Cloud Foundation 3.0 Released

cloudLast week Cloud Foundation 3.0 went GA – this is a pretty big release and worthy of some attention. For those who aren’t familiar with Cloud Foundation, it is VMware’s integrated SDDC stack. By integrated I mean the entire SDDC stack (vSphere, vSAN, NSX, vRealize Suite) well, err… integrated! What this means is that all of the products are designed to work together in a holistic way and all the dramas of interoperability across products is taken away. Furthermore, VMware works with partners so that the hardware side of things is taken care of as well. And it’s fully automated, including lifecycle management. Oh, and it reaches into public cloud as well (hello VMware Cloud on AWS). Pretty impressive.

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Thoughts on Availability Design

A few recent engagements have thrown up some interesting conversations around design and particularly availability design, which I thought it would be worthwhile capturing here.

First of all there are a couple of principles which should be considered:

  1. Any design is only as good as the requirements which it is built on. Taking time to properly capture and validate all of the requirements with the correct stakeholders pays dividends in the end.
  2. Any design decision should ultimately be based on a business need or requirement, rather than simply a showcase of product features or functionality, no matter how impressive they may be! Think ‘why do I need to do this’?

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First Look at vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (Part 2)

A couple of months ago I installed vRSLCM and deployed an instance of vROps (see Part 1). My intention was to quickly follow that up with looking at how I could import and upgrade an existing environment but time seems to fly and this is the first opportunity I’ve had. So this is Part 2 (or maybe it should be ‘2nd Look at vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager’)…

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VCAP6-DCV Deployment Exam Experience

The VCAP6-DCV Deployment exam has been on my radar for a while and I registered for the exam to coincide with what I thought was a quieter spell where I could do a bit of brushing up. Of course life doesn’t work out like that and my quieter spell… well it wasn’t. I was a bit unsure what to expect with this exam for a couple of reasons; firstly that I’ve done a few ‘design’ VCAPs before but not a ‘deploy’ one, and so I was a little unsure as to what to expect in terms of format and question style. And, secondly my role for a few years now has been architecture focussed which means less hands-on.

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First Look at vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (Part 1)

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!

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VCAP7-CMA Design Exam Experience

This week I sat the VCAP7-CMA Design exam (orĀ 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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