To be up to date and at the forefront of innovation, companies need a flexible and efficient IT system. As the demand for storage capacity and computing power increases, virtualization appears to be a wise choice and turning to the storage of computer data in the cloud (Cloud Computing) is essential.

What is VMware Cloud Director?

VMware Cloud Director is a cloud services platform that provides the ability for enterprises to build self-service, private, secure, multi-user clouds. Cloud security is achieved by consolidating virtual infrastructure resources into virtual data centers, then exposing them to users through web portals and APIs as fully automated services and in catalogs. This technology allows companies to deploy their own virtual servers and thus adapt their own virtual data centers.

With VMware Cloud Director, enterprises benefit from secure, efficient, and personalized cloud resources.

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With VMware Cloud Director, several features are available, such as:
  • • Multi-user resource pooling, which is accomplished by hosting and serving multiple clients from a single vCenter that can be expanded across distributed physical servers.
  • • VMware Cloud Director provides an easy access ramp to the development of cloud native applications for Enterprise DevOps by delivering Kubernetes and Native VMs, Project Pacific or Enterprise PKS in the same virtual infrastructure environment.
  • • Good migration and availability in the cloud, particularly with an extension of data centers that allows secure hybridity, simple connectivity and cold or hot migrations.
  • • Unmatched infrastructure efficiency, with context-sensitive automation across workflows. Terraform Provider for Cloud Director enables complete provisioning of compute and network resources in code form.
  • • A suite of services and assembly of services: Cloud Director App LaunchPad provides application platform as a service (aPaaS) functionality. With this scalability, customers with little or no infrastructure knowledge can deploy third-party or custom applications, and vendors can quickly expand their portfolio from VMware Cloud Marketplace or custom services.
VMware Cloud Director offers many benefits. This software solution notably enables companies to increase their responsiveness by simply allowing users to develop tailor-made or preconfigured services, while preserving the security and control of multi-user data based on VMware vShield security technologies. Data centers help strengthen consolidation and simplify internal resource management, while reducing costs.
How does VMware Cloud Director work?
All storage and compute resources are brought together in a single location, in one or more virtual data centers. As a result, instead of using physical infrastructures and dividing them into silos according to users and needs, companies have the possibility of increasing the use of material resources and increasing their efficiency, by deploying isolated virtual data centers. from a common physical infrastructure on the main system.

VMware Cloud Director brings together VMware vSphere and vCenter to form a stack of public and private cloud infrastructures. The technology adds an additional layer of abstraction to vSphere thus making it possible to remove hosts, pools, servers, clusters, and others to present them in the form of virtual datacenters which can make vApps work (application chains that constitute a set virtual machines (VM)). VMware Cloud Director offers a variety of service catalogs giving access to many vApps and enabling them to be provisioned quickly.

With VMware vCloud Director, instead of making support requests and waiting in queues, self-service portals to reach their virtual data centers are accessible. The company's IT department can thus define different consumption models for the same infrastructure (reserved pools and capacity on demand). It is possible to associate them with a type of cost with VMware vCenter Chargeback, thus making it possible to control the costs and the type of use. All control of the servers ultimately rests with IT and is managed by role-based access controls using available Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory services.

How to deploy your own virtual servers yourself with VMware Cloud Director?

For an organization to deploy virtual servers, the system administrator must create a vendor virtual data center and the organization virtual data centers that use its resources. The characteristic of creating these servers will depend on certain parameters such as the scope of the company's available service offerings or their capacity, or the distribution of the vSphere infrastructure. The services available to users on vSphere and their capacity are limited by the provider data center.

Thus, administrators create data centers that provide different classes of service based on parameters like performance, functionality, to give users organizational data centers that give specific classes of service that have been configured by the data center that provide backup. Before creating a supplier datacenter, it is therefore first necessary to evaluate the set of vSphere functionalities that will be offered to users. Some can be directly created in the pool of available core resources of the supplier data center. Others require the design of new resource pools based on custom vSphere clusters and then added to the vendor data center.

Additionally, to allocate resources to an organization, an organization data center must be created. An organizational virtual data center acquires its resources from a vendor virtual data center. An organization can have multiple organizational virtual data centers. Then a virtual server can be an internal or uplink NSX Edge interface and the creation process is done in several steps:

  1. Click the Workflows tab, then navigate to Library> NSX> Load Balancer> Create Virtual Server.
  2. Click the green Start Workflow icon.
  3. Select the NSX Connection object (NSX endpoint). If not defined, select the connection in the NSX inventory from the vRO inventory view.
  4. Select the NSX Edge object.
  5. Enter the name of the virtual server.
  6. Enter a description for the virtual server.
  7. Choose whether or not to activate the virtual server. Enter the IP address of the virtual server. This must be a valid Edge vNIC IP address.
  8. Enter the protocol of the virtual server (HTTP, HTTPS, TCP).
  9. Enter the port of the virtual server.
  10. Enter the connection limit and the connection speed limit.
  11. Select the application profile associated with the virtual server. Select the default pool. Select the application profile.
  12. Choose whether or not to activate the service insertion.
  13. Choose whether or not to enable acceleration.
  14. Click Submit.

How to create a virtual private data center with VMware Cloud Director?

A virtual data center is a container of all the resources needed to complete a fully functional environment for operating virtual machines. Multiple data centers can be created to orchestrate groups of environments to meet different user needs. Especially, a data center for each unit of the organization of the company can be created or even data centers for demanding and less demanding environments. In general, the procedure is done in 3 steps:

  1. From the vSphere Client home page, navigate to Home> Hosts and Clusters.
  2. Right click on the vCenter Server object and select New Datacenter.
  3. Enter a name for the data center then OK.

In short

Unmatched and the leading cloud services platform for cloud providers, VMware Cloud Director enables enterprises or cloud service providers to create secure, customizable, and private clouds that greatly enhance data center performance.

With the growing need for storage space and computing power, virtualization is inevitable, VMware Cloud Director thus makes it possible to transition to a Cloud Computing solution in a pragmatic way by bringing together the resources of virtual infrastructures in a pool, and by bringing them together, presenting to users in the form of services gathered in catalogs.