Hybrid Cloud Manager Deployment Considerations

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by Michael Francis VMware Hybrid Cloud Manager™ is VMware’s management extension for VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud® Air™. Hybrid Cloud Manager aims to simplify the implementation of a true hybrid cloud. My Definition of Hybrid Cloud What is hybrid cloud? In my mind, hybrid cloud means extending my on-premises estate into a data center facility Read more...

Taming the Hydra: IT in a Multi-Cloud World

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By: Kevin Lees I know it’s hard to believe, but VMworld is upon us again. Where did the last year go? I know many of you were busy implementing, updating, extending, and managing your private cloud environment. Perhaps you’re busy implementing and getting comfortable working with NSX; busy realizing the great benefits software defined networking Read more...

It’s All in the Context: Practical Advice for Using IT Benchmarking

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By Ton van Tubergen In my role as an Operations Transformation Architect, I have been involved in many large and small IT Transformations, addressing people, process, technology, governance and organizational aspects and their dependencies. As a responsible IT leader, managing uncertainty and risks will be an important part of steering the organization through a transformation. Read more...

Hybrid Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Manager

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By Michael Francis Disclaimer: This blog is not a technical deep dive on Hybrid Cloud Manager; it talks to the components of the product and the design decisions around the product. It assumes the reader has knowledge of the product and its architecture. Recently, I have been involved with the design and deployment of Hybrid Read more...

Platform Services Controller (PCS) and vCenter Server 6 Maximums

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By Petr McAllister One of my customers successfully completed the VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6] class. The customer provided a lot of positive feedback in regards to the class, and also about new functionality in vSphere 6. However, one thing was unclear: The instructor stated there is a maximum of 10 VMware solutions per vCenter. Read more...

New! Making Your Move to the Cloud – Part 2: Best Practices for Building a Migration Plan

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In Part 2 of the “Making Your Move to the Cloud” series, Michael Francis and RadhaKrishna (RK) Dasari discuss best practices for building a Cloud migration plan for your organization. “The primary technological goal of any migration project is to transfer an existing compute resource/application from one environment to another, as quickly, efficiently, and cost Read more...

Manage Your Hostnames with vRealize Automation

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By Ted Spinks There are multiple options for how vRealize Automation (vRA) can manage the hostnames of its provisioned machines.  When you’re trying to figure out which one makes the most sense for your organization, understanding the 5 most common options is a great place to start.  Ted Spinks, a VMware Cloud Automation TAM Tech Read more...

VMworld US 2015 Wrap-Up

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By Adam Eckerle What an amazing week! VMworld is now officially behind us, and we wish everyone safe travels back to wherever you call home. As the dust is settling, let’s reflect on some of the key takeaways from this year’s event. First, we should all have a clear understanding of the VMware vision – Read more...
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Understanding Software-Defined Networking for IT Leaders – Part 1

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By Reg Lo Software-defined networking (SDN) is revolutionizing the datacenter much like server virtualization has done. It is important for IT leaders to understand the basic concepts of SDN and the value of the technology: security, agility through automation and cost-savings. This blog post explores some of the security benefits of SDN using a simple Read more...