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What Is VMware Cloud Services?

VMware Cloud Services provide a variety of services to manage the integration of cloud services, their management and security. You can utilize VMware Cloud Services to manage any system that is compatible with VMware as well as hybrid cloud and multicloud environments. There are a variety options for VMware Cloud Services, offered by subscription.

This article describes the use cases for five of the most popular services: VMware Cloud hosted on AWS, Cloud Provider Metering, vRealize Network Insight Cloud, vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Automation and S3-Compatible Storage to VMware Cloud Director.

What is VMware Cloud Services?

VMware Cloud services provide services that allow users to manage, integrate and secure applications using cloud resources. These services are compatible with any cloud service that uses VMware and are able to help you to centralize administration and maintenance of multi-cloud and hybrid environments.

VMware Cloud services enable you to decide what resources are being used and the locations where workloads are placed using one operational model. This allows you to standardize security, cut down on the amount of management work, and boost your return on investment.

It is possible to use VMware Cloud services with either private or public clouds. In integrating these services, you don’t require re-architecture of apps or transform data. This can make it easier to manage the modernization of your application and guarantee high performance.

VMware Cloud Services are offered in a range of technology options that are part of an VMware Cloud subscription. This subscription comes with a vast variety of services. These services are especially beneficial for managing and monitoring Cloud environments

VMware Cloud on AWS
Cloud Provider Metering
vRealize Network Insight Cloud
vRealize Log Insight
VRealize Automation

VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware Cloud is available as an independent service. It also offers the integration of Amazon Web Services (AWS). This integration was designed by AWS along with VMware and is able to connect VMware solutions in the AWS infrastructure. This integration can be used to add on-premises or cloud-based service to AWS.

When you connect VMware Cloud into AWS you get access to an all-in-one infrastructure constructed on Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances. The instances of EC2 are optimized to handle high volumes of input and output and storage using low-latency SSDs (SSDs) that are based upon Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe).

This infrastructure can support as many as 16 vSphere host clusters running on an infrastructure made of bare metal. With your deployment, you have the ability to manage scaling by choosing between three and sixteen hosts for every cluster you run.

Furthermore, VMware Cloud on AWS lets you utilize the VMware Software-Defined Digital Center (SDDC) stack directly on your hosts. It doesn’t require nested virtualization, which makes the configuration and management easier.

When you are migrating your workloads, you can use cold (manual) templates for VMs or vMotion (live) choices.

Cloud Provider Metering

Cloud Provider Metering is a tool you can utilize to automate and centralize reports on the use of resources. It is comprised of two parts: VMware vCloud Usage Meter agents as well as VMware VCloud Usage Information. Cloud Provider Monitoring permits you to collect information from on-premise instances using the agent and analyse that information using Usage Insight.

After creating reports You can then view the report, alter or export the data using your VMware Cloud Provider Commerce Portal. Furthermore, reports are stored in Usage Insight for up to three years, removing the requirement to keep information in different locations.

To utilize this service, you’ll must install an Usage Meter client on each host you wish to keep track of. The agent will then gather data from all applications on the host and calculates any licenses that are in use as invoiceable. Agents can be scaled depending on the need to cover the entire area and then upgrade agents as needed.

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VMware VRealize Network Analytics Cloud

VMware vRealize Network Insights an application that allows you to set up highly-available, secure multi-cloud and hybrid cloud infrastructures. It allows you to make use of data and visibility into your network to maximize micro-segmentation and optimization of your services and components and reduce risks during the migration. This service is also compatible with VMware NSX deployments and Kubernetes deployments.

vRealize Network Insight Cloud comes with capabilities that let you identify services in your environment, and also map dependencies. It will also provide you with suggestions for resolving issues and maximizing performance.

VMware VRealize Log Analytics

VRealize Log Insight can be described as a virtual device that you can use to collect, analyse and manage system logs. It can be used to keep track of the logs of applications messages, configuration files as well as network trace and the performance of your system in real time. It lets you more efficiently manage and troubleshoot your environments, and also includes options for security and compliance auditing.

VRealize Log insight is operated by an agent on every device that you wish to track. This agent gathers the performance, state, and log information and then sends the data to a central server where it’s aggregated and analysed. The data is accessible through the user-friendly dashboard. Options for customization include visualizations, alerts, reports as well as saved queries and the ability to search.

VMware vRealize Automation

VMware vRealize Automation provides a platform allows you to automate tasks related to managing infrastructure. It has capabilities for self-service provisioning as well as role-based governance, as well as managing the lifecycle of a resource. This version of vRealize Automation is also extensible by integrating with the existing VMware as well as third party tools.

The vRealize Automation Platform comes with the ability to use a service broker which allows you to combine content your cloud resources and control content through role-based rules. This includes content that comes from Cloud Assembly which you can make use of in managing the cloud using DevOps.

It is possible to define vRealize automation using an interface that drags and drops or in code using Code Stream. Code Stream allows you to build a pipeline where policies are defined in YAML. These policies can be managed via Git Integration and APIs.

VMware Cloud Services With Cloudian Object Storage

Cloudian and VMware offer a unified solution that provides an easy experience for VMware service providers for vCloud Director and their customers/tenants to use Cloudian HyperStore’s object storage. This solution integrates S3 API support as well as Cloudian Storage for objects to VMware cloud Director environments.

The benefits of using storage that is compatible with S3 for VMware Cloud Director

Proven compatibility with S3 API
The native integration is with VMware Cloud Director
VCD virtual appliance deployment model
Unlimited storage capacity within the same namespace
Self-service storage management to customers
Cloud providers can help cloud providers provide differentiated and value-added services
Available in a pre-configured appliance, or as storage that is software-defined