vExperts, Thank You for a Great VMworld U.S.

vExperts, Thank You for a Great VMworld U.S.

vExperts, Thank You for a Great VMworld U.S.

Thank you to the vExpert community for coming out to join us for our annual vExpert Party at VMworld U.S. Each year we host the vExperts at a private event to provide a night of fun and entertainment. For this party we had food trucks, dessert truck, drinks, quarters, food & fire entertainment as well […] The post vExperts, Thank You for a Great VMworld U.S. appeared first on VMTN Blog .


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VMware Cloud on AWS Technical Overview

The post VMware Cloud on AWS Technical Overview appeared first on frankdenneman.nl .

Yesterday we launched the VMware Cloud on AWS service. VMware Cloud on AWS allows you to run your applications across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments based on VMware vSphere, with optimized access to AWS services. The Cloud SDDC consists of vSphere, NSX and vSAN technology to provide you a familiar environment which can be managed an operated with your current tool and skill set. By leveraging bare-metal AWS infrastructure the Cloud SDDC can scale in an unprecedented way.

VMware Cloud on AWS is a service and that means that we will not using product versions when we refer to the service. Instead we will be calling the first release the initial availability of the service. Any release after is referred to as future release. VMware Cloud on AWS is operated by VMware. In short that means that VMware is responsible for providing infrastructure resources, the customer is responsible for consuming the resources. This article explores the resource capacity of the Cloud SDDC at initial availability.

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At initial availability, the VMware Cloud on AWS base cluster configuration contains four hosts. Each host is configured with 512GB of memory and contains dual CPUs. These CPUs are custom-built Intel Xeon Processor E5-2686 v4 CPU. Each CPU contains 18 cores running at 2.3GHz, resulting in a physical cluster core count of 144. Hyper-threading is enabled, allowing the VMs to consume 288 logical processors in the default Cloud SDDC configuration. Please note, that VMware Cloud on AWS uses a single, fixed host configuration; the option to add components to the host configuration is not offered at this time. However, the scale-out model enables expansion to up to 16 hosts, resulting in 576 CPU cores and 8TB of memory.

vSphere DRS and vSphere HA are enabled and are configured to provide the best availability and resource utilization. vSphere DRS is full automated and the migration threshold is set to the default vSphere DRS level to avoid excessive vSphere vMotion operations. High availability of cluster resources is provided by vSphere HA and Auto remediation hardware.

vSphere High Availability is used to guarantee enough resources for restarting VMs during an ESXi host failure. The ESXi hosts are monitored and in the event of a failure, the VMs on a failed host are restarted on alternative ESXi hosts in the cluster. To maximize productivity while minimizing overhead, the vSphere HA settings of the cluster is configured to tolerate the equivalent of one ESXi host failure (25% percentage-based admission control policy). The host isolation response is set to power off and restart the VMs.

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Host failures remediation is the responsibility of VMware. If a host fails permanently, VMware replaces this ESXi host without user intervention. Automatic remediation of failed hardware eliminates the impact of long-term resource reduction of a permanent host failure. The Cloud SDDC is configured with two DRS resource pools. One resource pool contains the management VMs to operate the Cloud SDDC, while the other top-level resource pool is created to manage customer workloads. Customers have the option to create child resource pools.

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vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is out, here’s why you want to upgrade

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is out, here’s why you want to upgrade

VMware have just released the first major update to vSphere 6.5, normally, I don’t blog on these but this update is so big and it fixes some really annoying bugs I saw using the GA version of vSphere 6.5… thankfully, we worked hard with their support to overcome some of the issues I highlighted in yellow, this was of course done for  the greater good.

The release notes for ESXI 6.5 U1 can be seen here https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/rn/vsphere-esxi-651-release-notes.html and it can be downloaded from here https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI65U1&productId=614&rPId=17343

The release notes for vCenter 6.5 U1 can be seen here https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/rn/vsphere-vcenter-server-651-release-notes.html and it can be downloaded from here https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VC65U1&productId=614&rPId=17343


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The race on data circuit – DataCore Software

In the current and wide storage market, where access to data is faster and faster to satisfy applications demanding more and more data, vendors are mainly divided in Hardware and Software.
Among the second ones, a Company dealing since 1998 with data abstraction from the underlying storage harwdare is DataCore Software.

