust virtual infrastructure and migrate the service horizontally across cloud platforms when/if needed. Come to this session to learn about VIO, a VMware-supported OpenStack (OS) distribution, at the heart of the VMware NFV platform and how it can help CSPs meet those requirements. We will look in detail at the role of VIO as virtual infrastructure manager as well as its native integration with the other components of the VMware software-defined data center architecture (vSphere, NSX and VSAN).
Thursday, Aug 31, 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Meet the Experts, 2nd floor foyer, Table #8

[MTE4832U] How VMware IT Operates VMware integrated OpenStack
with Cloud Architect Chris Mutchler
Learn from VMware IT’s implementation of VMware’s Integrated OpenStack.