New Releases of VMware’s Cloud Management Solutions

Today, is the announcement of the general availability of new and enhanced releases of the industry-leading portfolio of cloud management solutions (read the press release). The products available today include VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8, and VMware IT Business Management Suite. It is very gratifying to be delivering to the market the products we originally unveiled at VMworld 2013 Europe in Barcelona in October (press release).

This GA marks a major milestone in VMware’s mission to help our customers on their journey to IT as a Service (ITaaS) and their adoption of the cloud. It covers the whole of our cloud management portfolio with critical new capabilities – a user friendly self-service portal for agile service delivery, management of physical storage devices as well as business critical applications providing health and performance visibility across the service stack, automated cost comparisons of infrastructure services across private and public clouds, just to name a few.

Designed specifically for dynamic virtualized and cloud environments, VMware’s management solutions simplify and automate how IT is managed across multiple clouds and platforms. The new enhancements and product to the VMware cloud management portfolio include:

  • VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 offers a self-service catalog for requesting and managing all types of IT services across multiple clouds and platforms including now VMware vCloud Hybrid Service and OpenStack to provide customers with on-demand access to any service and reducing time to value.
  • VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8 extends visibility and insight into the performance of applications running on Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services, improved performance analytics for a broad range of storage arrays, and enhanced support for business critical applications including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • VMware IT Business Management Suite ITBM Suite 1.0 Standard Edition is the newest member of the VMware family of management products enabling infrastructure and business stakeholders to quickly understand the cost and consumption of their virtual infrastructure across private and public cloud environments. VMware IT Business Management Suite 8.0 Advanced and Enterprise editions introduce additional persona-based dashboards tailored to the CIO, CFO of IT, IT project managers and line-of-business owners.

As customers progress to ITaaS, we believe that CIOs and IT organizations must evolve from being just builders of IT services to both builders and brokers of services. This means making strategic decisions of where to source services – whether internally on a private cloud, externally from a cloud service provider or both via the hybrid cloud. With this GA, we are further delivering on the critical capabilities required of a service broker: on-demand access to any service, cost transparency, automated operations, and the ability to deliver and manage services on any cloud and any platform.

 

For Goodness Sakes – I almost Forgot to Write my Pre-VMworld Blog Post!

ImageMany of you out there are preparing for your annual decent to San Francisco for VMworld 2013.  I’ve been busily preparing my schedule, stuffing every available time-slot (double, even triple booking in some cases).

As customary, I will highlight a few of my “recommended” sessions as well as other events / attractions that any attendee must try to make!  Some, or all of these may be of interest to you, but you can bet I will be there and if you catch me I will be sure to buy you a beer (that is, if it is a bar situation ;^))

Highlighted Management Track Sessions:

I had the honor and pleasure to sit through a few customer dry-run sessions – and my impression was that these presenters are the best of the best – the rich content and their presentation abilities blew me away!

  • Troubleshooting at Cox with Log Insight and vC Ops. Tuesday, 11:30-12:30 VCM5034
  • Covance – Ensuring Clinical Trial Patient Safety with vC Ops. Tuesday 5:30pm VCM5577

Next – With the recent addition of vCenter Log Insight and enthusiasm coming from its launch, CTO John Herlocker hosts a “Spotlight Session” covering the world of log analytics.

  • THE SPOTLIGHT SESSION on Log Insight. Monday, 3:30-4:30

Ok, I just love working with Bernd Harzog (APM Experts & The Virtualization Practice).  His session was top ranked last year, and this year he will presenting:

  • Building the Management Stack for your SDDC. Bernd Harzog of the Virtualization Practices gives you his take (not VMware’s) on what you need to do. Monday, 5:00-6:00 VCM4869

I often get asked what VMware is doing around automation – of course vCOPS is built on an analytics platform that enables automated operations (automated thresholding, smart alerts, capacity mgmt., etc…).  But VMware also leverages the power of vCO across the entire platform, and the following is a great technical session on how to harness the power of vCO:

  • How to Build a Self-Healing Data Center with vCenter Orchestrator VCM5695-Wednesday, 8:30-9:30

Entertainment and fun:

If that wasn’t enough fun,  I will also be “manning” the VMware Management Lounge on the expo floor – don’t ask me where it is, because I have to find out for myself when I’m there, but there will be giveaways and refreshments!

