Category Archives: vCloud Availability

vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR-Part 4: Testing DR Operations

By | 26/09/2018

In last post of this series we paired the two vCloud based cloud instances. Now its turn to test the DR capabilities offered by vCAV-C2C.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Introduction to vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR

2: vCAV-C2C-POC Deployment

3: Site Pairing

To start testing DR operations, connect to https://VCAV-FQDN:8443 and login with tenant credentials (uname@orgname) and navigate to Paired Clouds. read more

vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR-Part 3: Site Pairing

By | 25/09/2018

In last post of this series we configured the vCAV-C2C appliance for both Site A & B. In this post we will learn how to perform site pairing so that tenants can start replicating workloads between 2 cloud instances.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Introduction to vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR

2: vCAV-C2C-POC Deployment

To perform site pairing, login to vCAV-C2C appliance of site A by connecting to https://VCAV-FQDN:8046 and navigating to Sites > New Site and enter IP/FQDN of VCAV appliance of Site B. read more

vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR-Part 2: POC Deployment

By | 24/09/2018

As discussed in last post, we can configure all roles present in vCAV-C2C in a single appliance for Lab/POC deployment. In my lab I am going ahead with small deployment to have a general understanding of this product before doing distributed deployment.

In my lab I have 2 sites and each site is configured with following components:

1: vSphere/vCenter Server 6.5 U2

2: vCloud Director 9.0

3: VMware NSX 6.3.6

vSphere and vCD is fully configured and Org/Org vDC’s are in place n both sites with external network etc configured.  read more

vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR-Part 1:Introduction

By | 23/09/2018

VMware vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR is the latest addition in VMware Cloud Provider Platform portfolio and it was first released in May 2018 and it brought joy for the service providers who wanted a VMware native Cloud to Cloud DR solution for vCloud Director based clouds from long time. 

What is vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud DR (vCAV-C2C)?

VMware vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud is a solution for DR between 2 instances of vCloud Director. Cloud to Cloud DR concept is not new but VMware did not had any solution for vCloud based cloud. vCAV-C2C fills this gap and helps VMware Cloud Providers to leverage existing vCloud Director environments to provide DR services, including replication and failover capabilities for workloads at both VM and vApp level. read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 10: Integrating VCAV With Deployed Components

By | 14/09/2018

Now we have deployed all components needed to form VCAV stack. Its time to integrate all of them with VCAV. Let’s start.

At this point of time I am assuming that you have already declared following variables as per your environment

Configure vSphere Replication Manager

1: Configure VRMS appliance

# vcav hms configure –hms-address=$HMS01_ADDRESS –vsphere-address=$VSPHERE01_ADDRESS –vsphere-user=$SSO_USER –vsphere-password-file=~/.ssh/.sso –vcd-address=$VCD_ADDRESS –vcd-user=$VCD_USER –vcd-password-file=~/.ssh/.vcd –sso-user=$SSO_USER –sso-password-file=~/.ssh/.sso read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 9-Create vCloud Availability Portal Host

By | 14/09/2018

In last post of this series we deployed the VRCS and VR appliances. In this post we will deploy VCAV Portal.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment

4: Install Cloud Proxy for vCD

5: Deploy Cassandra Cluster

6: RabbitMQ Cluster Deployment and vCD Integration

7: Deploy VRMS Appliance

8: Deploy vRCS and VR Server

What is vCloud Availability Portal ? read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 8-Deploy vSphere Replication Cloud Service & vSphere Replication Server

By | 09/09/2018

In last post of this series we deployed VRMS appliance. In this post we will deploy the vSphere Replication Cloud Service and the vSphere Replication Server appliance.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment

4: Install Cloud Proxy for vCD

5: Deploy Cassandra Cluster

6: RabbitMQ Cluster Deployment and vCD Integration read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 7-Deploy vSphere Replication Manager

By | 09/09/2018

In last post of this series we deployed RabbitMQ and integrated it with vCD.

In this post we will deploy and configure vSphere Replication Manager aka VRMS. But before we go ahead and kick the VRMS deployment, lets discuss in brief about what is the role of VRMS in a VCAV stack.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 6: Install and Configure RabbitMQ Cluster

By | 09/09/2018

In last post of this series we deployed cassandra node and configured ssl security for cassandra. In this post we will be installing RabbitMQ for vCD.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment

4: Install Cloud Proxy for vCD

5: Deploy Cassandra Cluster

What is RabbitMQ (RMQ)?

RabbitMQ is an open source message-queuing software which helps in facilitating message exchange between 2 or more applications. The exchange of messages is done via queue which is defined by administrator. An application can publish a message to the queue which can be retrieve or consumed by a different application. read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 5: Deploy and Configure Cassandra Cluster

By | 09/09/2018

In second post of this series we looked at the components which are needed to form a VCAV solution stack and we saw cassandra is an integral part of this solution.

To know about cassandra in detail, you can refer an old blogpost written by me.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment

4: Install Cloud Proxy for vCD

In this post we will deploy a Cassandra Cluster. Before installing cassandra software we need to meet following requirements: read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 4: Installing Cloud Proxy for vCD

By | 09/09/2018

In last post of this series we deployed the VCAV appliance and discussed that it will be configured later once we are done with deployment of all the other needed components.

In this post we will add a vCloud proxy cell to an existing vCloud Director environment.

If you are not following along this series, then I recommend reading earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vCloud Availability Introduction

2: vCloud Availability Architecture & Components

3: VCAV Deployment

What is Cloud Proxy ? read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 3-VCAV Deployment

By | 09/09/2018

In last post of this series we discussed about logical architecture of VCAV and we discussed about the various components involved which makes the VCAV stack.

In this post we will be deploying VCAV appliance. Current version of VCAV is 2.0.1 and it can be downloaded from here. vCloud Availability appliance deployment is straight forward task and is pretty much like any other standard ova deployment. 

Connect to your management vCenter Web Client  and choose to Deploy OVF Template and browse to location where VCAV ova file is stored on your system. read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director-Part-2-Architecture & Components

By | 09/09/2018

In first post of this series we discussed about what is vCloud Availability solution and what problem are we solving by using this product. In this post we will discuss about the architecture of VCAV and what are the components needed to create a full-fledged DRaaS solution using VCAV.

vCloud Availability Logical Architecture

Basically the architecture relies solely on service provider environment. There can be a slight differences in components that different service provider uses. Typical components can include what is visible in below diagram. read more

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director-Part-1-Introduction

By | 09/09/2018

What is vCloud Availability for vCloud Director (VCAV) ?

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director is a Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution that provides simple and secure asynchronous replication and failover for vSphere managed workloads.

VMware released vCloud Availability for vCloud Director keeping in mind to provide cloud innovations to vCloud Air Network partners so that they can implement this software solution to provide Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to customers.

Customer’s who are using vCloud Air, knows that vCloud Air uses vSphere Replication to provide the DRaaS service to their customers. This is a very similar solution which vCAN partners will now be using for DRaaS.  read more