VMware Cloud Availability 4.1

VMware Cloud Availability brings a number of key improvements .

NSX-T integration

Increased options for geographic coverage and public API coverage is improved with guides and examples of more capabilities and now exposed to the customer

Email notification

Improved Controls with eMail notification to tenants, controllable by providers as well as available for providers (in addition to syslog and VCD events), new backup and restore controls and a new Initial config single pane of glass installation wizard as well as UI enhancements.

Other improvements

Improved Offerings are available in terms of addressing security concerns with Cloud to Cloud replication encryption of data at rest! Multi-site authentication improves user experience and now providers can control via SLA policy whether customer have access to migration or DRaaS or both.


CloudFlix Webinar series

CloudFlix Webinar series enable you to capture business opportunities in a Multi-Cloud World. During these webinars, you will gain information and context to better understand the rapidly evolving Cloud Services market and how VMware can help you be successful in delivering compelling new services to your end customers. 

 December 1st – 10:00am CET: Usage Meter 4.3 What´s New: We will present new feature and capabilities of Usage Meter 4.3 and what´s needed for Usage Meter 4.3.
 
 December 8th – 10:00am CET: What´s new in VCD10.2: We will present new features and capabilities of VMware Cloud Director 10.2 like but not limited to NSX-T integration, vSphere with Tanzu and CSE3.0.
 
 December 15th – 10:00am CET: VMware Cloud on AWS with Cloud Director Service: ‘We will present possible ways to build a Multi-Tenant VMware Cloud on AWs environment leveraging Cloud Director Service. Furthermore, we will present capabilities and limitations of Cloud Director Service.

Register HERE: https://via.vmw.com/EOdu

VMworld 2020: VMware Cloud Director Announcements

VMworld 2020 was amazing, for the first time worldwide and online. There were several announcements for Service Providers, but today I want to focus on VMware Cloud Director 10.2

VMware Cloud Director 10.2 brings new improvements regarding Networking, Storage, enhanced support for modern application, manage across all clouds, etc.

Enhanced NSX-T Integration

Support for L4-7 distributed firewalling (L7 limited to static membership) and enhanced networking features such as VRF lite

UI enhancements to provide cross VDC networking stretching networks across multiple VDCs, which allows common distributed firewall policies over hybrid environments

Tenant networks from on-premises to the cloud provider will be able to be connected by layer 2 VPN, no matter if the on-premises NSX version is NSX-V or NSX-T

*NSX Advanced Load Balancer (AviNetworks Load Balancer) will be replacing NSX-T native Load Balancer in NSX-DC Base Edition

New Containers as a Service withTanzu

vCD has made Kubernetes a first-class entity with the newContainer Service Extension 3.0

Partners will be able to create Provider Virtual Data Centers using native vSphere with K8 and layer solutions on top,

EnhancedApp as a Service Capabilities

VMware Cloud DirectorApp Launchpad 2.0 allows customers to create instances of applications without managing the underlying infrastructure. App Launchpad is a plug-in for vCD that enables a user interface to easily access and launch apps from vCD content catalogues

VMworld 2020: Multi-Cloud for Partners Demos

VMware Cloud Partner Navigator: Overview

VMware Cloud Partner Navigator: Multi-Cloud Operations

VMware Cloud Director: What’s New

VMware Cloud Director: Automation and Extensibility

VMware Cloud Director: Industrialized and Developer Ready Cloud

VMware Cloud Director: Kubernetes Service with Container Service Extension

VMware Cloud Director App Launchpad

VMware Cloud Director: Networking and Security Services with VMware NSX

Virtual Cloud Network and Multi Cloud Networking with VMware Cloud Director and NSX-T

VMware Cloud Director Availability: Disaster Recovery for On-Prem and Cloud Workloads

VMware Cloud Director service: Scaling Multi-Tenant Cloud Services

VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud for Cloud Provider Partners

New Podcast Channel / Mi nuevo canal de Podcast

I have made the decision to start my Podcast channel about Cloud Computing and Virtualization. The idea is now taking shape, it wasn’t easy to decide the content, duration, etc.

For the last five years, I have published in writing, so this is a new challenge, a new way of sharing news and knowledge.

At the beginning of September, I will be publishing the first episode,  I am still thinking about the content. Being the first experience, I will try to tell you a little about myself and future ideas.

I will appreciate ideas and suggestions.



He tomado la decisión de empezar mi canal de Podcast, obviamente sobre Cloud Computing y Virtualización. De a poco la idea va tomando forma, no es fácil decidir contenidos, duración, etc.

