VMware vCloud Hybrid Service roadmap

In September 2013 VMware launched vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). It is a VMware owned and operated public Infrastructure as a Service offering. It offers a lot of control over virtual machines and networking.

During VMworld US and Europe VMware had a lot of breakout sessions about vCHS. In the near future I will make some postings with technical details on this new service.

First lets have a look at the roadmap of vCHS. The information in this post is based on the various sessions I attended at VMworld and is made public by VMware.

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Recordings of 23 VMworld Europe Breakout Sessions available free

VMware TV published a couple of recordings of breakout sessions presented at VMworld Europe. The recordings can be watched for free. No account needed.

The interesting thing to note is that VMware seems to be publishing more content of VMware than previously. I believe last year about ten videos were posted. Now sessions that were held at October 23 are put online on the same day. I believe this is very nice and VMware follows Microsoft who publishes content of all TechEd events within 24 hours.

  1. VSVC5690 – vSphere Upgrade Series Part 1: vCenter Server
  2. VSVC4944 – PowerCLI Best Practices – A Deep Dive
  3. VSVC4605 – What’s New in VMware vSphere?
  4. VSVC5005 – What’s New in vSphere Platform & Storage
  5. VSVC4830 – vCenter Deep Dive
  6. VSVC5690 – vSphere Upgrade Series Part 1: vCenter Server
  7. VSVC5821 – Performance and Capacity Management of DRS Clusters
  8. BCO5065 – VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance for Multiprocessor Virtual Machines – Technical Preview
  9. BCO5041 – vSphere Data Protection – What’s New and Technical
  10. BCO4872 – Operating and Architecting a vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Infrastructure
  11. BCO5129 – Protection for All – vSphere Replication & SRM Technical Update
  12. NET7388-S – Network Virtualization: Moving Beyond the Obvious
  13. NET5847 – NSX: Introducing the World to VMware NSX
  14. EUC5291 – Horizon View Troubleshooting: Looking under the Hood
  15. EUC7370-S – The Software Defined Datacenter Meets End User Computing
  16. PHC4783 – How To Build Your Hybrid Cloud and Consume the Public Cloud
  17. PHC5605-S – Everything You Want to Know About vCloud Hybrid but were afraid to ask
  18. STO5391 – VMware Virtual SAN
  19. STO5715-S – Software-defined Storage – The Next Phase in the Evolution of Enterprise Storage
  20. VCM7369-S – Uncovering the Hidden Truth in Log Data With vCenter Log Insight
  21. VAPP4679 – Software-Defined Datacenter Design Panel for Monster VM’s: Taking the Technology to the Limits for High Utilisation, High Performance Workloads
  22. SEC5893 – Changing the Economics of Firewall Services in the Software-Defined Center – VMware NSX Distributed Firewall
  23. OPT5194 – Moving Enterprise Application Dev/Test to VMware’s Internal Private Cloud- Operations Transformation

VMworld Europe 2013 announcements

Like each year VMware saves some of the announcements for VMware Europe. Most are made at the US event.

VMware announced in Barcelona new releases of products part of  its end-user computing and management portfolio:

  • vCloud Automation Center 6.0 (general availability middle of November 2013)
  • vCloud Operations Management Suite 5.8. Click here for detailed info.  (general availability middle of December 2013)
  • vCenter Log Insight 1.5 (general availability middle of December 2013)
  • IT Business Management Suite 8.0 (general availability middle of November 2013)
  • VMware Horizon View 5.3
  • VMware Horizon Mirage 4.3

At VMworld 2013 in the US we saw the release of a new vSphere feature called VMware AppHA. This allows to monitor a limited number of applications running on vSphere HA enabled clusters. If an application service has stopped AppHA can restart the service or in worse case, restart the VM. We are seeing VMware moving from delivering  vSphere only monitoring solutions to going up in the stack to applications, as well as broaden the infrastrucutre monitoring supporting for example Hyper-V and cloud providers like Amazon AWS.

Goal of these new features is to provide IT departments with the right tools to become a Service Broker. Business leaders want agility. The cloud is used more and more to get agility. IT departments are evolving from a builder of services (keeping the lights on)  to a broker of services. So vCenter is not just about vSphere anymore. IT needs tools to define what services are available, and how much they cost. Then there needs to be tools which enables a service to be provisioned either on-premises on in a public cloud.

