Here are the new VMware Validated Designs. Please take a look.
Here are the new VMware Visio stencils. Please take a look.
- The files have been moved from the VMTN forums to GitHub and are accessible here
- To download the VMware Viso files, click the Code button, followed by Download Zip
It has been a very busy year and, sadly, I didn’t had lot of time to write here. But with VMworld 2021 recently finished, lot of new things have appeared and I will talk about the key announcements.
Project Artic, currently on a Tech Preview, has the main goal to bring hybrid cloud to customers existing vSphere deployment model. It integrates cloud connectivity right into vSphere and establishes hybrid cloud as the default operating model for all customers infrastructures. They will be able to leverage unlimited cloud capacity on demand and access VMware cloud services through vCenter.
Projects Cascade aims to provide a unified interface for on-demand infrastructure and containers across VMware Cloud platforms from a single API or GUI. It will address the needs of developers and DevOps in a multi-cloud world and will enable a true open multi-cloud with an industry standard programmatic interface that is powered by Kubernetes.
Project Capitola is an exciting step in the evolution of vSphere to meet the growing memory needs of the next generation of applications. It is a software-defined memory implementation that will aggregate tiers of different memory types such as DRAM, PMEM, NVMe and other future technologies in a cost-effective manner, to deliver a uniform consumption model that is transparent to applications. With the growing need to process and consume massive amounts of data, the memory subsystem of the data center continues to be a bottleneck, impacting performance.
Another new project, another Tech Preview. Project Ensemble will simplify and accelerate your journey to multi-cloud by uniting the different personas in an application-centric collaborative user interface. Project Ensemble will unify and strengthen our best-in-class multi-cloud management capabilities and support a cloud operating model for customers at any stage of their cloud transformation.
A cloud operating model combines people, process and technology and provides an operational framework for key decisions on where your applications need to live, how to help them perform and be more secure, and how to optimize the efficiency of these environments and your overall cloud budget. This model allows for more easily adopting new clouds and managing existing clouds with the same staff, tools, and governance policies. vRealize Cloud Management supports the cloud operating model and support private, public, multi-, hybrid and edge clouds in any combination.
Project Ensemble takes an app-centric view of your clouds, but also focuses on how different personas, such as cloud providers and cloud consumers, in your organization interact with those applications. This will be driven by a user experience customized by learning users’ needs made possible with machine learning.
VMware Sovereign Cloud Iniciative
As organizations become increasingly global and interconnected, issues surrounding data privacy have become more complex.
A company may be based in France, but it may leverage the tools of U.S.-based companies like Google or Amazon to store and transmit sensitive data. If that France-based company stores customer information on a server that happens to be based in the U.S., where does that data really reside, who owns it, and what regulations should it be subject to?
Many countries and regions are taking a firm stance to create guidelines around those questions in order to protect private data. With regulations like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) setting the bar for data privacy protection, it’s more important than ever for companies to proactively safeguard their sensitive customer and employee data, everywhere it’s stored and shared.
VMware’s Sovereign Cloud initiative is a global collection of cloud provider partners who are addressing the ESG values in many ways, but particularly the “G” for Governance with their approach to sovereignty.
Sovereign cloud providers are committed to ensuring data privacy and compliance, helping customers get the benefits of cloud whilst also meeting the rapidly growing and changing data privacy laws. These national or regional regulations and laws govern everything from where data resides geographically to cross-border data flow. Moreover, organizations need to protect data in the cloud against evolving cyberattacks. Sovereign cloud providers ensure that data sovereignty, data residency, data access, jurisdiction, control, and much more are met with the assurance that customer’s most sensitive data is managed securely. VMware Sovereign Cloud partners deliver Cloud Verified services and utilize architecture built on VMware Validated Designs (VVD) for Cloud Providers, this means they can design, architect and secure compliant clouds faster and efficiently.
For my first post of 2021, I decided to talk about a very interesting fling, called Horizon Session Recording.
This fling allows administrators of a VMware Horizon environment to record their users activity in their Blast Extreme virtual desktop and application sessions. Recordings are uploaded from the agent devices to the central web service, for central storage and ease of viewing.
The Session Recordings are stored as MP4 files for watching via the web console or downloading to play in a local player.
VMware has release last month a new document containing a lot of vSAN best practices. This document provides concise, practical guidance in the day-to-day operations of vSAN-powered clusters. It offers general guidance and recommendations applicable to a large majority of environments. But it must be clear that some requirements are unique to a specific environment, so that may dictate slightly different operational practices.
It includes configurations on the following topics:
- Storage Devices
- vSAN Datastore
- Storage Policy Operations
- Host and EMM Operations
- Guest VM Operations
- Data Services
- Stretched Clusters
- vCenter Maintenance and Event Handling
- Upgrade Operations
- vSAN Capacity Management
- Monitoring vSAN Health
- Monitoring vSAN Performance
Finally, take care that often times, new features in vSAN can impact operational recommendations.
Take a look at the document: vSAN Operations Guidance
VMware has released vCenter 6.7 U3b and ESXi 6.7 U3b.
vCenter update includes a lot of security fixes, some of them critical, including upgrades of Linux tools to newer versions. The issue of upgrading vCenter when vCenter Server High Availability is enabled is also resolved.
You can check vCenter 6.7 U3b Release notes on the following link: vCenter Server 6.7 U3b Release Notes
ESXi update includes also a lot of resolved issues, including one where ESXi hosts might fail with a purple diagnostic screen during power off or deletion of multiple virtual machines on a vSphere Virtual Volumes datastore.
You can check ESXi 6.7 U3b Release notes on the following link: ESXi 6.7 U3b Release Notes
Yesterday was announced at AWS re:Invent 2019 the Beta program of VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts, for a limited number of customers located in the United States.
What is VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts?
This new solution is a fully VMware-managed offer with the goals of providing a simple, more secure and scalable infrastructure for an on-premises data center. It will integrate all VMware SDDC solutions (vSphere, vSAN, NSX and vCenter) and will run on next-generation, dedicated, elastic Amazon EC2 bare-metal Outposts infrastructure, delivered on-premises with optimized access to local and regional AWS services.
Which are the Use Cases?
– Local Cloud;
– Data Center Modernization;
– Flexible Capacity.
Why should we consider that solution?
How to deal with that?
At the end, regarding all that new solutions focused on edge computing and on-premises solutions, but totally managed by VMware, the question that remains is how can integrator partners can deal with that? Which space remains for them?
Maybe we will understand that better on a near future…
So this is the first post of my new blog, a blog dedicated to VMware products and technology, where I will talk about new product releases, use cases deployed, tests done on lab environment, events, everything related to VMware’s world.
My name is Hugo Silva, I’m a technology and, more precisely, VMware evangelist. I have already tested and deployed a bunch of VMware products, but today I’m focused essentially on vSAN and Cloud Management and Automation products, a.k.a CMA.
2019 was my first year as a VMware vExpert, and I’m certified with VCAP on DCV and DTM, VCP on DCV, NV, CMA and DTM.
I hope that you can find useful information on that blog and that can help you. Please ask everything you need, I will try to answer ASAP.