Dec 01

Apcera – Modernize legacy apps by providing persistent data in a container

Well it’s been an exciting month as I get hands on with Apcera and move further up the stack to focus on applications more. I have to say based on what I’ve seen just in the last 3 weeks has blown me away and I can’t wait for all of you out there to get as excited as I am about the potential.

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Nov 07

It’s time for a new challenge at Apcera

For those of you following me over the past couple months or years, you probably already know and understand I’m the kind of guy who gets driven and passionate about technology that truly solves problems. The kind of guy who falls in love with software that enables the future and today I’m making that next move in my career. As you probably already know I’ve been working my way into the application space more and more and honestly feel like IT Ops has the ability to provide a platform like Apcera and provide a flexibility to the app teams that is better than any of us might have imagined.

So what drove me to Apcera? These simple key items won me over:

  1. I watched a live application workload move from VMware, to GCP, to AWS, to Azure, and back to VMware within a few moments (Remember your first vMotion moment???)
  2. Finally a platform that provides a means to run containers in production without all the operational nightmares that exist today
  3. A chance to be involved in a start up atmosphere and really drive value for customers and take on the challenge of automating the application components
  4. Founder is Derek Collison

If you haven’t taken a look at it yet I encourage you to take a look at the whiteboard below or hit me up and I’ll go through the whiteboard and demo examples.

 

Now the question that might be lingering in your mind, what about VMware and vRA specifically? I can tell you without question that you’ll see some great integrations here focused on Apcera and VMware! I am still and always will be a VMware guy top to bottom. I would also love to keep promoting content for vRA and if you or someone you know are looking for a blog you can contribute to please reach out as this community has grown strong and you’ll be able to hit lots of people with your content!

 

 

 

Aug 23

vRealize Automation 7.1, Operations 6.3, and CloudClient 4.2 released!

Ladies and gents just before VMworld and the activity level is at an all time high. Today we announced vRA 7.1, CloudClient 4.2, and  vR Ops 6.3

No better time than the present to start playing with these great new technologies!

vR Ops here’s the release notes

vRA release notes

CloudClient release notes

As an additional note we have officially introduced the Sample Workflow packages to consuming the vRA payload properties. Download those here

BTW if you want to use vRA 7.1 you can quickly get up to speed with software provisioning with my post here

 

Aug 23

VMworld 2016 – Another speaking session added

Ah what a glorious week leading up to VMworld. I love the buzz and excitement as well as being a representative for some of the coolest tech in the world. Due to some of the work here I recently got asked to come in and speak with Bryan and Daniel who are doing some killer work using vRA to automate vRA. If you’re going to be around on Thursday please come see me and them at

http://www.vmworld.com/uscatalog.jspa?search=MGT8543

or join my special group discussion on Wednesday (This is a very limited capacity so register early and enjoy the lively discussion)

http://www.vmworld.com/uscatalog.jspa?search=mgt10764

and of course if you’re interested in the future of containers as a service

 

http://www.vmworld.com/uscatalog.jspa?search=CNA7454

 

Aug 17

vRealize Automation 7 – Agent Install Wizard for 7.0 thru 7.1

As Hannibal from the A-Team used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together!”

Well thanks to the work over the past few months it’s all starting to come together. First I created the installer workflows that made it easy to build out a install wizard, then I updated the combination of prepare_vra_template.ps1 scripts to support 7.0-7.1 for Windows guest, and now I’m releasing the quick and easy way to get your software components provisioned with 2 fundamental steps.

  1. Run install wizard in vRO
  2. Check the box in vRA on your blueprint

That’s all you need to do to be up and running with software components! As usual I’ve recorded and provided the video to you below. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 12

vRealize Automation 7 – vRA Windows Agents Deployment Script

Quick background story cause I think you all have been there… You get this great automation that works flawless on day 1 then you find yourself running to fix it as new releases start to come out. So here’s my example!

December 2015, vRA 7.0 is released and I immediately see ways to automate the agents and give you an even quicker time to value for vRA. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 11

Join Me At VMworld – Event broker group discussion has been added!

Well VMworld is finally here this month and I’m in full preparation for my breakout session with Paul, meetings with customers, and all around fun in Las Vegas! If you followed any of my earlier posts you’ll likely recall that I had submitted a number of sessions but due to the limited slots I couldn’t get one focused the Event Broker. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 02

vRealize Automation 7.1 – OOTB IPAM integration with Infoblox Webinar Intro

Well ladies and gents it’s almost that time again, time for the next major release of vRA and this time with 7.1 we’re adding some great out of the box content which includes a direct integration with our partners from Infoblox.

Below is the info and a link to register for the introduction webinar.

Streamline IPAM-DNS Operations in a VMware Cloud Environment
As the number of VMs in your SDDC continues to grow, the task of assigning IP addresses and DNS host records for VMs becomes very challenging.
Join this webinar for a chance to win an Apple Watch; and learn how Infoblox DDI and VMware vRealize Automation can help you:
  • Automatically scale services up and down
  • Reduce time to value
  • Support your next-generation virtual data center
  • Utilize IT resources more efficiently
Watch a live demo on how Infoblox out-of-the-box integration with VMware vRealize Automation can automatically provision and de-provision VM IP and DNS host records in minutes.
See how easy it is to scale VMs up and down as well as how to automatically provision an NSX load-balancer.

 

Click here for access

Jul 19

Introduction to Containers as a Service – Come see us at VMworld!

Are you struggling to keep developers from utilizing Amazon and Google services? Have you seen an increase in large Linux servers being requested? Do you want to provide a service offering that your developers can and do want to use? Look no further than this session.

 

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Jul 07

vRealize Automation 7 – Custom request form using XaaS

Have you ever wanted to simplify the catalog request form? Maybe your users don’t qualify to know how many CPUs or Memory are needed? Perhaps all you need is to have a custom request form using XaaS!

Well today I’m here to help with a simple workflow that you can customize to make your own request form. As always feel free to check out the video below, and download the package from here.

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