As a number of vCloud Air Network service providers start to enhance their existing hosting offerings, VMware are seeing some demand from service providers to offer a dedicated vRealize Automation implementation to their end-customers to enable them to offer application services, heterogeneous cloud management and provisioning in a self-managed model.
This blog post details an implementation option where the vCloud Air Network service provider can offer “vRealize Automation as a Service” hosted in a vCloud Director vApp, with some additional automated configuration. This allows the service provider to offer vRealize Automation to their customers based out of their existing multi-tenancy IaaS platforms and achieve high levels of efficiency and economies of scale.
“vRealize Automation as a Service”
During a recent Proof of Concept demonstrating such a configuration, an vCloud Director Organizational vDC was configured for tenant consumption. Within this Org vDC a vApp containing a simple installation of vRealize Automation was deployed that consisted of a vRealize Automation Appliance and one Windows Server for IaaS components and an instance of Microsoft SQL. With vRealize Automation successfully deployed, the vRealize Automation instance was customized leveraging vRealize CloudClient via Microsoft PowerShell scripts. Using this method for configuration of the tenant within vRealize Automation reduced the deployment time for vRealize Automation instances while ensuring that the vRealize Automation Tenant configuration was consistent and conformed to the pre-determined naming standards and conventions required by the provider.