Do You vRealize What’s in a vName?

VMworld is upon us, a joyous time of year of new product announcements, new features, networking with friends, indulging in delicious cuisine and of course… product re-branding.

The biggest area of re-branding, VMware’s Cloud Management Product portfolio, previously known as the VMware vCloud Operations Management Suite. The new name for this product family, vRealize.

The rationale behind this change is to align better with the capabilities of their CMP. Realize means to bring into existence; accomplish; be fully aware. To “realize assets” is to monetize – tells a business story. It will convey awareness and accomplishment.

So, how does this look on paper?

From To
vCenter Operations Management Suite

  • vCenter Operations Manager
  • vCenter Configuration Manager
  • vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
  • vCenter Hyperic

vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon

vRealize Operations

  • vRealize Operations Manager
  • vRealize Configuration Manager
  • vRealize Infrastructure Navigator
  • vRealize Hyperic

vRealize Operations for Horizon

vCenter Operations Management Pack for XYZ vRealize Operations Management Pack for XYZ
vCloud Automation Center

  • vCloud Application Services

vCloud Automation Center Desktop
vCloud Automation Center Development Kit

vRealize Automation

  • vRealize Application Services

vRealize Automation Desktop
vRealize Automation Development Kit

IT Business Management Suite vRealize Business
IT Benchmarking
IT Benchmarking Starter Kit
vRealize IT Benchmarking
vRealize IT Benchmarking Starter Kit
vCenter Log Insight
vCenter Log Insight Content Pack for XYZ
vRealize Log Insight
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for XYZ
vCenter Orchestrator vRealize Orchestrator

 

The other big name change announcement which I covered last Thursday was that VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will now be known as VMware vCloud Air. The term Air is a brand suffix which could attach to a family (vCloud) or existing product to denote “as-a-Service” delivery.

Another term which would be a brand suffix is OnDemand, this attaches to cloud services that are metered and delivered as a ‘pay-as-you-go’ consumption model. Examples of products that could include this would be VMware vCloud Air OnDemand and VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand.

Other vCloud Air service names would include vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud, vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud and vCloud Air Disaster Recover. Finally, VMware’s strategic network of service provider partners will also adopt the new brand of VMware vCloud Air Network.

A couple other cool names coming out of VMworld are the official product names for Project Marvin, which has been the hype of the summer. We now official see these as VMware EVO: Rail and VMware EVO: Rack.

OpenStack fans, take a look at VMware Integrated OpenStack, which I believe (as of this writing) would be how VMware integrates into OpenStack via Neutron (NSX) and Nova (ESXi) – as well as through vRealize Automation.

VMware View went through a naming change a while back when the entire portfolio suite became VMware Horizon. But look for brand suffixes to come to Horizon like VMware Horizon Air Desktop and VMware Horizon Air Apps which would both be Horizon offerings made available through vCloud Air. We may even see others like vRealize Operations Air and vRealize Automation Air coming as well.

All in all, I like the change to vCloud Air (from vCHS) as in my opinion offers much more opportunity than just being a Hybrid Service.  vRealize will take some time getting accustomed with, but the reasoning behind it makes sense.


Created on August 25, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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So Long vCloud Hybrid Service, Hello vCloud Air!

In a stunning turn of events VMware has ditched the vCloud Hybrid Service name for a shorter, simpler, to the point name of vCloud Air.

vCloud Air will be everything that vCloud Hybrid Service was, it’ll just be less words to type. However, the term “Air” will also become a brand suffix for many other VMware product offerings.

The term Air is a brand suffix which could attach to a family (vCloud) or existing product to denote “as-a-Service” delivery.

Another term which would be a brand suffix is OnDemand, this attaches to cloud services that are metered and delivered as a ‘pay-as-you-go’ consumption model. Examples of products that could include this would be VMware vCloud Air OnDemand and VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand.

Other vCloud Air service names would include vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud, vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud and vCloud Air Disaster Recover.

We may even see other offerings denote Air, how does vCloud Automation Center Air or vCenter Operations Manager Air sound?

Finally, VMware’s strategic network of service provider partners, previously known as VMware Service Provider Partner (VSPP) will adopt the new brand of VMware vCloud Air Network.

So, it looks like the VMworld announcements are starting to roll in… what else do you think we’ll see over the coming week?


Created on August 21, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security Product Update

In case you may have missed it, VMware made a couple big announcements today around vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS).

