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Register for the 3-day DevOps mini conference…

Need a reason to attend #VMworld 2015? How about the #DevOps mini conference..

Register for the 3-day DevOps mini conference…

DevOps @ VMworld 2015 US is three-day event at VMworld covering the latest industry DevOps technology, solutions, and leadership. Join keynotes Jez Humble, Kit Colbert, and Mat Stine and choose from over 100+ sessions on Chef, Puppet, Jenkins, and Ansible!

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VMworld 2015 Content Catalog is now live!

Check out the #VMworld 2015 Content Catalog… available today!

VMworld 2015 Content Catalog is now live!

The Content Catalog allows prospective VMworld attendees access to the VMworld agenda, with the ability to peruse breakouts and note sessions of interest. You can search and filter to your heart’s content—by track, category, session format, industry, role, technical level, speaker name, location (US or Europe), and keyword search. You cannot schedule sessions in the catalog.

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Cloud Client v3.2 is here.

Cloud Client is a very handy command line interface to all the vRealize Automation APIs. In this new version you get support for multi-machine blueprints and exporting your Advanced Services work to a zip file, so that you can import it in another deployment. I will post some hands-on soon here. The offical features list:

This release includes the following enhancements compared to the CloudClient 3.1 release:

  • Multi-machine support: You can now request multi-machine services, view the components of a provisioned multi-machine, and manage multi-machine blueprints.
  • Advanced Services Designer content management: You can now export content from the Advanced Services Designer to a zip file and import the content package to another environment. You can select which items are included in the export.
  • Network profiles: You can now view information about network profiles by using the vra iaas networkprofile list and vra iaas networkprofile detail commands.
  • Command enhancements:
    • The vra reservation list command now supports filtering on name, type, subTenantId, and reservationPolicyId.
    • The vra catalog detail command output now includes the blueprint id so that blueprint details can be looked up by using the vra iaas blueprint detail command.
    • Commands with –export parameters can now be written to stdout instead of a file.
    • Many updates for improved error messages and handling.
  • Session management:
    • vRealize Orchestrator sessions are now persisted so that vco commands can be scripted without logging in for each command invocation.
    • The option to persist sessions is now a configurable setting rather than always enabled.
  • A new command, vra version, displays the vRealize Automation version for the current session.
  • CloudClient 3.2 is compatible with vRA/vCAC 6.x and vRO versions 6.0.1 and 5.5.

For more information, see the release notes: 

You can download CloudClient (along with its documentation and sample scripts) at:


Q&A with Paul Strong: Part 2

Q&A with Paul Strong: Part 2

Q&A with Paul Strong: Part 2

Cloud Expo Europe is about to kick off and VMware’s Paul Strong will take to the stage this week (March 12, Keynote Theatre, 12pm) to discuss “ The Grand Challenge – Simplifying IT to Unleash Innovation”. We caught up with him in our previous blog post to find out what he’ll be discussing in his keynote. In the second part of our Q&A, Paul takes a closer look at how and why businesses should look at simplifying their IT.

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new product names matrix

You  may have noticed that since VMworld we use some new product names for our management products. Since I have renamed the tags on my blog here accordingly, I wanted to give you a little table of transition here. What’s in a name you might say, well actually quite a lot since we rationalised things and put some more logic in. Things I explain in my presentations is that the new vRealize Operations has no obligatory link to VMware vCenter anymore, so it would be silly to still call it vCenter Operations Manager…



old name new name on premise new name SaaS version
vCloud Hybrid Service vCloud Air
vCenter Operations Manager (vC Ops) vRealize Operations (vR Ops) vRealize Air Operations
vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) vRealize Automation (vR A) vRealize Air Automation
ITBM vRealize Business

Please also note that our public cloud service changed names to vCloud Air. And … you see of course that we have SaaS versions in the pipeline. These will live in vCloud Air but can also be used to manage your private cloud. A first tool not in the table is in beta, namely vCloud Air Compliance, a tool to perform the compliance part of vCenter Configuration Manager without local installation !

There is also a vRealize suite which contains Operations, Automation and Business. The difference with vCloud Suite is that vRealize is positioned for hybrid environments with multiple hypervisors and external cloud services. It is licensed per OSI (operating system instance). More info here.

VMware announcements at DockerCon Europe 2014 today

The proof that VMware takes “Third generation apps”, containers and DevOps seriously is that Kit Colbert is now CTO of a new Cloud-Native Apps group ! Check out his new blogpost with the announcement and expect some interesting developments here. Today we are present at DockerCon Europe in Amsterdam and we are announcing some great new things. I quote from the press release:

VMware is a sponsor of DockerCon Europe 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Dec. 4-5, 2014. VMware’s Kit Colbert is participating in the partner panel on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. CET. VMware’s booth (#15) features demos of VMware’s integrations with Docker containers, Kubernetes, Mesosphere and Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

And we are announcing today technology integrations with Docker, Kubernetes, the open-source container orchestration project initiated and managed by Google, Mesosphere and Pivotal Cloud Foundry to further simplify enterprise container deployment and management. The integrations offer enterprises turnkey deployment of Docker containers on VMware Fusion®, VMware vCloud® AirTM and VMware vSphere® as well as simplified deployment of leading resource scheduling and cluster management solutions for containers on their VMware infrastructure, empowering them to develop and run applications rapidly and securely across private, public and hybrid clouds.

Today, VMware also announced that it is collaborating with Mesosphere to provide enterprises with broader choice for the deployment and scheduling of containers, containerized applications, and related applications data center services such as Hadoop, Spark, and Cassandra. Mesosphere organizes physical servers, virtual machines, and cloud instances and lets applications draw from a single pool of intelligently- and dynamically-allocated resources, increasing efficiency and reducing operational complexity.

By enabling enterprises to quickly deploy containers, virtual machines or containers within virtual machines along with associated management solutions on a common platform, VMware helps DevOps teams to build, deploy and scale their applications with confidence. VMware today released technology integrations that enable:

  • One-click deployment of Docker containers from the desktop to the cloud through integration between VMware Fusion, VMware vCloud Air and VMware vSphere with Docker Machine. Learn more here.
  • Rapid installation and deployment of Kubernetes via VMware vSphere for container cluster deployment, management and orchestration.
  • Simple and fast installation and deployment of Mesosphere via VMware vSphere to run and manage data center applications and services at scale.
  • Rapid deployment and management of Linux container application instances via simple virtual machine installer of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform on VMware vSphere.