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VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5

This morning during the VMworld EU keynote the next iteration of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) was announced and it is packed with new features as well as a number of exciting changes. I will touch on some of them from a high level below:

vSphere 6.7 Update 1 based Bill of Materials

VCF is now based on and compatible with the latest version of vSphere 6.7 update 1 as well as the latest version of the vRealize suite. The bill of materials and versions are:

vSphere 6.7 Update 1

vSAN 6.7 Update 1

vSAN Content Pack 2.0 (for log Insight)

NSX for vSphere 6.4.3

NSX-T 2.3 (WHAT!!!?? More below on this)

SDDC Manager 3.5 (Includes Integrated VIA)

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 2.0

vRealize Automation 7.5

vRealize Operations 7.0 (and management packs)

vRealize Log Insight 4.7 (and contents packs)

NSX-T Workload Domain

  • NSX-T Data Center is the premium networking and security platform, supporting developer cloud use cases such as:
    Single or multi-tenant IaaS (Infrastructure as- Service) and with NSX-T 2.3 expanding support to New App Frameworks (Containers)
    Public Cloud and some Security Use cases

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NFS Workload Domain

Ability to create workload domains using only NFS storage
Benefits:

  • Automated deployment of NFS based workloads
  • Flexibility to consume existing storage

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Composable Infrastructure Support

What is Composable Infrastructure?

Converged:

  • Preconfigured package of software and hardware in a single unit
  • Enables simplified procurement and easier operation
  • Designed for a specific application or workload
  • Management of those discrete resources often remains siloed

Hyperconverged:

  • Adds deeper levels of abstraction and greater levels of automation for easy-to consume infrastructure capacity
  • Software-defined elements are implemented virtually, with integration into the hypervisor environment.
  • Scaling is done by deploying additional nodes

Composable:

  • Fluid pools of compute, storage and network
  • Simplified platform management
  • Resources can be provisioned & reconfigured on demand
  • Reduce under-utilization and over-provisioning while creating a more agile data center

Brand new composability service developed against Redfish framework

HPE Synergy is the first certified partner.

 

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Next Generation Use Cases for Cloud Foundation

 

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Resources

Product Page vmware.com/go/cloudfoundation
Documentation vmware.com/go/cloudfoundation-docs
Poster (like the one shown below) vmware.com/go/cloudfoundation-poster
Blog blogs.vmware.com/cloud-foundation
HOL labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/3787
Community vmware.com/go/cloudfoundation-community
FAQ vmware.com/go/cloudfoundation-faq
Twitter @VMWvCF
YouTube youtube.com/c/VMwareCloudFoundation

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Attending VMworld?

If you want to learn more and you are attending VMworld EU then there a large number of sessions and Hands On Labs:

Wednesday Keynote HCI3728KE – Innovating Beyond HCI: How VMware is Driving the Next Data Center Revolution. Presented by Yanbing Li, John Gilmartin and Duncan Epping

Tuesday 6th November:

11:00 AM -12:00 PM PRV1101BE VxRack SDDC Technical Deep Dive
2:00PM – 3:00PM PRV1766BE Workload Automation in your VMware Cloud Foundation Based Private Cloud
2:00PM – 3:00 PM PRV1933BER VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Deep Dive
3:30PM -4:30 PM PRV2121BE Composable Infrastructure Innovations: Cloud Foundation and HPE Synergy
5:00PM – 6:00PM PRV1765BE Advanced Operations for your VMware Cloud Foundation Based Private Cloud

Wednesday 7th November:

11:00 AM -12:00 PM PRV1101BE VxRack SDDC Technical Deep Dive
2:00PM – 3:00PM PRV1766BE Workload Automation in your VMware Cloud Foundation Based Private Cloud
2:00PM – 3:00 PM PRV1933BER VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Deep Dive
3:30PM -4:30 PM PRV2121BE Composable Infrastructure Innovations: Cloud Foundation and HPE Synergy
5:00PM – 6:00PM PRV1765BE Advanced Operations for your VMware Cloud Foundation Based Private Cloud

Thursday 8th November:

9:00AM – 10:00AM PRV1459BE Strategies for Workload Mobility with VMware Cloud Foundation
10:30AM – 11:30AM PRV1429BE VMware Cloud Foundation Simplifies Disaster Protection
12:00PM – 1:00PM PRV1463BE Building the Ultimate Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud Foundation
3:00PM – 4:00PM PRV1669BE VMware Cloud Foundation Real-World Success with Professional Services
3:00PM – 4:00PM PRV1933BER VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Deep Dive

Hands On Labs:

HOL-1946-01-SLN Modernize Infrastructure – Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation 3.0
SPL-1944-01-SLN_E Modernize Infrastructure – Getting started with VCF 3.0 (iSIM based)

Meet the Experts:

 

MONDAY, NOV 5
2:15 – 3:00 Table 5 PRV-5040 VMware SDDC architecture with expert Tom Harrington
3:15 – 4:00 Table 5 PRV-5036 Building a hybrid cloud with expert Heath Johnson
TUESDAY, NOV 6
1:15 – 2:00 Table 3 PRV-5037 NSX-T and PKS in VCF and VVD with expert Ryan Johnson
4:15 – 5:00 Table 5 PRV-5036 Building a hybrid cloud with expert Heath Johnson
4:15 – 5:00 Table 8 PRV-5039 VMware Cloud Foundation with expert Josh Townsend

