VMworld Tipp: Cloud-Native Applications & vSphere Integrated Containers

Die VMworld 2015 in Barcelona steht unmittelbar bevor. Eine Teilnahme an der VMworld hat für mich schon immer bedeutet über den eigenen Tellerrand zu schauen und ein Gefühl für die aktuellen Trends und Themen der nächsten Jahre zu bekommen. Dazu gehört natürlich auch der persönliche Austausch mit Kollegen aus anderen Firmen, Sessions, Labs, Diskussionsrunden und vieles mehr.

Auf die Frage nach den interessantesten Sessions zum Thema “Zukunft” verweise ich in den letzten Wochen gern auf alles, was sich im Cloud-Native Applications (CNA) Bereich abspielt: die Sessions mit dem Kürzel “CNA”, die Hands-On Labs zum Thema, etc. Warum ich das Thema besonders für vSphere Administratoren und Manager von Virtualsierungsteams als wichtig ansehe werde ich in einem separaten Blogpost erläutern.

Als Teaser und 3:30min Zusammenfassung eines der wichtigsten Announcements rund um Cloud-Native Applications von der VMworld 2015 in San Francisco möchte ich an dieser Stelle auf ein Video hinweisen – viel Spaß mit vSphere Integrated Containers:

MWC15: VMware vCloud for NFV with Integrated OpenStack

During Mobile World Congress 2015, VMware announced VMware vCloud for NFV with Integrated OpenStack (Link1 / Link2) – a new offering for Telcos to support their journey and success with Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Core details from the Press Release:

 

  • VMware vCloud for NFV Helps CSPs Achieve Sustainable Cost Reductions, Improve Time To Market
  • VMware Offers CSPs a Fast, Simple Path to OpenStack Adoption
  • Multi-Vendor vCloud NFV Platform Supports 40+ Virtual Network Functions from 30+ Vendors

 

The offering is tailored to the needs for Telcos to run and manage a scalable horizontal NFV Infrastructure (NFVI). It will consist of VMware’s proven Software-Defined Datacenter components: vSphere, vRealize Operations, Virtual SAN, NSX, vCloud Director and vCloud API and it will also add VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO).

vCloud NFV

To find out more about VMware’s announcements during Mobile World Congress, check out:

To find out more about NFV with VMware, check out the microsite http://www.vmware.com/go/NFV

The VMware vCloud for NFV is the only production proven, multi-vendor NFV cloud platform and supports over 40 Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) from over 30 ecosystem partners.

With the vCloud for NFV Platform, communication service providers (CSPs) can leverage VMware’s industry-leading cloud infrastructure for faster time to market of new and differentiated services while driving sustainable cost reductions through a cloud operations model.

The VMware vCloud for NFV features VMware vSphere®, the industry-defining compute virtualization solution for the cloud; VMware NSX™, the only network virtualization platform that delivers the entire networking and security model from L2-L7 in software; VMware Virtual SAN, software-defined storage that reduces storage CapEx and OpEx; and VMware vCloud Director, a management tool for Telco cloud architectures

By moving Network Functions Virtualization into production today, VMware customers are accelerating their transformation into next-generation cloud providers, building the operational expertise needed to succeed in the cloud era ahead of their competition.

This transformation is possible as a result of the deep multi-tenancy/multi-vendor capabilities of the VMware platform combined with highly developed operations support services that deliver FCAPS for the cloud and the open application programming interfaces (APIs) for integration northbound to applications and service orchestration platforms.

VMware Launch Event – Feb 2, 2015

What an exciting February! I just want to share some of my initial highlights from last nights launch of vSphere 6.0, Virtual SAN 6.0, VMware Integrated OpenStack and much more! There is so much content – make sure to check out https://www.vmware.com/now for additional broadcasts and materials. You will also find lots of tweets (#VMW28days) and amazing blogposts looking at the well-known blogs.

vSphere 6.0

 Virtual SAN 6.0

VMware Integrated OpenStack

Hands-On Labs Updates

vRealize Operations 6.0 – collection of new material

As you may have seen already, vRealize Operations (former vCenter Operations) has been updated to version 6.0 right before Christmas . With this new version, lots of great features have been added and there were lots of changes to the User Interface – mainly the convergence of vSphere and Custom UI. Besides architectural changes, there were also major updates around Views and Custom Reports. I collected some links around version 6.0 that I’d like to share here as well.

Documentation & Whitepaper

Videos

Software-Defined Telco – NFV in Production with VMware

Last night, my blog post about “Software-Defined Telco – NFV in Production with VMware” went live on the VMware Office of the CTO blog. After my VMworld 2014 presentation about the operational considerations in Telco Cloud / Network Functions Virtualization environments and other recent blog posts on this site, this article provides a comprehensive overview on the architectural and technical aspects of NFV with VMware:

It is a very exciting time for the Telco industry right now! In this blog post, I will share some updates and observations on VMware’s current involvement in NFV. Telco providers around the globe are working with VMware on both proof-of-concepts as well as production deployments… Continue Reading…