Preparing for the SDDC


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This presentation, given in February 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, focuses on how current VMware administrators can prepare for the software-defined data center (SDDC).

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Preparing for the SDDC

  1. 1. Preparing for the SDDC What this means for you and how to be ready Scott Lowe, VCDX 39 vExpert, Author, Blogger, Geek / Twitter: @scott_lowe
  2. 2. Your name is familiar...
  3. 3. Before going any further • • • • Get involved! Audience participation is encouraged and requested. If you use Twitter, feel free to tweet about this session (use @MVMUG or hashtag #MVMUG) I encourage you to take photos or videos of today’s session and share them online This presentation will be made available online after the event
  4. 4. Three aspects of SDDC 1.Virtualization extends to all of IT 2.IT management gives way to automation 3.Compatible hybrid cloud is ubiquitous
  5. 5. What does this mean?
  6. 6. “Every organization must be prepared to abandon everything it does to survive the future. You cannot manage change, you can only be ahead of it.” — Peter Drucker
  7. 7. 1. Virtualization extends to all of IT.
  8. 8. Virtualization extends to all of IT • Extend the results of virtualization to all aspects of IT • Underlying mechanisms will be very different • Organizational challenges may lie ahead • This doesn't mean the virtualization admins have “won”
  9. 9. “...If humility does not precede all that we do, our efforts are fruitless.” — St. Augustine
  10. 10. Virtualization extends to all of IT • So what can we do? • Become familiar with the underlying mechanisms • Compute: Hypervisors • Networking: SDN, NFV, network encapsulation protocols • Storage: Disk architectures, replication, latency
  11. 11. 2. IT management gives way to automation.
  12. 12. IT management gives way to automation • Automation is more than just scripting or templates • It's the gateway to scale • Scale is about more than just size, it's also about effort
  13. 13. IT management gives way to automation • So what can we do? • Give up the idea of "hand crafting" everything • Explore different aspects of automation • Scripting: PowerShell, Perl, Python, shell • Configuration management: Puppet, Chef, Salt, Ansible • APIs: JSON, XML, HTTP REST • Combinations of technologies
  14. 14. 3. Compatible hybrid cloud is ubiquitous
  15. 15. Compatible hybrid cloud is ubiquitous • Compatible implies interoperable, not necessarily identical • Interoperability involves multiple aspects • • Execution compatibility • • Management compatibility Data compatibility Application awareness is critical—need to understand dependencies and relationships
  16. 16. Compatible hybrid cloud is ubiquitous • So what can we do? • Educate yourself on “cloudy” technologies • Differences between providers (vCHS, Amazon, GCE) • Differences between CMPs (vCAC, OpenStack, CloudStack) • Key architectures (object storage, stateless instances)
  17. 17. Questions & answers
  18. 18. Thank you! Don’t forget to rate this session and provide feedback (via mobile app, inside the program guide, or via link sent to your e-mail)