At VMworld Europe VMware announced solutions which are built on three pillars: cloud automation, cloud operation and cloud business.

Log Insight was launched as a 1.0 product in July 2013. It is used to analyse logfiles. It handles unstructured data in a datacenter and complements vCenter Operations Manager. Log Insight is able to analyze logfiles from not only vSphere but also networking and storage devices. Log Insight uses content packs which contains predefined queries and knowledge about a specific component like a NetApp storage array for example.
New in 1.5 version is Active Directory support. Users of Log Insight can now authenticate using AD.

vCloud Management Suite wil have the new ability to monitor the health of applications. The 5.8 release is limited to monitoring Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange Server. Also new is analytics of the fiber channel storage and fabric. It is pretty easy to troubleshoot storage related issues. Hyper-V servers can be monitored as well now. Last but not least health and performance of Amazon AWS services can be monitored.

VMware announces vCloud Operations Management Suite 5.8

vCenter Operations Management Suite version 5.8 has 4 new features:

  1. monitor business critical applications
  2. monitor fiber channel storage
  3. monitor Hyper-V servers
  4. monitor Amazon AWS services

monitor business critical applications
In the 5.8 release application monitoring is limited to Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server. vCenter Operations Management Packs for Microsoft applications will be available to get insight into the health of Microsoft applications. A management pack (MP) provides knowledge about an application. The MP will be able to discover application inter-dependencies and services. Also there is knowledge about what metrics to measure, what thresholds to set etc. The management packs for SQL and Exchange will provide health information for clusters. So it shows servers and instances in Database Availability Groups for example. And it shows the status of services like MSSQL Agent, MSSQL Analysis, MSSQL Report and MSSQL database. It also shows when for example the CPU has a high utilization indicating something is wrong.

The 3th pary OS and application management packs are part of the vCenter Operations Management Suite Enterprise edition.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) also uses Management Packs. However these will go much deeper inside the applications than vCenter Operations. I believe vCenter Operations focusses mainly at the infrastructure level of the application.

Monitor fiber channel storage
Storage Analytics is another new feature of vCOPS. It allows a deep insight into the status of the Host Bus Adapter, Fabric and Storage array. It will answer questions like ‘why is my virtual machine slow?’. In this 5.8 release monitoring is limited to fiber channel storage. iSCSI and NFS support will come soon. The admin will get insight in latency and throughput. Errors like CRC, link loss and timeouts are being monitored and admins gets alerts.

The infrastructure management packs are part of the vCenter Operations Management Suite Advanced & Enterprise edition.


Amazon AWS and Hyper-V support
vCOPS uses vCenter Hyperic and Hyperic Management Pack for monitoring Hyper-V. An Hyperic agent is deployed on the Hyper-V server to get insight. It does monitoring of CPU, memory, disk and network. It is able to show capacity and performance of storage volumes. There are two ways to get information form the Hyper-V servers and VM’s running on it. Either by the Hyperic management pack for vCenter Operations, or by the SCOM management pack for vCenter Operations. The later is usefull for SCOM users. It is a kind of gateway between SCOM and vCenter Operations Manager.


Amazon services like EC2, Elastic Block Store, Elastic Map Reduce, Elastic Load Balancing and Auto Scaling Group can be monitored using the AWS management pack. The MP connects to the Cloudwatch service provided by Amazon. This is a REST API service. vCOPS provides a VM utilization dashboard showing performance statistics like cpu usage, memory usage, disk read etc for Amazon VM’s.

What are the differences between VMware vCloud Hybrid Service and Microsoft Windows Azure ?

The two biggest players on the x86 server virtualization market recently entered  the public cloud Infrastructure as a Service  (IaaS) market as well.

Microsoft Windows Azure Virtual Machines went general available in April 2013. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service went general available in August 2013. Some believe the rivals for  server virtualization will become rivals as well in the public and hybrid cloud space.

This post will describe why both cannot be compared.

Both Azure and VCHS provide customers the ability to create cloud based virtual machines and have control over the guest operating system and applications running on top of it. That is basically the IaaS model.

I guess this is about the only feature what Azure Virtual Machines and vCHS have in common.  Both clouds have a different philosophy and the architecture is based on different use cases.

