For anyone to experience virtualization, the start point is VMware Workstation, no exception to me as well. Using workstation anyone can setup a simple lab with minimal resource.
Workstation has grown a lot today and you can do so many things. With Workstation 12 Pro release, integration with vCloud Air has enhanced alot. You can manage your entire vCloud Air VPC with Workstation 12 Pro.
How to connect your workstation to vCloud Air.
Its simple, from the home tab, click connect to vCloud Air –> Provide valid creds –> You are done
Within minutes it will collect all data in your account and ready for use.
With this integration you can
View your complete vCloud Air inventory
View the Virtual Machine Console
Perform all VM power operations
Upload workstation VM to vCloud Air
View your complete vCloud Air inventory:
View the Virtual Machine Console:
Perform all VM power operations
Upload workstation 12 VM to vCloud Air:
Right Click WS VM –> Manage –> Upload
Select vCloud Air –> Select your vDC –> Finish
And your VM in vCloud Air
Only Workstation 10 version VM ( you will have to downgrade if the VM version is greater than 10)
Only Windows virtual machines, no support for other OS flavours
It’s been more than 2 years I work for vCloud Air, I receive many queries about the service, options, design guidance, how to purchase etc. Let me cover most of the things in this post.
What is vCloud Air ?
vCloud Air is a public cloud platform built on vSphere from VMware. it is a secure, hybrid cloud service built on the vSphere foundation. vCloud Air has multiple infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) subscription service types:
Dedicated Cloud – A subscription-based dedicated single-tenant, physically isolated cloud compute service that offers the broadest set of capabilities among the compute services in vCloud Air
Disaster Recovery Cloud – A recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) solution that introduces native cloud-based disaster recovery capabilities for VMware vSphere virtual environments
Virtual Private Cloud Subscription – A subscription-based secure and expandable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) compute environment in which to start migrating your key production workloads and launch net new applications
Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand – An infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering that allows customers to consume specific vCPU, vRAM, Storage, Network, IP Addresses, and even Support as incremental, pay-as-you-go services
More services to go live shortly..
Why Cloud services are getting popular and companies / organization moving their workloads to cloud ?
Answer is simple, to avoid overhead & utilize the flexibility of cloud services. Overheads such as Capex (Capital Expense), Security, hardware maintenance including but not limited to power, complex wiring, datacenter maintenance. Managing the infrastructure locally or collocated is not only complex but needs more human power, manual work and delay to procure new resources.
By using cloud services an org/company can concentrate of their domain business leaving these overheads to cloud providers. In Cloud, all the actions are instant and has a great flexibility to modify the resources (CPU, Memory, RAM, Storage..) according to the need.
vCloud Air Cloud offerings in details.
Choosing a cloud offering:
Choosing a right cloud offering can optimize cost, before you choose it is important to analyze your requirement for proper planning.
Analyzing your needs:
Analyze your compute resource needs such as number of
Analyze your Application / Services needs such as
Number of users
Target users (such as developers, testers etc)
Types of application
Public Ips & Network bandwidth
Peak & off peak hours
Disaster recovery & backup
Complete your designing & planning of your cloud environment and you are ready choose a right cloud offering for your org/company.
Unlike any other cloud providers, vCloud air is true hybrid cloud. It has great flexibility moving your workloads from vCloud Air to OnPrem and vice-versa.
You can move workloads from your OnPrem datacenter to vCloud Air in three different ways:
• Use VMware vCloud Connector™ to connect,view, and copy onsite vSphere workloads to your vCloud Air environment.
• An optional data migration service, Offline Data Transfer, is available to migrate large data sets using an external storage device.
• Administrators can use VMware vCloud Director® to import or export Open Virtualization Format (OVF) virtual machine images or other media.