Saturday, March 12, 2022

VMware vRealize Automation

What is VMware vRealize Automation?

VMware vRealize Automation is a modern infrastructure automation platform with event-driven state management. It is designated to help organizations control and secure self-service hybrid clouds, multi-cloud automation with governance, and DevOps-based infrastructure delivery. With vRealize Automation, internal IT operations, DevOps engineers, developers, and the lines of business get the environments and resources that they need faster with a public cloud-like user experience, while IT maintains security, compliance, and control. This means that customers benefit from increased scalability, speed, flexibility and reliability as they reduce the complexity of their IT environment, streamline IT processes, and deliver a DevOps-ready automation platform.

vRealize Automation components

VMware Cloud Assembly

VMware Cloud Assembly is a multi-cloud provisioning service. For virtualized data center infrastructure based on VMware Cloud Foundation, it offers the ability to create a private cloud. VMware Cloud Assembly provides a cloud API layer utilized by the templating engine. It also supports extensibility mechanisms for private cloud through VMware vRealize Orchestrator workflows and event-broker subscriptions.

VMware Service Broker

VMware Service Broker aggregates content from multiple resources and platforms, including VMware Cloud Assembly, vRealize Orchestrator, and native public clouds, into a common product catalog. It provides a self-service model with flexible, policy-based guardrails for governance. Enable a federated catalog by leveraging vRealize Automation Cloud™ for on-premises instances.

VMware Code Stream

VMware Code Stream automates the application and infrastructure delivery process with release pipeline management, including visibility and analytics into active pipelines and their status for troubleshooting. It allows DevOps teams to leverage existing tools and processes with out-of-the-box integration.

VMware vRealize Orchestrator

vRealize Orchestrator simplifies and automates complex data center infrastructure tasks, delivering consistent remediation of issues, extensibility and fast service delivery.

VMware vRealize Automation SaltStack Config

SaltStack Config can easily define optimized, compliant software states and enforce them across your entire environment—virtualized, hybrid or public cloud—with powerful, intuitive configuration automation.

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Saturday, February 5, 2022

vSphere 7 Update 3c

Vmware ESXi 7 Update 3 release from the market. This was to protect our customers from some potential failures as they upgrade to ESXi 7 Update 3 and our desire to minimize customer exposure to them. Also, Vmware resolved the issues and re-released ESXi 7 Update 3 to the market as part of vSphere 7 Update 3c.

For information on this release, please visit:

New features

  • vSphere Memory Monitoring and Remediation, and support for snapshots of PMem VMs: vSphere Memory Monitoring and Remediation collects data and provides visibility of performance statistics to help you determine if your application workload is regressed due to Memory Mode. vSphere 7.0 Update 3 also adds support for snapshots of PMem VMs. For more information, see vSphere Memory Monitoring and Remediation.
  • Extended support for disk drives types: Starting with vSphere 7.0 Update 3, vSphere Lifecycle Manager validates the following types of disk drives and storage device configurations:
    • HDD (SAS/SATA)
    • SSD (SAS/SATA)
    • SAS/SATA disk drives behind single-disk RAID-0 logical volumes
  • vSphere Cluster Services (vCLS) enhancements: With vSphere 7.0 Update 3, vSphere admins can configure vCLS virtual machines to run on specific datastores by configuring the vCLS VM datastore preference per cluster. Admins can also define compute policies to specify how the vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) should place vCLS agent virtual machines (vCLS VMs) and other groups of workload VMs.
  • Improved interoperability between vCenter Server and ESXi versions: Starting with vSphere 7.0 Update 3, vCenter Server can manage ESXi hosts from the previous two major releases and any ESXi host from version 7.0 and 7.0 updates. For example, vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3 can manage ESXi hosts of versions 6.5, 6.7 and 7.0, all 7.0 update releases, including later than Update 3, and a mixture of hosts between major and update versions.
  • New VMNIC tag for NVMe-over-RDMA storage traffic: ESXi 7.0 Update 3 adds a new VMNIC tag for NVMe-over-RDMA storage traffic. This VMkernel port setting enables NVMe-over-RDMA traffic to be routed over the tagged interface. You can also use the ESXCLI command esxcli network ip interface tag add -i <interface name> -t NVMeRDMA to enable the NVMeRDMA VMNIC tag.
  • NVMe over TCP support: vSphere 7.0 Update 3 extends the NVMe-oF suite with the NVMe over TCP storage protocol to enable high performance and parallelism of NVMe devices over a wide deployment of TCP/IP networks.
  • Zero downtime, zero data loss for mission critical VMs in case of Machine Check Exception (MCE) hardware failure: With vSphere 7.0 Update 3, mission critical VMs protected by VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance can achieve zero downtime, zero data loss in case of Machine Check Exception (MCE) hardware failure, because VMs fallback to the secondary VM, instead of failing. For more information, see How Fault Tolerance Works.
  • Micro-second level time accuracy for workloads: ESXi 7.0 Update 3 adds the hardware timestamp Precision Time Protocol (PTP) to enable micro-second level time accuracy. For more information, see Use PTP for Time and Date Synchronization of a Host.
  • Improved ESXi host timekeeping configuration:  ESXi 7.0 Update 3 enhances the workflow and user experience for setting an ESXi host timekeeping configuration. For more information, see Editing the Time Configuration Settings of a Host.

