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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.

VMware Learning Zone

It has been out for a while…but I thought I would just share this cool place to get your knowledge fix. There are different subscriptions that you can sign up. There is a Basic  subscription that is free…this will give you a feel of what type of content you can receive and its really good place to start and they go all they way up to Premium subscription.

You have the following

Basic Learning Subscription

“Free, 24/7 online access for 365 days to over 1300 technical videos, 65 short self-paced courses, and VMware Certified Associate (VCA) training.” – VMware website

Standard Learning Subscription

“Get everything in the Basic subscription PLUS access to an additional 200+ videos and 15 eLearning courses, giving you more than 60 hours of new training (including walkthroughs, demos, and tutorials).” – VMware website

Premium Learning Subscription

“Get everything in the Basic and Standard subscriptions PLUS access to 9 Certification Exam Prep courses (including more than 560 videos). You can review the latest technical content and get help to prepare for some of VMware’s most popular certification exams” – VMware website

Check out the link below for more information around VMware Learning Zone.

https://www.vmware.com/education-services/learning-zone.html

VMware Education

As being part of the VMware Certified Instructor Community, I have a very committed to encourage individuals to attend VMware Training as this is a key part of gaining new skills and keep yourself relevant in todays ever changing IT landscape. The traditional training courses that was provide by VMware Education has always been informative.

The courses have been captivating for beginners as well as experienced individuals. VMware has acquired many organisations and thus meaning that the list of products in their stable has grown immensely, which mean VMware partners have let more to sell to the industry. Engineers will have to up-skill their selves as they will need to manage these new technologies.

With that said they way froward is get some good training and get your self familiar with these new and great products.

So VMware Education has a lot of ways to deliver training:

Classroom – Instructor-Led Training – This is my all time favourite as I get to meet the trainer in person and have a room of like-minded individuals. This allows for me to learn from others in the industry and get to network, as well as have an instructor at your finger tips to assist you.

Live Online – In this method, you will connect to a training session with an instructor and other delegates to have the course presented to you over the internet. No need to travel to the training venue, but rather jump online and continue with the training.

Self-Paced – These are pre-recorded training material that you watch at your own pace and get to cover the content and labs.

I guess that there are different ways to approach the training and there are several ways to consume the training. As always the benefit is that which ever way to get the training done, you are improving yourself as an individual.

So when you have a chance check out the link below:

https://www.vmware.com/education-services/training.html

Here’s to another 20 years VMware…Celebrations @ VMworld 2018

I know that this post is rather late…but I’m sure you have all the juicy information of what went down at both VMworld in the US & Europe. I’m just posting a high-level overview of my experiences and takeaways from the event.

As usual the VMworld event was held in Barcelona for the Europe conference. To be honest I have mixed feeling about the place. The good, most attendees are familiar with the city so logistics and navigating around the city is great, on the other hand change is good. Having a new venue for VMworld will give a breath of fresh air and new scenery for those traveling to the conference. That’s just my opinion.

So, let’s get into the key topics at VMworld 2018!

  • Heptio
  • vSphere Platinum
  • App Defense
  • Edge Computing
  • Kubernetes
  • VMware Blockchain
  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • Project Dimension (Beta)

VMware Feature Walkthrough…Go try it out!

I know of many individuals out that would like to play around with some of VMware cool features that are out with the new releases.

Understanding and trying out some of VMware features tends to become difficult for individuals, that don’t have access to a lab environment. Most individuals would like to try it out and don’t want to touch their production environment.

VMware has the “Feature Walkthrough” that will allow you to navigate and sample the features with shorts notes for you to understand before you try the feature out in your environment.

Below is the link to the Feature Walkthrough…Go try it out!

featurewalkthrough.vmware.com

Let’s get real – vSAN

Been interesting how technology has been evolving and how VMware is part of the forefront of things. Software Defined Storage (SDS) is fast becoming conversations in this industry and people are trying to get to grips of understanding what is this. The fact that we are able to use local storage to provide shared storage has dramatically changed the way we approach presenting solution to clients. I’m not saying that this technology will entirely replace “The SAN” but rather work for certain use cases.

First things is having an understanding what is vSAN and how this technology will be able to work in your environment.

Below is a link to the vSAN 101:

VMware has also introduced a vSAN certification. This will prove your knowledge of this amazing piece of software that will help you achieve your Software Defined DataCenter.

Below is link if you are interested in obtaining this certification:

https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=103165&ui=www_cert

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