Whew the last few days have been full of new releases and VMware is not done yet. I’m not going to spoil anything but I will tell you that the release of vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.5 is not the last announcement you will be seeing from me. I anticipate some other exciting news next week. FOr now check out what’s new in vRO and stay tuned.
vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.5 is a patch release that introduces a number of improvements and bug fixes.
Enhanced workflow logging, including messages that mark the start and the end of the workflow run. In case of failure, the log captures the workflow ID, the request ID, and the exception.
Added ability to run a Debugger in the Orchestrator client when the request is generated by an external system, such as vRealize Automation, the vCenter Web Client, or a REST endpoint.
Introduced Spanish locale support for the Orchestrator plug-in for vSphere Web Client.
vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.5 also introduces Control Center, which delivers a more flexible configuring, monitoring, and troubleshooting experience. Control Center contains multiple built-in capabilities:
It’s no secret that this is a feature that I’m very excited about. This feature although very useful on it’s own is going to open up the door for many new exciting capabilities with out VMware products in the future.
Resource contention is one of the most critical issues in any virtualized environment. When contention occurs, applications slow down and your users are affected. Up until now two different methodologies have been employed to mitigate the risk of contention, with varied results. But now I want to introduce you to the new “game changing” method available from VMware: Predictive DRS! But first a bit of a history lesson on the original two methods.
The first of these is the Reactive Method which focuses on resolving unexpected resource demand. The most widely used example of a reactive solution is VMware’s Distributed Resource Scheduler, or DRS. As the day progresses, workloads may need more resources, which can lead to contention on the host. The reactive method moves VMs around to ensure all workloads get the resources they need and applications remain healthy. Note this method needs only a minimal amount of VMs to be moved in order to be effective, which means minimal overhead. The reactive method only moves VMs when contention approaches, so it’s possible (however remote) for users to feel some effects of the contention before it’s resolved.
Learn more about the other methods available with predictive DRS in the original article on VMware Cloud Management blog site.
Loving the list of new features in vSPjere 6.5? Thinking about digging in and upgrading your lab or other environment? Well if that environment is running NSX you will want to wait just a little longer. vSphere 6.5 is currently not compatible with NSX including 6.1.x and 6.2.x. See KB 2147548 for more details.
Now I have nothing official to say on this, but as you might expect I’m sure this will be resolved once a new version of NSX drops. We have all been there before where we just got the GA announcement of vSphere and rushed to upgrade our virtual labs and oh wait crap, NSX is not supported. This is nothing new this has been the case for last few releases if you recall. You may remember reading this article about vSPhere 6.
This is super exciting news. There are two features in particular that I am very excited to see in vSphere 6.5.
vSphere Integrated Containers – Run docker containers natively (well almost) on top of vSphere. VIC as it has been coined allows you to use the Docker API to spin up Docker containers inside a vSphere VM container. The vSphere VM container runs a super small version of PhotonOS that allows the container to run inside the VM container. This now allows you to run Docker containers with all the benefits of vSphere VM’s with the exception of NSX at the moment. However your containersa can take advantage of another new much anticipated feature.
vSphere Predictive DRS – Predictive DRS is a game-changing new technology that leverages self-learning and predictive analytics provided by vRealize Operations. It learns your environment and based on usage patterns, preemptively rebalances your workloads in advance of upcoming demands and spikes. This ensures your applications remain performant and your workloads get all the resources they need.
These aren’t the only exciting new features, but they are certainly two of my favorites. Among the other new features are:
Scale Enhancements – New configuration maximums to support even the largest app environments
VMware vCenter Server® Appliance – The single control center and core building block for vSphere
vCenter Server® High Availability – Native vCenter Server high availability solution
vCenter Server Backup and Restore – Native vCenter Server Backup and Restore
vCenter Server Appliance Tool – Single step migration and upgrade of existing vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance
REST APIs – Simple, modern developer-friendly APIs
vSphere Client – HTML5-based GUI that ensures fast performance and cross-platform compatibility
Security-at-Scale – Policy-driven security that makes securing infrastructure operationally simple
Encryption – VM-level encryption protects unauthorized data access both at-rest and in-motion
Audit-quality logging – Enhanced logging that provides forensic information about user actions
Secure Boot – Protection for both the hypervisor and guest operating system by ensuring images have not been tampered with and preventing loading of unauthorized components
Cross-Cloud vMotion® –Live migrate workloads between VMware based clouds ( Handy feature for the new Amazon and VMware partnership)
vSphere Replication is VMware’s proprietary hypervisor-based replication engine designed to protect running virtual machines from partial or complete site failures by replicating their VMDK disk files. It provides simple and cost-efficient replication to a distant failover site or between local hosts within a single site. Used standalone or in conjunction with Site Recovery Manager, it offers customers an alternative to traditional storage array-based replication technologies. vSphere Replication is also the engine powering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service and the vCloud Availability for vCloud Director offering targeted for vCAN Service Providers.
What’s New in this release:
5-minute Recovery Point Objective (RPO) support for additional data store types. This version of vSphere Replication extends support for the 5 minute RPO setting to the following new data stores: VMFS 5, VMFS 6, NFS 4.1, NFS 3, VVOL and VSAN 6.5. This allows customers to replicate virtual machine workloads with an RPO setting as low as 5-minutes between these various data store options.
Spanish locale for the product user interface and documentation. This version of vSphere Replication adds support for Spanish language localization of the UI and delivers product documentation in Spanish.
Integration with VMware Analytics Cloud (VAC). vSphere Replication is now participating in the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).
VMware Site Recovery Manager is an industry-leading DR solution that enables application availability and mobility across sites for vSphere-based private cloud environments. Site Recovery Manager is an automation software that integrates with an underlying replication technology to provide automated orchestration of recovery plans and non-disruptive testing.
What’s New in this release?
Integration with vRealize Operations Manager through a new management pack – the vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager 6.5.
Support for vSphere Virtual Volumes through vSphere Replication.
Support for silent installation, upgrade, and uninstallation.
Introducing enhancements to Site Recovery Manager 6.5 Public API.
Support for the vCenter Server HA feature. Site Recovery Manager works normally in the event that vCenter Server HA fails over to another vCenter Server node.
Support for migration of a vCenter Server installation on Windows to a vCenter Server Appliance installation during upgrade.
Support for the Virtual Machine Encryption feature with Storage Policy Protection Groups (SPPGs).
Support for Test Recovery operation when the protected and recovery sites are disconnected.
Integration with VMware Analytics Cloud (VAC). Site Recovery Manager is now participating in the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).
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.
Many of you are at VMworld 2016 and had the opportunity to be at the Keynote Live this morning. However there are those of us that are not at VMworld this year so I decided to put together some highlights from this mornings keynote.
The big theme for the keynote this year was the announcement of VMware Cloud Foundation and Cross Cloud Services. Although I say too much about Cloud Foundation beyond what what was discussed in this mornings keynote I think the below slide really helps shed some light. Although you will hear Cloud Foundation compared to Nutanix, I see it as more than just converged infrastructure. I see it more as a converged cloud. If you look at the let side of the below image you can see that VMware Cloud Foundation includes, Private Cloud as well as VMware vCloud air, and the IBM cloud. The benefit here is all of these environments are built on top of VMware technology. To the right you see the Non-VMware-Based Clouds which includes Amazon, Azure, and Google CP. These would be what’s part of the VMware Cross Cloud Services.