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LonVMUG 23rd January 2014

First VMUG of the year*. That has a nice sound to it. Full of promises for lots of good events to come.

The lovely folks who organise the London VMUG look to be putting on a super first event for 2014 and I’m looking forward to it. As well as having a distinctly “cloudy” flavour to it, there’s a series of lightning talks on home labs scheduled. I know that the committee have been debating a trial of this format for a while now because I’ve suggested it a time or two myself. It works very well at CloudCamp (which, coincidentally, is on the same day but starting at 6:30pm – register for it here if you’re interested) and I hope it will fit in very nicely here too.

Track A Track B
0830 – 0945 Event Reception
1000 – 1015 Welcome
1015 – 1100 Pernix Data – Frank Denneman
1100 – 1145 vCAC 6 – What’s New
(Matt Steiner, VMware)
1145 – 1215 Break
1215 – 1300 vSAN
(Justin Beck, VMware)
vCHS Overview
(Simon Greaves, Computacenter)
1300 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1450 10ZiG Nimble Storage
1500 – 1550 NSX with an Angle
(Peter Bury, VMware)
Home Lab Lightning Talks
Simon Gallagher
Erik Bussink
Frank Denneman
Alex Galbraith
1600 – 1650 How LEGO relocated to a new datacentre
(Enrico Laursen, LEGO)
vCAC Real World Deployment
(TBC)
1700 – 1715 Close
  vBeers @ The Pavilion End

So don’t miss it, register now to avoid disappointment!

(* – Actually it’s the 9th after Indianapolis, Spokane, Toledo, New Mexico, Iowa, Singapore, Louisville and Denver but for me it’ll be the first.)

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vCAC 6.0 Announced

vCAC 6.0 was announced in Tuesday’s General Session and it’s expected to be generally available in mid-November 2013. For me, this is the most exciting announcement to come out of VMworld Europe. It’s all about building, deploying and managing application catalogs.

VMware acquired DynamicOps in mid-2012 and managed to rebrand and launch it as vCloud Automation Center 5.1 at VMworld last year. There has since been a 5.2 release but 6.0 includes some very significant changes. Two of the biggest are:

Appliances!

vCAC installation has historically been a bit of a pig. 5.2 has its own pre-requisite checker and a number of hoops to jump through to get it up and running. Jonathan Medd even recently produced a superb PowerShell script to automate the setup of the pre-requisites.

With 6.0 however, vCAC is being partially released as a virtual appliance by being broken down into several components. The IaaS (.NET) core is still hosted on Windows but the Self-Service portal and Application Director (see below) components are virtual appliances. The portal appliance includes a full instance of vCO.

On the face of it, deploying vCAC may seem more involved but having some key functionality hosted in virtual appliances is a sensible move in my opinion.

Say Hello to Application Director

There is now going to be greater integration with (vFabric) Application Director and the latter will actually be bundled with vCAC 6.0 although it will be distributed as a separate appliance. The point of this is to allow organisations to define and build applications (blueprints) in Application Director and then manage deployment and infrastructure through vCAC.

There’s a lab available in the Hands-on-Labs that showcases the vCAC 6.0 beta. Try it out.