VMworld Sessions – Practical NSX Distributed Firewall Policy Creation

Ron Fuller, double CCIE, co-author of NSX Fundamentals Live Lessons and NSX Essentials book, dives into one really powerful aspect of NSX, the distributed firewall and how policies can be created. The separation of network traffic has been fundamental to security compliance, for years we have been achieving this primarily through vlans and portgroups, switching [...]

VMworld Sessions – The Architectural Future of Network Virtualization

This was one of my favorite sessions on the NSX track in VMworld Barcelona, Bruce Davie, formally of Cisco and Nicira, now CTO and Principal Engineer for Networking at VMware. What I liked most was how he abstracted complexity.   “The problem is scale” With forecasters predicting a huge increase in devices, automation, security and application continuity will have [...]

vsphere what’s new – vcsa – native backup and restore

Increased dependencies on vCenter mean than its loss could represent a huge loss of service to the control and management of on premises virtual infrastructures. No only VMware solutions but third party backup solutions, are increasingly dependent on vCenter availability. Deploying vCenter to a management cluster and buying additional licences to manage the management cluster [...]

vsphere 6.5 what’s new – VCSA native high availability

The architecture of the external platform controllers, third party load balancers has had a few people scratching their heads, as it seems vmware were introducing unnecessary complexity. (personally I don’t agree, I see this as a move to align the vcenter with modern distributed database design, active directory has had multi-node replication for over a [...]

VMware Services on AWS

VMware have just announced a partnership deal with AWS that will allow the running of dedicated vSphere based services directly on AWS clouds. Customers can either integrate on-premises vSphere services with AWS cloud services, or have a hybrid model of  on-prem and cloud vCenters. For example this would allow an vm running in a local datacenter to leverage [...]

VMware Optimization Assessment and Marginal Gains

Marginal gains theory is again in focus following the Rio Olympics. In sport where the margins between glory and disappointment are so slender, coaches look for opportunities to optimize athletes natural ability through small cumulative changes. For example in preparation for the 2016 games when Team GB coaches noticed that women track cyclists sometimes missed [...]

vcenter platform service controller high availability

vSphere 6 External Platform Service Controller with or without a load balancer vSphere 6 introduces a distributed architecture for SSO and some other services. Recommended topologies such as those in KB: 2108548 all point to an external platform service controller and at first look seem to indicate that high availability would require a 3rd party load [...]