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The Company will explain its solutions on September during Tech Field Day 15, where I’m lucky enough to join the delegates that attend the event. This presentation will be also live at the same link.

Today, its offer is based on 2 products:

  • SANsymphony-V
  • Hyper-converged Virtual SAN

While the second is actually an Hyper-converged solution, the first one is probably the one that performs the best results in an enterprise environment.

SANsymphony-V can manage all the current standards (DA, SAN, and Cloud), is storage-agnostic, is also hypervisor-agnosticIn the SPC-1 test (Storage Performance Council – an independent organization performing benchmarks on storage devices – you can find the specific and complete report here), classified 1° on response with 100% load: 32 ms.

 

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Let’s have a look at 3 usual scenarios

  • traditional: storage separated from computing – usually in large enterprises where storage is already in place
  • converged: scale-up storage & consolidation model
  • hyperconverged : high level of consolidation

As we can see on the image, there are 3 main components in the storage presentation

  • storage residing in a datacore disk pool
  • virtual disk created from the disk pool
  • host servers virtualizing disks for every application

A centralized GUI manages the whole organization regardless of the number of nodes.
I had a look and I found it quite clear and intuitive.

One of the strenght points of this solution is that 2 is the minimum number of nodes needed.

SANSymphony resides in the middle of the virtual infrastructure, directly on the I/O path (Parallel I/O technology) between applications and the undelying storage, regardless of the vendor.

I have to say that many of the features offered are already present in the market from other competitors, but none of them is applied in a universally format compatibility, allowing aggregation of many vendors of storage, everyone adopting that features in the very same way of the other ones.

Definition of different storages can be set by the system or manually according to performances, assigning one of the 15 “Tiers” – data will move towards the higher tier using availability and performance parameters, automating the transition from hot to cold down to archiving data in a quite granular way.

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An additional performance optimization is made by using nodes’ RAM for the high frequently accessed data, much faster than any SSD or Flash disk.

Almost 2 decades of life of the Company and the objective and verified performances of its solutions make Datacore Software one of the best support for accelerating data access. And maybe today the real challenge is nomore data availability (considered as granted), but quick data access. The faster solution will win…

vSphere Client Login UI customizations do not persist in VCSA 6.5 Update 1

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The much anticipated release of vSphere 6.5 Update 1 just GA’ed late last week and like many in the community, I also went ahead and upgraded my home lab to this latest release. vSphere 6.5 Update 1 contains a ton of fixes as well as several new capabilities which you can read all about in the release notes here and here.

One neat little trick I take advantage of in my lab environments when deploying the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) is actually pre-filling out the credentials for the vSphere Client UI (not recommended for production environments of course) which I had blogged about here a few years back. Sine I have many different environments for different scenarios, I find myself being lazy and having to type in the credentials to each one of these environments. Instead, I can pre-fill either the username and/or password (which I will stress again, not recommended for production) within the vSphere Client Login UI page which is simply just using HTML.

You can have a deeper look in his own blog: http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2017/08/vsphere-client-login-ui-customizations-do-not-persist-in-vcsa-6-5-update-1.html

 


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VMworld Is Coming Soon. Which Cloud Sessions will you attend?

As the dog days of summer begin to wane, the excitement and anticipation of VMworld 2017 begins to rise. Customers wait with bated breath to hear the latest VMware announcements and listen to industry experts. VMware speakers and staff gear up to demonstrate the latest and greatest features and share our vision for the future.

And it goes without saying that everyone is ready to party with customers and partners in Las Vegas, Aug. 28–31, at the Mandalay Bay resort and in Barcelona, Sept. 11–14, at the Fira Gran Via exhibition center.

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Cloud computing will be bigger than ever at this year’s event: How cloud enables the digital workspace, reduces infrastructure and management costs, secures the enterprise and offers organizations flexible deployment options across public and private clouds.

You have hundreds of cloud-centric sessions to choose from. Here is our top 10 list of sessions that you won’t want to miss.