Comparing Azure to vCHS is like comparing a cattle truck to a bus. Both are transport, have wheels and needs a driver. But the payload is much different. Cattle do not need seats, a fridge and a toilet. Nor does a cow or sheep need a safety belt. If one of the animals  dies while being transported nobody really cares. Passengers in a bus is something different. The bus company cares about this payload.



The same compare applies to Azure versus vCHS. Azure was designed initially as  Platform as a Service. In that model are virtual machines used but not exposed to the developpers using Azure. The Azure platform is not designed to provide resiliency. Commodity servers are used with non-redundant powersupplies. Racks are equipped with a single top of rack router. There is no feature to move virtual machines to another host to prepare a host for planned downtime. Virtual machines are to Azure like cattle.
In Azure the application should provide resiliency.
The ability to manage the virtual machines in Azure is driven to provide developpers more choice in applications for development. 

VMware vCHS is designed with the requirement that the public cloud platform should provide resiliency. This means the hardware is robust and state of the art, virtual machines can be vMotioned to another host etc, vCHS is designed to host enterprise, legacy  applications which are not designed for cloud and do not provide resiliency.  

What applies to Azure vs vCHS applies to Amazon EC2 vs vCHS as well. Amazon however is more mature and feature rich than Azure. Massimo Re Ferre’ , architect of VMware, wrote an interesting blog about this subject here.

The bottom line of my blogpost: there is nothing wrong with cattle trucks or busses. They serve a different use case. Make sure your applications are compatible with the cloud platform. 

Lets have a look how different Azure and vCHS platforms really are. I do that by comparing different aspects:

  • platform
  • resources
  • service offering
  • service level agreement
  • storage services
  • guest os support
  • feature connect
  • time to cloud
  • new platform releases

Azure is built using a mix of Windows Server 2008 R2 & Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V as  hypervisor. Microsoft does not reveal how much of its servers are running the 2012 edition of Hyper-V yet.  Azure is operational in 8 datacenters located in the US, Europe and South East Asia. Nodes are managed by so called Fabric Controllers. Data is stored in a distributed, very scalable storage platform which is able to do datacenter replication and geo-replication.

vCHS uses vSphere as the hypervisor. On top of that runs vCloud Director. vCloud Networking & Security is used for logical network separation and public access to the virtual machines (firewall, gateway).
vCHS is at the moment only available in three US datacenters. Expansion to 2 other datacenters is planned.

Windows Azure sells virtual machines. Microsoft provides those in t-shirt sizes. Which means there is a limited choice in combination of number of vCPU’s and internal memory. There is however an unlimited number of resources. Customers can created as many VM’s as they need. The resources consumed are billed in a pay as you go model. This also means the costs can be very fluctual. One month a high bill, the next month maybe a lower bill.

In vCHS customers buy a certain amount of resources, a combination of cpu, storage and memory resources. Like a virtual datacenter (sandbox) instead of individual components. vCHS does not sell VM’s like Azure. Customers can make any number of virtual machines with tailor made specifications. vCPU, memory and disks can independantly be configured by the customer. The costs per month are based on a core subscription based on a contract of minimal 3 months to max 36 months depending on the service offering.

Service offering 
In public cloud there are two ways to have customers use  virtual machines running on nodes. In dedicated mode all virtual machines running on a node belong the same customer. The processing on the node is non-shared and physically isolated from other tenants/customers. Networking and storage is logically separated from other tenants.
In shared mode virtual machines of multiple tenants share processing.

VMware vCHs provides two service offerings:

  • vCloud Hybrid Service Dedicated Cloud will provide physically isolated and reserved compute resources with pricing starting at 13 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1 GB virtual machine with 1 processor.
  • vCloud Hybrid Service Virtual Private Cloud will offer multitenant compute with full virtual private network isolation. Virtual Private Cloud pricing starting at 4.5 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1GB virtual machine with 1 processor

Azure does not provide a non-shared model. Processing capacity on nodes is shared by virtual machines managed by multiple tenants.

Service Level Agreement
Microsoft guarantees an availability of 99,95% for the virtual machine service. However, this is only guaranteed when Azure customers have two or more instances of the same role participating in an availability set. Microsoft does not provide a SLA for a single instance VM.

