Tag Archives: vCD

First Look: ManageIQ vCloud Director Orchestration

Welcome to 2017! To kick off the year I thought I’d do a quick post on a little known product (at least in my circles) from Red Hat Inc called ManageIQ. I stumbled across ManageIQ by chance having caught wind that they where soon to have vCloud Director support added to the product. Reading through some of the history behind ManageIQ I found out that in December of 2012 Red Hat acquired ManageIQ and integrated it into its CloudForms cloud management program…they then made it open source in 2014.

ManageIQ is the open source project behind Red Hat CloudForms. The latest product features are implemented in the upstream community first, before eventually making it downstream into Red Hat CloudForms. This process is similar for all Red Hat products. For example, Fedora is the upstream project for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and follows the same upstream-first development model.

CloudForms is a cloud management platform that also manages traditional server virtualization products such as vSphere and oVirt. This broad capability makes it ideal as a hybrid cloud manager as its able to manage both public clouds and on-premises private clouds and virtual infrastructures. This acts as a single management interface into hybrid environments that enables cross platform orchestration to be achieved with relative ease. This is backed by a community that contributes workflows and code to the project.

The supported platforms are shown below.

The October release was the first iteration for the vCloud provider which supports authentication, inventory (including vApps), provisioning, power operations and events all done via the use of the API provided by vCloud Director. First and foremost I see this as a client facing tool rather than an internal orchestration tool for vCAN SPs however given it can go cross platform there can be a use for VM or Container orchestration that SPs could tap into.

While it’s still relatively immature compared to the other platforms it supports, I see great potential in this and I think all vCAN Service Providers running vCloud Director should look at this as a way for their customers to better consume and operate vCD coming from a more modern approach, rather than depending on the UI.

Adding vCloud Director as a Cloud Provider:

Once the Appliance is deployed, head to Compute and Add New Cloud Provider. From the Type dropdown select VMware vCloud

Depending on which version of vCD SP your Service Provider is running, select the appropriate API Version. For vCD SP 8.x it should be vCloud API 9.0

Next add in the URL of the vCloud Director endpoint with it’s port…which is generally 443. For the username, you use the convention of [email protected] which allows you to login specifically to your vCD Organization. If you want to login at an admin enter in [email protected] to get top level access.

Once connected you can add as many vCD endpoints as you have. As you can see below I am connected to four seperate instances of vCloud.

Clicking through you get a Summary of the vCloud Zone with it’s relationships.

Clicking on the Instances you get a list of your VM’s, but this also has views for Virtual Datacenter, vApps and other vCD objects. As you can see below there is detailed views on the VM and it does have basic Power functions in this build.

I’ve just started to look into the power of CloudForms and have been reading through the ManageIQ automation guide. It’s one of those things that needs a little research plus some trial and error to master, but I see this form of cloud consumption where the end user doesn’t have to directly manipulate the various API endpoints as the future. I’m looking forward to how the vCloud Director provider matures and I’ll be keeping an eye on the forums and ManageIQ GitHub page for more examples.

Resources:

http://manageiq.org/docs/get-started/
http://manageiq.org/docs/reference/
https://pemcg.gitbooks.io/mastering-automation-in-cloudforms-and-manageiq/content/chapter1.html

OVFTool: vCloud Director OVA Upload PowerShell Script

Earlier this year I put together a quick and nasty PowerShell Script that exports a vApp from vCloud Director using the OVFTool …for those that don’t know the OVFTool is a command line tool that has a powerful set of functions to import/export VMs and vApps from vCenter, ESXi and vCloud Director weather it be from a vCloud Air or a vCloud Air Network Provider.

You can Download and install the tool from here:

This week I needed to upload an Virtual Machine that was in OVA format and for those that have worked with vCloud Director you would know that the OVA format is not supported using the upload functionality in the current web interface. With that I thought it was a good time to round out the export using OVTTool post with an import using OVFTool post. Again, doing some research I found a bunch of posts relating to importing OVAs into vCloud Director and after working through the Admin Guide and some examples I was ready to build out a basic import command and start work on the PowerShell Script. On Windows you can run the tool from CMD but I would suggest using PowerShell/CLI as in the example below I go through building a variable.

What Info is Required:

  • vCloud URL
  • vCloud Username and Password
  • Org Name
  • vDC Name
  • vApp Name
  • Catalog Name
  • Path to OVA

Command Line Example:

Below is a basic example of how to construct the vCloud String and use it as a variable to execute the tool.

