vCAT is dead, long live the vCAT!

By | 05/08/2015

Today, under my sun ombrella while reading my daily feeds, I see that finally my company has released a new versions of vCAT that you can find at the following link:

http://blogs.vmware.com/vcat/2015/07/vmware-vcloud-architecture-toolkit-vcat-back.htm

An extract from the VMware blog:

Which implementation models will be covered?

The new vCAT-SP initially focuses on two implementation models: Hybrid Cloud Powered and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Powered. These in turn align to common cloud service models, such as Hosting, Managed Private Cloud, and Public/Hybrid Cloud.

  • Hybrid Cloud Powered

To become hybrid cloud powered, the service provider’s cloud infrastructure must meet the following criteria:
The cloud service must be built with VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud Director for Service Providers.
The vCloud APIs must be exposed to the cloud tenants.

Cloud tenants must be able to upload and download virtual workloads packaged with Open Virtualization Format (OVF) version 1.0.

The cloud provider must have an active rental contract of 3600 points of more with an aggregator.

This implementation model is typically used to build large scale multi-tenant public or hybrid cloud solutions offering a range is IaaS, PaaS or SaaS services to the end-customers.

  • Infrastructure as a Service Powered

To design an Infrastructure as a Service powered cloud infrastructure, the solution must meet the following criteria:
The cloud service must be built with vSphere.
The cloud provider must have an active rental subscription with an aggregator.

This implementation model is typically used to build managed hosting and managed private cloud solutions with varying levels of dedication through compute, storage and networking layers, again offering a range of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services to the end customers.

The vCloud Architecture Toolkit provides all the required information to design and implement a hybrid powered or IaaS powered cloud service, and to implement value-added functionality for policy based operations management, software-defined network and security, hybridity, unified presentation, cloud business management, cloud automation and orchestration, software-defined storage, developer services integration etc.
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  • Modular and iterative development framework

Modularity is one of the key principles when starting to develop the new vCAT-SP architecture framework. Our modular approach makes it easier to iterate upon, by having smaller building blocks that can be checked out of the architecture, have the impact assessed against other components, updated, then re-inserted in to the architecture with minimal impact to the larger solution landscape.

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