SovLabs – Solutions for VMware vRealize Automation

If you have been to the VMware Solutions Exchange you most certainly have seen the name SovLabs.  Although their solutions are regularly called plug-ins, I assure you they offer more than just orchestrator-based plug-ins.  I first started working with their solutions earlier this year and I was instantly hooked.  Many of you have used vRO extensions that were made available by Tom Bonanno or myself posted here on Dailyhypervisor.  One in particular is the custom hostname extension for vRA.  While that extension has helped hundreds if not more of you, many of you quickly discovered the downside of using it.  That downside being management overhead and lack of support.  As much as we would have liked to offer support to those in need we simply don’t have the bandwidth to do so.  Even upgrading the extension we put out for new versions of vRA in a timely manner had its challenges for us.

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Put away the computer and take a relaxing trip

I have been so busy I haven’t had time to put any articles together in quiet some time.  I know many if not all of you have the same issue.  Never enough time in a day to do all the things you need to get done and the back log just keeps piling up.  Every once in a while you need to just get away and reboot.  Take some time and do something peaceful and relaxing.

If you are like me and you like to scuba dive I want to invite you to step away and enjoy a great time diving the beautiful reefs of Bonaire.  Bonaire is just an all around awesome place to dive.  If you have never been this is more a demand then a request because you simply have to explore the over 100 different dive locations on Bonaire.

One of my favorite things about Bonaire is although you can do boat dives, you don’t have to.  Bonaire offers 24/7 hour shore diving.  You simply pull up, gear up, and get in the water.  I can also say of all the sites I have dove I have not found one that wasn’t amazing in it’s own right.

So if you enjoy diving and need to plan a getaway and leave work behind come join us on our Bonaire trip in February 2018.  I dare you.

https://www.westshorescuba.com/community/events/viewevent/182-bonaire-2018

 

Release Announcement – vRealize Automation vRA 7.2

While I was away on vacation last week it seems VMware had another exciting round of releasing starting with the Release of vRA 7.2.  Probably the most anticipated feature is the new Azure Endpoint.  Although this is a very exciting feature there are some other very exciting enhancements as well.  Enhancements to the API, container support, installation API, and one of my personal favorites Scale out/scale in.

GA date: 22 November 2016

What’s new?

The vRealize Automation 7.2 release includes resolved issues and the following changes:

 

  • Azure endpoint.
  • Configuration API enhancements.
  • Containers.
  • Enhanced installation API.
  • Enhanced upgrade API.
  • Entitlement enhancements:
    • Add all users.
    • Delete inactive enhancements.
  • Import vcd workloads to import vCloud Director workloads.
  • IPAM Framework expansion to allow vendor plug-ins to support on-demand routed networks.
  • Leap support – API & UI to OpenLDAP support.
  • Migration improvements:
    • Migration now accessible from the installation interface.
  • Scale out/scale in for XaaS objects.
  • New EBS events for blueprint components:
    • Pre- and Post- Event for each blueprint component.
    • Before|After request, Before|After Allocation, and so on.
  • Scale out/scale in for XaaS objects.
  • Selectable Algorithm for On-Demand Load Balancers on the blueprint.
  • ServiceNow integration to ITSM tools integration with ServiceNow. Available from Solution Exchange.
  • Service Monitor URL added for HTTPS.

 

Download details:

Download landing page https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VRA-720&productId=569&rPId=13853
Release Notes http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-automation-72-release-notes.html
Documentation https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-automation-pubs.html

Release Announcement – vRealize Automation 6.2.5

Still running vRA 6.x, then you will be happy to hear vRA 6.2.5 is now GA and boast some great performance improvements.  See blow for more details.

GA Date:11/17/16

 What’s new?

Enhancements

  • Hotfix Management with toggle feature.
  • SCVMM 2012 R2 support.
  • Enforce lease maximum.
  • Option to hide price and cost with toggle feature.
  • Thick Eager Zeroed disk is supported.
  • Correct Change Owner request status.
  • Display IP address for SCVMM workloads
  • Display correct status for Amazon reconfigure operation.
  • Windows 10 and SLES 12 Guest OS support.
  • Added retry mechanism during failure of catalog resource creation
  • Sync virtual machine description and renaming in vCloud Air to vRealize Automation.
  • Enhanced DEM to avoid crashes.
  • Enhanced telemetry to capture more data: post provisioning, NSX, License, ASD.

Performance Improvements

  • A 70 to 90% gain in vSphere Agent data collection.
  • From 70 to 50 seconds for vCloud DIrector state data collection.
  • From 2 hours to 8 mins for vCloud DIrector inventory data collection in scaled environments.
  • Memory improved for Amazon inventory collection.
  • 50% gain on fabric group listing and actions.

Download Details

            Download Page:                    

https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_automation/6_2

            Release Notes:       

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-automation-625-release-notes.html

Amazon and VMware better together….

I’m sure you have all heard the news about the VMware and Amazon partnership.  I’ve been getting loads of questions from people and it seems that their are misconceptions on what exactly this means short term.  Here is some of what I have heard and some clarification as to what it really is.

The offering will be VMware’s hypervisor running nested on top of AWS. – False

The offering is actually the vSphere hypervisor running on bear metal running inside Amazon’s data center.

I want AWS features, not just vSphere in another datacenter.  I don’t see any AWS value or features with this offering – False

The machines running on vSphere in the AWS datacenter can take advantage of lots of AWS offerings such as storage, database offerings, security, analytics, and from what I understand 70 other services.  While it’s not the ability to use the AWS API to provision workloads this is still huge.  This of projects you may have that utilize AWS services interacting with workloads running in your own physical data center and the what you have to do you secure those interactions.  Now you have the ability to run the workloads inside the same data center as those services greatly reducing the complexities of securing those communications.

It’s great but what about NSX?

In the offering vSphere, NSX, and vSAN are all available.  I can’t speak to how the cost and licensing works with regards to these, but they are all available.

When will this be generally available?

It is expected to be available sometime late H2 2017.

As more and more info becomes available it will become even more apparent how much value this will add to the enterprise datacenter.  Most organizations today have a disconnect when it comes to their on-prem and off-prem workloads.  Having a standardizes infrastructure, standardized process, and standardized integrations can only lead to less complex and more manageable infrastructure.  As more information becomes available that can be shared I will certainly be focusing more on this area and once possible I will certainly be providing some insight and sneak peaks into this great new partnership.