What’s New in vCloud Director 5.1?


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VMware vCloud® Director™ (vCloud Director) orchestrates the provisioning of software-defned datacenter
services, to deliver complete virtual datacenters for easy consumption in minutes. Software-defned datacenter
services and virtual datacenters fundamentally simplify infrastructure provisioning and enable IT to move at the
speed of business.
Numerous enhancements are included within vCloud Director 5.1, making it the best infrastructure-as-a-service
(IaaS) solution in the marketplace today. This document highlights some of these key enhancements and is
targeted toward users who are familiar with previous vCloud Director releases.

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What’s New in vCloud Director 5.1?

  1. 1. What’s New in vCloud Director 5.1? Snapshots Storage Profiles Elastic vDC
  2. 2. AgendaSnapshotsStorage ProfilesElastic vDC
  3. 3. Snapshot Support in vCloud Director 5.1Allows for the ability to: Does not support:• Create • Multi-level snapshots• Revert • Lab Manager-style snapshots• Remove (deployed in fenced mode) • Network reconfiguration while snapshots are presentWorks for: • Revert doesn’t restore vApp• Virtual Machines topology and OVF properties,  Powered-on/off/suspended only the VMs• vApps • Virtual Machines with independent disks attachedWorks with:• UI and REST API• Chargeback
  4. 4. Visual Differences In vApp and Virtual Machine Context Menus • These context menus have been updated with a snapshot operation section containing “Create Snapshot”, “Revert to Snapshot” and “Remove Snapshot” operations. • The “Remove Snapshot” and “Revert Snapshot” operations are only enabled for vApps / VMs with snapshots.
  5. 5. Visual DifferencesOn vApp and Virtual Machine Lists • A new “Snapshot” column is added. Column is not shown by default.
  6. 6. Visual DifferencesRead-only NIC settings for VMs with memory statesnapshots • A warning message was added to “Hardware” tab for VMs with memory state snapshots
  7. 7. AgendaSnapshotsStorage ProfilesElastic vDC
  8. 8. Multiple Classes of Storage Not all storage is the same… Gold High Speed/Low Latency Silver Moderate Speed/Latency Bronze Low Speed/ High Latency
  9. 9. Multiple Classes of Storage Not all storage is the same… Gold High Speed/Low In order to manage this in Latency vDC 1 the past, Admins had to create multiple vDCs… Silver Moderate Speed/Latency vDC 2 Bronze Low Speed/ High Latency vDC 3
  10. 10. Multiple Classes of Storage Not all storage is the same… Gold High Speed/Low In order to manage this in Latency the past, Admins had to create multiple vDCs… Silver Moderate Now Admins can Speed/Latency vDC 1 leverage Storage Profiles instead… Bronze Low Speed/ High Latency
  11. 11. Multiple Classes of Storage • The Org Admin can now offer Gold different classes of storage within High Speed/Low a single vDC Latency • vDCs, vApp Templates, and Media can define a default Silver storage profile to be used Moderate Speed/Latency vDC 1 • Storage DRS functionality can now be leveraged within vCD, allowing for Storage vMotion Bronze between datastores within a Low Speed/ High Latency cluster based upon metrics defined (available space, I/O latency, ect)
  12. 12. Storage Profiles Feature OverviewLeverages existing constructs in vSphere 5.0 • Requires Enterprise Plus license as the Policy Based Management for storage in vSphere 5 requires it. • Datastores expose their capabilities as string labels in 5.0 and 5.1 • Supports datastore clustersStorage Profiles are managed through vSphere, not through vCD.This includes: • Authoring Storage Profiles • Adding new Storage Profiles • Renaming or deleting Storage Profiles
  13. 13. Storage Profiles Feature OverviewAllows the association of Storage Profiles with Provider vDCs andOrganization vDCsCan give a subset of storage to a particular Organization vDCApplies to VMs, vApp Templates, and Media • VMs placement based on assigned Storage Profile • Can change Storage Profiles after a VM has already been placed•Profile-Driven Storage Service remembers association between VM (home and disks) and Storage Profile (So if it’s relocated to a different datastore, we can say if it meets the requirements and it is ‘compliant’)
