vCD or VCAC a.k.a DynamicOps

 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.

 Overall

 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

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About florenttastet

As an IT professional and leader, my objective is to help an organization grow its IT department with new and innovative technologies in order to have production at the most efficient level ensuring the right alignment in the deployment of such technologies through a precise Professional Services results in a extraordinary experience for the customer. Team member of multiple projects, I have developed a strict work ethic allowing development of superior communication skills, as well as the ability to multi-task and meet precise deadlines. As an IT veteran with a broad background in consulting, management, strategy, sales and business development, I have developed an deep expertise in virtulization using VMware and Citrix products with a strong skillset on Storage Arrays (HP, EMC, Netapp, Nimble & IBM). I have also developed a Security practice through CheckPoints NGX R65-R66 (CCSA obtained) and Cisco PIX-ASA product line. Specialties: Microsoft infrastructure products; Monitoring HPOV, SCOM, CiscoWorks, Firewalls: checkpoint, PIX and ASA. Virtualization with VMware (ESX through vSphere & View/Horizon), Microsoft (Hyper-V server, VDI and App-V), Citrix (Xenserver, XenDesktop, Xenapp), Storage (EMC, HP, Netapp, Nimble & IBM), Reference Architectures and Converged Datacenters (vSPEX, Flexpod, vBlock, PureFlex & HP Matrix)
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2 Responses to vCD or VCAC a.k.a DynamicOps

  1. Ramnath says:

    is there any competitor product like vcac apart from VMware ?

  2. Hi Ramnath, thank you for taking the time to post your question. As vCAC stands for automation of virtual content and is focussed on VMware, and the fact that we are in 2015, there is, to my knowledge, not an alternative that brings the same level of credibility and security to a VMware environment that vCAC does.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying “it does not exist”, but you need to value the quality of the solution when making comparaison, and I haven’t seen, ** within the vmware “world” ** an identical solution that addresses the same requirements with the same level of efficiency and accuracy.

    Now, if you’re referring to a virtualization automation solution ** for virtualization content ** OUTSIDE the VMware, i.e does an automation solution exist for Hyper-V environment, the answer is YES. It’s call SCVMM and is required to function with SCCM, both amazing solutions from Microsoft. But again, SCVMM and SCCM are focussed on automation for Hyper-V. They *do* address other virtualization solutions, but let’s be realistic and agree that they won’t achieve the same level of efficiency.

    Now they are are adopting more and more “cloud like” solutions, automation is offered for the cloud provider, and is, in essence, part of the “offering”, I mean it allows you to create rules and policies to automate virtual workload for creation, move and destruction of it.

    I hope I have answered your question properly. If I didn’t ** PLEASE ** do NOT hesitate to let me know how I can provide you with a more focussed answer to your requirements.

    Thank you again for taking the time, Ramnath. Your feedbacks and inputs are highly valuable.

    Florent

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