Recently, I’ve been spending time with the VMware vCloud Director (vCD) 9.7 appliance. This is the second iteration of the appliance that provides the cell state and PostgreSQL functionality. It’s certainly exciting to see what the next version brings to the table for our providers.
First off, Tomas Fojta did a great job on documenting many different appliance tips from a deployment and operational perspective.
One of my esteemed peers, Bob Motanagh, created a script infographic for the vCloud Director 9.7 appliances. This reviews the commonly called (or consumed) scripts along with logging locations of each of these scripts.
Since Bob provided approval, I am happy to share this publicly. We thought this would be extremely useful on understanding some of the inner-workings when using the vCloud Director appliance version.
Thanks again, Bob!
As we are approaching VMworld 2019 in San Francisco, I wanted to spend some time on what sessions and labs to review when attending VMworld.
The VMware Cloud Provider Program continues to grow exponentially and this year we have over 30 VMworld sessions that are focused on our VMware Cloud Providers. This is extremely exciting as we continue to see more of an emphasis on our great service providers and ensuring all VMware customers are aware of these strategic partnerships.
With that said, I’d like to highlight a few sessions that I believe will be important to watch live or catch the recording at a later time.
First off, our VCPP VMworld catalog is located here: https://my.vmworld.com/widget/vmware/vmworld19us/us19catalog?search.products=15615668180870019stm
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Recently, I’ve been spending time on reviewing new functionality inside of VMware vCloud Director (vCD) 9.7, specifically Edge Clusters. Edge Clusters provides distinct capabilities to control tenant Edge placement while achieving a higher level of availability. While Edges are a distinct function of NSX to control traffic that ingresses/egresses out of NSX, vCD can provide a significant level of additional functionality.
Abhinav Mishra and I have spent some time writing about the rationale, implementation, migration, and design decisions in regards to Edge Clusters in version 9.7. Below are the links to each of these respective blog posts:
Introduction to Edge Clusters in VMware vCloud Director 9.7 (Part 1 of 3)
Setting up Edge Clusters in VMware vCloud Director 9.7 (Part 2 of 3)
Edge Cluster Design and Migration Considerations for VMware vCloud Director 9.7 (Part 3 of 3)
Continue reading “NSX Edge Cluster Capability in VMware vCloud Director 9.7 – Summary”
Currently, I am working on some overall design content for Edge Clusters inside of VMware vCloud Director 9.7. However, I wanted to share a post on providing a step by step guide on establishing an Edge Cluster inside of vCD. I will much more to share on our corporate blog shortly, but this should start some thoughtful discussions.
Quick Intro to Edge Clusters
So what’s the deal with Edge Clusters? Edge Clusters now allow a provider to discrete control of tenant Edge placement. Previously, this was rather limited and only controlled at the Provider Virtual Data Center (pVDC) layer. With Edge Clusters, we now can establish this on a per-oVDC basis. In essence, the three main value points of Edge Clusters:
- Consumption of dedicated Edge Clusters for North/South
traffic – optimized traffic flow while minimizing the span of Layer 2 broadcast
- Provide a higher level of availability to Edge
nodes that can distinctly fail between two clusters.
- Ability to balance organization Edge services
between multiple Edge Clusters – I do not have to use the “same” Primary and
Secondary Edge Cluster for every org VDC. This can be configured on a per
Below is a overall high level design of Edge Clusters from a physical and logical layer –
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