vCloud Director Review

FT capacity issues are now resolved in vSphere 6.0.


What is most valuable?

vCloud Director: To name a few, ease of use, robust security and easy extensibility to VMware's Hybrid cloud platform; VMware vCloud Air and public cloud space.

vCAC (vCloud Automation Center): Now known as 'vRealize Automation' is the best in class, high profile automation for your cloud workflows. Vendor neutral; Apart from VMware Cloud suits, it can be used with other vendor cloud platforms like Amazon, OpenStack, Azure etc.

vROps (vCenter Operations Manager): Now known as 'vRealize Operations'; vROps is the best in class most granular, high penetration monitoring, investigative and troubleshooting tool for your Cloud, datacenter, VDI environments Used for Capacity planning, Performance monitoring and troubleshooting etc.

vSphere: vSphere being the foundation for vCloud, there are many takeaways; Long distance vMotion, HA, FT, DRS, Storage DRS, Storage profiles, dual heartbeat in cluster environments. 4X capacity increase in 6.0 compared to version 5. vCenter Server Appliance now has the same scalability numbers as the Windows installable vCenter Server: 1,000 hosts and 10,000 virtual machines. FT now supports 4 vCPUs VMs and 64GB memory with Storage redundancy.

How has it helped my organization?

vSphere: vMotion (ease of migrating VMs from one host to another), DRS (ease of migrating VMs from one host to another automatically to balance out workloads in cluster environments), Storage DRS (ease of migrating VMs from one Datastore to another automatically to balance out workloads in storage cluster environments, HA (High availability is ensured by the newly developed FDM construct. FT (Ensuring 100% up-times reliably), Storage profiles (to bifurcate storage tiers accoring to the SLAs etc., dual heartbeat in cluster environments for confirmed Host isolation avoiding false alarms/isolation responses; key to maintain SLAs.

What needs improvement?

FT capacity issues are resolved now in vSphere 6.0. Cheers!!

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using vSphere, vCloud Director, vCOPs suits and vCAC for almost 4 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

FT capacity issues are resolved now in vSphere 6.0. Cheers!

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Excellent.

Technical Support:

Excellent.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes; Microsoft's Azure for cloud and Hyper-V for virtualization. The reason for switching was indeed the efficiency crisis with Hyper-V resulting in subsequent service issues ->service tickets-> increased number of troubleshooting tasks -> increased number of breaches in the SLAs

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward, as it's designed at a more abstract level.

What about the implementation team?

Vendor as-well-as in-house. I give them a 5-star rating.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Depends on the licences purchased per ESXi, vCenter for vSphere and licences purchased for vCloud Director, vCOPs suites.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes; Microsoft's Azure for cloud and Hyper-V for virtualization.

What other advice do I have?

Go for it. Follow the bottom-up approach; VMware's Implementation Guide for each product and you will sail through.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Cloud Counselage Inc. (www.cloudcounselage.com) is an official 'Solution Provider' Partner with VMware Inc. 1. Our website link for events: https://www.cloudcounselage.com/events.html 2. Our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cloudcounselage 3. Our LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/company/cloud-counselage 4. Our Twitter page (still new): www.twitter.com/CloudCounselage
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author avatarDeveloper at Marquardt Schaltsysteme SCS
Vendor

Do you know if there is a limit to the number of virtual machines that can be added to a vApp in vCloud Director? Thank you.

author avatarInfrastructure Expert at Cloud Counselage Inc. (www.cloudcounselage.com)
Consultant

Yes Alin, the limit is 128 VMs per vApp. Cheers!

author avatarStudent
Vendor

how to install vCloud Director step by step?

author avatarInfrastructure Expert at Cloud Counselage Inc. (www.cloudcounselage.com)
Consultant

Hi Vechey,
The vCloud Director 5.5 cell is deployed on Linux Redhat 5, 6 updates, also on Cent OS 6 platforms. Please refer to the following PDF link for the step by step installation. Thanks
https://pubs.vmware.com/vcd-55/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vcd_55_install.pdf

author avatarProject Manager at Bureau Veritas
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How many virtual machines can be built on one ESX server? and what maximum size of storage can we attached to one ESX server?

author avatarInfrastructure Expert at Cloud Counselage Inc. (www.cloudcounselage.com)
Consultant

Hi Kapil,
Latest 5.5 version of vSphere has maximum capacity of 512 VMs per Host. This number can vary depending on the size of each individual VMs. For a FC storage, a maximum of 64TB LUN can be attached to a host and a maximum of 256 LUNs can be attached. This number again depends on the size of each individual LUN that is to be attached. Number of volumes and its individual size follows the same maximum conventions that of LUNs.