i would surely not want to deep dive on a week day and will make sure to remain high enough so that if you feel the need to deep dive on it, i can address it … on Saturday… LOL
The last weeks were amazing in the amount of conversations i had with many customers. Hence why i am posting today, making sure i am not forgetting to chat with you about some hot topics…
As cloud is growing in minds, supported by all hardware and software vendors, let’s brainstorm quickly on the vmware offers, vCD and vCAC. Considering the fact that the two products were previously considered competitors it is a fair subject to chat about. The fact that the two product can be implemented independently of each other to stand up a Cloud gives an option for us to outline it to our customers.
“vCD” a.k.a vCloud Director
If vCD was to provide IT with a strong a reliable tool for IaaS management (I still miss LabManager to be frank …) mission accomplished! I’ve seen some challenges, though, among our customers with vCD presentation and policy tiers; while powerful, the vCD web portal is not as customizable as users would often like; applying business policies and governance to its resources causes from time to time interesting challenges that we could live without..
I have to admit that I never fully used the orchestration side of vCD; feedback received form peers allowed me to witness some area of needed improvement for vCD around the orchestration and workflow capabilities for automating the provisioning of virtual and physical infrastructure, putting vCAC ahead on that topic.
“vCAC” a.k.a vCloud Automation Center (previously DynamicOps)
With the introduction of vCAC into the Enterprise version of the vCloud Suite, these capabilities that are challenging customer that have implemented vCD can now be handed off to vCAC.
Be kind.. it might not be a fair comparison, I agree, but overall the new vCloud Suite 5.1, vCAC focuses on presentation and policy tiers and leverages vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) to automate the provisioning of the underlying infrastructure, surely providing vCD with the much needed finesse today’s business challenges require, and that’s where both solutions can either work together and independently. I like it!
Knowing that The vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center products are very complementary to one another and vCAC product is focused more on the presentation and workflow layer, let’s not forget the cost aspect and skillset approach. At the end of the day what matters is, for the customers: “WIIFM”… or “what’s in it for me”
Most companies that have already implemented vCD and use it primarily for managing internal IaaS resources are wonderfully surprised by the solution and very happy with it, don’t get me wrong… Some of us needed a little bit of agility in the solution though.
I believe that the intention of vCD was to help IT departments provision and manage resources in an elastic, consumable pool. Yes, vCD has a store-front, but it is challenges for customization and granular policies. I see vCD as more of an administrators tool and vCAC for as a true private/public cloud management tool for IT service brokers.
Hoping that was high enough.
Share your thoughts and if you wish to deep dive on it.
Happy week, happy selling