VMware Cloud on AWS First Steps

KEV JOHNSON | July 19, 2019 | 70 views

So you read the last post on getting started with VMware Cloud on AWS as a vSphere admin, and you’re itching to get started? That’s great! In this post I’m going to walk you through the VMware Cloud on AWS first steps. We’ll setup the Customer VPC and then deploy your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. First things first, we need to define some boundaries. If you’re wanting to connect anything in your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC to the native Amazon Web Services (AWS) like S3 then you need to define your AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). The VPC is a construct that details how your AWS resources communicate with each other, as well as how your AWS services are billed. If you don’t already have an AWS.

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Why Are Businesses Tilting Towards VDI for Remote Employees?

Article | December 7, 2021

Although remote working or working from home became popular during the COVID era, did you know that the technology that gives the best user experience (UX) for remote work was developed more than three decades ago? Citrix was founded in 1989 as one of the first software businesses to provide the ability to execute any program on any device over any connection. In 2006, VMware coined the term "virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)" to designate their virtualization products. Many organizations created remote work arrangements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the phenomenon will continue even in 2022. Organizations have used a variety of methods to facilitate remote work over the years. For businesses, VDI has been one of the most effective, allowing businesses to centralize their IT resources and give users remote access to a consolidated pool of computing capacity. Reasons Why Businesses Should Use VDI for their Remote Employees? Companies can find it difficult to scale their operations and grow while operating remotely. VDI, on the other hand, can assist in enhancing these efforts by eliminating some of the downsides of remote work. Device Agnostic As long as employees have sufficient internet connectivity, virtual desktops can accompany them across the world. They can use a tablet, phone, laptop, client side, or Mac to access the virtual desktop. Reduced Support Costs Since VDI setups can often be handled by a smaller IT workforce than traditional PC settings, support expenses automatically go down. Enhanced Security Data security is raised since data never leaves the datacenter. There's no need to be concerned about every hard disk in every computer containing sensitive data. Nothing is stored on the end machine while using the VDI workspace. It also safeguards intellectual property while dealing with contractors, partners, or a worldwide workforce. Comply with Regulations With virtual desktops, organizational data never leaves the data center. Remote employees that have regulatory duties to preserve client/patient data like function because there is no risk of data leaking out from a lost or stolen laptop or retired PC. Enhanced User Experience With a solid user experience (UX), employees can work from anywhere. They can connect to all of their business applications and tools from anywhere they want to call your workplace, exactly like sitting at their office desk, and even answer the phone if they really want to. Closing Lines One of COVID-19's lessons has been to be prepared for almost anything. IT leaders were probably not planning their investments with a pandemic in mind. Irrespective of how the pandemic plays out in the future, the rise of remote work is here to stay. If VDI at scale is to become a permanent feature of business IT strategies, now is the moment to assess where, when, and how your organization can implement the appropriate solutions. Moreover, businesses that use VDI could find that the added flexibility extends their computing refresh cycles.

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How to Start Small and Grow Big with Data Virtualization