VMware has a SLA for each service offering. For the Dedicated Cloud an availability of 99,95 % is guaranteed. For the Virtual Private Cloud the availability is 99,90%. I do not know why there is a difference in availability. Both models use the same server hardware.

Storage services
As said before, Microsoft Azure sells components like processing and storage individually. Customers can just use a bunch of storage for backup or archiving without buying processing or the need for a VM.

Currently in vCHS it is not possible to just use storage without being charged for reservation of processing as well. Also vCHS does not provide the scaleable, block storage which Azure Storage provides. In vCHS storage comes with the VM, not as an independant resource,

Guest OS support
Azure is limited in the number of guest operating systems it supports. Currently Azure supports Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. Also supported is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, Ubunutu 12.04 and 12.10, CentOS 6.2 and CentOS 6.3  & openSUSE 12.3

vCHS supports many guest operating systems. From Windows NT4 to Windows Server 2012. In total vCHS currently supports 67 guest operating systems.

Feature connect
Both vCHS and Azure provide some sort of hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud is basically an extension of an on-premise infrastructure to the public cloud.
Azure allows to connect on-premise networks with Azure using site to site VPN.
VCHS allows this as well.

In management of a hybrid cloud, administrators prefer to have  similar features in on-premise and public cloud platform.
Azure does not provide all the features of Hyper-V running on-premise. There is no support in Azure for VHDX virtual disk format, no Live Migration, no snapshot, no live extension of virtual disks, no remote console access etc.

Not all applications are supported in Azure. Microsoft for example does not support all Windows Server roles. DHCP is an example. Also Exchange Server is not supported. It will run but outgoing mail will be rejected by many organizations because the sending IP-address in the SMTP session (owned by Microsoft) will not match the domain name of the Azure customer. Reverse DNS is not supported yet.

As vCHS is running VMware ESXi as hypervisor most common features are available both in vSphere on-premise and in vCHS off-premise.
I do not know if the issue with Exchange is valid for vCHS as well.

Time to cloud
Using Azure it is a matter of minutes from typing in your creditcard number to the moment your first VM runs.

In VCHS another model is used. Customers needs to fill in a purchase order. It can take hours or even some days between registration and first operational virtual machine. vCHS is sold direcly from VMware and also by partners. Customers cannot use their creditcard and buy virtual machines online.

New platform features
Microsoft releases new features in Azure about every month. Most are for Paas, some for Iaas. There are no announcements on future features. Some to be released features can be used as Preview. One of the Preview features is the ability to failover to a second customer datacenter orchestrated by Azure.

VMware announced it will add DRaas to vCHS in Q4 2013. This enables per VM replication from on-premise to vCHS. Also Desktop as a Service is announced. VMware PaaS platform Cloud Foundry will be added in the future as well.

Azure and vCHS are different clouds. While Azure is primarily targeted at cloud application development (PaaS) and added Iaas type of features, vCHS is essentially a cloud infrastructure platform supporting legacy apps and is adding PaaS features in the future.

Automated download of VMworld sessions

Attendees of VMworld and vExperts can view the recorded VMworld US breakout sessions and the PowerPoint slides in PDF format. Downloading each and every session you are interested in can be a very time consuming operation.

PowerShell to the rescue. Stu Radnidge created the first script in 2010. Since then, it’s been modified by Alan Renouf, André Pett, Brent Quick, and Damian Karlson.

The script allows you to select one or all tracks and filetypes (MP3,MP4, PDF etc). The MP3 is the audiotrack only obviously.

You just have to fill in username and password and set $download=$true . Then choice if you want MP4,MP3 and PDF in one go or just one of those three types.

More information and download of script here.

VMworld 2013 Europe party and events overview

During  October 15-18 (Partner day on October 14) VMworld Europe will be held again in (I hope) sunny Barcelona.

As each year vendors, VMUGs en vFans organize parties. Most are free to attend as they are kindly sponsored.

indoor-skydivingTrend Micro has a special offer. They provide an indoor skydive experience.

Tuesday, October 15 11:00–18:30
Wednesday, October 16 11:00–18:00

Trend Micro is providing attendees at VMworld 2013 the unique chance to experience the feeling of skydiving on a vertical wind tunnel. Simply register your interest at the Trend Micro stand (P204), confirm your flight time and start flying. The wind tunnel is located between Halls 7 and 5 outside. The entrance is through Hall 7.