PowerShell Script:

Again, I’ve taken it a step further to make it easier for people to import OVAs into vCloud Director and put together another, slightly improved PowerShell Script that I have coded in to work with my old companies vCloud Zones…though this can be easily modified to use any vCloud Air Network vCD endpoint.

The output of the script can be seen below:

It’s a very basic script that gathers all the required components that make up the vCloud Source Connection String and then exports the OVA into the vCD vApp. I’ve even done a little more PowerShell improvements around password security and added a little colour.

Save the code snippet as a .ps1 into the OFVTool Windows Folder and execute the script from the same location. If there are any errors with the inputs provided the OVFTool will fail with an error, but apart from that it’s a very simple straight forward way to import OVAs into any vCloud Director enabled endpoint.

Additional Reading:

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/tag/ovftool

http://www.vmwarebits.com/content/import-and-export-virtual-machines-command-line-vmwares-ovf-tool 

vCloud Director SP 8.10.1 UI Additions – Boot Options

Last week VMware released vCloud Director SP 8.10.1 Build 4655197 and while it was mainly a patch release there was one new feature added which was a couple of additional UI settings under the General Tab of a Virtual Machine.

  • New boot customization options added to delay the boot time and to enter into the BIOS setup screen. You can use the vCloud Director Web console or the vCloud API to set Boot Delay and EnterBIOS mode options.

This might seem like a small and meaningless setting, but you would be surprised how many times I experienced customers frustrated at the fact they could not get into the BIOS easily via the VM Console or have a long enough boot delay to trigger a boot from alternative media option.

The previous General Tab looked like this:

The 8.10.1 General Tab looks like this:

You can see that you now have an check box to Enter BIOS Setup and set the Boot Delay. These settings follow the rules of vSphere meaning the Boot delay is in milliseconds and can only be modified if the Virtual Machine is powered off. I had this image open with the System Administrator account which explains why you see the a few more VM related bits of information telling you what Host and Datastore the VM is residing on and what the name of the VM is in vSphere.

Again, this is a simple but extremely useful addition but continues to show VMware’s commitment to improving the vCD platform even before the big UI enhancements start to filter through next year.

#LongLivevCD

Worth a Repost: Debunking Three Common Myths Around vCloud Director #LongLivevCD

It seems that all with all the announcements of late around VMware’s (re)shifting Hybrid Cloud strategy with Cross Cloud Foundation and VMware’s partnership with AWS people where again asking what is happening with vCloud Director. While vCD is still not available for VMware’s enterprise customers, the vCloud Director platform has officially never been in a stronger position. Those who where lucky to attend the various product team NDA and SIG sessions at VMworld US and Europe have an idea of not only whats coming…but also that there has been a serious ramp up in focus and development.

Those outside the vCAN inner circles probably didn’t know this and I still personally field a lot of questions about vCD and where it sits in regards to VMware’s plans. Apparently the vCloud Team has sought to clear the air about vCloud Director’s future and posted this fairly emotive blog post overnight. I’ve reposted the article below:

MythBusters: Debunking Three Common Myths Around vCloud Director

For while now, there’s been some speculation that VMware vCloud Director was no longer a priority for VMware – but that couldn’t be further from the truth. With the release of vCloud Director 8.10 this spring, VMware has doubled down on its dedication to enhancing the product, and we’ve even expanded our training program to keep pace with the evolving needs of its users.

Make no mistake, vCloud Director fits into VMware’s larger vision for the software defined data center (SDDC) now more than ever before. So let’s take the time to clear up a few of the biggest misconceptions out there today.

  • MYTH #1 – vCloud Director is End-of-Life or End-of-Support: Not at all! In May 2016, VMware released vCloud Director 8.10, the latest version of the product, in response to customer feedback and an industry-wide move to the hybrid cloud. New features in this release includes distributed resource scheduler affinity and anti-affinity for VMs and UI integration of NSX for heightened security. To get customers up to speed with the new release, our team has launched a free vCloud Director 8.10 Fundamentals eLearning course, and after VMworld Europe, we plan to expand these offerings through new vCloud Director Hands-on Labs via the VMware HOL Online portal. Later this month, we are also offering an extensive 5-day lab from October 31 – November 4, titled “vCloud Director 8.10: Install, Configure, Manage” that walks participants through the process of building a data center environment that leverages not only vCloud Director but also Virtual SAN and NSX.
  • MYTH #2 – Usage is Lagging: False! In fact, the opposite is true. Not only is usage of vCloud Director increasing, but it’s reaching new levels of growth.Look no further than Zettagrid, a cloud computing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider, which deployed vCloud Director to simplify data center provisioning. Or iland, an award-winning enterprise cloud infrastructure provider that uses vCloud Director to supply greater flexibility and customization to its clients. Furthermore, VMware continues to partner with members of its independent software vendor program group to catalogue and support the most recent products built by ISVs that are compatible with VCD through it through the VMware solution exchange. vCloud Director has proven itself a valued partner for customers across industries and hybrid cloud ecosystems, and version 8.10 only solidifies VMware’s continued commitment to the product and its users.
  • MYTH #3 – User Interface (UI) is Static: Wrong again. You spoke, and we listened. A change in direction from previous versions, the release of vCloud Director 8.10 demonstrated a commitment to the UI by exposing all features directly through the UI and achieving feature parity with the API. Features now available on the UI include storage profiling, tenant throttling, and self-service VDC templates that give vCloud Director a more robust and flexible platform for delivering IaaS solutions.

Through a combination feature updates that increase agility, new training opportunities, and an enhanced UI with heightened functionality, VMware continues to actively invest in the vCloud Director user experience. Rest assured, there’s more to come.

So overall, that’s a pretty blunt message from the vCloud Director SP Product team that..for the foreseeable future vCloud Director is here to stay and continue to be improved upon. Again, I’ll state with absolute fact that there is no more stable and mature multi-tenant cloud management platform in the market today for IaaS. Look out for the next BETA release and also for Alliance partners like Veeam building even stronger offerings on top of vCloud Director.

Rest assured, there’s more to come.

References:

MythBusters: Debunking Three Common Myths Around vCloud Director

 

vCD SP 8.10 New Features Part 3 – Storage Tiering and Storage Management

vCloud Director SP 8.10 has been out for a couple months now and the general buzz around this release has been extremely positive. The decision to expose the previously API only features has been warmly welcomed by most vCloud Air Network Service Providers and I have heard of quiet a few looking to deploy or plan deployment of vCD SP 8.10 into their hosting platforms.

In Part One I went through the new NSX supportability improvements and in Part Two I went through the tenant ability to configure VM affinity and anti-affinity rules. In Part Three I am going to go through something that’s been available via the API since vCD 5.6.3 SP but is now exposed via the UI and also take a look at a new feature around the limiting of the max size of a tenant VMDKs in a vCD environment.

  • VM Disk Level Storage Profiles – Allows a single virtual machine (VM) to access different tiers of storage such as storage area network (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), and local storage to help balance storage cost vs. storage performance. VMware vCloud Director 5.6 also supports VMware Virtual SAN.

Fast Provisioning:

Before showing the new UI Storage Profile features it’s worth mentioning that this will not work if you have vDCs configured with fast provisioning enabled. If you try to configure multiple profiles against a VM you will get a “Cannot use multiple storage profiles in a fast-provisioned VDC” error message.

Fast provisioning was introduced with vCloud Director 1.5 and enables speeding up a cloning process when deploying vApps from catalog or copying VMs. It utilizes vSphere linked clones where the base image is not cloned, instead a delta disk is created to record changed blocks.

Great in theory, but also carries some caveats…not allowing VM Disk level storage profiles being one of them. If turned on, head to the Storage Tab of the vDC and uncheck the option as shown below.

VM Disk Level Storage Profiles:

There isn’t a lot that needs explaining in terms of what can now be achieved through the UI to better provision and manage different storage requirements on a per VM disk basis. vCD Storage Profiles directly plug into vCenter Storage Policies and inherit the characteristics passed through from vCenter into vCD via the Provider vDC. These are then allocated to vDCs as shown in the image above. Generally speaking these policies map back to different tiers of storage and allow the Service Provider to offering different service levels at different price points.

As an example a tenant may have a requirement to have a large file server that doubles as a Domain Controller (it happens more than you think) for the System drive the requirements might state that you need SAS backed storage and SATA backed for a secondary volume. This can now be achieved through the vCD UI as shown below.

You can see above that Disk 0 is on ioSTOR-500 and Disk 1 is on ioSTOR-250. The example above is for the adding of new disks to a VM…you can also change the Storage Profile while a VM is on. This will trigger a Storage vMotion in the background if required as shown below.

Limiting Maximum Disk Size:

There are some scenarios where a Service Providers might want to limit the max size of tenant VMDKs in order to comply with capacity planning requirements or storage level constraints. The current max size for a VMDK in vSphere is 62TB and being realistic there are not too many Service Providers out there who provision datastores that size. Typically, the storage limits applied at an allocation pool should limit the creation of stupidly large disks by tenants, but there is the possibility that someone with deep pockets purchasing large amounts of storage could try to provision a VM (thin or not) Disk larger than the datastores underpinning the storage policy.

To set the global disk limit you use the cell-management-tool command on any vCD cell in the instance. Once run the value is honors immediately and without restart of the vCD services as shown in the example below that limits the disks to 500GB.

./cell-management-tool manage-config -n vmlimits.disk.capacity.maxMb -v 500000

Once configured, if a tenant tries to provision a disk bigger than the limit they will get an error stating that the “Requested disk size exceeds maximum allowed capacity“.

References:

https://fojta.wordpress.com/tag/fast-provisioning/

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vcd/8-10/rel_notes_vcloud_director_8-10.html

Sneak Peek – Veeam 9.5 vCloud Director Self Service Portal

Last month Veeam announced that they had significantly enhanced the capabilities around the backup and recovery of vCloud Director. This will give vCloud Air Network Service Providers the ability to tap into a new set of RESTful APIs that adds tenanted, self service capabilities and be able to offer a more complete service that is totally controlled and managed by the vCloud tenant.

As part of the Veeam Vanguard program, I have been given access to an early beta of Veeam v9.5 and have had a chance to take the new functionality for a spin. Given the fact this is an very early beta of v9.5 I was surprised to see that the installation and configuration of the vCloud Director Self Service functionality was straight forward and like most things with Veeam…It just worked.

NOTE: The following is based on an early access BETA and as such features, functions and menu items are subject to change.

Basic Overview:

The new vCloud Director integration lets you back up and restore single VMs, vApps, Organization vDC and whole Organization. This is all done via a web UI based on Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager. Only vCD SP versions are compatible with the feature. Tenants have access to Self-Service web portal where they can manage their vCloud Director jobs, as well as restore VMs, files and application items within their vCloud Director organization.

The Service Provider exposes the following URL to vCD tenants:

https://Enterprise-Manager-IP/vcloud/OrgName:9443

As shown in the diagram below Enterprise Manager than talks to the vCloud Director Cells to authenticate the tenant and retrieve information relating to the tenant vCloud Organization.

Configuring a Tenant Job:

Anyone who is familiar with Veeam will recognize the steps below and the familiar look of the menu options that the Self Service Portal provides. As shown below the landing page once the tenant has authenticated is similar to what you see when logging into Enterprise Manager…in fact the beauty of this portal is that Veeam didn’t have to reinvent the wheel…they just retrofited vCD multi-tenancy into the views.

To configure a job click on the the Jobs Tab and hit the Create Button.

Give the Job a Name and set the number of restore points to keep.

Next select the VMs you want to add to the Job. As mentioned above you can add the whole Org, vDC, vApp and as granular as per VM.

Next select any Guest Processing you want done for Application Aware backups.

And then set the Job Schedule to you liking.

Finally configure email notification

Once that has been done you have the option to Run the Job manually or wait for the schedule to kick in. As you can see below you have a lot of control over the backup job and you can even start Active Full Jobs.

Once a job has been triggered you have access to view logs on what is happening during the backup process. The details is just as you would expect from the Veeam Backup & Recovery Console and keeps tenant’s informed as to the status of their jobs.

More to Come:

There is a lot more that I could post but for the moment I will leave you all with that first sneak peak. Once again Veeam have come to the party in a big way with this feature and every service provider who run vCloud Director should be looking at Veeam 9.5 so as to enhance the value of their IaaS offering.

#LongLivevCD

Quick Post: VLAN Trunking with vCloud Director

This week one of our Vitualisation Engineer’s (James Smith) was trying to come up with a solution for a client that wanted the flexibility to bring in his own VLANs mapped into our vCloud networking stack. We get this request quiet often and we generally configure a one to one relationship between the VLAN being mapped externally to our networking stack and then brought into vCD via a externally connected vORG Network.

As you all know you can configure an ESXi Portgroup either with no VLAN, a single VLAN, multiple VLANs or Private VLANs. In this case the customer wanted preconfigured VLANS as part of the one Portgroup so taking vCloud Director out of play we would configure the Portgroup as follows:

This allows for the tagging of the VLAN at the GuestOS level while allowing those VMs to be on the same Portgroup. The problem arises when you then try to create the External Network in vCloud Director. As shown below vCloud Director looks at the Portgroup, sees the multiple VLANs and marks it down at VLAN 4095.

Regardless of the fact that it’s picked up as VLAN 4095 which wouldn’t be ideal even if we had configured the Portgroup with 4095 you can’t finish off the configuration of the External Network as vCD throws the error seen below.

Another cryptic error from vCD, but in a nutshell it’s telling you that 4095 is in use and the network can’t be created meaning you won’t be able to tie any vORG Network to the ESXi Portgroup. There is a VMwareKB that relates to this error, however searching through the vCD database shows that 4095 isn’t in use as is expected. So it would appear that this is a default vCD behaviour in dealing with a Portgroup configured with multiple VLANs.

Workaround:

We eventually came up with a workaround for this that isn’t 100% fool proof and should be undertaken with the understanding that you could cause issues if VLANs are not managed and noted down on some configuration database. What we did was go back an modify the Portgroup to only have one VLAN. This allows us to create the External Network in vCD and from there create the vORG Network.

From there we go back and edit the Portgroup to make it a trunk as we had it initially. vCD will now show the External Network still created with VLAN 4095 listed as shown below.

From here you can create VMs in vCD, connect them up to the vORG Network and use VLAN tagging in the Guest OS to pass the correct network traffic through. Again just be wary that vCD doesn’t recognize the VLANs being trunked and there is a possibility a duplicate VLAN could be assigned via another External Network.

As a side note, I’ll be chasing this up with the vCloud Director Product team as I believe it should be an option that is allowed…even though VXLAN is taking over there is still a need to cater for traditional VLAN configurations.

References:

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2003988

http://www.virtualbrigade.com/2014/08/what-is-vlan-id-4095-when-is-it-used.html

Multiple VLANs for an External network in vCloud? from vmware

vCD SP 8.10 New Features Part 2 – Affinity Rules and New API Functions

vCloud Director SP 8.10 has been out for about a month now and the general buzz around this release has been extremely positive. The decision to expose the previously API only features has been warmly welcomed by most vCloud Air Network Service Providers and I have heard of quiet a few looking to deploy or plan deployment of vCD SP 8.10 into their hosting platforms.

In Part One I went through the new NSX supportability improvements and for Part Two I am going to focus on a couple of Virtual Datacentre improvements that Organisational Clients can take advantage off with the upgrade. One of the key features now exposed directly to tenants is the ability to configure VM affinity and anti-affinity rules. I’ll also mention a couple of non UI exposed features like more granular vDC permissions, and being able to import running VM.

Virtual Machine Affinity Rules:

Support has been added for creation of affinity and anti-affinity rules for VMs. This is available via the vCD UI or the vCD API to create affinity rules that allow you to spread a group of virtual machines across different hosts or keep a group of virtual machines on a particular host. This is welcomed feature as it’s been a common question from customers who have asked us to keep or split VMs from the backend. I believe it’s also something that’s unique in the IaaS space and allows tenants greater control of VM placement that allows them to configure for certain applications or services requirements.

To configure this as a tenant head to the Administration Menu of the vCD UI and double-click on the Virtual Datacenter. From there you should see the Affinity Rules Tab as shown below.

Once there you have two sections where you can configure Affinity or Anti-Affinity Rules.

To configure the Rules, click on the + button, enter in a Rule Name and select the VMs you want to keep together or split up.

Note that it will error out if a VM is part of an existing rule as shown below.

You can not have the same VM of the same type in more than one rule. If you attempt this you will get a fairly unhelpful error complain talking about an incorrect or missing values.

Taking a look at vCenter, under the Clusters DRS Rules you will see the System created rules as shown below.

What I found interesting looking at the vCenter while the initial rules where create from the vCD UI was that a tiny drsShellVM (1 vCPU, 4MB RAM, No HDD, No Network) gets created during the process. At this stage I have not found out what this does or it’s purpose, but I was intrigued by it’s creation…if anyone can shed some light please comment below.

Overall this is an excellent feature and again…one that tenants will welcome.

vDC Permissions and Live VM Migrations:

I am not going to go dig deep into these features as Tom Fojta has already put through a couple of awesome posts around these and given some examples about how to make the API calls to configure them, but they are worth listing out and mentioning as they do extend the granularity of control in vDC permissions and allow for the importing of a running VM into vDC which had previously been an offline only thing.

Organization VDC Permissions in vCloud Director

Import Running VM to vCloud Director

The implication of the live running import is that together with xVC-vMotion you could think about doing cross VC imports either between IaaS providers or from a customers on-premises site…given the right networking is in place.

References:

https://fojta.wordpress.com/ 

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2015/02/did-you-know-of-an-additional-cool-vmotion-capability-in-vsphere-6-0.html 

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vcd/8-10/rel_notes_vcloud_director_8-10.html

Veeam 9.5: Beefed Up Support for vCloud Director

Veeam have only announced two features of their upcoming v9.5 release of Backup & Replication but it’s exciting to announce that they have chosen to release details of a new enhancement of their vCloud Director support as their third reveal. Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 will give vCloud Air Network Service Providers the ability to tap into a new set of RESTful APIs that adds tenanted, self service capabilities from which to offer Veeam based backup and restores with. These new features can be consumed by SPs either by integrating the features into existing portals or by way of a new Self Service Web Portal that muti-tenanted that is provided by the Veeam Enterprise Manager.

I was lucky to get a sneak peak at this last week at a Veeam Vanguard event in London and Luca Dell’Oca gave us a demo of some pre beta code of the solution. Suffice to say the SPs in the room where delighted and I was certainly not expecting this from Veeam. Veeam have always had strong vCloud Director support and this certainly adds to it’s feature set and solves a significant source of time wastage by Service Provider Help Desk teams in having to deal with restores of VMs, Server Applications and files. Thinking about what that means…SPs that use Veeam Backup & Replication together with vCloud Director will have arguably the best most feature rich backup and restore options of any cloud platform in existence today.

For a more detailed look at some of it’s features visit the link to the Veeam Blog below:

https://www.veeam.com/blog/enhanced-vmware-vcloud-director-support.html

Great to see Veeam supporting vCloud Director on the back of the re-commitment from VMware over the platform late last year. I applaud Veeam for continuing to support Service Provider features in their Backup & Replication suite and this new vCD Self Service Portal goes nicely with Cloud Connect and Cloud Connect Replication.

Well done to the team and can’t wait to be able to offer this to our customers!

Veeam One: Free Edition Powerful And Worth A Look!

Veeam don’t just do awesome Backup & Replication software…they also have, what I think is a highly underrated operations and management and capacity planning platform called VeeamOne. VeeamOne isn’t a new product and in fact it’s been around for a number of years and Veeam pitch the platform against competing products like VMware’s vROPs and other analytics platforms currently on the market.

Veeam® ONE™ is a powerful monitoring, reporting and capacity planning tool for the Veeam backup infrastructure and VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments. It helps enable Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ by providing complete visibility of the IT environment to detect issues before they have operational impact.

Awesome for VCSPs:

I had previously installed v7 and v8 of it in trial form for lab production testing using the 30 day full version trial key but hadn’t installed v9 until last week. What tweaked my interest this time around was the fact that the Free Edition (see below for feature comparison) has full unrestricted support for Veeam Cloud Connect monitoring and reporting. By way of a bonus it also has excellent reporting into vCloud Director instances and in my opinion is a great tool for any Veeam or VMware Service Provider offering Cloud Connect and/or vCloud Director.

For Cloud Connect it gives you a complete overview on what’s happening with all Tenant Jobs and resources and provides excellent detail on the state of all Cloud Connect resources. It also shows you current and historical Cloud Connect Gateway statistics on connections and throughput.

For vCloud Director the Dashboards drill down all the way from Provider to Organisation to vDC to vAPP and to VM level and provides an interesting and useful operational insight into the health and state of vCD resources and objects.

Veeam One Features Comparison:

As mentioned above Veeam have the totally free edition of Veeam One which as seen above is feature rich for VCSPs. But one other thing to consider is that you could deploy the 30 day trial to perform onsite analysis of customers environment as a consulting play or as a way to gather information before moving workloads into IaaS providers.

Head to the link below to download either the Free Trial or Veeam One Free Edition.

https://www.veeam.com/virtualization-management-one-solution-download.html

References:

https://www.veeam.com/virtualization-management-one-solution.html 

 

« Older Entries