VMware is committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience and—in response to feedback from you, our customers—we are 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, this month we’re announcing the End of Availability of the stand-alone editions of VMware vCloud® Director® and VMware vCloud® Networking and Security. This communication provides important information for you as a license holder of vCloud Director, vCloud Networking and Security, and/or VMware vShield.

End of Availability: VMware vCloud Director Stand-alone
VMware vCloud Director orchestrates the provisioning of software-defined data center services as complete virtual data centers that are ready for consumption in a matter of minutes. Virtual data centers provide virtualized compute, networking, storage, and security. Effective as of the general availability of vCloud Director 5.5 and the vCloud Suite® 5.5, VMware is making the following 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 will retire the stand-alone SKUs for vCloud Director.
  • Existing customers can maintain their vCloud Director through either the entitlement program or while converting to vCloud Suite with the Fair Value Conversion Program.

Please take note that the last day to order vCloud Director Stand-alone is September 19, 2013.

Extended Support for vCloud Director 5.5
Generally, as per 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.

For more information:
–    Read our Customer Announcement
–    Visit the VMware vCloud Suite page

End of Availability: VMware vCloud Networking and Security Stand-alone
VMware vCloud Networking and Security provides essential networking and security capabilities for the software-defined data center. Accordingly, VMware is making the following packaging changes to also make this technology more easily accessible:

  • vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 will be combined into a single edition. All features of vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Standard and Advanced Editions have been integrated into one feature set.
  • vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 will be available only as part of vCloud Suite 5.5.
  • VMware will retire the stand-alone SKUs for vCloud Networking and Security.
  • Existing customers can maintain their vCloud Networking and Security investment through either the entitlement program or while converting to vCloud Suite with the Fair Value Conversion Program.

Please take note that the last day to order vCloud Networking and Security Stand-alone is
September 30, 2013.

Extended Support for vCloud Networking and Security 5.5
Generally, as per 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 Networking and Security 5.5 with support available for 3 years from general availability. Customers will be able to get telephone and Internet support for vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 until their current contract expires or until Q3, 2016, whichever is earlier.

The End of Support date for vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 remains as September 10, 2014.

For more information:
–    Review the FAQs
–    Read our Customer Announcement
–    Visit the VMware vCloud Suite page

If you have any questions about these announcements, please contact your sales representative or www.vmware.com/support.


Created on September 4, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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Accelerate Your Journey to Your Cloud with Application Modernization

Please join meon Thursday, August 16th at 8:00am PT as I talk about the Journey to full IT as a Service (ITaaS).Most people think that ITaaS stops at Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), the reality of this is that simply providing a end-user portal for rapid provisioning really doesn’t help us solve the problems of legacy applications and frameworks.Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is not the end of the Journey to Your Cloud. Although IT Automation and Orchestration is critical to a successful ITaaS deployment, you need to modernize applications to make your business truly cloud ready. Application mobility is essential for business agility, simply virtualizing your J2EE stack or legacy applications isn’t enough. Join me to learn to modernize your applications for mobility and for the influx of Big Data.

Register Today!

Be sure to check out the other great EMC Webcasts we have going on in August! Great topics around End User Computing, Scale Out NAS and our VNXe product line!


It’s not often I do a webcast.
But when I do,
I make sure the content rocks!

Created on August 3, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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vmware 2011 Mega Launch

It is 9am Pacific Time on Tuesday, July 12th 2011 and I sure hope you’re tuned into the vmware Mega Launch so greatly titled “Raising the Bar, Part V”. If you’re not watching the live broadcast, stop right here and tune into it by clicking this link, then come back and read this post.

Spoiler alert… reading beyond this point talks about amazing updates and new features from vmware!

Read More…


Created on July 12, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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vSphere Doesn’t Like OVF with SCSI ID of X:15

In a very random situation that most customers probably wouldn’t even encounter, we’ve came across a bug while importing an OVF that has a VMDK with a SCSI Address of X:15 (ie: SCSI 0:15, SCSI 1:15, etc). It appears that vSphere doesn’t take kindly to virtual machines being imported that have virtual disks addressed as X:15 and will issue the fatal error “Unsupported value ’15’ for element ‘addressOnParent’. I’ve tested this with different SCSI Adapters thinking it was perhaps tied to LSI Parallel, this was not the case as it failed with all other adapters.

This issue actually came up initially while attempting to import an OVF into a Catalog within vCloud Director. A similar error appears stating “The following error was encountered while processing the OVF file you provided: Unsupported value ’15’ for element ‘addressOnParent’.”

