Infrastructure-as-Code: Ansible for VMware NSX

As the project moves into the next phase, Ansible is beginning to be relied upon for the deployment of the individual components that will define the environment. This installment of the series is going to cover the use of Ansible with VMware NSX. VMware has provided a set of Ansible modules for integrating with NSX on GitHub. The modules easily allow […]

VMware Integrated OpenStack vs vCloud Director

If you have not already noticed, a lot of my work these days is in the OpenStack space, specifically using VMware Integrated OpenStack. As often happens when working on a new technology or service offering, I get the question Is OpenStack going to replace VMware vCloud Director as my primary cloud management platform (CMP)? I remember during TAM-day at VMworld […]

VMware Storage I/O Control (SIOC) Overview

The idea for this post has been on the backlog for a really long time. I recently spent a significant amount of time reviewing VMware SIOC — or Storage I/O Control — and became intimately more familiar with its inner-workings. First off, I do not think very much of this information will be new to those who have used, or […]

VMware Virtual SAN Hyper-converged Calculator

I have been heavily involved in designing our next-generation, large-scale hyper-converged (HCI) private cloud architecture at work the past couple of months. As part of that design, we needed a way to easily calculate resources available and cluster sizes using VMware Virtual SAN. When determining the resources available and the effects of the new Virtual SAN 6.2 features, the calculations […]

VMware BDE Template Snapshot

The VMware BDE template uses a snapshot to perform the cloning operation as it deploys a cluster. The ability to create a cloned VM from a snapshot is exposed in the vSphere API with the CloneVM_Task. As part of regular template maintenance, I run a yum update command to make sure the OS gets regular updates and security patches. It helps […]

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