VMware vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1 – Metering of vCloud Availability 3.x and Logic Review

Last week, the VMware Cloud Provider team released a hot patch for VMware vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1. Usage Meter can now automatically meter vCloud Availability (vCAv) 3.x instances. This also covers Site Recovery Manager (SRM) virtual appliances along with a few bug fixes.

Prior to this hot patch, a VMware Cloud Provider would need to manually report usage by exporting the vCAv Manager report on a monthly basis. This hot patch mitigates that process by now providing automatic metering of vCAv instances within a Usage Meter appliance.

This is intended for Cloud Providers that are participating in the VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP).

In this post, I will review the setup instructions and what needs to be done so proper metering is in place for vCAv 3.0.

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vCD 10.0 Multi-Site Pairing Guide with Postman

In this post, I’m going to go through how to pair two brand new VMware vCloud Director (vCD) 10.0 instances using Postman. For this lab environment, I am using the generally available virtual appliances.

First, I wanted to call out a few things from Steve Dockar

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VMware vCloud Director 10.0 – Upgrade and Migration Logic Diagram

As discussed previously in my What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 10.0 Series (Part 1 and Part 2), I was working on a diagram that reviews how the VMware vCloud Director 10.0 upgrade and migration workflow.

I used MindNode to complete this diagram. The diagram reviews if you choose to stay on the Linux and External PostgreSQL (PgSQL) path or consume the multi-faceted vCloud Director appliance.

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vCloud Usage Meter 4.1 – Overview, Deployment and Tips

Since we are in the midst of VMworld season, let’s discuss our next-generation metering solution for VMware Cloud Providers, vCloud Usage Meter 4.1.

Introduction to vCloud Usage Meter 4.1

vCloud Usage Meter 4.1 is a multi-year investment on developing a scalable, provider-grade metering appliance that meets the terms of the VMware Cloud Provider Program agreement. The main goal of Usage Meter (UM) is for Cloud Provider to VMware reporting on a monthly basis.

I’m sure many people are going to ask – what’s the difference between 3.6.1 and 4.1 of Usage Meter? Let’s start off with a diagram.

As you can see, 4.1 was built with direct vCloud Usage Insight (VUI) integration. This provides a single controller to many one-to-many UM instances for a provider.

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