Oh, well hey there! OMG ITS VMWORLD! Hey guys! I bet you’re wondering WTF I’m talking about! It’s okay. Some of you were expecting this, or are saying, “Finally… I mean, Cisco has validated Designs, and they’ve been doing those technical design guides for DECADES…” But I digress… I mean because VMware hasn’t been half shabby with their NUMEROUS whitepapers on every single topic under the sun for application supportability, capability, design, you name it!
OMG SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!
Alright, alright calm down…
The VMware Validated Designs now provide a Blue print for the whole data center instead of merely being an infinite series of reference architecture, Best Practices, and Guides based upon products in a bubble!
How does this differ from a validated architecture like VSPEX?
How this differs from a validated architecture is that an architecture will often be presented as ‘IM A VENDOR BUY MY STUFF’ whereas a design basically sets the table that, “Here’s a design… buy whoseever stuff or whatever things you want! (obviously ensure its on the HCL :))” I hear this come up a lot with friends, partners, colleagues, customers and the best initial comparison I can think of comes to having a house built, a design truly becomes the blueprint for your home. You pay an architect to produce that and you can then take that deliverable anywhere and have it be built, whereas in the technical sense an validated architecture is like track housing. You can have it look and feel any way you want, as long as its one of these THREE options. So you can pick and choose which framework or model works best for you, they’re not mutually exclusive and you can layer the capabilities of one atop the other. Also consider, HEY you can use this to apply the principles to your existing implementation to see what you might do to improve it!
OMG ARE YOU SAYING ITS WIN WIN?! Yes. I am. But I won’t use those words. You chose to use them. :)
Today there are a few VMware Validated Designs which have been released (with more to come)
- The VMware® Software-Defined Data Center Foundation
- Automated Provisioning with the VMware® Software-Defined Data Center – Single Region
And as an added bonus, VMware has ALSO just announced “Feature Walkthroughs”
What’s cool about the Walkthroughs is that it breaks down various business and technical elements of the VMware portfolio AND has direct links to take you to the hands on labs, so a little for the business and a little for the technical! It’s a nice bit of fun all packaged up together! :)
Enjoy! This is just a SMALL portion of things to be announced this week at #VMworld! <3