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Monthly Archives: March 2011

vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for Cisco UCS Manager is GA

We are extremely pleased to announce the General Availability of the VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in for Cisco UCS Manager.

The UCS Manager Plug-In plays an important role in enabling organizations to automate and simplify the management of their cloud infrastructure by extending vCO's reach to the UCS platform.  What's more, it's also a significant step in proving that vCO enables orchestration of the broader VMware cloud ecosystem, and not simply VMware applications.

With over 90 out-of-the-box actions and workflows, the plug-in adds management of compute hardware to vCO, therefore enabling the automation of the entire physical and virtual stack.  Together with the vSphere and vCloud Director plug-ins, the UCS Manager plug-in provides the necessary pieces to automate several use cases, including:

  1. Provisioning UCS blades for virtualization
  2. On-boarding a new tenant for a service provider
  3. Automatically scaling UCS compute resources

Below are some resources to help you better understand the value and scope of the Cisco UCS Manager plug-in:

To close out, here is a sample schema of a workflow from the user's guide that installs a new service profile in the UCS environment.




Welcome to the vCenter Orchestrator Blog!

VMware vCenter Orchestrator is a powerful orchestration engine packaged with VMware vCenter Server to enable automation of routine administrative tasks using workflows. This blog will provide you insights into vCenter Orchestrator, including product information, news, related product announcements, cool customer stories, technical tips and tricks and best practices.

vCenter Orchestrator is becoming increasingly important to accelerate and dramatically reduce the cost of delivering IT services as customers seek to achieve the agility and economics of cloud computing. The good thing is that every vSphere customer already has vCenter Orchestrator and there is no additional purchase to use it.  It already has several out-of-the-box workflows that can help you automate existing manual tasks, without any need for complex scripting. Through an open and flexible plug-in architecture, vCenter Orchestrator also enables integration with both VMware and third-party applications, such as service desks, change management and asset management systems.

In this inaugural blog post, I will provide the list of the resources available on vmware.com:

o   How to install VMware vCenter Orchestrator

o   How to configure VMware vCenter Orchestrator

o   How to Install VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in for vCloud Director

In addition, I want to highlight two blogs already doing excellent work on evangelizing vCenter Orchestrator:

Stay tuned for more information.