Durante los últimos 5 años he publicado de forma escrita y este es un nuevo desafío, una nueva forma de compartir novedades y conocimientos.

A comienzos de septiembre estaré publicando el primer episodio, el contenido todavía lo estoy pensando. Al ser el primer envío, voy a tratar de comentarles un poco acerca de mi persona (aunque me cueste) y sobre la idea a futuro de este nuevo canal.

Espero ideas y sugerencias.

VMware Cloud Foundation – Storage Options

Customer had decisions to make when considering storage options for running their VFC environment.

VCF offers flexible storage connectivity options for workloads demands to gather the following uses cases assisting customers in their Software define platform transition

We can break this down into two diferent options, principal and supplemental storage, as we already know the management domain requires vSAN to automate its deployment without any other storage to be provisioned.

The principal Storage is used to create workloads demands and its available in every host in the workload domain.

Suplemental Storage in the one added manually by an administrators without SDDC manager automation. Its useful for Data Protection and also for migratin when moving applications from traditional three tier environment to vSAN.

vSAN, NFS and VMFS on FC are the three Storage options available when deploying a Workload domain.

Before starting the VCF deployment please be sure to check you count with vSAN Ready Nodes

https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/pdf/vi_vsan_rn_guide.pdf

vSAN ReadyNodeTM is a validated server configuration in a tested, certified hardware form factor for vSAN deployment, jointly recommended by the server OEM and VMware. vSAN ReadyNodeTM are ideal as hyper-converged building blocks for larger data center environments looking for automation and a need to customize hardware and software configurations

And also, check the VMware Compatibility Guide:
https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php


VCF 4.0 Starting Simple: Consolidated Design Deployment

I was asked several times about VCF and how to start easily, and that’s is possible deploying a Consolidated Design Architecture.

In a VCF Consolidated Design Architecture Compute workloads co-reside in the management workload domain, so only four hosts are needed.

VCF is deployed via Cloud Builder when finished SDDC Manager is ready, and you will find the Management Domain (4 Host running vSphere 7, vSAN 7 and NSX-T 3.0)

As you can see, it’s straightforward, and you can also deploy vSphere with Kubernetes on the Management Domain, no need to build a separate Workload Domain to run it.

Enjoy!!

GA VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0.1

Last week I wrote about VCF, but now VFC 4.0.1 is out.

What’s new?

New Bill of Materials:

  • Cloud Builder 4.0.1
  • SDDC Manager 4.0.1
  • ESXi 7.0
  • vCenter Server Appliance 7.0.0
  • vSAN 7.0.1
  • NSX-T 3.0.1
  • vIDM 3.3.2
  • vRealize Automation 8.1
  • vRealize Log Insight 8.1
  • vRealize Operations Manager 8.1
  • vRealize Lifecycle Manager 8.1

New Features:

  • NSX-T cluster-level upgrade support
  • Multi-pNIC/multi-vDS during bring-up
  • Kubernetes in the management domain

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 – Quick Overview

COMPONENTS

  • Cloud Builder
    The VMware Cloud Builder appliance automates the deployment of the entire software-defined stack. 
  • SDDC Manager
    SDDC Manager automates the entire system lifecycle (from configuration and provisioning to upgrades and patching), and simplifies day-to-day management and operations.
  • VMware vSphere
    VMware vSphere uses virtualization to transform individual data centers into aggregated computing infrastructures that include CPU, storage, and networking resources. VMware vSphere manages these infrastructures as a unified operating environment and provides you with the tools to administer the data centers that participate in that environment.
  • VMware vSAN
    VMware vSAN™ aggregates local or direct-attached data storage devices to create a single storage pool shared across all hosts in the vSAN cluster. vSAN eliminates the need for external shared storage, and simplifies storage configuration and virtual machine provisioning. Built in policies allow for flexibility in data availability. 
  • NSX-T Data Center
    The management domain and VI workload domains support the NSX-T Data Center platform. 
  • vRealize Suite
    Cloud Foundation supports automated deployment of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. You can then deploy and manage the lifecycle of the vRealize Suite of products (vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Automation , and vRealize Operations Manager) through vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 contains the following VMware SDDC Products.

Cloud Foundation Architecture

Cloud Foundation supports two architecture models – standard and consolidated. 

  • Consolidated Architecture Model
    Compute workloads co-reside in management workload domain
    Shared vSphere cluster with resource pools
  • Standard Architecture Model
    Management domain is dedicated to running infrastructure workloads
    Compute workloads run in VI domain(s) and are managed by separate vCenter servers