First Look at vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

I was pretty excited to see the release of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (or vRSLCM – try saying it after a couple of beers…) version 1.0 a couple of weeks ago. For the last few years lifecycle management and ensuring interoperability has been a big part of my role as a Cloud Architect and given an ever increasing number of products it’s something that has caused many a headache!

For those using VMware Cloud Foundation, SDDC Manager has been around for a while enabling automation and patching of products in the SDDC stack but until now there has been nothing for tailored SDDC deployments. Continue reading

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VCAP7-CMA Design Exam Experience

This week I sat the VCAP7-CMA Design exam (or 3V0-732 as it is affectionately known). The exam is fairly new but I wanted to give it a shot while a had the chance and before other things consumed the diary. Having done the VCAP6-DCV Design exam a few months ago this one felt very different.

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Goodbye Vblock as Dell EMC Converges on Vxblock

A few days ago Chad Sakac, President of Dell EMC Converged Platform Division (formerly VCE) announced on his blog that come July 1st the Vblock will be no more. Having spent the last 5 years working more or less exclusively with Vblock systems as the foundation for cloud platforms this came as a bit a surprise but on second thoughts it shouldn’t be.

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Containers, vSphere Style!

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to spend the last couple of days having a better look at Docker and vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC for short). So first of all what are containers and how do they fit in a vSphere world?

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VCAP6-DCV Design Experience

I recently sat exam 3VO-622 which leads to VCAP6-DCV Design certification and 1 step of 2 required for VCIX-DCV (the other being 3VO-623 / VCAP6-DCV Deploy). A few colleagues asked me for my views of the exam so I thought I’d share them here. I know the are a number of these already out there but I figured another wouldn’t hurt…

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vRA IP Assignment and Machine Naming Behaviour

I’ve been asked a couple of times about how vRealize Automation handles IP assignment and naming and the topic came up again recently. It isn’t always what people expect and although it’s pretty simple, it isn’t something widely documented.

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