This is an open-mic panel session with the Global Cloud Practice VMware Certified Design Experts, who will answer advanced- and expert-level questions about cloud architecture and software-defined design.
Enterprises globally are enthusiastically embracing the hybrid cloud as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service IT provides to its end customers. To achieve this, enterprises are looking to VMware and the VMware Cloud Provider Program to help them run in a hybrid cloud model. Participants in this session will leave with a technical understanding of how to leverage the hybrid cloud to gain benefits of geographic diversity and agile scaling for growth, while continuing to use the tools they have already invested in.
“Service Providers globally are enthusiastically embracing hybrid cloud as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service they provide to end customers. To achieve this, Service Providers are looking to VMware vCloud Air Network and Veeam to help them build a scalable cost-effective cloud solution. In this session, we will get into the details of the technology. Weâ€™ll focus on how these solutions are architected and what that implies in real-life implementations. A participant in this session will leave with a technical understanding of how to leverage technology from Veeam and VMware to provide a successful cloud-based storage service.”
Hot on the heels of Antony Spiteri’s blog post titled VMWORLD 2017: VCLOUD AIR NETWORK AGAIN OUT IN FORCE I wanted to give my own take on the vCloud Air Network sessions being presented at VMworld. This year is a good year for Cloud at VMworld, alongside the VMware on AWS sessions, the vCloud Air Network has a number of sessions, plus a ton of sessions being led by some of the cloud industries biggest players, IBM, iland, Navisite, CenturyLink to name a few. The full list of vCloud Air Network sessions with dates and times are: Session ID Title US Time EMEA Time LHC2424BU 200 to 40,000 VMs in 24 Months: Building Highly Scalable SDDC on Hybrid Cloud: Real-World Example Wednesday 8:00 Thursday 13:30 LHC2573BU Achieving Hybrid Cloud Data Agility Securely with VMware NSX Tuesday 17:00 LHC3139SU Achieving Success in a Multi-Cloud World Wednesday 11:00 Tuesday 14:00 LHC1746BU Automating Disaster […]
Recently I have been receiving a number of requests from Service Providers looking for more information on VMware vCloud Availability. This is a short list of reference materials that will help direct people. VMware vCloud Availability Documentation VMware vCloud Availability FAQ Q. What is VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director? A. VMware vCloud® Availability for vCloud Director® enables vCloud AirTM Network service providers to o er simple, cost-e ective cloud-based disaster recovery and migration services that seamlessly support their customers’ vSphere® environments. This solution is designed expressly for VMware service providers to be easy to operate and to integrate with their existing VMware cloud environments. Only service providers in the vCloud Air Network can purchase this solution from VMware; Enterprise customers must consume this o ering from a vCloud Air Network service provider who is o ering this service from their cloud. VMware vCloud Availability Homepage VMware vCloud Availability Documentation […]
VMware recently launched a new version of VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director, with the latest version being 1.0.1. I wanted to talk about the VMware vCloud Availability Logical Architecture, and how a public cloud consumer using a vCloud Availability offering from a vCloud Air Network provider can easily build a Disaster Recovery offering. Let’s first quickly look at what it is: The vCloud Availability offering is a warm stand-by capacity failover solution that is easy to deploy and uses the VMware vSphere Replication appliance (VSRA). This is a single appliance deployed into your on-premises vSphere environment and leverages vSphere Replication to replicate and migrate you’re on-prem virtual machines to the cloud. VSRA is a secure end to end replication technology, encrypting the virtual machines the moment it leaves the ESXi host, until it is stored on the provider side environment. Logical Architecture So how does it work? The […]
If you have installed Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and are wondering where the GUI now called Desktop Experience is, then unfortunatly the only way to have the Desktop is to re-install the OS. I have just installed Windows Server 2016 today for the first time, and as its just for testing purposes, never really paid much attention to the installation procedure. I’ve installed Windows countless times, so just always click next, next select disk finish. Unfortunatly this time, Windows Server Core (thats what it was called in the old days) appeared. No big deal, lets have a quick google and install it. The first article you come to is from petri.com (everyones favourite source of Windows fixes) and it gives you some tips on how to install the GUI using PowerShell. Perfect! Unfortunatly no! It doesnt work. This article was written when W2k16 was in Tech Preview. The install feature […]
In this vTechTalk we look at how as a consumer you can leverage the scale of the VMware vCloud Air Network for your cloud based disaster recovery needs. For further information go to cloudproviders.vmware.com
For Service Providers who are looking to lower the costs of launching new services like VMware vCloud Availability, exploring the use cases with VMware vSAN is essential. This vTechTalk gives an overview of how VMware vSAN can help a Service Provider drive down costs and build new services quickly. For further information go to cloudproviders.vmware.com
In this short video, we discuss the opportunities and benefits Service Providers have by leveraging the vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) for Service Providers Reference Architecture documentation. For further information go to cloudproviders.vmware.com
Hot on the heals of my recent article about iland Cloud (A look inside iland Cloud), they have just launched a new portal for the cloud platform they offer to their customers. iland Cloud recently announced this new portal on their blog. iland’s new portal brings unmatched clarity to companies struggling with cloud Portal sets new standard in cloud transparency to minimize the unpredictable cost, performance and compliance issues that plague companies today iland’s new portal comes as part of its Enterprise Cloud Services, and empowers companies. You can read the full press announcement here. So what actually is the difference from my previous posts. The first thing you notice is that the side bar gives you quick and easy access to all the areas you need control over. You can go directly to Networking, Catalogs, Continuity, Security and billing immediately by clicking an icon. You also get direct access […]
Woohoo! The biggest release so far of VMware vCloud Director 8.20 is here. VMware announced today on the VMware blog site the release of version 8.20 of vCloud Director. This latest version is packed full of features and updates to help the ever growing vCloud Air Network Service Providers deploy enterprise grade public cloud offerings. So whats key about this release? Two important focus areas have been critical to this release being successful. These are: Full NSX Support – now allows NSX capabilities to be exposed and consumed in a multi-tenant, self-service fashion. Service providers have granular role-based access control (RBAC) over these capabilities, which enables them to carefully govern what their tenants can do. Adopt a vCenter – “Adopt a vCenter” enables vCloud Director 8.20 to discover resource pools in existing vCenters and “adopt” them into the vCloud Director management plane, without interruption or downtime. Service Providers deploying VMware vCloud Director […]
In my new role working in the Cloud Service Provider Business Unit at VMware, I get the opportunity to meet with a number of service providers. Recently I had the pleasure of spending time with iland Cloud (www.iland.com). iland are a leader in Infrastructure as a Service and they have built a pretty nice offering. In this article I want to give an inside view of the iland Cloud and what capabilities they have. iland Cloud Lets start by taking a look at what capabilities they provide. iland focus on three core use cases. This allows iland to be laser focused on their customer needs, by providing services focused on only a small number of use cases, they can dive down into these capabilities. This ultimately provides a higher level of service capability, due to not being focused on multiple service offerings and spreading themselves too thinly. Disaster Recovery is […]
Are you a service provider trying to build a service offering? Are you a service provider struggling to integrate all the different products on the market? Are you looking at all the different documentation and thinking am I ever going to be able to deploy this? VMware has two options for you, either print off the Stress Reduction Kit here: or read further and discover the vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT SP). This is a project close to my own heart. I was one of the original product owners back in vCAT v1, v2 and v3 days. Its been completely re-written and refreshed to give guidance and information for Service Providers delivering offerings within the vCloud Air Network. Want to know more? Keep reading or go straight to the vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT SP) page. vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT SP) The […]