Please go to - Design vCloud Director on VCE Vblock Systems - 2.0
Over the past few months, I've been working on a project with Chris Colotti and Sumner Burkhart of VMware along with Jeramiah Dooley and Sony Francis of VCE on a collaboration effort to design a best practice for running VMware vCloud Director on a Vblock.
It all began when I took the class VMware vCloud: Architecting the VMware Cloud and I had this urge to create a design so Vblocks could be deployed in a standard fashion so you could easily have vCD up and running on a Vblock in little time. There were many design considerations to take into account because the Vblock has many components and each of which has it's own constraints. I remember reading a blog from Chris Colotti called vCloud on Vblock – Findings from the field, so I got in touch with him via twitter to see if he would want to collaborate on such an effort. Once he was on board, Jeramiah and Sony reached out to me internally to see if they could join in. We decided it was best to draft up something that addresses everything we see today on current Vblock models along with vCloud Director 1.0.X and associated technology. This paper doesn't address the recently announced vCloud Director 1.5 components but most will remain unchanged except 1 or 2 sections depending upon changes in related technologies in the upcoming months.
This document is a joint effort between five people and doesn't reflect the supportability from our employers. This document is merely a reference architecture for running vCloud Director on a Vblock and it's associated technologies such as VNX, Fast Cache, Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST), Cisco Nexus 1000v, vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS), vShield Edge, and more.
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