Category: VMware

Network Insight at VMworld: Enabling the Future of Cloud Networking and Security Operations

Every year at VMworld, we present our vision for the IT. This VMworld was no different. It just got bigger and better. With the Virtual Cloud Network launch, we laid down our vision for networking and security in a multi-cloud application-centric world. We are living in an increasingly hyper-connected environment. Applications are expanding beyond the

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What’s New in vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1

Today I’m happy to announce vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is now generally available. This release includes a single vSphere Client to manage them all. I’m referring to the HTML5 based vSphere Client, now fully featured. Also, included in this release are the necessary tools for convergence and repointing. An external Platform Services Controller (PSC) for

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Upgrade to Self-Driving Operations at up to 65% off!

For current users of vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) or vRealize Operations Standard, there has never been a better time to upgrade to the self-driving operations features of vRealize Operations Advanced or vRealize Suite Standard. For a limited time we’re offering this upgrade at half off, or 65% off when you combine it with an

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Application Networking and Security with vRealize Automation and NSX-T

NSX-T is VMware’s software defined networking platform, it is a critical component of VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) strategy. NSX-T is gaining industry momentum due to innovations in container networking, security, performance, and scalability. Integrating network services along with your application is a critical piece of delivering services faster to your application developers, and

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IDC: VMware Leads Market in Cloud System Management Software

IDC: VMware Leads Market in Cloud System Management Software IDC has just published a new study that discusses 2017 vendor market shares and market activity across the worldwide cloud system management software market, a submarket of IDC’s IT system and service management (ITSSM) software market. The study includes worldwide market revenue and growth rate for

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Machine Learning with GPUs on vSphere

The VMware team had a very productive summer when it comes to publishing studies of running Machine Learning workloads using GPUs on vSphere.  Here is a roundup of blog articles published in the last few months.  This series goes over the various options for using GPUs with vSphere, and compares and contrasts the capabilities and

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The Self-Healing Datacenter 2.0

About 18 months ago, I wrote a series of blog posts that many customers used to enable automation for self-healing IT operations.  At the time, it was a good choice if you really wanted to integrate your custom vRealize Orchestrator workflows with vRealize Operations alerts.  I am happy to report, with the release of the

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Get Started with the Management Pack for vRealize Orchestrator 2.0

In another post, I told you all about the great new capabilities featured in this latest version of the Management Pack for vRealize Orchestrator.  In this post, I will walk you through the process of installation and configuration, including adding your own custom workflows so you can get started using the management pack. Recall that

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Put Your Operations in Overdrive – Technical Overview of the vRealize Operations Management Pack for vRealize Orchestrator 2.0

If you are not already excited for vRealize Operations 7.0, maybe this will do the trick.  In this blog post I will provide the technical details for the latest version of the vRealize Operations Management Pack for vRealize Orchestrator 2.0.  This improved version on the management pack, which we introduced with vRealize Operations 6.7, brings

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VMworld EMEA 2018 Cloud Management Highlights

With just under a month to VMworld Europe in Barcelona, Spain, we are putting the finishing touches on another dizzying list of fantastic events and sessions. The Cloud Management Business Unit (and the corresponding sessions track at VMworld) put on a great show last year, and this year we are bringing it to the next

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vCenter Server Licensing Options

vCenter Server allows virtualization administrators to centrally manage and monitor their vSphere environments. Lately I’ve received several questions from customers about the different vCenter Server licensing options and what features are included with them. There are three different vCenter Server license categories; Standard, Foundation, and Essentials. vCenter Server licenses for Standard or Foundation, are sold

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End of Availability of vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus

VMware is announcing the End of Availability (EOA) of VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus edition, effective February 1, 2019. Moving forward, the VMware vSphere line up will consist of vSphere Standard, vSphere Enterprise Plus and vSphere Platinum editions. After October 15, 2018, existing vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus licenses will be fulfilled

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Dashboards Made Easy with vRealize Operations

In this blog we will take a look at the new dashboarding capabilities of vRealize Operations 7 Advanced. If you are familiar with vRealize Operations, you know that it is an awesome tool to manage your virtualized infrastructure. One of its great features is the ability to make almost any kind of dashboard you might

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Great Widget and View Enhancements in vRealize Operations 7.0

With the latest release of vRealize Operations 7.0 we introduced some new enhancements to many of the out-of-the-box widgets and views. Below is a quick description of several of the enhancements you can now use when creating cool new custom dashboards with the new dashboard creation canvas.   Perform Actions from the Alert Widget: You

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Dashboard Sharing in vRealize Operations 7.0

One of the most requested features that we get from our current vRealize Operations customers is the ability to share dashboards – and not just with other vRealize Operations users, but also with users that don’t normally access vRealize Operations.   Well, wait no longer: vRealize Operations 7.0 brings this highly anticipated feature!! In this

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My five favorite things about VMware vCloud Director 9.5!

The VMware Cloud Provider Software Business Unit has released the next iteration of vCloud Director – version 9.5. We’ve been holding to a six month cadence on major releases and this vCD version does not disappoint. As expected, Tom Fojta … Continue reading

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vCloud Director – Unable to Remove vCenter Endpoint

This is a quickie, but I’m hoping this will help others if they run into this. I received some odd behavior when attempting to remove a vCenter endpoint. Basically, vCloud Director was stating to unprepare the hosts, but vCD is … Continue reading

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Automating the Upgrade of the Virtual Distributed Switch

We are on the home stretch of our Automating your vSphere Upgrade blog series. The final step of completing our upgrade will be upgrading our Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS). When upgrading your VDS on vSphere 6.7 the version is actually 6.6 (we will cover the details later). Please make sure prior to upgrading your VDS

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Cloud Automation Services – Service Broker Technical Overview

In our previous post we discussed Cloud Assembly, VMware’s service and machine provisioning automation tool. The interface for Cloud Assembly is primarily focused on being an “administrator” view of the platform. A cloud administrator builds blueprints and services for users to consume, working directly with Infrastructure as Code and Cloud Endpoints. What about the user

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Automating Migration of VMFS-5 to VMFS-6 Datastores

Next up in our Automating your vSphere Upgrade blog series is your VMFS Datastore. vSphere 6.5 and vSphere 6.7 both support the latest VMFS-6. Once all of your ESXi hosts that are connected to the VMFS-5 datastore have been upgraded to vSphere 6.5 or vSphere 6.7 you can then proceed to migrate your datastore to

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