As this is outside I *guess* it could look like this truck.

The Solutions Exchange program guide provides an overview of all the vendors at the Solutions Exchange. Download the PDF here.

Here is an overview of parties:

Sunday October 13

vRockstar Party
Location: Hardrock Cafe Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya
entree: free
drinks: free
time: 19:30-23:30
registration: none, first come, first serve
website: http://vrockstar2013.eventbrite.com

Monday October 14
VMUG Member Party
location: Music Hall
Rambla de Catalunya 2-4
08002 Barcelona, Spain
website www.vmug.com.

Tuesday October 15
VMware Benelux Customer Appreciation EventParty
location:  Beachclub Elboo
entree: free
drinks: free
registration: likely, see website
website:  http://nlblogs.vmware.com/Technologie/343

VCDX / vExpert / Office of the CTO Reception
time: 19:30-21:00
entree: free for VCDX, vExperts and some exclusieve invitees
drinks and food: free thanks to sponsors
location: Fabrica Mortiz at Ronda St. Antonio (in the city centre) Barcelona.
registration: see your mailbox if you are invited

Veeam Annual VMworld Party 2013
loation: Shoko Club http://www.shoko.biz/club/index.php
Paseo maritimo de la Barceloneta, 36
Barcelona.  Map here
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.registration:
entree and drinks free
registration: http://go.veeam.com/veeam-annual-vmworld-party-2013-community/

Wednesday October 16
VMUG Lunch
meet the Dutch bloggers and community
location: VMworld lunch area
registration: not needed
time: on www.nlvmug.com & http://www.twitter.com/nlvmug

UNparty or #BeerTweetup
There is an unofficial party (pay your own beer) organized by Hans De Leenheer. For those who do not like Taio Cruz or the massive number of visitors at the official party. Details here.


VMworld Party
the BIG party will be held in the evening. The main act will the UK singer Taio Cruz. Don’t worry if you have never heard of him: me either. However he made a great song you likely have heard of: Break your Heart. Here the videoclip Dynamite is another well known song.
location: hall 6.0
time: 700PM-1200AM
entree: registration not needed for attendees. Do not forget to bring your badge as this is entree ticket!
food and drinks & entertainment free

This will be the ultimate in dance, sports, art, chill out and spectacular live performances… All under one roof.  Indulge in the exotic oxygen bar, get creative with a digital graffiti wall, kick back in our eccentric member’s cocktail club or grab your friends and hit the roller disco.  Plus a DJ set by Space Ibiza resident Mr. Doris, live show by female dance sensation High on Heels, AND an epic must see performance by our headline act!

#vRockstar Pre-VMworld Party Hard Rock Cafe

We think that you are all VMworld Rockstars! So we decided to bring the vRockstar party back to VMworld Europe for a second year running!

Last year was a blast and this year it’s going to be even better!

Join Patrick Redknap, Marco Broeken, Robert Payne & Hans De Leenheer to kick off VMworld in style at the Hard Rock Cafe in Barcelona’s central square Plaça de Catalunya with drinks and hard rock!

Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

We have some great sponsors this year! Many thanks to PHD Virtual, Cisco, SanDisk, Simplivity, NimbleStorage, VMTurbo & Purestorage!

If you have any questions about the event please tweet either Patrick or Marco!

DATE: Sunday, October 13, 2013

TIME: 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM GMT+1 (Barcelona Local Time)

LOCATION: The Hard Rock Café, Platinum Room, Plaça de Catalunya, 21, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Registration will get you on the entry list, but the event will fill up fast so get there early to make sure you get in! :D

We hope to see you all there


VMware vSphere 5.5 available for download!

At September 22 2013 VMware made vSphere 5,5 generally available. VMware ESXi 5.5.0 and vCenter Server 5.5 can be downloaded here.

Documentation can be downloaded here.

The free vSphere Hypervisor is available for download here. Mind there is no limit anymore in the amount of addressable physical memory. Before version 5.5 you were limited to 32 GB internal memory.

The 5.5 release was announced at August 26 during VMworld 2013 US.

What is new in vSphere 5.5 can be read in this post.

