Jun
23

Journey to a Hybrid Cloud: Up and Down and All Around

Coming off the heels of .NEXT and the announcement of Application Mobility Fabric (AMF) and thought I should really start to take a look at vCloud Air since it wasn’t a part of our announcement. Apart of AMF is moving workloads to cloud providers and it will abstract a lot of the mess that is involved in moving to different virtual machine formats. Going from a vSphere to vCloud Air, VMware has done a pretty good job at extending out the management. In reality, Nutanix fully supports going from on-prem vSphere to vCloud Air.

I wanted move to a template from my vSphere management cluster to vCloud air and see how the life cycle management would pan out. So I set off and installed the vCloud Connect Server & node appliances on my private cluster. That was pretty easy as it was just deploying some OVA’s. I even just let the appliances run with DHCP and everything was fine.

One stumbling I had was setting up the connection to vCloud Air from the vCloud Connect Server. It took me a bit to find my organization ID and as thought I only needed to add in the name of my virtual private data center.

The name of the virtual private cloud was my red herring.

The name of the virtual private cloud was my red herring.

Once I figured out I actually had to go into the “Manage with vCloud Director” portion I found the proper ID I should have been entering in.

Here I was able to find the organization name for vCloud Connect Server

Here I was able to find the organization name for vCloud Connect Server configuration

Maintaining different cloud environments may take some work without proper tooling for dev/test.

Maintaining different cloud environments may take some work without proper tooling for dev/test.

So I moved my template over, deployed a VM and then went looking on how I could reconfigure the workload. It was pretty easy and I didn’t have to re-deploy from my private environment. I started to look at the AWS process and it wasn’t as smooth for windows based systems. Installing AWS CLI and python to convert images so you could create an AMI (Amazon Machine Image) wasn’t great but do able. The exporting was also CLI based. I guess you have to have a love for CLI for AWS but that’s probably ok for people really into Dev/Test but something to consider. Depending on how you operate, you’ll have to possible recreate your AMI’s if you need to make changes. It might kinda end up being a game of snakes and letters if your comparing the two public clouds coming from a vSphere environment. There is a pile of information about the vCloud Air service here, pricing, user reviews and use cases.

Free $300 vCloud  Air Credits

Free $300 vCloud Air Credits

VMware’s vCloud Air allows you to work in a hybrid sandbox; no need to bring down the latest production version of applications, configurations, workloads. Simply operate in the vCloud Air sandbox and use the latest updates. Nutanix fully supports vCloud Air and the AMF will be used to flatten some of the nuances of moving between clouds over time. I would encourage you to take a free test trail available on vCloud Air and see if fits your workflow.

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