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Month: January 2020

VMware Skyline

“It would awesome to proactively monitor problems in my VMware environment.” Heard that before? Well, there is good news…. VMware Skyline. This is not a new product, mentioning of this product was made around 2017, yet many clients and partners are not aware of this and that they qualify for this product based on the SnS agreement that have with VMware. There is no license costs.

https://cloud.vmware.com/skyline

To get this going in your environment, you will need to deploy the Skyline appliance and start collecting product metadata to start learning your environment. There is a fair level of Machine Learning in this solution.Most products are support, unfortunately at the time of writing this post NSX-T is not supported, but I’m sure we will have it in the next few releases.

You can use Skyline log assist, that will assist with the timing consuming process for an Engineer to upload log bundles. This is an automated process and will reduce clients effort.

Above is the capabilities based on your support contract

Want to give a try and have a look and feel….There is a VMware Skyline, Hands on Lab available for you to try out before you implement. Just search for Skyline.

https://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/catalog/1212

K8S Training

As this is all very new to me, I decided to do some research so that I can up skill myself and be able to understand the fundamentals and be able to chat to clients that and exploring this avenue. There are many places to start with training and everyone has to offer there unique and simplified version to understand Kubernetes. The content below are my own choices and I will be adding onto the list as I come across exciting and informative content.

To start this journey, I found the below to be pretty awesome to have a very basic overview and a simplified way to look at K8S.

The illustrated Children’s Guide to Kubernetes – Written and performed by Matt Butcher

Another great content I currently going through the training is the Kubernetes Academy from VMware. This is amazing and has excellent content for the beginner and you can work your way up the skill levell. There are well known and respected individuals providing the training.

Hope you enjoy!!!

https://blogs.vmware.com/cloudnative/2019/08/27/introducing-kubernetes-academy-free-cloud-native-education-platform/

As a vSphere guy, I’m used to the terminology of VMs (virtual machines), but the new concept I’m busy grasping is containers. Below is a cool clip to show you a practical comparison of containers and VMs.

Containers and VMs – A Practical Comparison

Lets be specific…it’s called Project Pacific

”Project Pacific”….whats the buzz…VMware has deeply integrated and embedded Kubernetes into vSphere. Modern apps can be developed on vSphere as Kubernetes is fused into vSphere. Clients can leverage their investment with vSphere and run modern apps. Clients will be able to deploy and run modern applications which may be comprised of containers or virtual workloads. To the VI Admin the look or feel is the same as vSphere and to the developer the look and feel is similar to a Kubernetes cluster, it’s what they need.

Project Pacific bridges the gap between IT Ops & Developers.

Introduction to Project Pacific
Project Pacific – Technical Overview

Below are some blogs around Project Pacific that will give you some in-depth information.

https://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/projectpacific.html

https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2019/08/introducing-project-pacific.html

https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2019/08/project-pacific-technical-overview.html

VMworld 2019 – 6 down and counting

So we are back in the beautiful city of Barcelona to attend VMworld 2019. There was some 13000 attendees, which shows the passion that people in the IT industry still see value in VMware and are ever keen to find out what’s the latest and what’s coming soon from VMware.

As always a very inspiring Keynote from VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, to kick-off VMworld 2019. There has been a lot acquisitions done by VMware, which is really exciting as these companies will compliment existing VMware products & solutions.

Being from the African Continent, South Africa, it was great to hear and see the initiative known as “Virtualize Africa”. Really great program and humbling so see large organisations willing to invest in Africa.

The main topic for the VMworld was around Enterprise Applications. VMware has put the right foot forward in the right direction. VMware Project Pacific and Tanzu Mission Control was the hot topic.

With that mentioned above, its a whole new world for many traditional VMware Consultants. The typical VMware Consultant, always focused on the key areas of Compute, Storage and Networking. Now we will need to get familiar with the DevOps and Kubernetes side of things. 

Day 1 – General Session – VMworld 2019
Day 2 – General Session – VMworld 2019

News at VMworld Europe

VMware Announces New Security Solutions to Bring Intrinsic Security to the Modern Distributed Enterprise

VMware Advances VMware Tanzu Portfolio to Accelerate Adoption of Kubernetes in the Enterprise

VMware Cloud On AWS Helps Customers Across Europe Migrate and Modernize Applications

VMware Unveils Project Maestro, A Telco Cloud Orchestrator, To Help CSPs Accelerate Multi-Cloud Operational Agility

VMware Workspace ONE Delivers Day Zero Employee Experiences, Enabling IT and HR to Accelerate New Hire Time to Productivity

To Conclude…as always it was and honour to attend VMware, and to meet old friends and make new friends and get to network. The social events are great as well and what I really enjoy about this conference, is the Solutions Exchange Area, get to meet with experts from all vendors, see some amazing startup companies and to play around with some cool techs and watch awesome demos from most vendors.

Until VMworld 2020…Enjoy the ride!!!

VMware Education – Product vs Solution

VMware Training has alway been important to me and I encourage a lot of people to attend training as this always improve us as individuals in our profession. Training done on product has been relevant in the past as we focused on the product and understand the capabilities and feature sets within the product.

As VMware has evolved with many acquisitions to their portfolio, it becomes difficult to do product training. VMware should introduce solution based training, this will allow individuals to pull the products together to be able to understand how these products put together will provide a solution for the business.

Solution training should be for both sides of the fence, end-user & partner. I believe that more focus should be aimed at the partner community as they are the extended sales force for VMware and are delivering the vision to the end-user (client/customer). When partners understand how all these products work together, the easier it will be for the client to adopt these technologies and allowing the business to benefit and reach some of their digital transformation journey.

Solutions, such as VCF are becoming more & more a discussion with clients and it’s important to be able to deliver the message around the solution.

So hopefully if the near future this will become more available to everyone.

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