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  • How to Upgrade to vRealize Operations Manager 8.3
    Introduction Recently I installed vRealize Operations Manager 8.2 in my home lab environment. Less than a week later 8.3 was released – of course it was! The new version has some extra features like 20-second peak metrics and VMware Cloud on AWS objects, but what I’m interested to look at is the new Cloud Management Assessment (CMA). The vSphere Optimisation Assessment (VOA) has been around for a while to show the value of vRealize Operations (vROps) and optimise vSphere environments. […]
  • Disaster Recovery Strategy – The Backup Bible Review
    The following post reviews The Backup Bible, a 204 page ebook written by Eric Siron and published by Altaro Software. I’ve decided to break this down into a short discussion around each section, 3 in total, to help with the flow of the text. The Backup Bible can be downloaded for free here. Initial thoughts on downloading the ebook and flicking through; clearly a lot of research and work has gone into this based on content applicable to both the […]
  • How to Install vSphere 7.0 – vRealize Operations Manager 8.2
    Introduction In this post we take a look at a vRealize Operations (vROps) deployment for vSphere 7; building on the installation of vCenter 7.0 U1 and vSAN 7.0 U1. Shortly after installing vROps 8.2, vRealize Operations 8.3 was released. The install process is similar, you can read what’s new here¬†and see the upgrade process here. vRealize Operations is an IT operations management tool for monitoring full-stack physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure, along with virtual machine, container, operating system, and application […]
  • How to Install vSphere 7.0 – vSAN 7.0
    Introduction This second post in a new lab series provides a walkthrough for installing the latest iteration of vSAN 7. At the time of writing the latest version of vSAN is vSAN 7.0 Update 1. To read about what’s new see vSphere 7 and vSAN 7 Headline New Features. VMware vSAN is a software-defined storage solution baked directly into the vSphere hypervisor. vSAN enables aggregation of local or directly-attached devices and pools them together across hosts in a vSphere cluster […]
  • How to Install vSphere 7.0 – vCenter Server Appliance
    Introduction This opening post in a new lab series provides a walkthrough for installing the latest iteration of vSphere 7.0; bringing cloud-native workloads to the data centre with embedded Kubernetes and Tanzu. vSphere 7.0 was initially released in June 2020, and followed up with vSphere 7.0 Update 1 in October 2020. The current version at the time of writing is vSphere 7.0 Update 1c. You can track the latest releases and build numbers in this KB article. ESXi is the […]
  • What is Oracle Cloud VMware Solution?
    Introduction Oracle Cloud VMware Solution (OCVS) provides high performance dedicated hardware using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), running the full VMware software stack. Announced August 2020, Existing VMware and Oracle customers can now take advantage of: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model with VMware overlay – abstracting functionality into the software for the customer to control, whilst consuming the underlying infrastructure as a service. This removes the overhead of traditional data centre maintenance tasks such as hardware and firmware patching, or failure remediation. Cloud […]
  • Relocating UK Public Sector to the Cloud
    Introduction A recent guidance paper published by The Commission for Smart Government urges the UK Government to take action towards transforming public services into intrinsically digital services. The Commission advises the government to move all services to the cloud by 2023. It is clear from the paper that strong leadership and digital understanding amongst decision makers is incredibly important. This is something I noted when writing this post on defining a cloud strategy for public sector organisations. The cloud strategy […]
  • Helping UK Public Sector Organisations Define Cloud Strategy
    Introduction Cloud computing services have grown exponentially in recent years. In many cases they are the driving force behind industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, enabling Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), or the Internet of Things (IoT) powering smart homes and smart cities. High speed networks are enabling secure data sharing over the Internet, resulting in a shift from compute processing in ones own server rooms or data centres to a central processing plant. Here technology can […]
  • The Evolution of vSphere: Project Pacific Graduates and Project Monterey is Launched
