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Run your Cloud Native Applications in production with vRealize Automation XaaS scalable components

Cloud Native Applications are getting some momentum. Still there is some reticence to run these in production on premise, particularly for the applications that could become business critical.
VMware mission is to be here to help. As part of our container portfolio we do have Photon OS to run containers, enterprise-class features with vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) and a secure and scalable Platform as a Service with Cloud Foundry.

In the case there is a requirement for managing the life cycle of the container infrastructure as often the case for other IaaS applications vRealize Automation has some features that can help extend Photon OS availability in production.

If you are in charge of the infrastructure and have to make critical cloud native applications available in production on vSphere you may start with deploying a Photon Blueprint. Still your application may be very vulnerable. Even if Photon OS does include swarm, a Docker native clustering it still need to be managed to provide high availability and scalability. Also access to the Docker APIs is not secured.

In this blog post I will leverage vRealize Automation features to create blueprints for highly available and scalable Cloud Native Applications.

 

How I designed my HA, scalable Photon blueprint.

To make the application deployment highly available I did set the cluster option on the blueprint VM. This also provide VM based scale out and scale in day 2 operations.
To make the application cluster aware I have created a “Create docker Node” vRealize Orchestrator workflow calling the swarm API to enable swarm and join new photon hosts. I also have a “Scale in node” workflow for removing a node from the swarm or all of them when decommissioning the deployment.

While this automation gives some great flexibility. I wanted to manage individual swarm nodes from the vRealize Automation user interface:

  • Request a swarm with 2 to 8 nodes
  • See in the vRA user self service portal the swarm nodes as distinct component running in a deployment and be able to check their properties
  • Scale out / Scale in Photon swarm deployment
  • Contextually run node specific day 2 operations in vRA without having to switch to a CLI or third party interface
  • Manage who has access to these day 2 operations using vRA entitlements and optionally approve some operations
  • Monitor the full life cycle of the app including day 2 operations

 

vRealize Automation 7.2 XaaS scalable components as a solution for managing Photon Swarms

An XaaS scalable component is a blueprint XaaS component that can be scaled independently from the blueprint VMs. I created my own “Docker node” resource using vRO Dynamic Types and could reuse the Create and Scale in workflows to leverage this new resource type.

A benefit from this design is that I can scale out in almost real time since I can pre-provision the VM used to scale out and just start it / join it to the swarm on node scale out.

Then to secure the application access to the API I had two options:

  • Via a certificate
  • Using an NSX virtual Firewall Rule which is one of the vRA blueprint component

This way each swarm can only be managed by the vRO server which in turn is used by vRA end users that can only operate the applications they own.

As you can see reading this post we managed to enable, manage and combine vRealize Automation and Photon scalability and security features providing a very flexible, as a service on premise enterprise ready Cloud Native app solution.

The post Run your Cloud Native Applications in production with vRealize Automation XaaS scalable components appeared first on Virtualize Business Critical Applications.

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Run your Cloud Native Applications in production with vRealize Automation XaaS scalable components

Cloud Native Applications are getting some momentum. Still there is some reticence to run these in production on premise, particularly for the applications that could become business critical.
VMware mission is to be here to help. As part of our container portfolio we do have Photon OS to run containers, enterprise-class features with vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) and a secure and scalable Platform as a Service with Cloud Foundry.

In the case there is a requirement for managing the life cycle of the container infrastructure as often the case for other IaaS applications vRealize Automation has some features that can help extend Photon OS availability in production.

If you are in charge of the infrastructure and have to make critical cloud native applications available in production on vSphere you may start with deploying a Photon Blueprint. Still your application may be very vulnerable. Even if Photon OS does include swarm, a Docker native clustering it still need to be managed to provide high availability and scalability. Also access to the Docker APIs is not secured.

In this blog post I will leverage vRealize Automation features to create blueprints for highly available and scalable Cloud Native Applications.

 

How I designed my HA, scalable Photon blueprint.

To make the application deployment highly available I did set the cluster option on the blueprint VM. This also provide VM based scale out and scale in day 2 operations.
To make the application cluster aware I have created a “Create docker Node” vRealize Orchestrator workflow calling the swarm API to enable swarm and join new photon hosts. I also have a “Scale in node” workflow for removing a node from the swarm or all of them when decommissioning the deployment.

While this automation gives some great flexibility. I wanted to manage individual swarm nodes from the vRealize Automation user interface:

  • Request a swarm with 2 to 8 nodes
  • See in the vRA user self service portal the swarm nodes as distinct component running in a deployment and be able to check their properties
  • Scale out / Scale in Photon swarm deployment
  • Contextually run node specific day 2 operations in vRA without having to switch to a CLI or third party interface
  • Manage who has access to these day 2 operations using vRA entitlements and optionally approve some operations
  • Monitor the full life cycle of the app including day 2 operations

 

vRealize Automation 7.2 XaaS scalable components as a solution for managing Photon Swarms

An XaaS scalable component is a blueprint XaaS component that can be scaled independently from the blueprint VMs. I created my own “Docker node” resource using vRO Dynamic Types and could reuse the Create and Scale in workflows to leverage this new resource type.