  1. Accelerate the Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud on AWS
    VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) brings VMware’s enterprise-class software-defined data center software to the AWS cloud . The solution enables customers to run production applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public and hybrid environments, and quickly derive value instant business value from the AWS and VMware hybrid cloud experience. Learn how VMware Cloud on AWS can power your business at this spotlight session.
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  2. Building a Multicloud Strategy with Horizon Cloud Service
    Organizations are adopting multiple clouds at the same time, and relying on services from a mix of private and public clouds. In this breakout session, you will learn about the VMware Horizon Cloud Service and how it provides a virtual desktop and application service that allows you to mix multiple clouds for a best-fit solution.
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  3. Modernize Management with JMP Technologies in VMware Horizon—and Take a Look at Where We Are Headed
    Why and how should you modernize application and desktop management on premises and in the cloud? Take a look at the VMware Just-in-Time Management Platform (JMP) and what’s next.
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  4. Deliver Any App, Any Desktop, Anywhere in the World Using VMware Blast Extreme
    More and more, your users need to deliver apps and desktops from the public cloud while delivering  a rich user experience on any device. Blast Extreme is designed to deliver the best possible user experience to almost any device you need to use and under almost any network condition from corporate LAN to the mobile internet. We’ll provide a deep dive into the Blast Extreme protocol and  how it works from graphic processing unit optimization to advanced networking, how it compares to other protocols, and how to monitor it to suit your needs.
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  5. The Transformation of Identity and Access Management in the Age of the Digital Workspace
    In the age of the digital workspace, how do you maintain a balance between end-user productivity and security?  We believe the industry needs to evolve to focus on controlling access based on a new access control layer. In this Spotlight Session, the VMware leadership team will discuss how VMware Workspace ONE is built on a powerful access control layer that is dynamic, based on context. The team will share key announcements, customer adoption and next steps you can take with Workspace ONE.
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  6. Securing Access and Protecting Information in Office 365 with Workspace ONE
    As organizations move to Microsoft Office 365, they face the challenge of end-users accessing Office apps and corporate data from unmanaged and unsecure devices. In this session, we’ll cover how new Workspace ONE innovations can help you drastically simplify the deployment of Office 365 and protect your sensitive information stored in corporate email, Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft SharePoint.
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  7. The Evolution of Endpoint Management within a Digital Workspace
    Noah Wasmer, SVP of mobile products at VMware, will share his perspective on the evolution of endpoint management into a device-agnostic platform, enabling a smarter and more secure workspace for your business. He’ll turn the spotlight on our customers to share their journeys to radically transform PC management, unify management from desktops to the Internet of Things (IoT) and transform digital experiences for both users and IT.
    Add #UEM3155SU via the VMworld U.S. schedule builder.
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  8. Focus on What Matters for MDM with Intelligent Analytics Delivered by AirWatch
    Your organization relies on VMware AirWatch to manage countless devices, apps, users, and more.   Whether your focus is on driving bring-your-own-device adoption, optimizing app performance, or planning for a new iOS deployment, we’ve added more custom reports, data visualizations, and analytic capabilities to help measure your impact. Sign up for this session to learn where to find your data, how to design your own custom reports, and how to get actionable insights.
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  9. Cut the Cost with Cloud-First, Scalable Windows Software Distribution
    Deploying Windows 10? You likely have a variety of applications to deliver to users: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Win32, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and virtual. We’ll show you how to reduce bandwidth, infrastructure and labor costs with AirWatch software distribution capabilities for Windows.
    Add #UEM1827BU via the VMworld U.S. schedule builder.
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  10. Simple, Agile, Secure: VMware Cloud Foundation, the Next-Generation Hybrid Cloud Platform
    Did you know application modernization is now a key driver of new business innovation and growth? To meet new demands, you must transform your infrastructure. You need VMware Cloud Foundation, a hybrid cloud platform that combines highly dynamic infrastructure services with cloud management and lifecycle to deliver agile, easy-to-operate infrastructure-as-a-service for your virtual machines (VMs) and containers.
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For complete details on these cloud-centric sessions, as well as other powerful sessions at VMworld 2017, head to the VMworld U.S. and VMworld Europe content catalogs. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas and Barcelona.

Author: Nina Seth
Article firstly appeared on VMware End-User Computing Blog .

 


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