Article | June 9, 2022

Why Should Companies Care about Data Virtualization? Data is everywhere. With each passing day, companies generate more data than ever before, and what exactly can they do with all this data? Is it just a matter of storing it? Or should they manage and integrate their data from the various sources? How can they store, manage, integrate and utilize their data to gain information that is of critical value to their business? As they say, knowledge is power, but knowledge without action is useless. This is where the Denodo Platform comes in. The Denodo Platform gives companies the flexibility to evolve their data strategies, migrate to the cloud, or logically unify their data warehouses and data lakes, without affecting business. This powerful platform offers a variety of subscription options that can benefit companies immensely. For example, companies often start out with individual projects using a Denodo Professional subscription, but in a short period of time they end up adding more and more data sources and move on to other Denodo subscriptions such as Denodo Enterprise or Denodo Enterprise Plus. The upgrade process is very easy to establish; in fact, it can be done in less than a day once the cloud marketplace is chosen (Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP). In as little as six weeks companies can realize real business benefits from managing and utilizing their data effectively. A Bridging Layer Data virtualization has been around for quite some time now. Denodo’s founders, Angel Viña and Alberto Pan, have been involved in data virtualization from as far back as the 1990’s. If you’re not familiar with data virtualization, here is a quick summary. Data virtualization is the cornerstone to a logical data architecture, whether it be a logical data warehouse, logical data fabric, data mesh, or even a data hub. All of these architectures are best served by our principals Combine (bring together all your data sources), Connect (into a logical single view) and Consume (through standard connectors to your favorite BI/data science tools or through our easy-to-use robust API’s). Data virtualization is the bridge that joins multiple data sources to fuel analytics. It is also the logical data layer that effectively integrates data silos across disparate systems, manages unified data for centralized security, and delivers it to business users in real time. Economic Benefits in Less Than 6 weeks with Data Virtualization? In a short duration, how can companies benefit from choosing data virtualization as a data management solution? To answer this question, below are some very interesting KPI’s discussed in the recently released Forrester study on the Total Economic Impact of Data Virtualization. For example, companies that have implemented data virtualization have seen an 83% increase in business user productivity. Mainly this is due to the business-centric way a data virtualization platform is delivered. When you implement data virtualization, you provide business users with an easy to access democratized interface to their data needs. The second KPI to note is a 67% reduction in development resources. With data virtualization, you connect to the data, you do not copy it. This means once it is set up, there is a significant reduction in the need for data integration engineers, as data remains in the source location and is not copied around the enterprise. Finally, companies are reporting a 65% improvement in data access speeds above and beyond more traditional approaches such as extract, transform, and load (ETL) processes. A Modern Solution for an Age-Old Problem To understand how data virtualization can help elevate projects to an enterprise level, we can share a few use cases in which companies have leveraged data virtualization to solve their business problems across several different industries. For example, in finance and banking we often see use cases in which data virtualization can be used as a unifying platform to help improve compliance and reporting. In retail, we see use cases including predictive analytics in supply chains as well as next and best actions from a unified view of the customer. There are many uses for data virtualization in a wider variety of situations, such as in healthcare and government agencies. Companies use the Denodo Platform to help data scientists understand key trends and activities, both sociologically as well as economically. In a nutshell, if data exists in more than one source, then the Denodo Platform acts as the unifying platform that connects, combines and allows users to consume the data in a timely, cost-effective manner.

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Addressing Multi-Cloud Complexity with VMware Tanzu

Article | May 26, 2021

Introduction With cloud computing on the path to becoming the mother of all transformations, particularly in IT's ways of development and operations, we are once again confronted with the problem of conversion errors, this time a hundredfold higher than previous moves to dispersed computing and the web. While the issue is evident, the remedies are not so obvious. Cloud complexity is the outcome of the fast acceleration of cloud migration and net-new innovation without consideration of the complexity this introduces in operations. Almost all businesses are already working in a multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud environment. According to an IDC report, 93% of enterprises utilize multiple clouds. The decision could have stemmed from a desire to save money and avoid vendor lock-in, increase resilience, or businesses might have found themselves with several clouds as a result of the compounding activities of different teams. When it comes to strategic technology choices, relatively few businesses begin by asking, "How can we secure and control our technology?" Must-Follow Methods for Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Success Data Analysis at Any Size, from Any Source: To proactively recognize, warn, and guide investigations, teams should be able to utilize all data throughout the cloud and on-premises. Insights in Real-Time: Considering the temporary nature of containerized operations and functions as a service, businesses cannot wait minutes to determine whether they are experiencing infrastructure difficulties. Only a scalable streaming architecture can ingest, analyze, and alert rapidly enough to discover and investigate problems before they have a major impact on consumers. Analytics That Enables Teams to Act: Because multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud strategies do not belong in a single team, businesses must be able to evaluate data inside and across teams in order to make decisions and take action swiftly. How Can VMware Help in Solving Multi-Cloud and Hybrid-Cloud Complexity? VMware made several announcements indicating a new strategy focused on modern applications. Their approach focuses on two VMware products: vSphere with Kubernetes and Tanzu. Since then, much has been said about VMware's modern app approach, and several products have launched. Let's focus on VMware Tanzu. VMware Tanzu Tanzu is a product that enables organizations to upgrade both their apps and the infrastructure that supports them. In the same way that VMware wants vRealize to be known for cloud management and automation, Tanzu wants to be known for modern business applications. Tanzu uses Kubernetes to build and manage modern applications. In Tanzu, there is just one development environment and one deployment process. VMware Tanzu is compatible with both private and public cloud infrastructures. Closing Lines The important point is that the Tanzu portfolio offers a great deal of flexibility in terms of where applications operate and how they are controlled. We observe an increase in demand for operating an application on any cloud, and how VMware Tanzu assists us in streamlining the multi-cloud operation for MLOps pipeline. Apart from multi-cloud operation, it is critical to monitor and alarm each component throughout the MLOps lifecycle, from Kubernetes pods and inference services to data and model performance.

