Eye on VMware – April 2018

In this issue:

  • SysAdmins, look beyond C# vSphere Client and upgrade your vSphere
  • VeloCloud gaining momentum, Upcoming Partner Webinars
  • VMware HCX Overview
  • VMware Cloud on AWS, are you onboard?
  • Emerging Technology, IoT – 5 Keys to Successful Industrial IoT Initiatives Webinar, 04/11

SysAdmins, look beyond C# vSphere Client and upgrade your vSphere
Guest post from Michael Moore, VMware Partner Solution Architect:

Partner Solution Architects get the best of both worlds.  We spend time with our partners, helping them to build their practices, and we also spend time with customers, helping the Partner to make the sale.  One of the things I hear quite often is how many SysAdmins want to go back to the VMware vCenter C# Client.  The C# client was, and still is, very powerful.  In my previous life as a SysAdmin, when the Web Client first came out, I used to have both open on my desktop to get my job done in the most expedient and efficient manner.  But as time moves on, and technology gets better/faster/stronger (just like the Six Million Dollar Man) then we as Technology Leaders, must also move on.

The C# client had its days, but the HTML5 Client is the future.  VMware is taking the direction that most, if not all companies, will move most workloads into a cloud of some sort.  Having the ability to manage all of the clouds, infrastructure, and VMware environments in a single interface, is the Holy Grail for SysAdmins.  Imagine vROPS, vRA, vCenter, NSX, VMare Cloud on AWS, vCD, vSAN, etc., all managed from the very same interface.  Less training, less management, less maintenance, and less money spent!

Start learning as much as you can about Cloud technologies and move forward in our career.  As an IT professional, we all realize that technology moves very fast.  If we want to maintain our position, move up the ladder, and continue to be useful to those above us, we’ll need to embrace these newer technologies.  If not, you might be relegated to the past, just like the mainframe computer, the BetaMax, and Fortran.

The Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.5″ eBook
REMINDER: September 19, 2018: vSphere 5.5 and vSAN End of General Support Blog Post

VeloCloud gaining momentum, Upcoming Partner Webinars, 04/25 and 04/26
Brant Scalan, Staff Channel System  Engineer, NSX invites you to a VeloCloud Partner webinar:

The feedback from all of you is that there is significant interest from our partners in NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud.  In response to that, I worked with the Director of Solution Architecture & Deployments for VeloCloud to create these events. There will be two webinars – one in the eastern time zone and the other in the pacific time zone. The event is scheduled for two hours to ensure we have enough time to cover all the content. The webinar will be hosted and moderated by our VeloCloud Solution Architects. PDF invite.

We will be covering:

  • Simplify Branch Networking – Provision branch offices faster with automated zero-touch deployment, simplified configuration, orchestration and on-going monitoring with centralized troubleshooting tools
  • Delivering Branch Agility – Enable multiple links, devices and services to coexist and interoperate with incumbent solutions and make the branch agile.
  • Optimize Application Performance – Optimize application performance over Hybrid or Internet links with direct, secure access to enterprise and cloud applications
  • Competitive differentiation and positioning.

VMware HCX Overview
VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) is a solution I have been tracking for years. I was the Hands on Lab Captain for HCX back when we deployed it to extend to vCloud Air in VMworld 2016. Now the HCX solution can work with OVH, IBM Cloud, other VMware Cloud Providers, VMware Cloud on AWS, and even Enterprise Customers to migrate workloads from site to site. It supports vMotion, Cold Migration, and even Bulk Migration to the remote site.

There are three main components to HCX:

  1. HCX interconnect Service – The interconnect service provides resilient access over the internet and private lines to the target site while providing strong encryption, traffic engineering and extending the datacenter. This service simplifies secure pairing of site and management of HCX components.
  2. WAN Optimization – Improves performance characteristics of the private lines or internet paths by leveraging WAN optimization techniques like data de-duplication and line conditioning. This makes performance closer to a LAN environment.
  3. Network Extension Service – High throughput Network Extension service with integrated Proximity Routing which unlocks seamless mobility and simple disaster recovery plans across sites.

The best part about HCX is the on-prem vSphere version doesn’t have to be the latest and greatest. You can use HCX to migrate VMs from vSphere 5.1 and above to IBM Cloud, VMware Cloud on AWS or your own second site that is running vSphere 6.5. This is a great opportunity to migrate and upgrade your infrastructure all at the same time.

Today, you can purchase HCX as an add-on to VMware Cloud on a AWS to migrate your on-prem workload to VMware Cloud on AWS. HCX would be an alternative for VMware Cloud on AWS customers who may not need Direct Connect for migration of workloads, because it may be too costly. IBM as well as other VMware Cloud Providers also offers HCX as a solution to migrate your workload to their managed hosts in their Clouds. The third and newest option is to use HCX to migrate workloads from your own Enterprise datacenter to a secondary site. This last option is what we referred to as Self-Managed Enterprises. You will need NSX on the target site, because HCX is in fact using L2VPN to stretch the network. VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension Pricing for Self Managed Enterprises is available here.

VMware Cloud on AWS, are you onboard?
With 60 million VMware VMs that are running on our 500,000+ customers’ on-prem environment today, some of our larger customers would like to move some workload to the Cloud. VMware Cloud on AWS provides that gap to those customers that couldn’t achieve that to native AWS or Microsoft Azure. You may ask why haven’t some customers just migrate their workloads to AWS or Azure? As my colleague Ryan Kelly on VMware Cloud on AWS team pointed out AWS was founded in 2006, if it was that easy to move those workloads, why haven’t they done it already? The answer is because it’s NOT very easy. I started my career as an application developer, then a software architect, so I can appreciate what VMware Cloud on AWS is offering to our customers.

A typical Enterprise application will likely have a web server, an application server, a database, lots of web services, perhaps even talk to TIBCO and IBM MQ-Series or CICS in the backend. To forklift those Enterprise applications and re-factor them to work in a native Cloud environment would be extremely difficult and perhaps dare I say impossible. Our customers would have to essentially re-design and re-write the application to achieve the same business use cases. This is where VMware Cloud on AWS comes in. We are essentially extending your Enterprise datacenter into VMware Cloud on AWS. This extension allows you to run workloads in the Cloud without re-designing, rebuilding, re-factoring, re-writing your applications. Once, the application/workload is in VMware Cloud on AWS, if the customer chooses to, they will then be able to take advantage of re-factoring some of their code into AWS services or take advantage of the hundreds of services provided by Amazon in this new environment. This is the big differentiator. This is one of the differentiators for VMware Cloud on AWS. Some of our partners are starting to help our customers with the migration effort using this solution. So, are you onboard?

Emerging Technology, IoT – 5 Keys to Successful Industrial IoT Initiatives Webinar, 04/11
My last side project was finalizing the Hands on Labs Spring Release for Internet of Things (IoT), HOL-1889-01-EMT Internet of Things (IoT): VMware Pulse IoT Center & LIOTA (Little IoT Agent). It will make its premiere at Dell Technology World. VMware Pulse IoT Center enables organizations to easily onboard, manage, monitor and secure diverse IoT edge systems and connected devices through a single unified console. Liota is an open source project offering convenience for IoT solution developers to create edge system data orchestration applications.

REGISTER TODAY! 5 Keys to Successful Industrial IoT Initiatives Webinar. 04/11, 10:00-11:00 AM PDT. In this webinar, VMware Inc., a global leader in enterprise IT, and ADLINK Technology, a global leader in integrated IoT solutions, will discuss the five keys to successful industrial IoT initiatives..

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