A benefit from this design is that I can scale out in almost real time since I can pre-provision the VM used to scale out and just start it / join it to the swarm on node scale out.

Then to secure the application access to the API I had two options:

  • Via a certificate
  • Using an NSX virtual Firewall Rule which is one of the vRA blueprint component

This way each swarm can only be managed by the vRO server which in turn is used by vRA end users that can only operate the applications they own.

As you can see reading this post we managed to enable, manage and combine vRealize Automation and Photon scalability and security features providing a very flexible, as a service on premise enterprise ready Cloud Native app solution.

The post Run your Cloud Native Applications in production with vRealize Automation XaaS scalable components appeared first on Virtualize Business Critical Applications.

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Save the date! Join us at VMworld 2017 Europe in September

Our biggest event of the year returns, and we&#rsquo;re gearing up for the best one yet!

VMworld 2017 Europe is back and we&#rsquo;re bringing you four full days of innovation to accelerate your journey to a software-defined business. From mobile devices, to the data center, to the cloud, you&#rsquo;ll receive the insights and training to help you drive your business innovation and success.

Here&#rsquo;s everything you need to know about the unmissable event:

Where? Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain

When? 11th – 14th of September 2017

Who? Industry&#rsquo;s top thought leaders, VMware experts and fellow IT professionals

Why? The reasons to attend are endless. At VMworld, you can:

  • Hear from industry experts on the latest technology and trends
  • Discover new and emerging product breakthroughs
  • Attend breakout sessions, panel discussions and booth demonstrations
  • Explore Hands-on Labs and VMware solutions in real time
  • Get certified with deep discounts on VMware Certification Exams
  • Meet 130+ VMware partners and exhibitors at the Solutions Exchange
  • Enjoy social opportunities, including networking with industry experts, special events and hanging out in VMvillage

So, do you want to be a part of the biggest VMworld yet? Sign up now to become a VMworld insider and be the first to get notified when registration opens.

Over the next 6 months, we&#rsquo;ll be revealing the latest news and announcements about this year&#rsquo;s VMworld on our blog. Want to join the conversation? Check out the event hashtag #VMworld and follow us on Twitter at @VMware_ME

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VMware’s EMEA partners get well-earned recognition at Global Partner Innovation Awards

Jean Philippe Barleaza, our EMEA VP Channel, Alliances and General Business, congratulates this year&#rsquo;s Partner Innovation Award winners and recognises the important role our partner community – from EMEA and beyond – plays in bringing VMware&#rsquo;s vision for digital transformation to life

As we continue to help organisations digitally transform – whether that&#rsquo;s providing mobile working to enhance the customer or employees&#rsquo; experience or delivering a Cross-Cloud architecture to enable businesses to navigate a multi-cloud world for greater agility, or build security into the network to help organisations mitigate risk from cyber threats– one of the most crucial cogs is the VMware partner community. After all, without our partners, we wouldn&#rsquo;t be able to bring our strategy and vision for digital transformation to life.

That&#rsquo;s why we take the time each year to recognise the outstanding achievements of our partners with the VMware Global Partner Innovation Awards.

Our honourees received their awards at this year&#rsquo;s Partner Leadership Summit, where we acknowledged global partners from across 21 different categories to give them accolade for their support over the past year.

I wanted to take a moment to especially recognise and congratulate our EMEA partner winners, many of whom earned global prizes as well. They really have stood out amongst their peers for their achievements in the VMware partner ecosystem.

Here are our winners:

The EMEA Cloud Provider of the year was Finland-based IT services company Tieto Corporation, and our EMEA Education winner was training company QA Ltd.

Meanwhile, ATEA won both the EMEA and global 2016 Partner Innovation Award in the Digital Workspace area and, likewise, Russian IT distributor Merlion won both the EMEA and global awards in the Emerging Markets Distributor category.

Hitachi Data Systems won both the EMEA and global awards for Innovation OEM partner, and in an outstanding year, COMPAREX won the EMEA and global awards for Marketing, as well as the EMEA award for Renewals.

The EMEA winner of the hotly-contested Enterprise Solution Provider award was IPM, while the VMware NSX® EMEA Partner Innovation Award winner was Bechtle. For its outstanding work as a professional services partner, ITQ Consultancy B.V. won the EMEA Partner Professional Services Program (PPSP) Award.

SVA – System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH, a leading systems integrator in Germany, won both the EMEA and global awards in one of our core strategic areas – the Software-Defined Data Center category. The company was also recognised as the top EMEA partner in the Solution Provider award selection.

The Technical ISV EMEA award went to Redes System, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) won the EMEA and global 2016 Partner Innovation Awards in the Strategic Alliance section.

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Switching from ACC to VMware IDM Connector made easy!

If you have been integrating VMware IDM with Active Directory using AirWatch Cloud Connector (ACC), and need to switch to IDM connector to take advantage of various features such as MFA integration, Horizon & Citrix desktops/apps integration and others, then we have made it easier to switch without having to reconfigure application entitlements.