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Virtualization can transform your company’s IT infrastructure

Article | February 18, 2020

For many companies in today’s highly competitive, rapidly digitizing world, data center transformation is not merely a one-time project – it’s a constant challenge. No corporate IT leader should be content merely to revamp their data infrastructure once, then call it a day. Instead, they should always be looking for ways to make their approach to data more dynamic and easier to scale. Ideally, they’d do so in a way that maximizes resource utilization while minimizing costs. Luckily, that’s exactly the idea behind virtualization, which involves creating a new infrastructure that’s capable of rapidly scaling and facilitating workload development. IT leaders are quickly coming to realize that with virtualization in their toolbox, they’re able to make their operations more agile than ever, and without increasing costs. This is why over 80% of enterprise server workloads today are running on virtual machines, and the market for data center virtualization is expected to reach a total value of $10 billion by 2023.

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Scality offers enterprise-grade support for ARTESCA on vSphere

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Scality today announced that their ARTESCA lightweight, cloud-native object storage platform is now officially supported on VMware vSphere/ESXi virtualization systems. This gives vSphere customers production-level ARTESCA virtual machine (VM) capabilities, with functionality comparable to physical servers and increased deployment options. In this time of supply chain challenges producing long lead times for physical storage server hardware, which can postpone company objectives, virtual machine support is very crucial. Traditionally, enterprise-grade storage needed hardware with an integrated CPU, memory, and disk capacity. Scality was a pioneer in overcoming the requirement for bespoke hardware by focusing solely on software and leveraging conventional server platforms. ARTESCA now deviates from typical storage needs by supporting production-level workloads on flexible, widely used VMware vSphere virtual infrastructures, including VMware vSAN compatibility and live migration capabilities. In addition to giving clients more deployment options, this allows partners and resellers to provide solutions to customers more quickly by avoiding supply chain delays, resulting in a faster time to revenue. Scality ARTESCA, which will be available in 2021, is rethinking object storage for the new cloud-native era. It offers both a compact footprint at the edge and data center scalability. ARTESCA is a lightweight, cloud-native object storage solution that combines full enterprise-grade features with rapid access everywhere data dwells. "Ongoing supply chain disruptions hamper business goals and growth. We're supporting ARTESCA software-based object storage on VMWare's ubiquitous vSphere environment to offer a solution that bypasses current supply conditions by eliminating new hardware requirements. Companies can move forward with the data storage and management they need." Paul Speciale, chief marketing officer, Scality

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SmartX Releases HCI Kit Community Edition: Free HCI with Community Support