    Project Pacific Introduction Earlier this year VMware announced the next generation of vSphere; vSphere 7.0 with Kubernetes; an end product released directly from the Project Pacific vision. To transform vSphere into a platform for modern applications it was rearchitected from the ground up. Initially the Kubernetes functionality was only available through VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4.0, since it relied on using NSX-T and vSAN as the network and storage providers. Modern applications span Virtual Machines and containers, stateful and stateless […]
  • Migrate to Microsoft Azure with Azure VMware Solution
    Introduction Azure VMware Solution (AVS) is a private cloud VMware-as-a-service solution, allowing customers to retain VMware related investments, tools, and skills, whilst taking advantage of the scale and performance of Microsoft Azure. Microsoft announced the latest evolution of Azure VMware Solution in May 2020, with the major news that AVS is now a Microsoft first party solution, endorsed and cloud verified by VMware. Microsoft are a VMware strategic technology partner, and will build and run the VMware Software Defined Data […]
  • Google Cloud VMware Engine Explained
    Introduction Google Cloud VMware Engine (GCVE) is a fully managed VMware-as-a-Service solution provided and managed by Google, or a third-party VMware Cloud Provider, that can be deployed in under 2 hours. VMware Engine runs VMware Cloud Foundation on dedicated Google Cloud bare metal servers, with native cloud integrations including Google’s innovative big data and machine-learning services. The VMware Cloud Foundation stack is made up of VMware vSphere, vCenter, NSX-T, and vSAN. The platform is VMware Cloud Verified and includes Hybrid […]
  • AWS FSx File Server Storage for VMware Cloud on AWS
    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is an excellent example of quick and easy native AWS service integration with VMware Cloud on AWS. Hosting a Windows file share is a common setup in on-premises data centres, it might be across Windows Servers or dedicated file-based storage presenting Server Message Block (SMB) / Common Internet File System (CIFS) shares over the network. When migrating Virtual Machines to VMware Cloud on AWS, an alternative solution may be needed if the data is […]
  • How to Deploy VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure
    Introduction VMware Horizon Cloud is a cloud-native virtual desktop platform that transforms an organisation’s digital workspace experience. Virtual desktops and applications can be accessed by end-users securely from any device, anywhere, with a cost-effective subscription-based model. Infrastructure administrators can deploy highly available and distributed environments consuming capacity from Microsoft Azure, VMware Cloud on AWS, or on-premises infrastructure. VMware Horizon Cloud can also be deployed to IBM Cloud. You can read more about the Horizon Cloud service offerings in the VMware […]
  • Alexa, Add 2 Hosts to my SDDC
    Recently I was doing labs for the AWS Developer Associate exam when it occurred to me that some time ago, I read a VMware blog about using Amazon Alexa to invoke VMware Cloud Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The post was Amazon Alexa and VMware Cloud on AWS by Gilles Chekroun, and I decided to give it a go.¬†First up, credit to Gilles for all the code, and the process outlined below. The Alexa Developer Console has improved over the last […]
  • Building AWS Environments for VMware Cloud Customers
    This post will walk through the example design below; building out the Amazon Web Services (AWS) framework enabling VMware Cloud on AWS customers to start using AWS at scale, alongside VMware workloads. The key focus will be around the control of multiple accounts, using AWS Organizations and Service Control Policies, and cross-account connectivity, with Transit Gateway and the role of the VMware Cloud-connected Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). To enlarge the image right click and select open image in new tab. […]
  • vSphere 7 with Kubernetes and Tanzu on VMware Cloud Foundation
    vSphere 7 Cloud Infrastructure for Modern Applications Part 1 vSphere 7 Cloud Infrastructure for Modern Applications Part 2: VMware Cloud Foundation 4 VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4 delivers vSphere with Kubernetes at cloud scale, bringing together developers and IT operations by providing a full-stack Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) for Virtual Machines (VMs) and containers. By utilising software-defined infrastructure for compute, storage, network, and management IT operations can provide agility, flexibility, and security for modern applications. The automated provisioning and maintenance of […]