Five Strategic Acquisitions That Reshaped VMware

Five Strategic Acquisitions That Reshaped @VMware

Five Strategic Acquisitions That Reshaped VMware

Watching VMware grow from a being a young silicon valley startup to a formidable force in the enterprise market was interesting. It is one of the fastest growing entities in the history of computing. With a market cap of $36B and a revenue of $6B, it was positioned as the fifth largest software company by Forbes.


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Where qualified partners stand with EVO:RAIL + What does the Future Hold for the product?

SearchVMware.com have just published a two-part article of mine where I’ve discussed the different QEP offerings in EMEA and what the future holds for EVO:RAIL….

I couldn’t believe how hard it was to get decent technical material regarding some of the partners EVO:RAIL appliance… Fujitsu and HDS were the hardest to get any info from – and by info I mean how it integrates with their other products, what value-add they bring to the table, etc.

Anyways, have a read here and let me know if you agree:

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/Where-qualified-partners-stand-with-EVORAIL

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/What-the-future-holds-for-VMware-EVORAIL

Upgrading vCenter Server Appliance to 6.0 update 1

So now that VMware have released their latest updates, I thought it would be a good time to upgrade my demo environment. Whilst I’ve carried out numerous upgrades/patches on previous releases of the vCSA, I’ve not yet carried one out for the vCSA 6.0.

BTW, I’ve previously documented my vCSA upgrades, so pop along to these posts if you want more info:
Upgrading vCenter Server Appliance to 5.5
Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5.0a
Installing/Upgrading vCenter Server Appliance 6.0

One of the first things you will notice with the vCSA 6.0 is the lack of the Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) page – all configuration is now carried out via the Web Client! (Although this has been re-introduced with update 1, see further down this post).

For previous versions of the vCSA there were 2 upgrade/update processes:

  1. In-place update – If it was a minor update or patch (so staying within a major release, eg. 5.5 -> 5.5a), then this could be deployed via the VAMI under the upgrade tab.
  2. Migration update – If it was a major update (so moving from one major release to another, eg. 5.1 -> 5.5), then you would deploy the new vCSA and migrate the data from your old one.

In order to update or patch the vCSA 6.0 you will need to use the appliancesh command-line interface. There is a command called ‘software-packages’ which is used to update/patch the software on the VCSA.

One of the new features with vSphere 6.0 Update 1 is the ability to do an in-place update for major releases – accomplished by mounting the update ISO to your existing vCSA and performing the upgrade using the ‘software-packages’ command. This is a handy new feature that reduces the need to copy data between your old and new appliance which occurs with the migration update – obviously helping to reduce the overall downtime!
(Note: a vCSA 5.x to vCSA 6.0U1 upgrade still requires the migration approach as the vCSA has been re-architected!).

Another new feature is the reintroduction of the VAMI page (https:// <vCSA_FQDN> :5480), and the best thing about it is that VMware have now completely re-written it using HTML5…. Yay! =)
TBH, most of the features available on the VAMI page can be accessed by using the appliancesh CLI.
As part of the re-introduction of the VAMI page, you will be able to update the vCSA directly from the Update tab and configure it to point to VMware’s online repository to pull down the latest patch/update.

Anyways, I digress….. here are the instructions on how you go about upgrading the vCSA 6.0 to 6.0 update 1 (Remember, take a backup or snapshot your vCSA prior to upgrading!)

  1. If you have an external PSC, then the process is the same as upgrading the vCSA. However, upgrade your PSC first as that provides the authentication to your vCSA. Once the PSC has been upgraded, the vCSA can be next.
  2. Download the Upgrade ISO from the My VMware Portal. Select VC and 6.0.0 as the product. – the version of the ISO you want to download is the one labelled FP (Full Patch), rather than then one labelled TP (Third Party)
    vcsa1
  3. Mount the ISO to your vCSA using Web Client or vSphere Client (Don’t worry about the mounted ISO as during the installation process it will unmount the ISO after staging the install and before it shuts down the vCenter services).
  4. Log in to your vCSA either via SSH (using a program like Putty) or via the console from the client.
    Note: Be aware that if you log in via the client, you may lose connection when the installer stops the vCSA services (to continue re-log in via the client onto the host the vCSA resides on). You may have to enable SSH from within the vCSA DCUI:
    vcsa2
  5. Run the following command to stage and install the upgrade from the ISO:
    Software-packages install –iso –acceptEulas
    vcsa3
  6. Once the upgrade is completed, reboot the vCSA using the following command:
    Shutdown reboot –r “vCSA upgrade”
    (Note: In order to use the reboot command, a reason is required)
    vcsa4
  7. To check your vCSA has been upgraded, either open the console to the vCSA or access the new VAMI page using the root account:
    vcsa5 vcsa6

The whole upgrade process took me about 15mins to complete….. it’s quite a pain-free process (assuming you don’t run into any issues). =)

VMworld 2015 breakout sessions now on YouTube

Unknown to most out there, VMworldTV has been busy uploading recordings onto their YouTube channel.

All the General Sessions are available to watch, and currently there are around 54 breakout session videos available – sessions such as:

Definitely worth watching if you have (a lot of) free time on your hands! =)

….. and with that, it’s only 3 more weeks till VMworld 2015 Europe!! =)

vSphere 6.0 update 1 and Virtual SAN 6.1 released (plus other goodies)

…. and so just a week after VMworld 2015 US, VMware have released vSphere 6.0 update 1 and a number of other product updates….. without ANY fanfare….. it was such a silent release that the first I heard about it was when all the community bloggers started posting up announcements!