You can see the offending line within the actual OVF file shown below, this is tied back to the actual VMDK and what SCSI Bus it resides on, as shown in the picture below the OVF file.

I’ve raised the question to VMware Engineering and will hopefully be able to post their response to this issue shortly.


Created on June 14, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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VMware vCloud Director 1.0.1 Released

VMware has released their first update to their vCloud Director product, the main focus of this update was to include support for the newly released vSphere 4.1 U1 update. There are a few other enhancements as well as some bug fixes. The other enhancements include Internationalization (I18N) Level 1 Support as well as support for IP Translation for Organization Networks.

For those of you that do not know what vCloud Director is, it provides the interface, automation, and management required by enterprises and service providers to build private and public clouds. vCloud Director supports multi tenancy/organizational isolation, allows for the creation of central application catalogs and personalization of templates, enables creation and deployment of vApps from catalogs/templates, controls user resource usage through roles/rights, quotas and leases, enables programmatic control through the RESTful vCloud API and provides an additional level of abstraction from underlying hardware

Internationalization (I18N) Level 1 Support

vCloud Director 1.0.1 complies with I18N Level 1. Although vCloud Director is not localized, it can run on non-English operating systems and handle non-English text. See I18N Issues in the product release notes for known issues.

IP Translation for Organization Networks

vCloud Director 1.0.1 allows you to add IP translation rules for organization networks. When you create an IP translation rule for a network, vCloud Director adds a DNAT and SNAT rule to the vShield Edge associated with the network’s port group. The DNAT rule translates an external IP address to an internal IP address for inbound traffic. The SNAT rule translates an internal IP address to an external IP address for outbound traffic. If the network is also using IP masquerade, the SNAT rule takes precedence.

All of the information available from this release, including known issues, resolved issues and upgrade instructions can be found within the release notes.

For some further reading pleasure you can read my post on vCloud Connector which enables customers of Public Cloud providers running vCloud Director to effectively manage their Hybrid Cloud environment from right inside of the vSphere Client.


Created on February 11, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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The Cloud…now closer than ever!

Today VMware announced the intent to release vCloud Connector before the end of Q1 as a free download to it’s vSphere customers. So what is vCloud Connector you ask? Well, it is a huge leap forward in making the Hybrid Cloud concept a reality. vCloud Connector is a plug-in that you install into your vSphere Client, it will allow you to easily move your virtual machines from your local/trusted/secure datacenter (Private Cloud) to the dynamic/scalable/on-demand Public Cloud while never leaving the vSphere Client, in fact you can still manage those virtual machines that moved over!

VMware vCloud Datacenter Services are available now through US-based BlueLock, pan-European service provider Colt, and via beta from global service provider Verizon. VMware vCloud Datacenter partners Terremark (soon to be Verizon) and SingTel offer cloud services based on VMware technology today and are developing vCloud Datacenter services as well.

So there you have it people, The Cloud is now going to be closer than ever! Now with that said, wouldn’t you want to run your Private Cloud on the same architecture that the Public Cloud providers are using? Many companies are looking at Vblock powered solutions for their own Private Clouds because they know that a lot of the Public Cloud offerings being brought on-line are also running on Vblock technology. Learn more about it here.

To the cloud! (haha sorry, just had to do it…those new Microsoft ads just make me laugh because of how confused their making consumers – just like this guys wife in the commercial)


Created on February 8, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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StratoGen looking for Beta Users for their vCloud Hosting service

I received an e-mail asking for a quick blast, StratoGen is a hosting provider based in the UK and they’re building out a new hosting service based on VMware Cloud Director (vCD). They’re looking for some Beta users for this new offering and would like your help….

StratoGen are seeking experienced VMware users to join the StratoGen vCloud Beta Program which is based on VMware vCloud Director. 

Beta testing is a crucial element in the cycle of our product releases, and we work closely with the VMware community to ensure our products are the best they can be. vCloud Director is a powerful but complex product and as such we are seeking experienced users to provide informed feedback on our product offering. 

By participating in the program you will be provided with resources on our enterprise platform enabling you to build, deploy and manage virtual machines, vApps and networks using the StratoGen vCloud Director portal. You will be contacted on a periodic basis for feedback.

StratoGen is a leading VMware Service Provider Partner (VSPP) with an extensive cloud hosting platform based in London, UK.

If you would like to take part in the program please register at http://www.stratogen.net/products/vmware-hosting-vcloud.html


Created on November 11, 2010 by Rick Scherer

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