vCloud Automation Center
In my current role I have been spending a great deal of my time working on automating VM provisioning and IaaS. I think most organizations are facing the same issue that we are. Virtualization has enabled IT to be able to provide a virtual machine fairly quickly but all the internal business processes around the creating of a VM take it from being a 20 minute process to something that takes weeks. The solution to this is to automate as many of the those business process as you can. Honestly this is easier said then done, and the approach I am taking is automate what we currently do and then start adding in new functinality. Ultimately it boils down to the fact that we want to be able to provide a better service for our customers and make the turn around much quicker. The solution we selected to address this was the vCloud Enterprise Suite, which includes a new VMware product know as vCloud Automation Center or vCAC formally know as Dynamic Ops Cloud Autmation Center. The product allows you to broker services/resources to your end users from local resources i.e. vSphere/vCloud and public resources i.e. AWS, vCloud Public offerings via a central portal. The product has its own built in orchestration engine and also has the ablility to to leverage vCenter Orchestrator. The user interface makes provsioning of services fairly seamless for end users and your end users dont’t have to worry about the technology. All they have to worry about are what are the requirements and whats its going to cost them. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed in the out of the box intergration with vCloud in the first version of the product under VMWare. I been told that this will improve in furture versions and looking forward to seeing this piece evolve. In the coming weeks I will be posting several more in-depth posts around the product. If your interested in anything in particular let me know and I will see what I can come up with around the subject.