vCloud NFV Kick-starts Telco Providers

VMworld2015LogoDuring VMworld Europe 2015, VMware announced a new program under their vCloud naming, called vCloud NFV (Network Function Virtualization).

What is vCloud NFV?

vCloud NFV is essentially a bundle with the best of VMware targeted to telecom/service providers (or any NFV company) to kickstart them towards operational readiness. vCloud NFV delivers the following products in the bundle:

  • vSphere.
  • VSAN.
  • NSX.
  • vRealize Operations.
  • vRealize Log Insight.
  • Site Recovery Manager.
  • vCloud Director.
  • VMware Integrated Openstack.

Architecture of vCloud NFV

vCloud NFV is aligned to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFVI Architecture Framework, which is widely adopted by providers using NFV. Along … Read more

vCloud Integration Manager

VMware just announced a new addition to their vCloud product family; vCloud Integration Manager.

vCloud Integration Manager was developed to provide a simple and standardized way for service providers to provision vCloud Director, vShield and vSphere in order to more quickly get new customers up and running on a cloud service. Until now, service providers either had to do these tasks manually, or redirect valuable software development resources to writing undifferentiated “glue code” and/or automation scripts.

Integration Manager reduces operational costs by automatically stepping through the configuration process for vCloud Director to set up Virtual Data Centers, virtual networks, administrator … Read more

Removing vCloud Agent from ESX(i) host

When you’re like me, you just go ahead and install stuff without taking the time to read if the software you’re installing can be upgraded later. Dive head first. 😉

Often with beta software, an upgrade path to a release build is lacking or problematic. Same goes for vCloud Director 1.5 beta to the release build of 1.5. When I upgraded to the release build, I did so without ‘Unpreparing’ the ESXi hosts that were being used by vCloud Director. That causes some problems when you want to link a new vCloud Director to these ESXi hosts, as the vCloud … Read more

VMware vCloud Director SSL certificates

vCloud Director uses a java keystore to read its SSL certificates from. This makes it a bit more complicated to use an existing certificate and private key set. Took me a while to figure out, so I’m sharing.

In this example I created /opt/vmware/keystore for the certificate files. The ssl-key.pem and ssl-cert.pem are the existing certificate files. Furthermore, I used ‘passed’ as the keystore and alias password. (needed for the vCD configuration)

Firstly, we need to convert the key and certificate to a DER format:

[[email protected] keystore]# export PATH=$PATH:/opt/vmware/vcloud-director/jre/bin
[[email protected] keystore]# openssl pkcs8 -topk8 -nocrypt -in ssl-key.pem -inform PEM -out 
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