Next, Be sure to make it to the other “social events e.g. the hottest ticket in town #vmunderground party, as well as my colleagues defending their title at the #vflipcup – the full schedule is outlined on the VMware community gatherings page.

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Ok – I’m off to pack and spend some time with the family before I’m away for a week.

Cheers and see you there!!

@benscheerer

New VMware vCenter Log Insight – Cool Features

I wanted to take a moment to jot down a few cool impressions on VMware’s new vCenter Log Insight.  vCenter Log Insight was recently announced, and is initially available in beta – but still providing a number of very cool features and integration with vCenter Operations Manager.

I want to first highlight the easy to use query language.  In this example we are investigating an intermittent SCSI / latency problem – using the power of logs, we were able to quickly find the common “unstructured” data thread.  I liked this simplistic approach rather than having to learn and support a complex / proprietary query language as in other tools.

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By simply entering “SCSI performance deteriorated” we start to pick-up quite a bit of data and I can see the frequency these events have hit, as well as the spike at June 20, @ 12pm– now I can start refining this query to fit my needs.

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I can even drill-down using linked “extracted fields”, as well as extract additional fields based on how you wish to refine your query making it repeatable and easy to use/learn.

Next, it would be helpful to understand things like average SCSI latency over time – refining the query even further you, can choose “average” function over a specified period of time.

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Furthermore this may be a query that you may want to run multiple times, therefore you can add it to a new, or existing dashboard.  Also adding constraints, or thresholds, gives the user the ability to monitor queries and filter out data that is not significant.

Finally, and this is the cool part, vCenter Operations Manager integration allows Log Insight data to vCOps, giving a single view into the structured and unstructured performance data allowing for a more comprehensive and accurate view of your virtualized / cloud and supporting physical infrastructure.

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For more information check out the vCenter Log Insight product web page and view the introduction video.

@benscheerer

Cloud Automation ROI – The business impact of accelerating IT service delivery

Improved operational efficiency is certainly a compelling motivation for deploying a dynamic on-demand private cloud infrastructure.

In fact, the automated service delivery capabilities of VMware’s cloud automation software have improved VMware customer’s operational efficiency by an average of 80% or more by utilizing resources on more strategic initiatives.  However, if you were to ask our customers with a year or more of deployment experience what their biggest benefit was, the response would likely be improved service delivery times that enable greater productivity or allow the business to address new opportunities quicker than the competition.

Getting compute resources into the hands of business enables companies to access new business opportunities.  For companies who rely on IT systems to differentiate their business, VMware’s cloud automation software allows companies to dramatically shorten the delivery time of initial provisioning and ongoing changes from days to hours and minutes.

Our latest blog post (Cloud Automation ROI – The business impact of accelerating  IT service delivery ) highlights how VMware’s cloud automation software can help your company improve business productivity, enable new business opportunity and help you keep up with the accelerating pace of business.Image

Need help deploying your private cloud infrastructure or developing your Cloud Automation business justification? Contact us and our experts can help your team build the business case and the solution that will maximize your IT productivity.

@bscheerer

VMworld Public Voting is OPEN! -and is in its last week!

I am so excited to see another VMworld right around the corner, and I had my thoughts about my 2013 session submission soon after my sessions in 2012.  This year I decided to take a more pragmatic approach to understanding what differentiates VMware’s management solutions from others on the market.

We often get question like:

Such ‘n such product tells me that my environment needs to be right-sized, vC Ops tells me something different

or even

“The vCenter numbers and vC Ops numbers differ, why? Who do I believe?”

These are great questions and that is why we decided to go to the lab and put this to the test, essentially to help explain why the results are what they are.  So we are hell-bent to set the record straight.  Here are some examples:

Rightsizing messageAre 3rd party automated actions really in the best interest of performance?  Or do they conflict with native schedulers? Maybe even the vSphere platform??

 

What is the vC Ops Health Model? How come vC Ops has different metrics, such as “Demand”, than in other tools (even vCenter itself)demand

 

Vote

Please vote for session 5412 by signing-in and voting here.

Thank you, and I looking forward to seeing you at VMworld 2013!!

@benscheerer

VMworld 2013 – Call for Papers Ends on April 12th, Have You Thought About Submitting a Session Abstract?

