Saturday, 22 September 2012

VMware vCloud Service- getting started

VMware vCloud Service - Part 1

Getting Started

As you all may be aware by now, VMware has recently launched out its VMware vCloud Service Evaluation Beta to public (PREVIOUS POST)

In this series of Posts, I am going to provide How-To guides for getting up and running with VMware vCloud Service Evaluation.

What is VMware vCloud Service Evaluation

As per my Definition: "A vCloud Service Evaluation is VMware's attempt (and may I add a good one !!) to creating a self-service, self-managed, automated, pay-per-use model based Public Cloud"

As per VMware's Definition: "A vCloud Service Evaluation is the best way to experience how VMware can add infrastructure capacity within minutes without needing to purchase the capacity as capital expense yourself. It also provides the opportunity to learn how easy it is to administer workloads between environments of choice. The vCloud Service Evaluation includes an extremely flexible, on-demand, self-service public cloud service that allows for seamless migration of workloads between your existing cloud environment, the vCloud Service Evaluation, and VMware’s ecosystem of service providers (in conjunction with your internal vSphere environment)."

With vCloud Service Evaluation, you can:

  • Access your cloud through the “vCloud Service Evaluation Console”, an example of a customized user interface based on vCloud technology, and utilize virtual servers from a shared resource pool for a low hourly cost.

  • Enjoy a turnkey experience by deploying VMs or application
    templates in a matter of minutes. With VMware Virtual Appliances or vApps, you have the ability to provision multi-tier applications without manual configuration. You’ll also have unlimited access to pre-packaged infrastructure and application templates.

When you get started with the vCloud Service Evaluation, you will be using a public cloud that offers you:

  • Redundancy - If hardware that is powering your VMs fails, your VMs will be automatically moved to a new set of resources, regardless of operating system or underlying hardware configuration.

  • Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) – DRS enables your cluster to be properly balanced with the workloads running upon it. DRS automatically keeps physical hosts and clusters running smoothly by moving workloads off if they can be better used on different ‘less busy’ hosts.

  • vCloud Networking & Security - VMware vCloud Networking & Security Edge firewall control is built in, so no need to add a 3rd party firewall.

  • API - The vCloud API is your interface to building new management solutions and integrating existing ones with VMware cloud infrastructure. 

  • vApps - We provide a library of predefined vApps, or create your own. vApps (or “Virtual Appliances”) are a grouping of virtual machines that allow you to start, stop, reboot and even destroy your virtual machines with just a click or two.

  • Bandwidth – The vCloud Service Evaluation offers unlimited inbound bandwidth, and free outbound bandwidth up to 1TB.

  • IPs – We offer you a pool of public and private IP addresses OS Templates – We offer both Windows and Linux.

  • Application Templates – We offer a suite of application templates that greatly simplify development and testing of popular web applications.

Getting Started with the vCloud Service Evaluation

It’s very simple to begin your vCloud Service Evaluation. With just a few clicks, your account will be provisioned and ready to use in minutes.

Setting up your vCloud Service Evaluation account:

1. Visit
2. Click the "Join Our Beta" button

3. Complete the two page form and phone validation

You will have to provide authentic Credit Card info. You can also use VMware's promotional Code "VMWORLD50" to add a $50 coupon for your account. 

Once you have entered all your details out correctly, simply create an account and wait for one of VMware's representatives to call you up to confirm your account.

Once you have received your confirmation call, you will also get a mail with the username and password for your vCloud Service Evaluation account

When you get a confirmation mail, a link will be provided in it to access your vCloud Service Evaluation along Administrative with Username and Password

You should be presented with a screen similar to the one displayed below. You are now ready to explore VMware vCloud Service Evaluation

In my next post, I'll walk you through the basic Tabs and Functions provided by vCloud Service Evaluation.

Till then, Have fun and Happy Cloud Computing !!

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