VMware Cloud Foundation

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With the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), VMware laid out the vision for the architecture of the hybrid cloud. SDDC redefines the architecture and operational model of the data center, enabling IT to complete the transition to hybrid cloud and maximize its benefits. In an SDDC, compute, storage, and networking services are decoupled from underlying hardware infrastructure and abstracted into logical pools of resources that can be more flexibly provisioned and managed.   To accelerate the customer journey to SDDC, VMware has introduced VMware Cloud Foundation™, a new unified SDDC platform for the private and public cloud. Cloud Foundation brings together VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualisation into a natively integrated stack that can be deployed on premises or run as a service from the public cloud. Cloud Foundation enables organisations…
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NSX Design Guide v2.1

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IT organizations have gained significant benefits as a direct result of server virtualization. Server consolidation reduced physical complexity, increased operational efficiency, and the ability to dynamically re-purpose underlying resources to quickly and optimally meet the needs of increasingly dynamic business applications are just a handful of the gains that have already been realized. Now, VMware’s Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) architecture is extending virtualization technologies across the entire physical data center infrastructure. VMware NSX, the network virtualization platform, is a key product in the SDDC architecture. With VMware NSX, virtualization now delivers for networking what it has already delivered for compute and storage. In much the same way that server virtualization programmatically creates, snapshots, deletes and restores software-based virtual machines (VMs), VMware NSX network virtualization programmatically creates, snapshots, deletes, and…
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VMware vSphere 5.5 what’s new

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Now that VMworld 2013 is now over and a number of key product updates announced I thought it was worth highlighting some of enhancements and improvements that stretch across the entire stack with vSphere 5.5. As you can see from the summary below this release is a major step forward to VMware's strategic move toward the fully software defined data center. Flash Read Cache This completely new feature in vSphere 5.5 provides a mechanism for utilizing fast SSD as a Linux host swap cache or to provide improved read speed for a host virtual disk. To make use of this feature, you first have to create a new resource, as shown in the screenshot. Then you must connect to that resource from each VM needing access. For a Linux guest, this would consist of…
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