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.

 

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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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Jun 13

vRealize Automation 7 – Custom Email Notifications with the Event Broker part Duex

 

As promised from a few weeks ago I set out to solve the one hole I’ve found with the event broker in vRA 7. As you all know if you read vRealize Automation – Custom Email Notifications with the event broker there are lots of great ways deal with custom html notifications. The event broker exposes all of these phases to take advantage of, the issue of course is that the event broker is only part of those lifecycle phases and doesn’t tie into software components today.

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Jun 08

Are you ready for PaaS?

Platform as a Service technology has been around for a number of years.  Recent business initiatives have created a need for a solution that can speed delivery of applications.  Pivotal Cloud Foundry has seen a growing interest as well as investments.  Ford and Microsoft were recently announced as investors.  As companies develop their DevOps strategy many of the tools have to be integrated together because they are using multiple tools.  With Pivotal Cloud Foundry many of the components are already built into the solution.  If you are looking for an example there is an article about AllState and their experience.

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May 23

Change in IT is Inevitable, Part 3

Hopefully you can now appreciate why Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and other cloud vendors are doing so well.  They have developed services that are quick and easy to consume. Customers don’t have to wait on IT approvals, procurement of hardware or any other IT processes that slow down requests for resources.  This is something we need to think about and start to map out what makes sense to deliver internally versa externally.

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May 20

vSphere to retire the Fat Client in favor of HTML5

In case you missed it vSphere will finally retire that classic windows fat client in favor of the new HTML5 based web client! Take a look at the announcement here. Now you’re probably saying “Yeah we’ve heard that before” but the truth is that this decision and work is long over due and with the recent releases of our Flings it’s clear we’ve got the right work being done on the new HTML5 client.

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May 18

vRealize Automation 7 – Event Broker subscription installation workflows

Alright I’ll admit it, I’m totally a guy who got into automation because I am lazy! Ask my wife, ask my colleagues, I find the easiest way to do everything I can and if I don’t see direct value then I’m probably not participating. Just ask my friends at dailyhypervisor how frustrating I can be if you’re imposing a model that forces me to do something that takes even seconds for me to switch screens. At the end of the day this isn’t a good thing, but it can be a valuable trait and as such I create things that make my life easier and I suppose at least 1 or 2 of you out there will get some value out of it as well.

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May 16

Change in IT is Inevitable, Part 2

In the second part of our series (review the part 1 here)we will discuss the development process.  This is not an all encompassing development education series, just a high level overview.  If you remember from part one the business had a need to update their application.  If we walk thru these processes, we find that in most cases we have a process that looks something like this:

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