VCE Vision Intelligent Operations

Vision Intelligent Operations Software for Vblock Systems

Enabling simple management of Vblock Integrated Infrastructure Systems from VMware vCenter. Vision performs Discovery, Identification, Health Monitoring, Loggging, and Validation of Vblock hardware plus offers an Open API.

VCEVisionVCE Vision Intelligent Operations software capabilities for Vblock systems:

      • Discovery:  Ensuring management tools constantly reflect the most current state of Vblock Systems. As hardware changes the inventory auto-updates.
      • Identification:  Enabling the converged system view. All component details are fed up to the user interface. Hardware model, status, serial numbers, etc.
      • Validation:  Providing system assurance and ensuring compliance with the interoperability matrix. Ensuring running firmware is compatible across components and across Vblocks.
      • Health Monitoring:  Expediting diagnosis and remediation. Correlating hardware warnings, errors and failures with the virtual environment.
      • Logging:  Promoting rapid troubleshooting. The Vblock consists of many hardware devices. Vision assembles all log activity into one location, for review during issue resolution.
      • Open API:  Simplifying integration, backed by VCE and an open community of developers.

The software is delivered pre-installed on all new Vblock Systems, and includes:

    • The VCE Vision Intelligent Operations System Library that runs on all Vblock Systems to implement core functionality including the discovery, compliance, and the object model.
    • A plug-In for vCenter and an adapter for vCenter Operations Manager that enable native integration with these two key components of the VMware management toolset
    • A software development kit, which includes the API documentation, sample code, Java bindings and a simulator, as well as an on-line developer community to help foster innovation.

It is important to mention where Vision fits. It is not a replacement for your current M&O solution. It complements an existing investment in almost any orchestration product that can take advantage of the API. For example, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (CIAC) could kick off a workflow to request system health from Vision before it began a service provisioning activity. CIAC would receive back status and determine if it will proceed or flag a hardware issue for follow up. The same goes for DynamicOps, Cloupia, BMC or CA products.

vCenter Integration: Vblock next to your virtual data center!!




vCenter Operations Manager – Health Monitoring



This raises the bar in the converged infrastructure market and there’s much more to come.

VCE Product Launch – Unleash Simplicity

VCE is launching a number of new products and updates today. Some of which I have been very involved with over the past year. Vblock System 100, System 200, new modular design for the 300 and 700 plus Vision Intelligent Operations.

Vblock 100

A long time in the works, the Vblock 100 is an affordable integrated infrastructure product which can support approximately 50 to 100 VMs (or 200 VDI users). It is meant for branch offices, small data centers or the lab in my garage. Every Vblock, including the 100 is built in the factory, preconfigured, validated and supported as a single product.

I’ve beta tested and deployed the 100, it’s a great little product. We have been excited to release it. The release date was held back until Vision was ready and then timed with our launch event.

Vblock 100’s in the Factory

The 100 comes in two preset models: 100BX and 100DX. The BX comes in a 24U rack with 3-4 C220 servers and the DX comes in a 42U rack with 3-8 C220 servers. The BX has a EMC VNXe 3150 while the DX has a VNXe 3300. Both have a pair of Cisco Catalyst 3750-X switches. The factory deploys a Logical Advanced Management Pod (LAMP) to host all of software used to manage the system. This includes vSphere, SQL, Update Manager and Vision Intelligent Operations. I’ll post a write up on Vision next.

The main difference between the 100 and 300 (aside from size) is that the network is 1Gb versus 10Gb and Storage is NFS or iSCSI only. There is no SAN in the Vblock 100. The Vblock 100 is pretty simple and I expect to see many deployed this year.

Vblock 100DX

Vblock 200

The Vblock 200 fits in between the 100 and 300, targeted for mixed workloads and mid-size data center needs. The 200 adds SAN connected storage with the VNX 5300 and 10Gb Ethernet with a pair of Nexus 5548 switches. It scales from 4 to 12 C220 servers and is sized to fit into one 42U rack. It also leverages the LAMP and Vision Intelligent Operations tool.

The 200 will be a workhorse due to the product design and price point. It can be a management environment for large data center deployments, Exchange environment, SAP, VDI, Unified Communications, etc.

Vblock 300

The Vblock System 300 has been updated using a new modular design. Previously when a 300 was sold the component layout was cookie cutter. Two UCS Chassis at the bottom of the rack, Fabric Interconnect, MDS, then Nexus switches and finally VNX storage on top. The modularity means each Vblock build will depend on the equipment order. We now support 2 to 16 UCS chassis (up from 2 to 8), Nexus 5548 and 5596 Ethernet switches, 6248 or 6296 fabric interconnect, 2204 or 2208 IOM and Four EMC VNX arrays (5300, 5500, 5700 & 7500).

Vblock 700

Similar to the 300 update, the Vblock System 700 now uses a new modular design. That is kind of where the similarities end. The Vblock 700 scales from 2 to 28 racks, 4 to 128 blades and 24 to 3200 drives. The 700 can be equipped with an EMC VMAX 10K, 20K or 40K storage array. Network hardware includes the Nexus 5548 or 5596 or even the 7010. SAN hardware is either the MDS 9148 or 9513. 128 blades not enough? No problem, the 700 can scale up to 384 blades by integrating additional Fabric interconnects.


So no matter what the workload requirements are VCE has a Vblock for you.

** Next blog post will cover Vision Intelligent Operations

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