SmartX Inc | June 30, 2022

SmartX, a modern IT infrastructure innovator, has released the HCI Kit Community Edition, a free version of its hyperconvergence product SmartX HCI. The Community Edition includes core HCI software SMTX OS and management platform CloudTower. It is freely available, easy-to-deploy, feature-rich, and community-supported, providing easy access to hyperconvergence for worldwide users. The Community Edition allows users to experience core features of SmartX HCI, including SMTX OS (community edition) that provides compute virtualization, distributed block storage, as well as network & security. ELF: the native hypervisor that optimizes performance and streamlines operations & maintenance. ZBS: the distributed block storage with the reliability and high performance battle-tested in production across financial services and other industries. Everoute: the network and security product that provides micro-segmentation, securing east-west traffic with distributed firewalls for virtual machines. CloudTower (community edition) that provides multi-cluster management, capable of managing clusters across datacenters with one unified platform. Designed for anyone interested in experiencing HCI, the Community Edition can be installed to learn, evaluate, or use conveniently with zero cost. HCI enthusiasts could get hands-on experience and see how HCI achieves simplicity, flexibility, and efficiency; End users considering HCI products could compare it with other alternatives and run a proof-of-concept test, before making a decision; IT engineers could deploy it for Dev & Test, starting with a small scale. The installation and deployment of Community Edition are quite simple. It can be deployed on mainstream commercial x86 servers. The whole process takes approximately 2 hours*, users can check the minimum hardware requirements and guidance on the official website. The Community Edition offers a 30-day free trial, and before it expires, users could apply for a free community perpetual license. SmartX also supports users to switch to Commercial Editions seamlessly to unlock more advanced capabilities. Additionally, users could join SmartX Community on Slack, to get support from the community experts, and exchange ideas and feedback with professionals in IT infrastructure, distributed systems, and the cloud.

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Leading Danish Service Provider Nuuday Selects Netcracker as a Strategic Partner for Major IT Transformation Program

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Netcracker Technology and Nuuday announced today that Nuuday, the largest telecom service provider in Denmark, has selected Netcracker as its strategic partner for the largest IT transformation program in the Nordic region. Netcracker’s cloud-native, microservices-based Digital BSS/OSS portfolio and Professional Services will serve as the cornerstone of the project to help the service provider eliminate legacy solutions, quickly launch new services and create superior digital customer journeys. The transformation program will support all of Nuuday’s lines of business, including broadband, TV, mobile and B2B services. Nuuday will also leverage Netcracker Managed Services for the solution, which will be hosted in the public cloud. “We are now making the largest IT investment in our company history with the purpose of replacing complex systems and re-engineering our commercial and operational processes to make life easier for our customers,” said Jon James, CEO of Nuuday. “We want to accelerate our pace of innovation and transform Nuuday into one of the most digital and advanced telcos in Europe.” “Netcracker is thrilled to partner with Nuuday through this strategic initiative to modernize its BSS and OSS systems,” said Benedetto Spaziani, GM at Netcracker. “Netcracker is making its mark in the Nordics, and we are excited for the opportunity to help realize Nuuday’s vision to become best in class.” “In Netcracker, we have found the perfect partner with a solid delivery record and previous success with large IT transformation projects, Together with Netcracker, we will apply a best-of-suite approach and build a new modern IT stack that will allow Nuuday to concentrate on customers, channel management and product innovation.” Monika Gullin, CTO of Nuuday About Netcracker Technology Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, offers mission-critical digital transformation solutions to service providers around the globe. Our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and professional services enables large-scale digital transformations, unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization and the changing mobile ecosystem. With an unbroken service delivery track record of more than 25 years, our unique combination of technology, people and expertise helps companies transform their networks and enable better experiences for their customers. About Nuuday Nuuday is a united family of strong and well-known brands with the shared purpose of making sense with technology. Our family consists of YouSee, Telmore, Hiper, Blockbuster, TDC Erhverv, NetDesign, YouTV, eesy and Relatel, and together we represent the TV, broadband, network, telephony and entertainment of the future. We deliver innovative digital services to most Danish households and businesses across cross-functional teams, 33 nationalities and more than 3,800 unique colleagues. As Denmark’s leading digital service provider, we aspire to use technology to create a more meaningful future for our customers and society.

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