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December 09, 2016


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Craig Bruce

Hi Chad,

I always enjoy reading your articles... whilst wordy they are always a good use of time IMO.

You mentioned "On-premises clouds need to become radically simpler, easier to deploy/consume. They need to have radical simplification of the lifecycle management process. They need to scale as you need, and they need to have similar economic models as the public cloud"

EHC has been taking us in this general direction for some time, but neither the EHC or SDDC stack are what I would call "simple" can you elaborate a little on how we are going to accelerate the journey to private cloud? For example, when public cloud IaaS capability is upgraded (new software/hardware/catalogue capabilities)the consumer isn't even aware that it's happening ... "it just happens"

The reason i ask is because typically deployment is the easy bit. Feeding, watering and growing + exposing a consumption model (a usable/fit-for-purpose service catalogue that can easily be consumed) is the most challenging element (essentially life-cycle management of the private cloud IaaS) without touching on organisational challenges.

Dealing with brown field deployments (micro segmentation etc) and legacy is another interesting area... (no magic bullet..). Are we doing anything here (apart from NSX) to make this easier?

Also hardware consumption models seem to be very challenging for transitional product vendors.... they typically fall into a "lease type" arrangement.




Is it possible can we use VxRack SDDC for disaster recovery solution ? Please reply.


Seems Dell EMC are still not ready to actually deliver this.
According to VMware they're not done with SDDC Manager yet.
Really unfortunate.

Chad Sakac

@Vikrant, yes, you can use a VxRack SDDC in a replicated DR scenario - using either native vSphere Replication, or if you need something a little more enterprise-y, Recoverpoint for VMs.

@Taliz, that's not quite accurate. VxRack SDDC 1.0 is released, and is being sold. What is happening through the whole of 2017 is an aggressive roadmap to do a ton of things: bring more hardware variation into the platform (mirroring VxRail), integrating and extending SDDC manager above and beyond VMware Cloud Foundation (which will always be the core). This will add things like ESRS ("remote support connectivity"), things like the data protection and DR capability we've done on VxRail, and lots of the lower-level hardware telemetry and fault we've learnt is necessary. There's actually even more to it - our aim will be to also be able to have external storage better integrated as an option where vSAN isn't enough for whatever reason (though as noted in my SDS blog, this is a smaller subset, but VERY important workloads), as well as being able to lifecycle ScaleIO in workload domains.

Drop me an email - would love to know where you heard that, as it's wrong, and I'd like to correct them. Thanks for commenting!

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