Also available for download is:

  • vSphere Replication 5.5
  • vSphere Data Protection 5.5.1
  • vCenter Orchestrator Appliance 5.5.0
  • vCloud Networking and Security 5.5.0
  • vCenter Operations Manager Foundation 5.7.2
  • vSphere Big Data Extensions 1.0
  • vSphere App HA 1.0.,0
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Ethernet Modules for vSphere 5.5.0
  • VMware vSphere CLI (vCLI)
  • vSphere PowerCLI

Also released at September 22 are;

Storage Replication Adapters for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.5
VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.6
VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator 5.7.0
VMware vCenter Operations Manager Advanced 5.7.2
VMware vCenter Operations Manager Enterprise 5.7.2
VMware vCenter Operations Manager Standalone 5.7.2
VMware vCloud Director 5.5.0
VMware vFabric Application Director 5.2.0
vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5

At the release of vSphere 5.1 VMware announced this would be the last release of the full Windows based vSphere client. In future releases all features would be only available in the vSphere Web Client.

However in vSphere 5.5 we still need the vSphere C+ client. For connection directly to the ESXi host, for VMware Update Manager, for Site Recovery Manager and for some third party solutions.

The vSphere 5.5 client can be dowloaded here


VMworld 2013 breakout sessions recordings available

VMware made recordings of breakout sessions of VMworld 2013 US available.

Recorded  are only accessible by paid attendees from VMworld 2013 or by VMworld 2013 Subscription owners. However, VMworld 2013 General Sessions and all VMworld 2004 – 2012 Sessions & Labs are free.

Sessions of VMworld 2013 are at the moment only accessible for VMworld 2013 attendees. After VMworld Europe those sessions will be available for VMworld Europe  attendees.

VMware vExperts have free access to the recordings. Go to this page the find your name and copy the Subscription/redeem code. Login at vmworld.com , go to vmworld.com/community/subscription/redeem and fill in the Subscription/redeem code.

An overview of all recorded sessions can be seen here.

To download the session for offline viewing you can use one of the many tools for downloading video. I use StreamTransport  which is free to use.


VMware VMworld 2013 Hands-on Labs available

VMware made a lot of the Hands-On Labs of VMworld 2013  available online. These labs are available for free for everyone interested.

Hands-on labs are a perfect way to learn about using VMware products without having to install software yourself and without having hardware available. Starting a lab is a matter of minutes.

Go to http://labs.hol.vmware.com/
then select a lab you like to do. If you do not have an account you can easily register for one.

Labs Currently Available:

HOL-SDC-1301 – Applied Cloud Operations

HOL-SDC-1302 – vSphere Distributed Switch from A to Z

HOL-SDC-1304 – vSphere Performance Optimization

HOL-SDC-1305 – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery In Action

HOL-SDC-1307 – vCloud Automation Solutions

HOL-SDC-1308 – Virtual Storage Solutions

HOL-SDC-1309 – vSphere Big Data Extensions

HOL-SDC-1310 – vSphere and vSOM 101

HOL-SDC-1311 – VMware IT Business Management

HOL-SDC-1313 – vCloud Suite Use Cases – Infrastructure Provisioning (IaaS)

HOL-SDC-1314 – vCloud Suite Use Cases – Application Provisioning (PaaS)

HOL-SDC-1315 – vCloud Suite Use Cases – Control & Compliance

HOL-SDC-1316 – vCloud Suite Use Cases – Quality of Service

HOL-SDC-1317 – vCloud Suite Use Cases – Business Critical Applications

HOL-SDC-1318 – vCloud Suite Use Cases – Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

HOL-MBL-1301-AZ – Horizon View from A to Z


Labs Coming Next Week (End of September 2013):