If you have been holding off from deploying the IDM connector because you don’t havevSphere license to deploy the virtual appliance, then there’s good news. IDM connector is now available on the Windows platform and integrated with the ACC installer. Read this blog post for details.

Using ACC Switch to Using IDM connector

Readdetailed description below on how to make this switchby Vishal Gupta, Product Managerwho drove this feature.

How to switch?

We believe switching should as easy as flipping a switch!

And that is why we have introduced an easy step-by-step few click process to switch from ACC to IDM connector. New &#rsquo;Convert&#rdquo; feature will eliminate significant downtime.

Watch this video for step-by-step how-to instructions.

After the conversion is complete ensure to disablethe sync settings from AirWatch console.

The post Switching from ACC to VMware IDM Connector made easy! appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog.

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Switching from ACC to VMware IDM Connector made easy!

If you have been integrating VMware IDM with Active Directory using AirWatch Cloud Connector (ACC), and need to switch to IDM connector to take advantage of various features such as MFA integration, Horizon & Citrix desktops/apps integration and others, then we have made it easier to switch without having to reconfigure application entitlements.

If you have been holding off from deploying the IDM connector because you don’t havevSphere license to deploy the virtual appliance, then there’s good news. IDM connector is now available on the Windows platform and integrated with the ACC installer. Read this blog post for details.

Using ACC Switch to Using IDM connector

Readdetailed description below on how to make this switchby Vishal Gupta, Product Managerwho drove this feature.

How to switch?

We believe switching should as easy as flipping a switch!

And that is why we have introduced an easy step-by-step few click process to switch from ACC to IDM connector. New &#rsquo;Convert&#rdquo; feature will eliminate significant downtime.

Watch this video for step-by-step how-to instructions.

After the conversion is complete ensure to disablethe sync settings from AirWatch console.

The post Switching from ACC to VMware IDM Connector made easy! appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog.

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Introducing VMware Enterprise Systems Connector

You asked for it, and we delivered. Happy to announce availability ofVMware Enterprise Systems Connector (VESC), a unified installer to install bothVMware IDM connector and AirWatch Cloud Connector (ACC)on the Windows platform starting with AirWatch 9.1 release. You can download the VESC installer from the AirWatch console.

Here’s detailed description onVMware Enterprise Systems Connector by Andrew Hornsby, Product Manager responsible for this component.

Overview

In AirWatch 9.1, the AirWatch Cloud Connector (ACC) and VMware Identity Manager connector have been included as components in a new Windows installer called the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector. During the installation process, you will be able to choose which components to install, as shown below.

With the VMware Identity Manager connector now available on Windows, vSphere license and an additional server are no longer required to connect your identity manager tenant to your on-premises enterprise systems like Active Directory. Prior to the release of the VMware Enterprise Systems connector, the identity manager component was only available as a Linux virtual appliance.

Both components are recommended for anyone upgrading to Workspace ONE, and are necessary for environments utilizing identity centric features not supported by the &#rsquo;use AirWatch to authenticate users&#rdquo; option in the Workspace ONE Getting Started Wizard. These use cases include Horizon and Citrix integration, RSA Secure ID integration, Integrated Windows authentication, and complex multi-domain and multi-forest Active Directory. The &#rsquo;use AirWatch for authentication&#rdquo; option, sometimes referred to as VMware Identity Manager &#rsquo;ACC integration&#rdquo; is still supported, but we encourage utilization of the full functionality of the Enterprise Systems Connector for the best compatibility and user experience. If you have already deployed and are utilizing Workspace ONE, but now want to start using the identity component of the VMware Enterprise Systems connector, you will be able to migrate without removing your directory or user entitlements.

Deployment Model:

Both the VMware IDM Connector and ACC components offer outbound only connections to their respective services. They can also coexist on the same Windows server, allowing you to effectively upgrade your existing ACC instances to the full VMware Enterprise Systems Connector. The resulting deployment model is shown below.

Automatic Upgrades:

As long as .NET 4.6.2 has been installed on the server, automatic update for existing ACC deployments will continue without any change in existing functionality. However, if you wish to install the VMware IDM Connector component offered by the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector, you must download and run the installer. Automatic update is not yet supported for the VMware IDM Connector, so it must be manually updated by downloading and running the installer for each new version.

Availability:

VMware Enterprise Systems Connector is available with AirWatch 9.1. The installer is available in the AirWatch Console in Enterprise Integration settings, the same location where the ACC Installer was previously available, as well as within the Workspace ONE Getting Started wizard.

Documentation:

With the release of AirWatch 9.1, existing ACC documentation is updated to reflect the updated branding and additional component installation and configuration. This documentation is available on myAirWatch here.

The post Introducing VMware Enterprise Systems Connector appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog.

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Changes with device claiming options in vSAN 6.6

vSAN 6.6 introduced several advancements that focused on ease of use. Easy Install, Configuration Assist, and pro-active cloud analytics are great examples of features that simplify the deployment and administration of vSAN. The positive feedback from these enhancements has been incredibly strong, and is part of an ongoing effort to make vSAN easy and flexible

The post Changes with device claiming options in vSAN 6.6 appeared first on Virtual Blocks.

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