18 abril 2020

Did you ask for a Marketplace? There you go!

As you may know, one of the values of VMware Cloud on AWS (aka VMC on AWS) is to have access to the AWS market place catalog... the biggest in the cloud hyperscale providers (today there are 8277 results)

VMware add new cloud native services now with the VMware Cloud Marketplace:

In this marketplace you will find among third party solutions which will be fully integrated to consume trough your SDDC a catalog from the last VMware acquisition: Bitnami.

If you want to stay informed, you have to register to this link:

17 abril 2020

How to do VMware exams during the lockdown

There is always a way to improve everything. Even this 2020 lockdown will make that some things like "to do VMware official exams remotely" will be possible.

This is something many people, including me, ask several times as there is no a certification center available everywhere and also its so complex sometimes to find the right schedule time.

So the impossible just happened!!! Starting April 2020 VMware will be proctoring exams delivered by Pearson VUE with same cost and except the VCAP deploy exams (make sense due the technical specifications of this kind of certifications).

You can test if you system is valid for this exams in this link:

This is are some screenshoots of the process of validating you system, piece of cake:

Official announcements: 

06 marzo 2020

Networking ... a must in any world

For sure you are expecting a technical post about networking for VMC on AWS as i´m right now focus on this in my actual employer, but this is not a tech post only. Why? Because networking is a must in any world: physical, virtual and in the real world or AFK how Gottfrid Svartholm likes to call.

From the beginning, network is probably the most critical aspect of any technical design. Connectivity, security and availability are the three topics to define a good network. Nowadays, security become the most important and unfortunately just due to the risk of data loose. Data is always around discussions. From the marketing side, as they need info to work, to the CxO in order to taking decisions.

Anyone will agree on this statements, but what´s about networking away from keyboard (AFK) ?
Socialize when you work on IT is not a main focus in general. Nothing more wrong than this. In my hole career get in confidence and be a trusted advisor for customers has been a must. A must for success.

Who know me, realize that i was working in different companies, sometimes because i change my home following my beloved partner on a Spain tour, and some times because of my needs to find new challenges.
Thanks to this, my network grow much more than i can imagine. Trying always to work side by side with the smartest people i found, always learning and spreading my knowledge as much as i can later.
Reminder: share and spread your knowledge is a powerful and enriching experience.

So, we have now the technical side and the social point of view.

Take a moment to think in you personal network. Use for example Linkedin. Did your network help to achieve your goals? no? Then your network is just a list of contacts, like an amount of routers, firewalls and cables can/can´t be considered a "network".
So when you design or create a network, you think in your use cases and your needs. You create it with the budget that you have. And that is which will limit your design.
Your social network is more or less the same. Your daily basis task, your mates and the customers makes your environment. But here, you are the only that can make it grow and push to a good one.

In one of the companies that i was working for, in the first and only interview that i did on the hiring process, when i started to feel exhausted after close to two hours talking, the CxO who was leading the interview told me that i didn´t look an engineer. The offer was for an engineer role. I asked if i had to wake up and go out the room, but then he explained me that this was exactly what they were looking for: someone with a good technical level of course, what someone who can go to customers and get in confidence with them. Finally, i got the job and still having contact nowadays. Get in confidence as a must. Trusted advisor rules.

So here we are. Networking and socialize is as much important as a good technical one.

Next post will be about networking.... and of course about VMC on AWS. I know there is so many post around this topic, but i´ll try to approach with a different point of view. Stay tuned.

Be nice, be kind, it´s for free. 

23 enero 2017

Containers and VMware

I´ve heard a lot of times in the last months about the containers will replace the virtual machines but nothing could be more untrue.
This kind of conversations come from the lack of knowledge about the different technologies and a bit of misunderstanding about what we can do with VMs or containers.

A container is an isolation unit of the kernel from the kernel subsystem but linked or bound to the same kernel where it was created or run. Nowadays, there are a lot of companies that develop container technologies: Docker, Rocket, Garden, etc.

Now, let´s review about what Docker is explained by VMware as it is the most famous container runtime: "Docker is not a container technology. It uses Libcontainer directly or in conjunction with LXC, libvert, OpenVZ, and others. Docker introduced the idea of creating images out of containers.  These images reside on a layered filesystem.  Each layer consists of a change made to a container.  This allows for quick image updates and downloading of new images.  You can build an image from a container that you created or you can download an existing image, update it and then commit the changes into a new image.  These images can reside locally in a private registry like VMware Harbor or in a publicly available registry, like DockerHub"

So, what's about VMware? how VMware can help in this new container technology wave? One of the best approach is join the best of both worlds: VMs and Containers.

In the next image you can see the stack for VMware: storage VSAN, network NSX, hypervisor vSphere, containers VCH and mgmt with vRealize... at the end operations an developer world fits into the same datacenter.  

To accomplish that, VMware had developed different open-source projects. You can find all of them in Github: Admiral, Harbor and vSphere Integrated Containers:

vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) is the add of three components: Engine, Harbor and Admiral.
Admiral is the container management portal.
Harbor is the container registry for containers.

An important piece of VIC is Photon: "an OSS based linux container host runtime optimized for VMware vSphere"  https://vmware.github.io/photon/ 
How all this projects fits together? check this schema to understand how: VIC Engine + Admiral + Harbor

At the end of the day, what you will get is that with VIC containers will be created in vSphere as  virtual machines so you will be able to apply most of the features in vSphere to them (functions, monitoring, automation, security, networking, etc) in a transparent fashion for the developers as they will continue to use API to create containers, apps, and so on.  You win visibility of the container environment as VMs, which is critical to manage a infrastructure.

Last but least, just to clarify, "vSphere Integrated Containers is available to all vSphere 6.0 and above Enterprise Plus customers. There is no additional license subscription required to use vSphere Integrated Containers. You can download it from myvmware.com"