Thursday, July 21, 2016

VMworld Session : Agile : The Scrum Master for your Software Defined Datacenter! - 7780

I am extremely excited to share that my VMworld session 7780 : Agile : The Scrum Master for your Software Defined Datacenter has been accepted for VMworld US. For the past one year, I have worked in customer environments where the life-cycle management of SDDC has been the primary focus.

During this time, I have interacted with multiple customer teams who have been using different tools and processes to build and manage the life-cycle of the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC). With this session, I wanted to team up with someone who is extremely knowledgeable in this area and has not only used the Agile frameworks for SDDC, but also for software development in his past work life. I am glad to share that I am partnering with Pritam Wadhwani to deliver this session. Pritam is one of the early adopters of Agile frameworks for Infrastructure Management and Development of new services within a SDDC environment. He has vast experience of software development in his previous work-life which balances the act of applying the principles of software development into infrastructure management.

With this session, we will share some of our experiences with the audience at VMworld for them to be successful in their journey towards the deployment of Software Defined Datacenter. We will not stop at deployment, but would also talk about the day 2 operations (life-cycle management) use cases.

So if you are showing up at VMworld US, do sign up for this session as soon as the content catalog is LIVE.

Here are the details of the session:

Session Title - Agile : The Scrum Master for your Software Defined Datacenter!

Type - Breakout Session

Session Abstract -

You virtualized the SERVERS to reduce Capex & Opex in your data-centers. You virtualized the STORAGE to make it Inexpensive but remain High Performance. You virtualized the NETWORK to make it Simple yet Secured.

Guess What? You have embraced the power of a Software Defined Datacenter!

While VMware allows you to build your infrastructure in the software tier, it is important that you quickly learn how to manage the life-cycle of this Software Defined Infrastructure & the Services it has to offer. When the world of Software Development is moving towards Agile Frameworks, it only makes sense to leverage the same to help Deploy, Run & Scale your Software Defined Datacenter. Alongside life-cycle management of the various components of SDDC, Agile frameworks can also help IT build & deliver various services tailored to the requirements of business needs.

This methodology of managing IT infrastructure as a piece of software code is no longer a distant dream. Concepts such as DevOps are clearly trying to deliver the missing development piece in the current operational structures of organizations. Frameworks like Agile with methodologies such as Scrum, DSDM, XP etc. make it possible for you to maximize your investments in SDDC.  

Session Outline

The purpose of this session is to help organizations learn about managing the life-cycle of their Software Defined Datacenter using Agile Frameworks.

The focus of the speakers would be on the following areas:

  • Provide an overview of the Agile Frameworks.
  • Share real-world scenarios on how Agile helps manage the life-cycle of a Software Defined Datacenter.
  • Enhance existing and built new IT services on top of Software Defined Datacenter
  • Share sample Kanban dashboards which can help track your journey into the world of Software Defined Services

With the above learnings, any organization would be able to maximize their investments in SDDC and ensure that they can make progress towards delivering Anything as a Service (XaaS).

KT 1 – Learn about Agile Frameworks and how they can help a DevOps team manage and enhance the Software Defined Services Portfolio of an Organization

KT 2 – How to release new features against specific business requirements on a SDDC Platform

KT 3 – Learn about Scrum methodology to manage the life-cycle of SDDC and provide visibility into the progress using Kanban Boards

See you at VMworld!!!

vROps Webinar 2016 - Announcing Part 7 : Working with Alerts & Symptoms

Time to announce the next part of the year long webinar series on vRealize Operations Manager. With the last part of the series, we started focusing on content withing vROps. We will continue the trend and talk about a major function of vROps a.k.a Alerts. Alerts is the most used and most ab-used part of vROps, and with this session we want to give you some insights on the entire life-cycle of the alerting function of vROps.

We will touch upon, defining alerts, making sure they are actionable, understand how they are manged within vROps and also talk about the components which make up an alert. 

Day & Date          : Friday, 29th July 2016

Time                     : 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  (SGT)

Event                    : vROps Webinar 2016

Topic                     : Part 7 : Working with Alerts & Symptoms

Speakers               : Simon Eady / Sunny Dua

WebEx Link          : JoinWebEx Meeting

NOTE - Don't forget to mark your calendars by saving the Date!! Feel free to forward the invite to anyone who might be interested. It's open to all!!

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vROps Webinar Series decks available for download

I have got a number of requests from the readers and viewers of vXpress about the presentation decks used during the vROps Webinar Series. While a lot of people complimented about the video series, they wanted to share some of this knowledge by presenting this information to their colleagues in there circles.

I have collated all the decks and posted them here. So go ahead and download them, use them or distribute them. Hope they help you with your journey of vRealize Operations Manager!!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

vROps Webinar 2016 - Part 6 : Understanding vROps SuperMetric & Views

Just completed the editing and upload of the the latest episode of the vROps Webinar Series 2016. With this we have completed 6 sessions this year. I am glad that we are able to dish out sessions every month and the interest level in these sessions just keeps on growing. Looking forward to deliver more content for the rest of the year.

Session Details:- In this episode, we talk about content within vROps. To begin with, we speak about Views and SuperMetrics. With this you will get a lot of insights into how you can use these features to build some useful, Reports and Dashboards within your vROps environments. 

Once again I would like to thank my friend and partner in this project Simon as without him this would not be possible.

So without further ado, here is the recording for this session:

Note : It is recommended that you watch the video in HD quality for a great experience.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scaling up vRealize Operations Manager Nodes!

This is a quick note to give you tips around scaling up vRealize Operations Nodes. In one of the vROps Webinar episodes we did touch upon the topic of Design Considerations for vRealize Operations Manager. 

During that discussion, I do talk about the fact that you can scale out or scale up the vROps cluster depending upon the requirement. While Scale Out is simple and you can do it by adding new nodes to the cluster, scale up can be trivial in some cases.

While working with a customer, where we decided to scale up the vROps nodes from Medium to Large, I found out that the small and medium vROps appliances when deployed for the first time are deployed with hardware version 7. This means that the appliances cannot go beyond 8 vCPUs as hardware version 7 has a configuration maximum of 8 vCPU for a virtual machine. This means that when you try to upgrade from a Small or Medium node to a Large vROps node, you will hit a wall unless you upgrade the hardware version of the appliance.

In this case, while you can update the hardware version, please ensure that you do not touch the VMware tools version. In other words you can update the hardware version to move from 8 vCPUs to 16 vCPUs without any issues. Needless to say that the hardware version upgrade would include a downtime. Just to be clear on the sequence of steps:

  • 1- Make sure you have a Full Backup of your appliances ( a general recommendation before hardware version upgrade).
  • Bring the vROps Cluster offline from the Admin UI.
  • Shut down the appliance(s) gracefully using the vSphere Client.
  • Right click on the appliance(s) and chose the option of upgrading the hardware version. I would encourage you do this using vSphere Web Client to get to the latest supported version.
  • Make the nodes of large configuration i.e. from 8 to 16 vCPUs and 32 GB to 48 GB.
  • Power on the appliance(s).
  • Bring the cluster back online.

This process will automatically increment all memory configurations for Java Processes associated with Cassandra, Collector and other services within the application configuration files.

Please ensure that you to stick with the VMware recommended (tested) sizes of Small / Medium / Large as per the following KB article.

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