VMware vCloud Availability Logical Architecture

VMware vCloud Availability – Looking for more information

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 […]

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VMware vCloud Availability Logical Architecture

VMware vCloud Availability Logical Architecture

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 […]

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Install Windows Server 2016 GUI Desktop Experience

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 […]

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vTechTalk: VMware vSAN Service Provider Use Cases

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

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iland Cloud launches new portal

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 […]

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General Availability of VMware vCloud Director 8.20

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 […]

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A look inside iland Cloud

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 […]

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vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT SP)

vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT SP)

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 […]

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Clarifying the confusion on the VMware Cloud Strategy

Clarifying the confusion on the VMware Cloud Strategy

Now that VMworld is in full swing, I have had the opportunity to talk to a considerable amount of VMware Service Providers, Customers, and Cloud Consumers.  Everyone has asked the question what does the AWS announcement mean for [Insert vCAN, vCA, IBM] as cloud providers. From a vCloud perspective, adding AWS into the mix is simply just another VMware operated cloud provider.  VMware powers over 4200 service providers around the globe offering capabilities from Managed Services, Hosting and Cloud Services.  This announcement doesn’t change that, so how does it actually all fit together?  Lets try clarifying the confusion on the VMware Cloud Strategy with a diagram; This diagram speaks a thousand words (provided by Jenny Fong for VMworld). vCloud Air Lets start by looking at VMware vCloud Air, this is a VMware owned, VMware operated public cloud.  It runs in a VMware managed data center, is operated and supported by […]

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VMware VMworld vCloud Air must see sessions

Its coming!  VMworld Barcelona is coming soon.  So soon in fact it actually starts on Sunday.  Wow, I can hardly believe it.  Still feels like VMworld USA was last week. This will be my last VMworld Barcelona working in the vCloud Air public cloud business unit, before I transition over to my new role in the Cloud Service Provider BU.  You can read about that in a seperate post. VMware vCloud Air has some awesome sessions this year and I would actively encourage all of you to see these sessions if you can get in. The highlighted sessions are based on vCloud Air’s core use case focus of Data Center Extension, Replacement and Disaster Recovery.  These sessions range from 200 level through to 400 level advanced techincal. VMware VMworld vCloud Air must see sessions These are not the only vCloud Air sessions available for you to attend at VMworld, but […]

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New role at VMware – Senior Technologist

I have now been at VMware for nearly seven years, and I still love every day.  I am pleased to announce that I am taking on a new role at VMware – I am joining the Cloud Provider Services Business Unit also known as vCloud Air Network as a Senior Technologist. This is a new and exciting time for me.  Having spent the last three years working in VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud as the lead evangelist, I now have the opportunity to expand the horizons and work with VMware’s 4000+ service providers around the globe while continuing in the cloud area. In my new role the focus is to provide guidance into the core product teams, with direction on strategy and go-to-market initiatives.  Having spent the past seven years at VMware working in the cloud area, this is an amazing opportunity for me personally.  I will continue as an evangelist and […]

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This blog has been hacked by @vS0ciety

This site hasn’t really been hacked, it is however a great video to watch and is designed to promote the VMworld VMware Code Hackathon in Barcelona 2016 VMWORLD VMWARE CODE HACKATHON TO HIT BARCELONA 2016 Alan Renouf has written an indepth blog article on this project.  If your interested follow this link and sign up today: https://code.vmware.com/2016/09/14/vmworld-vmware-code-hackathon-hit-barcelona-2016/ VMworld USA was the Hackathon, basically 5 teams of developers and scripters, who had mainly never met each other before were formed and took part in a Hackathon organized by myself, William Lam and the VMware Code team.  These dedicated coders gave up free vendor meals and alcohol (OK well maybe we provided both as well) to essentially come code with us on 5 Intel NUC units we had pre-built with vCenter/ESX and VSAN. The people who were involved ranged from people just learning to coding ninjas and API experts, that’s what I […]

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