Another VMworld is looming amongst us, coming in August in San Francisco and October in Barcelona. Currently call for papers is open until April 12th (that’s next Friday folks!) I’d like to extend an offer (similarly to what I did last year) to customers of VMware vCenter Operations to participate in a technical session on how vC Ops technology assisted in solving a particular challenging situation in your environment.

I’m keeping it easy this year, I am not requiring that you battle with your corporate marketing department for permission to use your company name in any promo, or reference activities – just work with me to hone your story and present alongside myself and another seasoned VMware presenter / technologist.

What I’m looking for:

1) A story that tells a compelling use case around vC Ops (I see a LOT of blogs and tweets out there, and there is some great stuff!) – could be around the use of a dashboard, super metric, adapters, feature (e.g. VIN) / function, etc…

2) A vC Ops Customer from both Americas (to present in SF) and EMEA (Barcelona)

3) Someone who is comfortable in presenting in front of a large audience

What do you get?

1) As an accepted speaker, you receive a free pass to VMworld!

2) Exposure to your peers and a platform to show-off your progress with VMware technology

3) An opportunity to attend additional (unadvertised) VMware functions (TBD)

Guarantees

Even though I am a VMware Employee, I am in the same boat as other session submitters – meaning that this call for papers proposal is NOT guaranteed to be on the VMworld session roster – VMworld general session slots are highly competitive, given high demand and limited number of slots… But I believe that working with a solid customer story weaved-in with a technical use-case and presented by both the VMware product / technical teams, alongside a customer, that we stand a good chance.

Contact me NOW!

If you are interested, or have any questions please send me an email – please reach out to this alias vcopsstorypromo@vmware.com and I will respond with my direct email.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Ben Scheerer @benscheerer

Expectations for VMware Partner Exchange (PEX)

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Next week is the annual VMware Partner Exchange – PEX conference for VMware partners in Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay).  This is VMware’s premier partner event where partners come to learn what’s new with VMware, also to enable partners to be better equipped to position and sell/implement VMware solutions.  Not to mention that this conference also gives partners access to VMware SMEs and executives!

 

First, I must plug my own sessions!  I will be presenting in 3 sessions:

1)    CI1523 – Winning Against Microsoft System Center

2)    MGT1238 – Selling vCenter Operations Management in Competitive Environments

3)    MGT1369 – Understanding the vCenter Operations Management Technical Differentiators in Competitive Environments

 

I am looking forward to meeting with the many values VMware partners as well as all my friends I’ve made within the industry over the years (you know who you are!).  Also, to hear the stories from our partners on how their VMware partnership has (and will) drive more value for them and their customers.

 

Apart from the sessions, I will be meeting with partners and spending time on the expo floor working the VMware booth.

As for the social aspect – I will certainly be attending the “VMware PEX 2013 Unofficial Official Community Tweetup sponsored by HP Storage and Veeam” as well as enjoying Third Eye Blind on the party night.

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For those who will be attending, please be sure to stop by my sessions, the booth, the tweetup – or simply send me a tweet @benscheerer.

 

-Ben

@benscheerer

Travel Through Spain

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Spain/Paris 2012, a set on Flickr.

During a recent trip to Barcelona for VMware, VMworld 2012 EMEA. I was able to bring my family along and spend some time ont he back end exploring the city and region. Following are my Flickr photos (post processed of course!)

Enjoy!

Using VMware vC Ops to Solve Capacity & Performance Issues for a SAP P2V Migration

From VMworld 2012 – Join Ben Scheerer (VMware) and Consultant Joe Filippello (VMware Partner Apparatus) in a short video interview on how Joe leveraged vC Ops at a large pharmaceutical company in central Indiana to solve capacity and performance issues resulting from in their large SAP P2V migration. Ben also speaks of the OPS-CIM1775 session at VMworld Barcelona which includes winner Eric Krejci and vExpert Eric Sloof!

Photos From VMworld 2012 – San Francisco

ImageArrival at SFO – Catching the BART to Downtown

ImageThe Experts!

ImageMy picture with the IT Ninja (Seth McCluskey) – http://www.vmwarecloudmanagement.com

ImageThe vFlipCup winners! – The VMware Interns

ImageA proud team

ImageVMworld Party Night – from on top of the MetreonImage

ImageBon Jovi

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