 

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV 7
1:15 – 2:00 Table 3 PRV-5037 NSX-T and PKS in VCF and VVD with expert Ryan Johnson
5:15 – 6:00 Table 3 PRV-5040 VMware SDDC architecture with expert Tom Harrington
THURSDAY, NOV 8
9:15 – 10:00 Table 9 PRV-5037 NSX-T and PKS in VCF and VVD with expert Ryan Johnson
10:15 – 11:00 Table 8 PRV-5039 VMware Cloud Foundation with expert Josh Townsend
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VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC)

The most exciting announcement from VMworld US in my opinion has to be VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) brings VMware’s enterprise class Software-Defined Data Center software to the AWS Cloud Infrastructure, and enables customers to run production applications across vSphere-based private, public and hybrid cloud environments. Delivered, sold and supported by VMware as an on-demand service, customers can immediately capture the benefits of cloud, without going through the painful and costly migration process so often associated with hybrid cloud models. With AWS’s breadth of cloud services (e.g. storage, databases, analytics, etc.) readily accessible to applications running within VMC, customers get the best of both worlds, an environment perfectly suited for running existing VMware based applications, as well as an environment flexible enough to grow and support new cloud-native based applications. Furthermore, as more SDDC components are adopted, the value derived by customers becomes exponential. VMC itself becomes a catalyst for the adoption of NSX, VSAN, SRM, and the vRealize Suite.

I have already blogged about some of the announcements due around NSX and VMC integration and VMware Cloud Services and their ability to provide a way of homogenising the cloud and providing a mechanism for you to consume all the cloud providers and one of these being  VMC.

Importance of VMware Cloud on AWS

Jointly engineered solution delivers the best of VMware and AWS for customers

  • VMware
    • Leading compute,storage and network virtualisation capabilities
    • Support for broad range of workloads
    • De-facto standard for the enterprise DC
  • AWS
    • Flexible consumption economics
    • Broadest set of cloud services
    • Global scale and reach

The Solution: VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware SSDC stack running on AWS
    • Compute (vSphere) , Storage (VSAN) and networking (NSX)
    • Direct access to vCenter, including full API/CLI support
    • Delivered as-a-service (VMware lifecycle fully managed)
  • Consistent operational model enables Hybrid Cloud
    • Full support for existing and new applications
    • Existing management tooling layers on top
    • Hybrid and Cloud-only deployment options
  • Leverage cloud economics, aligning capacity and demand
    • Single bill for VMware software +AWS infrastructure
    • Possible discounts for those with large existing VMware licence counts
    • Consume elastically scalable SDDC clusters
    • On-demand or subscription
    • Leverage global AWS footprint

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I personally am planning to attend quite a substantial amount of the VMware Cloud on AWS sessions and Hands On Labs and will be blogging about the portions of this so instead of having amassive blog posting here I will be doing multiple, the sessions i am attending at VMworld US are:

  • VMware Cloud on AWS: Storage Deep Dive:
    28 Aug, 13:00 – 14:00
    Oceanside B, Level 2
  • VMware Cloud on AWS Hybrid Cloud Architectural Deep Dive: Networking and Storage Best Practices:
    28 Aug, 17:30 – 18:30
    Lagoon H, Level 2
  • VMware Cloud on AWS: An Architectural and Operational Deep Dive:
    29 Aug, 12:30 – 13:30
    Oceanside C, Level 2
  • AWS Native Services Integration with VMware Cloud on AWS: Technical Deep Dive:
    29 Aug, 14:00 – 15:00
    Mandalay Bay Ballroom E, Level 2
  • Using VMware NSX for Enhanced Networking and Security for AWS Native Workloads: Part 2:
    29 Aug, 17:00 – 18:00
    Oceanside G, Level 2
  • Work Load Mobility & Resiliency for the New VMware Cloud on AWS :
    30 Aug, 08:00 – 09:00
    Islander H, Lower Level
  • Using vRealize with VMware Cloud on AWS:
    30 Aug, 09:30 – 10:30
    Oceanside C, Level 2
  • VMware Cloud on AWS Ready: Preparing Your Environment for the Best VMware Cloud on AWS Experience!:
    30 Aug, 11:00 – 12:00
    Reef E, Level 2
  • VMware NSXaaS – Secure Native Workloads in AWS Workshop:
    30 Aug, 15:00 – 16:30
    South Pacific Ballroom, Lower Level, HOL 3
  • NSX and VMware Cloud on AWS: Deep Dive:
    31 Aug, 10:30 – 11:30
    Breakers E, Level 2
  • VMware Cloud on AWS – Getting Started Workshop:
    31 Aug, 12:00 – 13:30
    South Pacific Ballroom, Lower Level, HOL 6

I’m really looking forward to learning more about the technologies and as promised i will be blogging about it fairly substantially over the coming week and months.

Gregg