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Publishing vCloud Director User Interface Extensions

vCloud Director has been designed with extensibility in mind.  For many years now, developers have been able to extend the standard vCloud Director API, enabling Service Providers to provide a single point of integration to their customers.  The vCloud Director 9.1 release enhances this extensibility by allowing you to also extend the user interface with custom extensions, which enables you to add your own screens and workflows directly inside the vCloud Director HTML5 client.  For example, you could create a simple informational page displaying all of your service offerings, so that your customers can easily learn more about them.  Or with a little more effort, you could fully integrate your in-house ticketing system, allowing customers to create, view, edit and delete tickets without ever leaving the vCloud Director user interface.

To learn more about how to create your own user interface extensions, read the following two white papers: Extending VMware vCloud Director® User Interface Using Portal Extensibility and Extending VMware vCloud Director® User Interface Using Portal Extensibility – Ticketing Example.

This rest of this post assumes that you have already developed the desired code and are now ready to publish your extension into a vCloud Director environment.  Let’s walk through the process.

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VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) Network Ports

I’d like to share a high-resolution network ports diagram of VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension service (previously known as HCX) that I have been working on this week. If you are considering using Hybrid Cloud Extension to solve your hybrid cloud challenges then this PDF would look great on any 4k monitor or perhaps printed for the office wall!

Download the diagram here: VMware HCX Network Ports 1.1

The first thing to notice is that HCX abstracts the underlying vSphere architecture which means that between the source and destination data centers, there is no direct communication (E.g. vMotion) between vSphere ESXi hosts.

VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension allows enterprises to overcome some of the challenges with moving to the cloud. Cloud Providers with the VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) service can provide a true hybrid-cloud experience for workload portability, agility, disaster recovery and business continuity. This allows cloud providers to take the lead with hybrid cloud solutions, abstracting customer on-premises and cloud resources as one seamless cloud. No changes are required on the source network infrastructure, eliminating complexity for tenants of the cloud platform.

Don’t just think of Hybrid Cloud Extension as just a workload migration tool. One of the fundamental components of Hybrid Cloud Extension is the ability to provide a layer 2 extension of the customer data center to the cloud. This provides the basis for cross-cloud mobility allowing for any-to-any vSphere zero downtime migrations, seamless disaster recovery, and enabling hybrid architecture.

While migration is probably the most common use-case, there are many other challenges that are solved. Firstly, unlike professional services led migrations that often require costly and time-consuming workload assessments, cloud providers can provide an end-to-end service without the much of the additional complexity involved in the past. Another use-case allows migrations from legacy to next-generation environments, that are complex due to different versions of the underlying infrastructure (vSphere).

To learn more about Hybrid Cloud Service, visit https://cloud.vmware.com or contact your VMware partner business manager.

Also available in the VMware HCX User Manual.