vCloud Director Review
FT capacity issues are now resolved in vSphere 6.0.


Valuable Features

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.

Improvements to 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.

Room for Improvement

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

Use of Solution

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

Deployment Issues

None.

Stability Issues

None.

Scalability Issues

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

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Excellent.

Technical Support:

Excellent.

Previous Solutions

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

Initial Setup

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

Implementation Team

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

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

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

Other Solutions Considered

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

Other Advice

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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7 Comments

it_user77334Real User

Very Informative

31 December 13
it_user4401VendorPOPULAR

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.

16 September 14
it_user8685Consultant

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

17 September 14
it_user158583Real User

how to install vCloud Director step by step?

25 October 14
it_user8685Consultant

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

19 November 14
kapilmalik1983ConsultantTOP REVIEWER

How many virtual machines can be built on one ESX server? and what maximum size of storage can we attached to one ESX server?

21 November 14
it_user8685Consultant

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.

23 November 14
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