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VMware Cloud Solutions for Service Providers

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Solution Overview
Service Providers can become more agile, provide added security to their customers, automate infrastructure provisioning and integrate a Cloud Management Platform for service automation (including containers, cloud native apps and more).  

Goals & Objectives

In the initial design, VxRail automates the stand-up and management of VMware ESXi, vCenter and Log Insight in addition to hardware firmware management and automation. Once completed, VMware Cloud Foundation's Cloud Builder was utilized to complete the installation of VCF on VxRail, which creates the management domain and makes additional vRealize components available for an automated installation.
 
VMware Cloud Foundation is then used to automate the maintenance and upgrades for all VCF and VxRail components going forward, including any firmware changes to the underlying hardware. As VMware releases new versions of VCF, we will be making them available within this lab.
 
Three major products have been installed to facilitate cloud and container management (Docker, Kubernetes and PKS). VMware vRealize Automation on NSX-V is deployed to offer a complete cloud management platform capable of integrating with multiple public and private cloud offerings, as well as delivering container management and automation and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). For complete details, check out some of the WWT blogs showcasing vRA integrations for more information.
 
VMware vCloud Director is installed to offer a choice on how tenants and applications are managed at the Service Provider level. Customers can offer one or both solutions to deliver cloud apps in a secure multi-tenant design.
 
Lastly, a separate workload domain houses Pivotal Container Services and VMware NSX-T to create cloud native apps in a hybrid cloud. VMware vRealize Automation is integrated to allow for managing of the PKS environment, as well as vRealize Operations to monitor performance. 

Hardware & Software

Software
  •  VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 3.8
  •  VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.6
  •  VMware vCloud Director (vCD) 9.7
  •  VMware vRealize Lifecycle Manager (vRLCM) 2.1 patch 1
  •  VMware NSX-V 6.4.5 and NSX-T 2.4.1
  •  VMware HCX
  •  VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) 7.6
  •  VMware vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.9
  •  VMware vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) 7.6
  •  VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) 7.5
  • VMware Bitnami
  • VMware vCenter Server 6.7 2c
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.8
  •  Amazon Web Services (available to attach)
  •  VMware Cloud on AWS
  •  Microsoft Azure (available to attach)
  •  ServiceNow
  •  Blue Medora
  •  SovLabs
  •  Red Hat Ansible
  •  Pivotal Container Service (PKS) 1.4
  • Docker Containers
  •  VMware Admiral
  •  VMware Harbor Registry
 
 Hardware
  •  Dell EMC VxRail E560F 4.7.212
  •  Dell S5048 Top of Rack Leaf Switches

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