In this post, I am going to review the deployment steps for installing and configuring the newly available VMware App Launchpad. Also, I will be doing a high-level overview as I am learning about this new VCD addition.
VMware App Launchpad Introduction
First, the VMware App Launchpad is a platform that allows for the ability to create application catalogs within VMware Cloud Director (VCD) for self-service. The value behind this is Bitnami’s entire catalog platform, which is integrated into VMware App Launchpad. A provider can also create custom applications and expose these through the plugin.
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Our team has officially released VMware vCloud Availability 3.5 this week. This is a jam-packed release that has quite a bit of value based on Cloud Provider feedback and customer consumption.
In this post, I’m going to highlight the new technical additions that are now part of the VMware vCloud Availability 3.5. VMware vCloud Availability 3.5, or vCAv, is a comprehensive Disaster Recovery as a Service and Migration platform.
New to vCAv? Check out this introductory post.
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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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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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