  14. 14. Special Storage ProfilePseudo “Any” Storage Profile • Denotes all datastores irrespective of whether the datastore provides any other Storage Profile • This can be used for a variety of reasons, for example:  A appropriate license that enabled Storage Profile functionality is not available  The host is a Pre-5.0 vSphere host where Storage Profiles were not available  A Storage Profile has not been defined - The use of Storage Profiles is not mandatory and will default to the ‘Any’ profile if not used • Note that this is similar to the ‘None’ definition within vSphere
  15. 15. Provider vDC Creation• When you create a Provider vDC, you will select the profile to be used.• Note the use of the ‘Any’ Storage Profile
  16. 16. Provider vDC with Storage Profiles• The Storage Profiles added to a Provider vDC is reported on by going to the Storage Profiles Tab• This provides a quick look at the consumption of the storage
  17. 17. AgendaSnapshotsStorage ProfilesElastic vDC
  18. 18. Overview of the Three Resource Allocation ModelsReservation Pool Allocation Pool Pay As You Go (PAYG) Summary:Summary: Summary: Allows SP to pre-allocateHas full resource Tenant charged for resourcesmanagement controls resources used(reservations, limits, Benefits:shares) Benefits: • Provides predictable • Over-commitment billingBenefits: controlled by SP • Does not have• Cannot over-commit • % of resource resource QOS resources guaranteed can be allowing you to• Guarantees 100% of unlimited overcommit vDC Allocation Use Case: Use Case:Use Case: • Test/Dev • Elastic pool with• Capacity based • Unmanaged workloads minimum resource chargeback in a public cloud – guarantees and a cap• Virtual Private Data charge tenants when • Predictable tenant Center resources are used billing
  19. 19. Elastic Virtual Data Center – The Problem • Three different clusters, each on separate subnets Tenant Organization VDC pVDC A pVDC B pVDC C
  20. 20. Elastic Virtual Data Center – Networks • VXLAN allows you to span subnets or L2 domains Tenant Organization VDC pVDC A pVDC B pVDC C VXLAN Fabric
  21. 21. Elastic Virtual Data Center – pVDC Expansion • This allows your Provider vDC to grow to include all three clusters Tenant Organization VDC Provider Virtual Data Center VXLAN Fabric
  22. 22. Elastic Virtual Data Center – oVDC Expansion • Which allows your Organization Virtual Data Center to expand Tenant Organization VDC Provider Virtual Data Center VXLAN Fabric
  23. 23. Elastic Virtual Data Center – Workload Management • Can leverage Cross Cluster vMotion to distribute load Tenant Organization VDC Provider Virtual Data Center VXLAN Fabric
  24. 24. Elastic Virtual Data Center Description Benefits • Compute capacity for • Container by which a tenant consumes resources (e.g., an VDC can come from Org VDC) can grow: multiple clusters under • Automatically, without manual intervention on the part of the a single vCenter cloud provider admin • On-demand in response to tenant requests (PAYG) • Enables Allocation Pool • Within a very large bound that tenants rarely, if ever, reach or & Pay-As-You-Go VDCs see. to grow dynamically. • Provider Admins no longer have to answer “Which cluster should this VDC go into?” • No support for Reservation Pool VDCs Coke Bronze VDC Pepsi Bronze VDC Dr Pepper Bronze VDC Provider VDC – Bronze A Provider VDC – Bronze B Datastores Port Groups Resource Pools Datastores Port Groups Resource Pools Physical Hardware Physical Hardware
  25. 25. Added Features to Support Elastic vDCs1. Elasticity of Allocation Pool Organization vDCs2. Placement Engine Enhancements3. Merge Provider vDCs4. Migrate VMs from a resource pool to other resource pools in a Provider vDC5. Elasticity of System vDC Resource Pools
  26. 26. Elasticity of Allocation Pool
  27. 27. Merge Provider vDCs