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VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Now Generally Available in Europe

After a long time in beta phase finally vmware launched its GA version of their public cloud offering. Last year I was able to do an evaluation of this service, it was pretty good. In less than a year since launch, vCloud Hybrid Service has made substantial ground in the compliance space. To date, VMware has successfully attained ISO 27001 certification, completed examinations for HIPAA / HITECH, SOC 2 Type 1, SOC 1 (SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402) Type 2, and SOC 2 Type 2 on vCloud Hybrid Service.

http://blogs.vmware.com/vmware/2014/02/vmware-vcloud-hybrid-service-now-generally-available-europe.html

Choose between a Dedicated Cloud or a Virtual Private Cloud

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VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is available in two service options, giving you the flexibility and scalability you need to meet your organization’s requirements. A dedicated cloud provides you with a physically isolated infrastructure, giving you your own private cloud instance and the most control over your resources. A virtual private cloud provides you with logically isolated infrastructure, with fully private networking and resource pools. Below is the spec of the two service offerings Both the Dedicated Cloud and Virtual Private Cloud begin with a core subscription model. What is included in a “Core” package?

vCloud Hybrid Service Core packages include all the service components required to provision your service, but the capacities are different for Dedicated Cloud and Virtual Private Cloud. The capacities for each are as follows:

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When I need more capacity than what is included in a Core or how do I add it? For that we need to add the resource as a UNIT, an UNIT is a predefined capacity like the below

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VMware vCloud Hybrid Service — Data Protection is a simple yet secure policy-based backup and recovery solution for virtual-machine data and content that is hosted exclusively on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.

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Key Highlights:

24-hour recovery point objective (RPO)

Image-level restore granularity objective (RGO) per virtual machine

Fixed 30-day retention (onsite)

Industry standard AES-256 image-level encryption

Off-peak backup schedule (0000-0600 UTC-8)

No artificial limits on the number or size of registered virtual machines

Unlimited restore-operation requests

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VMware Hybrid Cloud : A Quick Guide Part-1

After a long speculations….It is arrived. VMware launched their cloud service “VMware Hybrid Cloud” just like Amazon, Rackspace, Google. Now VMware is also a service provider to compete the giants.

Current the cloud service is in Beta and in evaluation phase, only the users from the United States can register and use the evaluation. Luckily I am able to arrange one evaluation account !!!

To register you need a Company email account and you need an US phone number, then its done. You will get a 90 days of evaluation for the VMware cloud service.  Go to the link https://vcloudservice.vmware.com/starteval/info for registering the VMware cloud service.

 

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In your registered email, you will get the activation email and the VMware will verify the details you have provided and will send you the login credentials. If you face any issues you can open a support case  or If you need assistance with your VMware® Hybrid Cloud Evaluation, please contact us at vcloudevalsupport@vmware.com or by phone 877-480-7577 (U.S. Domestic) 801-415-8551 (International). We are here to assist you.

Once registered you will get email like below and you need to do a phone verification and it is ready !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Thank you for signing-up for the VMware® Hybrid Cloud Evaluation! Please complete your order by using our Phone Verification* system by going to: https://vcloudservice.vmware.com/verification . For reference, your Order ID is 5188. *If you’re unable to use our Phone Verification system, please contact our ordering department at 877-480-7577 . If you’re calling from outside the United States please dial +1-801-415-8551. We are available Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST.”

Once you received the credentials you can login to the cloud portal by https://vcloudservice.vmware.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fcloud%2fsummary

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Once login to the portal is  complete, you will see  the dash board as below

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Click “My Cloud” section you can see the running VM and its details

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Click “RUN CONSOLE” icon to view the VM console just like the vSphere client console. But the browser has to support and you have to install the VMRC plugin.

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When you click the “Administration” Section you can manage Users, ISO and Templates. 

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How do I upload an OVF or ISO to the Evaluation Console?
To upload an OVF package or ISO image via the Evaluation Console you must download the vCloud Uploader program below and follow the outlined instructions

You will get the Billing details, your entitled services and subscription’s in the section “Billing Info” 

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To configure the Firewall rules and Public IP you can go to the section View my Virtual Networks

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To see the logs click the section View Logs

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For further and advance administration of your Cloud click View in vCloud Director” – this I will cover in Part 2 of this Blog series

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So far it is very promising to see the VMware new initiative in the Cloud business, in the next part of this blog I will share more about the VM creation and vCloud director familiarization.

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