VMware Marketing Error?!?

A work colleague of mind has just noticed that there seems to be less features listed under vSphere Enterprise Plus Acceleration Kit than on the vanilla vSphere Enterprise Plus licenses……

I really didn’t notice and was aghast to see it was true:

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vsphere/VMware-vSphere-vSOM-Pricing-Whitepaper.pdf

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I really hope this is a HUGE marketing error and not actually true! TBH, it looks like whoever put together the whitepaper has mistaken the old Enterprise AK for the Enterprise Plus AK…. and just changed the name…. lol….

Although if it is true a lot of people are going to be very annoyed! =)

New Licensing for vSphere and vSOM

So one of the advantages of being a partner is getting hold of information about product launches, promotions and license restructures a few weeks before the official public announcement.

Anyways, now that it’s been announced it’s interesting what VMware have done with vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management.

  • VMware have dropped the Enterprise License from vSphere
  • VMware have dropped both Standard and Enterprise from vSOM
  • vSphere Standard now comes with APIs for Array Integration and Multipathing. But in order to get DRS and DPM customers are now forced to buy Enterprise Plus! (All previously available with Enterprise)
  • vCenter Server Standard will come with 25x OSI licenses for vRealize Log Insight
  • Price increase of vSOM Enterprise Plus from $4,245 per CPU to $4,395.
  • Price increase of vCenter Server Standard from $4,995 per instance to $5,995

Interesting times……

With the dropping of vSOM Std and vROps only packaged with Ent Plus, does that mean they now consider Operations Management as an ‘Enterprise Play’?

And whilst there’s a promotion for 50% discount on upgrades, a lot of customers are going to be pretty peeved at this change in licensing!

I’m not going to say more on this topic as I’ve been asked to write an article for SearchVMware on these price and license changes so stay tuned for that article…. =)

 

Upgrading vRealize Operations to 6.2

Now that vRealize Ops 6.2 has been released, it’s time to upgrade your Ops Manager virtual appliance. So how do you do that? Well, it’s pretty simple actually!

Nearly all of VMware’s virtual appliances have a simple upgrade process where you download an upgrade PAK file and upload it to the admin page of the appliance – and once uploaded it’s just a simple “click and install”….!

  1. First up, download the 6.2 upgrade PAK file from the My VMware Portal. You will required TWO upgrade PAK files, one to upgrade the vApps OS, the other to upgrade the vROps product.
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    For an OS upgrade, the file is: vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-xxx.pak
    For the product upgrade of virtual appliance clusters, the file is: vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-xxx.pak
  2. Before starting the upgrade it’s probably best to either take a backup or a snapshot of your entire vRealize Operations cluster as a precaution.
    Note: The cluster can be online or offline when running the upgrade.
    Log into the master node administrator interface via your web browser:
    https://<master-node-FQDN-or-IP-address>/admin
  3. On the left navigation menu, click Software Update. Note the version that vROps is currently at (for me it was 6.1). Click Install a Software Update.
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  4. Firstly perform the OS upgrade. This updates the OS on the virtual appliance and restarts each virtual machine. Follow the wizard to locate and install the OS PAK file.
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    Note: If you have customised the content that vROps provides – such as alerts, symptoms, recommendations, and policies – and you want to install content updates, a best practice is to clone the content before performing the upgrade. You can then select the option to reset out-of-the-box content when you install the software update, and the update will provide new content without overwriting any customised content.
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  5. Click Upload to stage the upgrade files.
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  6. Once upload has completed, a summary of what the PAK file contains is listed. Click Next and accept the EULA, then click Finish to start the upgrade process.
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  7. Once the upgrade is complete, vROps will restart and you need to log back into the admin page. Navigate to Software Update and you will see a message stating what previous software update was installed.
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  8. Now repeat the upload and installation process for the Product upgrade PAK file.
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  9. Once again, vROps will reboot after the Product upgrade PAK file has been installed. Log back in and navigate to Software Update, you should now see that vROps has been upgraded.
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There you go… nice and simple!

If you encounter any issues, then head over to the vROps 6.2 Release Notes: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vrops/62/vrops-62-release-notes.html

vExpert 2016 Award Announcement

Have to say I’m honoured to be accepted once again as a VMware vExpert for 2016….. Whilst it’s not an official certification or title, it’s nice to be recognised by VMware as someone who contributes to the wider community…. and although I’m not a hugely active person on the VMware community forums (due to having a very busy day job), I’ve always tried to blog about my experiences with VMware products and even help influence my work colleagues and clients with my enthusiasm of all things virtualisation!

One of my goals this year is to build up my company’s profile within VMware UK&I and help push the NSX & VSAN message to customers….. should be an interesting year ahead!

Here’s to another year of hard work! =)

http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/02/vexpert-2016-award-announcement.html

vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 Launched

VMware launched the latest version of vROps last week….. (to little fanfare).

I’ve not yet deployed it in my labs, but from reading the Release Notes there are a few minor enhancements:

  • Enhanced Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) Integration
    vRealize Operations now offers enhanced integration with the vCenter Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) when making and executing workload placement recommendations. The vRealize Operations Manager analytics determine cross-cluster placement opportunities, while vCenter Distributed Resource Scheduler determines the best destination within clusters. The enhanced integration uses all DRS rules, constraints, and enterprise-class capabilities.
  • New Workload Utilization Dashboard
    The Workload Utilization Dashboard enables you to see the object workload utilization for Cluster, DataCenter, and Custom DataCenter containers. The new dashboard incorporates an updated Utilization widget, capable of operating in either a capacity or workload utilization mode.
  • Ability to Import Single Sign-On Users
    As an Administrator, you can now add and authorize new users for vRealize Operations Manager by importing them from a Single Sign-On source.
  • Telemetry Enablement on Upgrade
    This release includes a one-time dialog after you upgrade that allows you to participate in the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program. This program collects anonymous product configuration and usage data to enhance future versions of vRealize Operations.
  • Portable Licensing
    The portable licensing feature adds the ability for customers to license use of the product in vSphere as well as non-vSphere environments.

https://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vrops/62/vrops-62-release-notes.html

It seems that vROps has been enhanced to include a form of “Intelligent Workload Placement” where vROps can use historical information to predict workload trends in order to distribute the workload across your VMware estate. It will then report to you the best form of action to take in order to rebalance the workload across your resources – once you click on the recommended re-mediation action, vROps will then work with DRS to resolve potential contentions by moving the workloads around.

In addition, you get a new dashboard that visually shows you how your workloads are being utilised across the data centre, cluster and hosts.

 

TBH, I’m surprised this was launched prior to the big announcements coming out next week at the “Digital Enterprise” event: http://www.vmware.com/digitalenterprise. I wonder what else is in store for the launch event (bar VSAN 6.2 which everyone knows is being launched!!)

By aptones Posted in VMware