Wednesday, December 31, 2014

vRealize Operations 6.0 - Under The Hood

As this year comes to a close, I thought I would kick off a new series of blog posts on vRealize Operations 6.0. There has been a significant amount of change in vRealize 6.0. It was re-architected from the ground up with over a million lines of new code. With vRealize Operations 6.0, it merges the functionality of the UI virtual machine and the analytics virtual machine into a single scalable platform.

Each install of the software includes the entire stack of components; the UI (product and admin),the collector, controller, analytics, and persistent layer. 
  • User Interface: Admin UI and Product UI
  • Collector: Resource data collection initiated by adapters
  • Controller: Determines mapping for data insertion and queries
  • Analytics: Metric calculations, threshold processing, alert generation, and stats
  • Persistence: Each node persists its partition of data to disk
Gone is the postgress DB, it has been replaced by EMC Documentum xDB, which is a high performance and scalable native XML based database that is ideal for data-intensive uses. This is the database that will be used in future product releases; the intent is to have a uniform standard in our product platforms.

Some of the exciting new features in vRealize Operations 6.0 include its scalability and resiliency, uniform UI and functionality, actionable alerts, automated remediation, and user definable views, dashboards, and reports.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Setting up vCHS 1.5 Plugin on vCenter Server Appliance

The vCHS 1.0 plug-in I installed on my vCenter Server Appliance back in the Spring hasn't been working for a few months, so it is time to update to vCHS 1.5. In order for the plug-in to work, we need the latest version of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, to make sure you are at the latest build version log into https:\\vcenteripaddress:5480.

Click on the Update tab, make sure that the Appliance Version is Build 2183109. If you are running an older version of the appliance, click on Check Updates and then Install Updates to acquire the latest build.

To start our process, we need to go to the vCloud Hybrid Service vSphere Client Plug-in Download page. From the Version 1.0 page, we need to download the Installer for vCloud Hybrid Service Plug-in.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

So you want to become a VMware Technical Account Manager?

What is a VMware Technical Account Manager?

The VMware TAM is part of the Professional Services Organization (PSO), we are the trusted advisors that help our customers get the most out of their technology investments in VMware products, which helps their organizations thrive. We work directly with our customers to ensure our technology solutions help meet their strategic business plans through a mutual partnership. As a VMware Technical Account Manager, we are responsible for providing technical solutions, advice, and managing relationships with VMware's largest and most strategic customers.

To be a great Technical Account Manager; you need to be entrepreneurial, possess excellent communication skills, fluent in building strong relationships, motivated to exceed your customers expectations, and don't forget the secret sauce "Technical".

For VMware Technical Account Managers, it is important that we help our customers realize their full potential.

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