Whenever we run into a VMware customer who is not using vCenter Orchestrator, it usually comes down to one of two things:
- Not being aware of vCO's existence (and yes, we admit we have a lot more education to do in that area)
- Getting stuck on one of the initial configuration steps (and let's face it, configuring directory services and databases is not everyone's cup of tea)
Well, we're extremely glad to announce that vCO is now available as a preconfigured virtual appliance. This appliance significantly reduces the time and skills required to deploy vCO, allowing you to get up and running in under 15 mins.
And even if directory services have no secret for you, you can find comfort in the fact that the new appliance provides a low-cost alternative to the traditional Windows-based installation. In a sense, the "free" (vCO is included with vCenter Server) just got "even more free" 😉
The vCenter Orchestrator Appliance is an OVF (Open Virtual Machine Format) that is pre-built and pre-configured with Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, PostgreSQL, and OpenLDAP, and can run on vCenter Server 4.1 and higher.
It offers tremendous flexibility yet makes no compromises on performance, making it ideal for a wide variety of use cases:
- Product evaluations and proofs-of-concept
- Production, including on a large scale
The appliance offers all of the components included in the regular Windows-based installation, along with the flexibility to use either the pre-built directory services and database, or to use external ones like Active Directory or Oracle for example. What's more, the appliance has been certified to run at the same performance as the traditional Windows version.
In short, the vCenter Orchestrator appliance makes it even faster, easier, and more affordable to integrate the VMware cloud stack with your IT processes and environment.
To give it a try for yourself, please check the following sources of information: