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VMware on AWS: Thoughts on the Impact to the vCloud Air Network

Last week VMware and Amazon Web Services officially announced their new joint venture whereby VMware technology will be available to run as a service on AWS in the form of bare-bones hardware with vCenter, ESXi, NSX and VSAN as the core VMware technology components. This isn’t some magic whereby ESXi is nested or emulated upon the existing AWS platform, but a fully fledged dedicated virtual datacenter offering that clients can buy through VMware and have VMware manage the stack right up to the core vCenter components.

Note: These initial opinions are just that. There has been a fair bit of Twitter reaction over the announcement, with the majority being somewhat negative towards the VMware strategy. There are a lot of smart guys working on this within VMware and that means it’s got technical focus, not just Exec/Board strategy. There is also a lot of time between this initial announcement and it’s release first release in 2017 however initial perception and reaction to a massive shift in direction should and will generate debate…this is my take from a vCAN point of view.

The key service benefits as taken from the AWS/VMware landing page can be seen below:

Let me start by saying that this is a huge huge deal and can not be underestimated in terms of it’s significance. If I take my vCAN hat off, I can see how and why this was necessary for both parties to help each other fight off the growing challenge from Microsoft’s Azure offering and the upcoming Azure Stack. For AWS, it lets them tap into the enterprise market where they say they have been doing well…though in reality, it’s known that they aren’t doing as well as they had hoped. While for VMware, it helps them look serious about offering a public cloud that is truly hyper-scale and also looks at protecting existing VMware workloads from being moved over to Azure…and to a lesser extent AWS directly.

There is a common enemy here, and to be fair to Microsoft it’s obvious that their own shift in focus and direction has been working and the industry is taking note.

Erasing vCloud Air and The vCAN Impact:

For VMware especially, it can and should erase the absolute disaster that was vCloud Air… Looking back at how the vCloud Air project transpired the best thing to come out of it was the refocus in 2015 of VMware to prop back up the vCloud Air Network, which before that had been looking shaky with the vCANs strongest weapon, vCloud Director, being pushed to the side and it’s future uncertain. In the last twelve months there has an been apparent recommitment to vCloud Director and the vCAN and things had been looking good…however that could be under threat with this announcement…and for me, perception is everything!

Public Show of Focus and Direction:

Have a listen to the CNBC segment embedded above where Pat Gelsinger and AWS CEO Andy Jassy discuss the partnership. Though I wouldn’t expect them to mention the 4000+ strong vCloud Air Network (or the recent partnership with IBM for that matter) the fact that they are openly discussing about the unique industry first benefits the VMWonAWS partnership brings to the market, in the same breath they ignore or put aside the fact that the single biggest advantage that the vCloud Air Network had was VMware workload mobility.

Complete VMware Compatibility:

VMware Cloud on AWS will provide VMware customers with full VM compatibility and seamless workload portability between their on-premises infrastructure and the AWS Cloud without the need for any workload modifications or retooling.

Workload Migration:

VMware Cloud on AWS works seamlessly with vSphere vMotion, allowing you to move running virtual machines from on-premises infrastructure to the AWS Cloud without any downtime. The virtual machines retain network identity and connections, ensuring a seamless migration experience.

The above features are pretty much the biggest weapons that vCloud Air Network partners had in the fight against existing or potential client moving or choosing AWS over their own VMware based platform…and from direct experience, I know that this advantage is massive and does work. With this advantage taken away, vCAN Service Providers may start to loose workloads to AWS at a faster clip than what was done previously.

In truth VMware have been very slow…almost reluctant to pass over features that would allow this cross cloud compatibility and migration be even more of a weapon for the vCAN by holding back on features that allowed on-premises vCenter and Workstation/Fusion connect directly to vCloud Air endpoints in products such as Hybrid Cloud Manager. I strongly believed that those products should have been extended from day zero to have the ability to connect to any vCloud Director endpoint…it wasn’t a stretch for that to occure as it is effectively the same endpoint but for some reason it was strategically labeled as a “coming soon” feature.

VMware Access to Multiple AWS Regions:

VMware Virtual Machines running on AWS can leverage over 70 AWS services covering compute, storage, database, security, analytics, mobile, and IoT. With VMware Cloud on AWS, customers will be able to leverage their existing investment in VMware licenses through customer loyalty programs.

I had mentioned on Twitter that the image below was both awesome and scary mainly because all I think about when I look at it is the overlay of the vCloud Air Network and how VMware actively promote 4000+ vCAN partners contributing to existing VMware customers in being able to leverage their existing investments on vCloud Air Network platforms.

Look familiar?

 

In truth of those 4000+ vCloud Air Network providers there are maybe 300 that are using vCloud Director in some shape or form and of those an even smaller amount that can programatically take advantage of automated provisioning and self service. There in lies one of the biggest issues for the vCAN…while some IaaS providers excel, the majority offer services that can’t stack up next to the hyper-scalers. Because of that, I don’t begrudge VMware to forgetting about the capabilities of the vCAN, but as mentioned above, I believe more could, and still can be been done to help the network complete in the market.

Conclusion:

Right, so that was all the negative stuff as it relates the vCloud Air Network, but I have been thinking about how this can be a positive for both the vCAN and more importantly for me…vCloud Director. I’ll put together another post on where and how I believe VMware can take advantage of this partnership to truly compete against the looming threat of the Azure Stack…with vCAN IaaS providers offering vCloud Director SP front and center of that solution.

References:

http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-newsfeed.VMware-and-AWS-Announce-New-Hybrid-Cloud-Service,-%E2%80%9CVMware-Cloud-on-AWS%E2%80%9D.3188645-manual.html

https://aws.amazon.com/vmware/

VMware Cloud™ on AWS – A Closer Look

https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=VMWonAWS

HOTP: vCloud Air Japan to be Shutdown!

EDIT 2pm AWST: Seems as though the link and announcement has been pulled so take with a grain of salt until it’s confirmed or otherwise.
EDIT 3:15pm ASWT: Link is back.
EDIT 5:15pm ASWT: Link is pulled. Will continue to monitor but read below for info as it was earlier in the day.
Just saw a tweet come through sounded out the news that VMware was shutting down the vCloud Air Service in Japan. This to me was a bit of a shock as I was under the impression that vCloud Air in Japan was strong and the Japanese market had embraced the service.

http://vcloud.vmware.com/jp/using-vcloud-air/vca-customer-letter-japan2016

Above is the statement that just went out via the VCA Japanese page. I’ve copied the translation below:

So it’s good news for the vCloud Air Network providers who in theory will pick up all the business by the 31st of March…but I do wonder what % of current VCA in Japan will move across or feel slightly disgruntled and move to competing platforms.

Given that the page has been pulled down it seems like someone has jumped the gun in terms of the announcement going public. I don’t believe this was a mistake as the statement is too well structured to be that. This more than likely will be made offical over the next week or so. When it is offical it will be interesting to see how VMware deal with the insinuations that will follow in regards to their other VCA Zones.

vCloud Air and Virtustream – Ok…So This Might Not Happen!

Last week I wrote a piece on the talk around vCloud Air’s demise or more to the point…the often suggested demise of VMware’s Public Cloud Platform. The basis for this talk was VMware’s partnership with Google and the joint venture with Virtustream happening as part of the DELL/EMC Merger. For those that missed that post have a read here…but in a nutshell I talked about how VMware can exploit its advantage in the hypervisor space given that the Hybrid Cloud market will be the dominate flavour of Cloud and IaaS for the foreseeable future with a 90 Billion Dollar Hybrid Market by 2020.

Literally a day after writing the post on how vCloud Air and Air Network Partners are critical to VMware’s future cloud play and how the joint venture with Virtustream would be beneficial for VMware and vCloud Air Partners in general I came across this tweet.

While that came a little bit of a shock initially there has been a few more articles surface in the last week that explain the reasons behind this likely about face.

I’m not a financial analyst, but the reasons and explanation behind the impact on the VMW stock price felt on the day of the vCloud Air/Virtustream Cloud Business Unit announcement make sense and the VMW stock has started to semi correct it’s self since rumors of the joint venture being no more came to light.

The issue was that under the original terms, VMware would assume much of the cost of Virtustream’s growing-but-expensive enterprise cloud business and that would hurt the price of VMware’s tracking stock set up as part of the EMC-deal. Now, EMC would assume those costs.

My humble take is that the dollars have gotten in the way of what would have been a really good partnership for both VMware and Virtustream…both sides appeared to bring serious synergies to the joint venture and it was looking really positive for vCloud Air Network partners to benefit from the joining of both sides features and smarts…that said I’m sure all my VMware mates with VMW stock are happy…but that aside VMware and its partners need vCloud Air to remain strong and for serious development to continue on vCloud Director or else that 90 billion dollar Hybrid market will start to go elsewhere.

References:

http://fortune.com/2015/11/25/emc-tweaks-vmware-cloud-deal/
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/24/us-emc-virtustream-https://twitter.com/ThepHuck/status/671145323541241856

vCloud Air and Virtustream – Just kill vCloud Air Already?!?

I’ve been wanting to write some commentary around the vCloud Air and Virtustream merger since rumours of it took place just before VMworld in Auguest and I’ve certainly been more interested in the whole state of play since news of the EMC/VMware Cloud Services spin off was announced in late October…the basis of this new entity is to try and get a strangle hold in the Hybrid Cloud market which is widely known to make up the biggest chunk of the Cloud market for the foreseeable future topping $90 billion by 2020.

Below are some of the key points lifted from the Press Release:

  • EMC and VMware  plan to form new cloud services business creating the industry’s most comprehensive hybrid cloud portfolio
  • Will incorporate and align cloud capabilities of EMC Information Infrastructure, Virtustream and VMware to provide the complete spectrum of on- and off-premises cloud offerings
  • The new cloud services business will be jointly owned 50:50 by VMware and EMC and will operate under the Virtustream brand led by CEO Rodney Rogers
  • Virtustream’s financial results to be consolidated into VMware financial statements beginning in Q1 2016
  • Virtustream is expected to generate multiple hundreds of millions of dollars in recurring revenue in 2016, focused on enterprise-centric cloud services, with an outlook to grow to a multi-billion business over the next several years
  • VMware will establish a Cloud Provider Software business unit incorporating existing VMware cloud management offerings and Virtustream’s software assets — including the xStream cloud management platform and others.

I’ve got a vested interest in the success or otherwise of vCloud Air as it directly impacts Zettagrid and the rest of the vCloud Air Network as well as my current professional area of focus however I feel I am still able to provide leveled feedback when it comes to vCloud Air and the time was finally right to comment after yesterday evening comming across the following LinkedIn Post from Nitin Bahdur

It grabbed my attention not only because of my participation in the vCloud Air Network but also because the knives have been out for vCloud Air almost before the service was launched as vCloud Hybrid Services. The post its self from Nitin though brief, was suggesting that VMware should further embrace it’s partnership with Google Cloud and just look to direct VMware Cloud customers onto the Google Cloud. The suggestion was based on letting VMware Orchestrate workloads on Google while letting Google do what it’s best at…which was surprisingly Infrastructure.

With that in mind I want to point out that vCloud Air is nowhere near the equal of AWS, Azure or Google in terms of total service offerings but in my opinion it’s never been about trying to match those public cloud players platform services end to end. Where VMware (and by extension it’s Service Provider Partners) does have an advantage is in the fact that in reality, VMware does do Infrastructure brilliantly and has the undisputed market share among other hypervisor platforms therefore giving it a clear advantage when talking about the total addressable market for Hybrid Cloud services.

As businesses look to go through their natural hardware refresh cycles the current options are:

  • Acquire new compute and storage hardware for existing workloads (Private – CapEx)
  • Migrate VM workloads to a cloud based service (IaaS – OpEx)
  • Move some application workloads into modern Cloud Services (SaaS)
  • Move all workloads to cloud and have third parties provide all core business services (SaaS, PaaS)

Without going into too much detail around each option…at a higher level where vCloud Air and the vCloud Air Network has the advantage in that most businesses I come across are not ready to move into the cloud holistically and for the next three to five years existing VM workloads will need a home as businesses work out a way to come to terms with an eventual move towards the next phase of cloud adoption which is all about platform and software delivered in a cloud native way.

Another reason why vCloud Air and the Air Network is attractive is because migration and conversion of VMs is still problematic and a massive pain (in the you know what) for most businesses to contemplate undertaking…let alone spend the additional capital on. A platform that offers the same underlying infrastructure as what’s out there as what vCloud Air, the vCloud Air Network partners and what Virtustream offers should continue to do well and there is enough ESXi based VMs out there to keep VMware based cloud providers busy for a while yet.

vCloud Air isn’t even close to being perfect and has a long way to go to even begin to catch up with the bigger players and VMware/EMC/DELL might well choose to wrap it up but my feel is that that would be a mistake…certainly it needs to evolve but the platform has a great advantage and it, along with the vCloud Air Network should be able to cash in.

In the next part I will look at what Virtustream brings to the table and how VMware can combine the best of both entities into a service that can and should do well over the next 3-5 years as the Cloud Market starts to mature and move into different territory leading into the next shift in cloud delivery.

References:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/should-vmware-kill-vcloud-air-instead-use-google-cloud-nitin-bahadur

http://www.crn.com/news/cloud/300077924/sources-vmware-cutting-back-on-vcloud-air-development-may-stop-work-on-new-features.htm

http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-newsfeed/EMC-and-VMware-Reveal-New-Cloud-Services-Business/2975020-manual?x-src=paidsearch_vcloudair_general_google_search_anz&kw=nsx%20+vcloud%20air&mt=b&gclid=Cj0KEQiAj8uyBRDawI3XhYqOy4gBEiQAl8BJbWUytu-I8GaYbrRGIiTuUQe9j6VTPMAmKJoqtUyCScAaAuGv8P8HAQ

http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/PressReleases/hybrid-cloud.asp

OVFTool: vCloud Director vApp Export PowerShell Script

Last week I had a requirement to look at how to allow customers to export VM’s and vApps from our vCloud Director Zones without using the UI. I’ve known about the OVFTool for a while but never really had the need to use it in anger…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 vCloud Air Network Provider.

You can Download and install the tool from here: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=OVFTOOL410&productId=491

Upon doing some research I found a bunch of posts relating to importing OVFs into vCloud Director, vCloud Air or vCenter’s but not a lot around the export side of things…after working through the Admin Guide and some examples I was ready to build out a basic export 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

Note: The VM/vApp needs to be offline for the export process to take place.

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:

Wanting to take it a step further to make it easier for our customers to download their vApps I put together a quick and nasty PowerShell Script that can be used for all ZettaGrid Zones. The output of the script can be seen below:

It’s a very basic script that acts to break down the required components that make up the vCloud Source Connection String and then saves the OVF to the same folder where the OVFTool is installed.

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 export and download VMs and vApps from any vCloud Director enabled endpoint.

Behind the Scenes:

I thought it would be interesting to see what happens behind the scenes on the vCloud Director Cells when the OVFTool is brought in do it’s magic….When the OVFTool Authenticates against vCloud the following entries are seen in the cell.log of the active vCenter Proxy Cell.

When the Enable Download task is executed the cell begins to copy the vApp to the Cell Transfer directory which is the staging area vCloud Director uses for all VM/vApp related copy/move/import/export functions…During this copy the OVFTool displays the Waiting for Server Task status. If you where able to view the contents of the director created in the transfer location you would see the vmdk growing in size as shown below:

If you check into the vCloud Director UI and browse to the vApp you will see that the vApp is Busy with a status of Enabling Download.

Once the copy has finished the OFVTool starts the download and once that is complete (or there is an error) the files in the vCloud Director Transfer area are deleted. In my testing I haven’t witnessed any continuation or pick off where it last failed mechanism.

Feel free to take the script and do with it what you will…it can be pretty easily modified to connect to any vCloud Air Network Partner or vCloud Air its self.

Additional Reading:

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

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

HOW-TO: Install PIP and VCA-CLI for vCloud Air|Director on Windows

There is a lot of talk going around how IT Pros can more efficiently operate and consume Cloud Based Services…AWS has lead the way in offering a rich set of APIs for it’s clients to use to help build out cloud applications and infrastructure and there are a ton of programming libraries and platforms that have seen the rise of the DevOps movement…And while AWS has lead the way, other Public Clouds such as Azure (with PowerShell Packs) and Google have also built self service capability through APIs.

With the release of VMware’s vCloud Air Services over the last 18 months there has been an increased number of CLIs and Libraries for interfacing with the vCloud Director based services including vCloud Air and VMware’s vCloud Air Network Partners who use vCloud Director as their Cloud Abstraction Layer.

The reality is that vCloud Director has always has a rich set of APIs (check out the API Online Doco Here) but during the early days of the VMware vCloud Powered Program only a small number of Services Providers truly exploited the power of the vCD APIs…this was part of the reason why VMware felt the ecosystem was not growing as it had wanted and part of the reason why they went down the path of building their own services.

Interested in being able to offer my partners and clients an alternative to Web Based creation and management of vCloud Director I stumbled across a project that Paco Gomez has been developing called VCA-CLI which is based on pyvcloud which is a Python SDK for vCloud Director and Air. Being Python based you have the option of running it pretty much on any OS you like…the steps below show you how to install and configure VCA on a Windows 8/10 OS and how to connect up to a vCloud Director based Cloud Org.

1. Download and Install Python and PowerCLI for Windows

VCA-CLI is built on the Python SDK for vCloud Director and requires Python to be installed and configured on the Windows OS. While you don’t need PowerCLI to run the PIP and VCA-CLI commands I like the option of being able to connect to vCloud Director or vCloud Air within the same window using the Connect-CI command.

Head to the Python site and download the installer…I discovered an error while trying to install VCA-CLI with Python 3.4.3 and the 3.5.x builds so you want to go with a 2.7.x version.

https://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.7.10/python-2.7.10.amd64.msi

Choose the default directory and make sure in the next step you select the option to Add python.exe to Path to make things easier to execute pip and vca-cli.

As you can see PIP has also been chosen for installation so now we are ready to install VCA-CLI. Assuming you have installed PowerCLI (latest version 6.0 R1) fire up a PowerCLI session and confirm that pip is available.

2. Install VCA-CLI

I found that installing VCA-CLI works more consistantly and without issues from the Command Prompt, so fire up an Administrator CMD Session and run

pip install vcal-cli

PIP will go off and download all the required components and configure VCA-CLI.

Open a PowerCLI window and check to ensure that VCA-CLI has been installed as shown below.

 3. Use VCA-CLI to Connect to vCloud Director Organization

In the example below I am connecting to the vCloud Org that’s hosted in one of ZettaGrid’s Availability Zones that contains the Virtual Datacenter that hosts this Blog Site.

In the second example below I am connecting up to my vCloud Air On Demand Service.

All ready for action…I’ll be looking to post some more articles around VCA-CLI and how to interact with the commands to deploy VMs and Applications on ZettaGrid…which can then be taken and applied to any vCloud Director based Cloud…such is the power of the vCloud Air Network!

References:

https://github.com/vmware/vca-cli
https://github.com/vmware/pyvcloud
http://vca-cli.readthedocs.org/en/stable/
https://pypi.python.org/pypi/pyvcloud/12c1

Quick Fix: vCloud Air Gateway Unreachable

I’ve just come across a situation in my vCloud Air On Demand Service where the Edge Gateway was showing up as unreachable.

Given vCloud Director is backing the vCloud Air Platform I identified this as a rare, but familiar occurrence of the vShield Edge VM either not being deploying correctly, or somehow loosing connectivity with its Manager. The good news is the fix is straightforward…

Click on Manage in vCloud Director in the top Right of the VCA Console.

This will launch the vCD UI…from there Click on Administration -> Your vDC -> Edge Gateways…You should see a System Alert next to the Edge…clicking on that alert will actually reload the page (my assumption is that this is either a vCD UI Bug, or System Alert Popups have been blocked by VMware) so what you need to do is Right-Click on the Edge and select Re-Deploy…you will also notice that all other options are grayed out, confirming that the Edge VM is unmanageable.

As shown above the Redeploying Edge Gateway Status will be displayed while the VM is being redeployed in the backend. This could take about 5 minutes…once done heading back to the VCA Console, hitting the Refresh Button should result in the alert disappearing and the Edge Gateway is now manageable again.

vCloud Air Network: Zettagrid Cloud Datacenter Signup and VM Provisioning

Earlier in the week I did up a post on the vCloud Air On Demand Signup Process. As I’ve blogged about in the past, VMware reaffirmed their commitment to their Service Provider Partners and created the vCloud Air Network Program with the idea that together with VMware’s own Public Cloud offering…partner Hosted Platforms based on vSphere and vCloud Director help to create a large ecosystem that can be used as a common platform that acts as a stepping stone for Hybrid based cloud solutions built with industry leading Virtualization technolgies.

Zettagrid is one of the most innovative vCloud Air Network Hybrid Cloud Providers in the world and leads the APAC region with our automation and provisioning technologies which help clients consume Virtual Datacenter resources quickly and efficiently. We are doing this by abstracting vCloud Director into our MyAccount Portal and by automating the consumption of Cloud Resources.

As I did with vCloud Air On Demand, the video below goes through a complete Zettagrid Cloud Datacenter purchase, account creation and resource provisioning and then goes through a deployment of a WordPress Appliance with the publishing of networking services to connect up to the site and VM to the outside world…all this in under 16 minutes. There is also a $250 Promo code on offer for eligible new customers.

Sign Up Here

  • Amount: $250 AUS in service credits
  • Term: 30 days from sign up to use the value

More Info on ZettaGrid Cloud Datacenter

vCloud Air On Demand: Initial Sign Up and $500 Promo Code

Signing up with the promo code below gives you $500 of initial service credits and you are also in the draw for $500 in additional service credits for vCloud Air On Demand…there will be a winner drawn every week until the end of June by the VMware VCA Team with winners notified by email.

As seen in the first video you will need to use a new MyVMware account to get the $500 service credits…existing accounts are not eligible for the start up credits.

Sign Up Here

  • Amount: $500 USD in service credits
  • Expires: 6/30
  • Term: 90 days from sign up to use the value

vCloud Air On Demand has been available for a while now and extends the VMware vCloud Air Network to include locations run and operated by VMware…together with their Air Network Partners the platform can be extended to offer a perfect use case for Dev and Test, as well as Extending Existing Applications beyond on-premises or currently hosted deployments.

The videos below go through the sign up process, a walk through of how the service appears in the MyAccount Portal and finally the initial login into the VCA Portal.

Signing up with the promo code below gives you $500 of initial service credits and you are also in the draw for $500 in additional service credits for vCloud Air On Demand…there will be a winner drawn every week until the end of June by the VMware VCA Team with winners notified by email.

As seen in the first video you will need to use a new MyVMware account to get the $500 service credits…existing accounts are not eligible for the start up credits.

Sign Up Here

  • Amount: $500 USD in service credits
  • Expires: 6/30
  • Term: 90 days from sign up to use the value

More Info on vCloud Air On Demand

VMware Photon: vCloud Air Network Deployment

This week VMware announced information around their Cloud Native Apps strategy…VMware Photon and Lightwave are aimed at the ever growing Container market with VMware open sourcing their own lightweight Linux Microservice Server released as Photon.

Photon provides the following benefits:

  • Support for the most popular Linux container formats including Docker, rkt, and Garden from Pivotal
  • Minimal footprint (approximately 300MB), to provide an efficient environment for running containers
  • Seamless migration of container workloads from development to production
  • All the security, management, and orchestration benefits already provided with vSphere offering system administrators with operational simplicity

Photon is optimized for vSphere and vCloud Air …and by extension vCloud Air Network Service Provider platforms. I wanted to be able to offer Photon pretty much right away for ZettaGrid clients so I went about downloading the Tech Preview and created a shared Catalog vApp that can be deployed on any of ZettaGrid’s three Availability Zones.

In the video below I go through deployment of the vApp from the ZettaGrid Public Catalog, setup and run the nginx Docker container app example on the Photon VM and configure the networking using the MyAccount Portal in combination with the vCloud Director UI.

Requirements:

  • vCloud Air Network Account Details (ZettaGrid used in example)
  • Virtual Datacenter with at least 500MB of vRAM and 20GB of available storage
  • DHCP Configured on the Edge Device (VSE in this case)
  • A Spare IP Address to publish the nginx web server.

Video Walk through:



So there you go…Photon is good to go and hopefully we can start to see an uptake of Container Based workloads running on vCloud Air and Air Network Platforms. Looking forward to what’s to come in this space!

Further Reading:

http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-newsfeed/VMware-Introduces-New-Open-Source-Projects-to-Accelerate-Enterprise-Adoption-of-Cloud-Native-Applications/1943792

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/20/vmware_rolls_its_own_linux_for_microservices_stack/

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2015/04/collection-of-vmware-project-photon-lightwave-resourceslinks.html