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

VMware Hybrid Cloud Solutions

What is VMware Hybrid Cloud?

VMware hybrid cloud delivers a consistent foundation for your digital business.

VMware hybrid cloud is based on VMware Cloud Foundation, which delivers virtualized and software-defined data center (SDDC) technology everywhere you manage workloads. You get a single operating model for all of your applications, based on the most proven and widely deployed cloud infrastructure in the world.

VMware Cloud Foundation provides this consistency, along with a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, security, and cloud
management to run enterprise apps – traditional or containerized – in private or public environments.

Hybrid cloud creates new possibilities for IT organizations, opening the door to costeffective scalability, flexibility and modernization. And with VMware, you can leverage your existing skills, tools, and policies to manage applications and infrastructure across your hybrid environment.

VMware offers a rapidly evolving mix of options to deploy VMware Cloud Foundation it can be installed, is available as hyper converged infrastructure, or can pre-installed on hardware. And it is available as a service from all six hyper scale cloud providers and 4,300 VMware Cloud Provider and partners.

Solutions for Data Center and Edge 

The trend toward simplicity and automation doesn’t just drive public cloud consumption, but also brings powerful cloud-native practices back on premises

VMware Cloud Foundation: 

Delivers software-defined compute, storage, networking,and security services, with operations and lifecycle management and unified support for traditional or containerized applications.

VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail: 

Builds upon native VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation capabilities, with unique features jointly engineered by Dell
EMC and VMware.

VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC:

Delivers VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC hardware, delivered and maintained on-premises at your datacenter and edge
locations as a fully managed service.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure powered by VMware vSAN:

VMware’s market leading HCI solution makes it easy to extend your virtualization investments, and step towards the full stack VMware Cloud Foundation.

Solutions for Public Cloud

VMware has partnered with industry-leading cloud providers that offer services based on VMware Cloud Foundation so you can manage your entire application portfolio across hybrid and native public clouds with consistent infrastructure and operations.

VMware Cloud on AWS:

Jointly engineered to integrate public cloud and on-premises computing so new, modern apps run alongside existing apps, while taking advantage of a wide variety of AWS services.

Azure VMware Solutions:

A fully native VMware-based cloud infrastructure solution on Microsoft Azure, delivered by Microsoft through select VMware Cloud Verified partners including Virtustream (a Dell Technologies company) and CloudSimple.

Google Cloud VMware Solution:

Allows companies to run their VMware workloads in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) managed by CloudSimple. This provides choice and
flexibility to run on-premises, in a hybrid architecture, or in the cloud.

IBM VMware Solution:

Combines IBM’s vast resources (including security, network and Watson-enabled services), with VMware’s flexible technology to seamlessly
optimize, protect and mobilize your IT infrastructure.

VMware Cloud Provider Partners:

Choose a VMware Cloud Provider that offers VMware Validated Services, compatible with any VMware Cloud Foundation.

I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

VMware vRealize Automation

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