Automation & Operations in a Hybrid Cloud world

Automation & Operations in a Hybrid Cloud world

Blog about the Software Defined Datacenter, IT Automation, DevOps and other stuff

Articles with tag : automation

02/13/2017 From Overblog

A Self Healing application demonstration with vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Operation

My colleague Alexandre Hugla did a great job of showing an example of self healing app using a combination of vRealize Operatons (detection) & vRealize Orchestrator (Remediation). Here is his video Démonstration proposée par Alexandre Hugla, Consultant Avant-Vente, spécialiste des solutions de Cloud et de DevOps chez VMware centrée sur plusieurs solutions VMware pour offrir le meilleur de l'administration applicative : Le Self Healing.

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12/30/2016 From Overblog

Life and Death of an application Part 3: From Build to RUN

In the previous articles of this serie "Life and Death of an application" we oversaw how to develop easily a web app plugged into a Big Data service (Google Directions). Then, we saw how to design the architecture that will run it by leveraging the different artifacts (code, conf script) and create a "converged blueprint" to merge these Dev artifacts with Ops services (servers, storage, network and security services). Now, come the Fun part, we are going to request the service, see which actions we can make once it's deployed and, then, see how Ops can actually help us make sure the application keep RUNNING in the long term. Ready? Go! I want my application to be built! Yes Sir. No problem Sir. Here you go. Simply pick up your application in the catalog: then you have a quick form asking you...

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12/27/2016 From Overblog

Life and Death of an application Part2: First steps in the Software Defined Datacenter

In Part 1 we saw how was created the application Tito and we know what the application architecture is. Basically, we have the following diagram which showcase what kind of infrastructure the application need to properly run in the Datacenter. So how do we get this infrastructure? Which is another way to say: Where do I run my code? Architecture Tito The current method In most Enterprises today, the current method is to create a ticket, send it to a specific IT team, then a number of unknown people will work on it, then you have back and forth exchange with some of them, then you receive many weeks later a virtual machine, then you install all the necessary application components, then you install your code. In average it takes between 2 weeks to 4 months. There's so many manual steps that...

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09/26/2016 From Overblog

Container As A Service with VMware Admiral

VMware Admiral is an Open source project providing a Container as a Service Portal. The GitHub project description is quite clear about what it does: Admiral™ is a highly scalable and very lightweight Container Management platform for deploying and managing container based applications. It is designed to have a small footprint and boot extremely quickly. Admiral™ is intended to provide automated deployment and lifecycle management of containers. This container management solution can help reduce complexity and achieve advantages including simplified and automated application delivery, optimized resource utilization along with business governance and applying business policies and overall data center integration. Admiral is a service written in Java and based on VMware's Xenon framework. This...

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08/24/2016 From Overblog

How to create and Advanced service (XaaS) to send SMS with vRealize Automation

In this article, we are going to show how easy it is to create advanced services in vRealize Automation (vRA). We will take as an example the ability to send text messages. This will showcase how easy it is to create advanced service (XaaS) into vRA which are not related to VM, vSphere, Networks, etc… This is (one of) the end result: So what do we need? First, a service provider with an API Second, vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) will consume this API by creating a workflow Third, vRA will turn this workflow into a service To get through the technical stuff, it is expected you have basic understanding of what a REST API is and have a good knowledge of vRealize automation and vRO Let’s go for the step by step: The Service provider I chose is clickatell since they gave me immediately the API I needed....

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01/11/2016 From Overblog

Monitoring vRealize Automation by simulating machines deployments

A while ago, a customer faced an issue with vRealize Automation (VRA) due to the underlying infrastructure. The impact was that no users could deploy any new machines. The deployment would miserably fail. Since this customer were not using vRealize Operations (vR Ops) to monitor vRealize Automation I adviced him to use this as well as use Log Insight to monitor the logs. But the fact is that this approach is primarily to monitor the insight of vRealize Automation, not the vRealize Automation service itself. In many situation, monitoring the service from a user point of view is the best metric one could have. So, I also adviced him to create a workflow that would trigger a "probe" deployment in vRA and send the result to vR Ops. Since I liked that idea, I decided to actually do the workflow...

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