VMworld US 2013 kicked off Monday with a keynote by Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, mentioning the importance of management and automaton in the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). Also mentioned was the inclusion of vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) in the Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions of the upcoming vCloud Suite release. With bidirectional integration between vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) and vCAC, native vCO workflows can be coupled with resources managed by vCAC, either as part of the provisioning process, or as a Day 2 operation. The upcoming vCAC Extensibility Package for vCO affords customers the ability to use vCO as a configuration tool for vCAC extensibility. Instead of manually reconfiguring stub workflows in vCAC to call vCO, the configuration workflows in the Extensibility package will do it for you. Customers choose a workflow to be executed at a given point in a machine’s lifecycle (i.e. run a workflow before the machine is built), then select the blueprint(s) that should call the specified workflow. vCO then calls into vCAC and programmatically wires up the specified vCO workflow to the blueprint(s). Alternatively, vCO can expose and assign its own workflows as Day 2 operations to the contextual Machine Menu in vCAC (think right-click or hover menu), then enable that machine menu item on specified vCAC blueprints. Very powerful stuff!
In addition to the reference in the keynote, two vCO-specific breakout sessions were held on Monday:
VCM4875 – Part 1: Getting Started with vCenter Orchestrator
This session was vCenter Orchestrator’s opportunity to shine, and the room was filled to capacity. The session was presented jointly by James Bowling, Cloud Architect at General Datatech LP, and Savina Iliena, VMware Product Manager for vCenter Orchestrator server.
James talked about his own experiences with vCO, and demonstrated a few things he put together, bravely presenting them in a live demo. Savina took over in the second half of the session to talk about the new features coming in vCO 5.5, specifically the new Debugger and the High Availability configuration. This news was well received by the crowd, and by the end, you could tell they were excited to try out vCO in their own environments.
PHC6050 – Moving Beyond Infrastructure: Meeting Demands on App Lifecycle Management in the Dynamic Datacenter
This session was co-presented by Charlie Cano of F5 and Dan Mitchell of VMware. The session focused primarily on vCO’s capabilities around provisioning, configuration and remediation using their brand new vCO plug-in.
Charlie started the session off by asking how many folks owned vCO, and only a few hands went up. He informed them they own vCO if they own vCenter, which seems to have caught a number of them by surprise.
F5 did a great job getting the initial release of their new plugin completed in time for VMworld. Thanks to Charlie Cano at F5!
Be sure to check out the other vCenter Orchestrator sessions at VMworld US 2013:
VCM5695 – Part 2: How to Build a Self-Healing Data Center with vCenter Orchestrator
presented by Dan Mitchell, VMware Product Manager and Nick Colyer of CatamaranRX
Wednesday, Aug 28, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Moscone West, Room 2006
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