vSphere 5.5: vSphere Ruby Console

The release of vSphere 5.5 includes the support and availability of the vSphere Ruby Console (RVC). RVC is an interactive object oriented command line interface utility based on the Ruby programming language. RVC was initially introduced by VMware some time ago as a fling.

The utility has evolved into a fully supported tool for both the Windows version of vCenter Server and the Linux version of vCenter Server Appliance (VCVA). RVC, is similar to other common tools like PowerCLI, ESXCLI, and can be used to manage and troubleshoot vSphere environments. RVC can be used to perform basic commands that create vSphere inventory objects like datacenters, clusters, virtual machines, etc.

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Introducing vSphere Flash Read Cache

vFRCVMworld 2013 starts with bang!!!!! with the announcement and release of vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFRC). vFRC is VMware’s VM-centric data service caching solution in vSphere 5.5, which fits into the Software-defined Storage strategy from a VM-centric data service level. vFRC is a write-thru (read) cache solution design to accelerate performance of read intensive applications. With the emergence of flash in servers, vFRC unlocks usage capabilities of flash based devices in vSphere virtualized environments. vFRC can be used for both, virtual machine as well as host consumption.

The vFRC infrastructure is made up of two parts. The first is flash read cache infrastructure that provides a resource management layer that is utilized to pool all host side flash devices together as a single resource. The second part is the flash read cache software. Virtual machines disks and ESXi hosts can then consume the flash resource simultaneously based on reservations.  Host swap cache and virtual flash read cache capacity can both be allocated from the same virtual flash resource at the same time. Host swap Cache also provides legacy support for Swap-to-SSD featured. Host swap cache reservations are immediately allocated and reserved for host usage where as virtual flash read cache reservations are allocated only when the virtual machines powers on. read more…

VMware Sessions @ OpenStack Summit, Vote!

Team-OpenStack-LogoHere at VMware we have been busy making sure that your favorite VMware products, from old-standbys like vSphere + vCenter to new technologies like NSX, VSAN, and vCOPs, all work well with OpenStack.

As a result, we will have a strong presence at this year’s OpenStack summit to help people understand the unique value these technologies bring to OpenStack.  Beyond talking to us at the expo booth, another opportunity to learn about VMware’s OpenStack involvement is to watch one of the many sit-down sessions (or watch the online videos after the fact).   One part of the selection process for these sessions is user voting.  Please check out the sessions below related to OpenStack + VMware and vote for those that seem interesting!

The only requirement for voting is that you are a member of the OpenStack Foundation.   If you are not a member, joining is easy and takes only a few minutes: https://www.openstack.org/join/

Presentation by VMware:

Presentations by VMware Customers and Partners


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VMware+OpenStack at VMworld 2013

Team-OpenStack-LogoAs we get closer to the big show in San Francisco, the VMware team is getting more and more excited about the program we are building around OpenStack at VMworld. For those of you interested in learning more about OpenStack + vSphere, there will be a full team at the show dedicated to answering all your questions about how vSphere integrates with the OpenStack framework. The team is composed of several VMware and OpenStack technical experts with in-depth knowledge of vSphere and OpenStack who are ready to answer any and all questions about vSphere integration with OpenStack. The folks from Team OpenStack @ VMware will be at the OpenStack+VMware booth so feel free to stop by and tickle our brains.

Heading into the show, I did want to point out a few things that I feel are very important, but not always clear in the market.  The interest from customers in OpenStack is undeniable. That’s the driving motivation behind our support of OpenStack. The customers are interested. However, a major misconception is that a win for OpenStack is a loss for VMware. OpenStack is a framework for building clouds. Some customers are interested in an open, standard API and the ability to choose from a variety of best-in-class components to build their cloud. VMware has made a clear decision to support heterogeneous data center and cloud environments based on OpenStack. VMware has been contributing code to multiple OpenStack projects to bring proven, enterprise-grade platform features to OpenStack and has been working with partners in the OpenStack ecosystem to ensure interoperability with leading OpenStack distributions.

The quality of the cloud you get is a product of the components you select.  VMware believes it has the best components such as vSphere, NSX and others for standing up OpenStack Clouds. This is what we will be showing at VMworld. There is a whole virtual track that focuses on VMware integration with OpenStack so feel free to sign up for the sessions them and check them out:

VMware NSX Integration with OpenStack

  • Session ID: NET5520
  • Session Speakers:  Salvatore Orlando – Staff Engineer, VMware, Somik Behera – Product Manager, VMware NSBU

Marriage of ESX and OpenStack at PayPal

  • Session ID: VSVC4994
  • Session Speakers: Scott Carlson – Senior Engineer, PayPal

Deploying vSphere with OpenStack: What it Means for your Cloud Environment

  • Session ID: VSV5511
  • Session Speakers: Dan Wendlandt – Sr. Product Line Manager, VMware , Scott Lowe -Engineering Architect, VMware

Enabling Software Defined Datacenter Through HP and VMware Collaboration

  • Session ID: VSV6656
  • Session Speakers: Nigel Cook -HP CloudSystem CTO, HP

Sign up for the sessions and also stop by the VMware booth and talk to the members of the Team OpenStack @ VMware. We will see you there.

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