Recently. I had the pleasure of being asked to come up with an idea for a VMware Hands On Lab (HOL).
The VMware HOLs are an amazing resource for upskilling and trying out new technology. Although I have my own home lab set up, I still use the HOLs, especially for final preparation on certifications and client demos.
As a freelance contractor, I normally spend a bit of time discussing requirements with end clients and help transform existing platforms to take advantage of the new technologies such as NSX and vSAN.
Timelines are often challenging with existing applications running in production, downtime or disruption to operations is always to be minimised.
My challenge lab is based on this concept. Specifically, introducing vSAN and NSX in an existing platform with minimal outage.
The lab can be accessed using this link , There is a also a promotion of winning a Go Pro too!
A couple of great guides have been released (links below) by VMware on this subject. NSX and vSAN are great toolkits to meet customer requirements in a number of ways. It is great to see brownfield and migration papers such as these.
vSAN migration guide
NSX Brownfield Guide
I would like to thank the Hands On Labs team for creating the lab based on my initial idea, and Phil Peters for his help on whole initiative.
Last month I had the pleasure to be part of the first VMware UN Think community Google Hangout.
Alex Matthews from the Strategic Alliances Team hosted the event.
Ashish Saxena ( Cognizant) , Guy Ratcliffe, ( Fujitsu) and myself discussed various cloud strategies and the impact to the enterprise business from a number perspectives.
Video shown below – Thanks to VMware and Alex for the great opportunity.
One of the exciting announcements from VMworld for me was the release of AppDefense. This is VMware’s new security product within the SDDC area.
Conceptually, the idea is to create a protected or “Goldilocks zone” for security products to scan both infrastructure, network and application based information to understand expected behaviour within the DC.
Once expected is understood, automation can be used to flag high risk or ultimately provide orchestrated remediation.
Utilising the position of the ESXi hypervisor in the datacenter is a interesting approach from a technical perspective. It has been successfully done within the storage and network space recently with vSAN and NSX. This product looks equally compelling.
With its SaaS based approach, and links into 3rd party products it has some very useful use cases.
From a technical perspective there is a lot going on within the simple looking architecture.
Created at day 1 with support for windows 2012 / 16 guests, it shows great promise with planned Linux support in the coming months.
I created a mind map
to help me summarise the key business and technical points into a one pager.
Hopefully, this is useful to others
The resources I used to get some understanding of the product are shown below;
I was lucky enough to make it to the US VMworld event this year.
A great event with some excellent presentations and announcements.
vSAN and NSX have grown considerably. These products featured heavily in the sessions from an operational and case study perspective. Both products are now part of great potential production solutions for many interesting use cases.
The new vCloud on AWS service was launched and more information presented thoughout the event.
I created a few mind maps for the sessions that caught my interest during the event.
Every year Eric works hard with the vCommunity and gathers together the votes for the top virtualisation blogs.
I’m happy to say that my blog was voted number #49.
Its great to make the Top 50, I didn’t expect to be listed, thanks very much for all the voters.
Thanks again to Eric and Turbonomic
for running the event