Automating Puppet Master Certificate Signing and vRealize Automation

A big part of my job at Varrow is evaluating new technology related to cloudy things and determine if/where said technology might fit into our overall cloud strategy. From there it’s all about taking that technology, integrating it, building demos in our innovation labs and making it a repeatable process. I’ll talk more in-depth about my role in another article …

ViPR 2.1 – Creating a Fibre Channel Network

 ViPR is a software abstraction that allows you to control multiple storage arrays from multiple vendors. ViPR acts as a control plane and abstracts the underlying array details into a common construct. For more information, or to try ViPR, go here One of the cool things about ViPR is that you can bring in your fabirc switches (ViPR calls these fabric …

Adding Additional vCenter Instances to vRealize Automation

vRealize Automation (vRA), formerly vCloud Automation Center, has the ability to have multiple vCenters as endpoints. This is cool because if you need to do true multi-tenancy and a tenant has security requirements that require them to have their own vCenter instance. When you initially install vRA you installthe IaaS component, which in turn installs a vSphere Agent responsible for …

CloudPhysics – Getting Spooky With It

Halloween is upon us! As this scary(?) holiday filled with elaborate costumes, haunted houses and free candy approaches, our friends over at CloudPhysics are running a fun Halloween themed campaign open to everyone. Curious if you’re running software vulnerable to Heartbleed or Shellshock? Are you running software that’s [nearing] end of support (Windows Server 2003 anyone)? Do you have unrealized, …

PernixData FVP and vCenter Operations Integration

If you’ve been reading some of my previous posts you would probably have noticed that I’ve been writing a fair amount about vCenter Operations. There is a reason for this; it’s a very extensible product. There is a decent amount of third-party integration with vCenter Operations as well as a high amount of customization out of the box. I hate …

XtremIO Integration with vCenter Operations

As XtremIO becomes more popular with customers, there will be a need to integrate the statistics it provides into third party monitoring systems. XtremIO has a very simple UI to work with and it shows you a decent amount of statistics already in the UI, per volume; IOPs, latency, bandwidth, etc… EMC already has a vCenter Operations adapter for the …

The New Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager

Over the past few months I’ve had an opportunity to participate in a beta of Cisco’s new Virtual Switch Update Manager (VSUM). What is VSUM? VSUM is a free virtual appliance from Cisco that integrates into the vSphere Web Client. Once deployed, VSUM allows you to do the following (all from the web client): Deploy Nexus 1000v and Application Virtual …

Operationalizing vCenter Operations – Part 1

I’ve been doing a lot of work with vCenter Operations over the last few months. I spent a lot of time with custom dashboards, super metrics and custom widgets based on XML files and widget interactions. The environment I’m in has an operations team responsible for monitoring 15+ vCenter environments. Most of the time spent working on this project was …