Anyways, here are the products released today:

vSphere ESXi & vCenter Server 6.0 update 1 Download
vSphere ESXi 6.0 update 1 Release Notes
vCenter Server 6.0 update 1 Release Notes

Note: There has already been a KB released regarding the upgrade:
https://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2015/09/alert-important-information-before-upgrading-to-vsphere-6-0-update-1.html

In addition to vSphere and vCenter Server, all the other components of vSphere/vCenter received an update:
vSphere Update Manager 6.0 update 1
vSphere Replication 6.1

vSphere Data Protection 6.1
vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 6.0.3

The good news is that VUM is now integrated into the Web Client!! =)

SRM got an update as well:
Site Recovery Manager 6.1 Download
Site Recovery Manager 6.1 Release Notes

This brings some cool stuff to SRM like:

  • Policy-based management – offering New protection groups using vSphere storage policies for protection of VMs.
  • Support for Auto-mapping of stretched NSX networks (using Universal Logical Switches).
  • Support for stretched storage (like EMC VPLEX), that now includes the ability to use vMotion to move VMs from Site A to Site B.

Although no news on whether Site Recovery Manager Air (for vCloud Air DR) has been launched yet….. =(

Most importantly is the launch of Virtual SAN 6.1:
Virtual SAN 6.1 Download
Virtual SAN 6.1 Release Notes

This new update now:

  • Supports stretched VSAN clusters that span two geographic locations to protect data from site failures or loss of network connection (using the feature of Fault Domains).
  • Support for 2 node ROBO configurations.
  • Enhanced Replication (RPO of 5mins with vSphere Replication)
  • Support for SMP-FT
  • New hardware options (such as support for the new flash devices: Intel NVMe, Diablo UltraDIMM)

Also loads of updates to the vRealize Suite of products:
vRealize Operations Manager 6.1.0 Download
vRealize Operations Manager 6.1.0 Release Notes
vRealize Log Insight 3.0 Download
vRealize Log Insight 3.0 Release Notes
vRealize Automation 6.2.3 Download
vRealize Automation 6.2.3 Release Notes
vRealize Code Stream 1.2.0 Download
vRealize Code Stream 1.2.0 Release Notes
vRealize Business Standard 6.2.3 & vRealize Business Advanced/Enterprise 8.2.3 Download
vRealize Business 6.2.3 Release Notes
vRealize Business Advanced/Enterprise 8.2.3 Release Notes

In addition, the new version of vCloud Director was released for Service Providers (no long available for end-users) which offers vSphere 6.0 and NSX 6.1.4 support, there are also some minor Org vDC template and vApp Enhancements.
VMware vCloud Director 8.0 for Service Providers Download
VMware vCloud Director 8.0 Release Notes

Horizon also got a minor update earlier this month:
Horizon 6 version 6.2 Download
Horizon 6 version 6.2 Release Notes

VMworld 2015 Europe – My Sessions

So after spending several days trawling through the VMworld Europe schedule builder, I’ve finally sorted out all my sessions (although I’m on the waiting list for 2 of the sessions)!

However, I’m quite disappointed with some of the scheduling this year… Big focus on the likes of NSX, vCloud, VSAN, and a lot of the good technical breakout sessions all clash!! =(

Monday 12th October 2015 (Partner Exchange)
PAR6641 – How to Time to Sale and Increase your Deal Size for VMware’s End-User Computing Business
ELW-SDC-1603 – VMware NSX Introduction Workshop
PAR6419 – Whats New with vCloud Air
PAR6390 – VMware’s Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Solution
PAR6389 – Winning SDDC deals against competition

Tuesday 13th October 2015
STO6085 – What’s New in Site Recovery Manager – Technical Deep Dive
STO5877 – What’s New in Virtual SAN
HBC4849 – vCloud Air 2015 – Getting Started with Hybrid Cloud
STO5605 – What’s New in Site Recovery Manager
SDDC5440 – VMware Validated Designs – An Architecture for the SDDC

Wednesday 14th October 2015
STO6556-GD – Stretched Clusters with Lee Dilworth and Rawlinson Rivera
EUC5573 – Introducing Project Enzo – Low Cost, Simplified Desktop and Application Deployment and Management
NET4989 – The Future of Network Virtualization with VMware NSX
HBC5008 – vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Technical Deep Dive
STO6089 – Automation for vCloud Air Disaster Recovery – VMware Technical Preview

Thursday 15th October 2015
EUC5052 – Beyond the Marketing: Horizon 6 Technical Deep Dive
STO6228 – Monitoring and Troubleshooting Virtual SAN, Current and Future
NET5640 – Building a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with EVO:RACK and NSX Integrations
SDDC4797 – EVO:RAIL 2.0 Deep Dive
INF5803 – Deploy Hundreds of VMs Instantly via Forking

As you can see, I’ve pretty much packed out my session schedule yet again this year!!

I wonder if they’ll be running the same VMworld Leaderboard competitions like the previous years….. I was 7th in 2013 and 12th in 2014 (although I reckon I should have been higher as some sessions didn’t record the points!). Although TBH, I’ve never found out whether there’s any prizes for topping the leaderboard – probably just bragging rights! =)

…. sounds a bit sad to try to top the leaderboard, but given that I’m there to learn and attend as many sessions as possible, I guess a little competition never hurt anyone! =)

See you in Barcelona! Drop by and say hi if you see me…..