HOL-SDC-1303 – VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform

HOL-SDC-1319 – VMware NSX for Multiple Hypervisor Environments

HOL-MBL-1301-UC – VMware View Use Cases

HOL-MBL-1304 – Horizon Workspace – Explore and Deploy

HOL-MBL-1309 – Horizon Mirage – Manage Physical Desktops

HOL-MBL-1311 – Applied ThinApp with the Horizon Suite

HOL-HBD-1301 – vCloud Hybrid Service – Jump Start for vSphere Admins

HOL-HBD-1302 – vCloud Hybrid Service – Networking & Security

HOL-HBD-1303 – vCloud Hybrid Service – Manage Your Cloud

HOL-PRT-1301 – NetApp Virtual Storage Console

HOL-PRT-1302 – IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments

HOL-PRT-1303 – EMC – Using Puppet with vSphere Web Client

HOL-PRT-1304 – Infoblox – Automate with vCAC and the vCO IPAM plug-in

HOL-PRT-1305 – Cisco Nexus 1000V – Enhanced VXLAN Networking in vCloud Director

HOL-PRT-1306 – Catbird-Hytrust-LogRhythm – Partner Security and Compliance

HOL-PRT-1307 – Puppet Labs – Automate vSphere Provisioning and Management

VMworld Zoetermeer 2013

Op 25 september verzorgen VMware en KPN in Zoetermeer een mini VMworld. Er zijn diverse technology sessies en 1 sales sessie.

Meer info en inschrijven hier



VMworld 2014 will be in San Francisco and Barcelona

At the end of VMworld 2013 US the locations and dates for VMworld 2014 were announced.

VMworld US 2014 will be again in San Francisco. As rumoured earlier VMware signed a long term contract with the Moscone Convention center.
Dates are August 24-28

VMworld Europe 2014 will be for the third time in Barcelona, the FIRA Gran Via. Dates are October 14-16. Partner day is October 13.


VMware vCloud Director is approaching End of Life for Enterprises but remains for service providers

Today Techtarget.com reported in this article that functionality of VMware vCloud Director will be split into vSphere and vCloud Automation Center.
What many insiders already suspected is now confirmed; vCloud Director has had its day.

Enterprise customers are recommended to use vCAC for future projects. If they are on vCD or vCAC does not cover requirements, the support of vCD 5.5 has been extended.

Indications of the approaching end of life are:

  • the support for VMware LabManager has been extended by an additional year. Support now ends in May 2014 instead of May 2013.
  • vCloud Director 5.5 cannot be purchased individually  (no SKU). It is only available as part of the vCloud Suite
  • no mentioning of vCD in both keynotes at VMworld 2013. Instead lots of attention for vCAC during the Tuesday keynote.
  • the lack of new features in vCD 5.5 released in August 2013. Site Recovery Manager still is not able to protect VM’s running inside tenant environments. See this article for more information
  • vCAC being available now in three editions of vCloud Suite, previously only in 1 edition. Every edition of the vCloud Suite now has a vCAC edition.

At September 3 VMware published this article which made a lot more clear on the direction VMware is going with vCD:

vCD has been widely adopted by service providers and enterprises. It has also proven to be a foundational component of service providers offering including the VMware hybrid cloud service know as vCHS. Moving forward, vCD will be even more oriented towards service provider requirements.  VMware’s enterprise customers, on the other hand, have expressed a strong requirement for a more simplified cloud stack.  As a result, VMware will move forward with a plan to converge vCD functionality into the vSphere and vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) product lines. vCAC, in particular, has proven to be particularly well suited at meeting customer’s needs for governance and policy combined with self-service and ease of use. This combination of products will provide a simpler solution to enterprises.

At September 4, Matthew Lodge of VMware wrote the lines below in this post

1) Development of vCloud Director continues at VMware, now 100% focused on the cloud service provider market.
2) vCloud Director will continue to be available in the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) and also continues to be a foundational component of vCloud Hybrid Service, VMware’s IaaS offering.
3) The next release of vCloud Director will be version 5.6, in the first half of 2014, available through VSPP to cloud service providers.
4) VMware continues to develop and enhance the vCloud API, to provide API access to new capabilities, and to make the API faster and easier to use.

Troubles for vCD started with the acquisition of DynamicOps Cloud Automation Center 4.5 by VMware in 2012. Untill then vCD and Cloud Automation Center were competing solutions with quite some overlap in features.

VMware later renamed the product vCloud Automation Center and added it to the vCloud Suite.

Some customers ran into limitations of vCD and are looking for alternatives. vCD is not an easy to use solution and is suited for vSphere and public clouds running VMware software only. The infrastructures of service providers and large enterprises is sometimes multi-hypervisor so vCD is not always the right match.

VMware is probably working hard making sure components required in a cloud management platform are compatible with vCAC. For example currently vCenter Chargeback is not compatible with vCAC.

In this VMware KB article the end of availability of vCD 5.1 is published.

VMware is moving toward more simplified packaging and unified licensing of our cloud stack. Driven by this commitment, we’re implementing an integrated approach to the packaging of all of the essential capabilities for building a software-defined data center.
As part of this key initiative, VMware is making these packaging changes to make this technology more easily accessible:
  • vCloud Director 5.5 will be available only as part of vCloud Suite 5.5.
  • VMware has announced the End of Availability (“EOA”) of the VMware vCloud Director 5.1 for sale as a standalone product effective September 19, 2013.
  • Existing customers can maintain their vCloud Director through either the entitlement program or while converting to vCloud Suite with the Fair Value Conversion Program.

VMware will be extending the Support for vCloud Director 5.5. Generally, as per the VMware Enterprise Application Support Policy, VMware will support the current release of software for 2 years from the general availability of the Major Release, or the latest released version for 12 months. However, VMware will provide extended support for vCloud Director 5.5 with support available for 4 years from general availability. Customers will be able to get telephone and Internet support for vCloud Director 5.5 until their current contract expires or until Q3, 2017, whichever is earlier.

The End of Support date for vCloud Director 5.1 remains as September 10, 2014.

Functionality of vCD will be moved to vCAC and to vSphere.

This VMware slide shows which functions will move to which solution.

VMware will provide tools to migrate and a transition plan.

Jason Nash has written an interesting blog on vCD. Many customers are wondering how VMware will support the transition from vCD to vCAC/vSphere. Many remember the migration from Lab Manager to vCD. VMware customers are also considering non VMware solutions to manage their cloud platform.

The slide below shows the feature overlap of vCAC and vCD. The slide was shown at a recent Gartner presentation by Alessandro Perilli. In this presentation Cloud Management Platforms of VMware and Microsoft are compared. For a report on this presentation see my post here.

Kendrick Coleman posted his thoughts on vCD in a post vCD To Die A Slow and Painful Death after 5.5

More details taken from the VMware blogpost.

As a result of this announcement, VMware is making the following recommendations:

ENTERPRISE CUSTOMERS –  VMware recommends that customers use the combination of vCloud Automation Center and the vSphere platform to support their private cloud architectures and use cases. vCD 5.5 is available starting in Q3 if required to support use cases not currently covered by vCAC. Projects already in-flight with vCD should also remain in place as vCD 5.5 support will be extended beyond its normally 2-year window (out to 2017).

SERVICE PROVIDERS – vCD will continue to be available through the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) in the cloud bundle and is still the recommended solution for service providers. VMware will continue on-going  development for vCD to meet the specific needs of service providers and will provide further details at a later date.

Update: Mathew Lodge (Vice President Cloud Services of VMware) sent out a couple of Tweets. vCD will continue to be available for Service Providers. About 250 public clouds use vCD at the moment.


Recordings of top 10 VMworld breakout sessions are online!

VMware published recordings of the top10 breakout sessions of VMworld 2013 US online.

All other of the VMworld sessions will be available for viewing at September 19 for all VMworld attendees or those who bought a subscription to view recordings only.


The sessions available now for free viewing are;


VSVC4944 – PowerCLI Best Practices – A Deep Dive
BCO5129 – Protection for All – vSphere Replication & SRM Technical Update
STO5715-S – Software-defined Storage – The Next Phase in the Evolution of Enterprise Storage
PHC5605-S – Everything You Want to Know About vCloud Hybrid Service – But Were Afraid to Ask.
NET5847 – NSX: Introducing the World to VMware NSX
VCM7369-S – Uncovering the Hidden Truth in Log Data With vCenter Log Insight
VAPP4679 – Software-Defined Datacenter Design Panel for Monster VM’s: Taking the Technology to the Limits for High Utilisation, High Performance Workloads
EUC7370-S – The Software-Defined Data Center Meets End User Computer
OPT5194 – Moving Enterprise Application Dev/Test to VMware’s Internal Private Cloud- Operations Transformation
SEC5893 – Changing the Economics of Firewall Services in the Software-Defined Center – VMware NSX Distributed Firewall


click here to view the sessions.



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