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VMware Cloud Director

VMware Cloud Director
Formerly vCloud Director


What is VMware Cloud Director?

VMware Cloud Director (formerly vCloud Director) is a cloud service-delivery platform used by cloud providers to operate and manage cloud-service businesses. The vendor states that by using VMware Cloud Director, cloud providers deliver secure, efficient, and elastic cloud resources to…

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What is VMware Cloud Director?

VMware Cloud Director (formerly vCloud Director) is a cloud service-delivery platform used by cloud providers to operate and manage cloud-service businesses. The vendor states that by using VMware Cloud Director, cloud providers deliver secure, efficient, and elastic cloud resources to thousands of…

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Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
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Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
We are a cloud provider and we use Cloud director as the main entrance for our customers to access there VMware environment. From there they can do everything within there environment and go to Availability if there is a need voor a failover or migration.
As admin you can set limitations to the origination of a customer (like max CPU, memory and storage use) and set also the needed rights. Within the organization, the organization admin (de customer) can set his own set of user rights to his users.
Because the end user can do som much itself on a safe way, it safes us a lot of time and we know it secure.
  • Seperate organizations (customers)
  • Give end user the freedom to make new users in his own organization
  • Quotes on the organization (cpu, memory, storage), set Limits so the hardware underneath will not be over asked
  • The integration with Availability
  • Integration with multiple cloud director sites (you can just open one site but can enter all the other sites from there too)
  • Logging, there is a lot of logging but is not always clear where to look for the right logging.
  • The syncing of policy, you can't see if or what he did/didn't sync and the status of it.
  • More integrations with VMware product (click like Availability)
If you have a lot of customers that all need to have a separate place to work in, without the possibility of getting in each other way, and you want to safe yourself a lot of work. Than I strongly recommend you Cloud director. Ofcourse, only if you have a VMware environment as your working environment.
If you just have a small group of customers and you can easily handle the work that's coming from it, then it is overkill to add cloud director to your environment. In a later station, you can always introduce cloud director (so tis never to late if you still want to use it)
  • Availability and scalability
  • Manageability, the organization, customers, products
  • Visibility of resource usage
  • Very secure, the rights are very good set. So customers do not interfere with each other
  • Saves a lot of time, and time is money
  • Stable, so little to non downtime
  • With P1 , good support
Another option was own scripting or maintaining the end users in the backend (vcenter). This costs to much time to maintain (scripting) and has a big change of a Security breach. It was not an option for us either way.
Raffaello Poltronieri | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
vCloud Director was chosen in 2012 when our company started offering its Cloud services. We offer vCD interface to all our customers selling resources in place of simple VMs, so vCD means for them a key to access their personal virtual datacenter. We decided to use vCD and not a customized interface because it's supported by VMware for any bug, issue, update/upgrade, and its time to market is near to zero.
  • Building virtual racks
  • Managing the customers' network and security
  • Simplicity but the completeness of IaaS solution
  • Integration with major software providers
  • Backup
  • integration with SDS different than vSAN
  • Manage more granularly users
For a CSP it's the best choice. For internal uses, even in presence of different business units, it's not so easy and flexible to manage. It assures a high level of multitenancy, often not needed for internal purposes. But it could be used in this case, just not created for these purposes. Network management is great.
  • Time to market = 0 means profits almost immediate after investment
  • Customers trust the VMware brand more than any other
  • Elasticity: allowing the company to choose the best HW in the lower layer
Michael O'Riley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
vCloud Director is being used to manage our VMware virtual server environment. It allows for an easier process creating virtual machines or complete configuration changes. A challenge we faced was migrating our existing Hyper-V virtual servers overs to vCloud environment.
  • The advantage to using vCloud Director is it a cloud based application allowing access anywhere. I have the ability to make changes to our virtual environment without being in the office or using a vpn.
  • The vCloud Director provides a lot of the same features as vSphere.
  • The add-on/extension required on the internet browser sometimes are difficult to get working at first. We've experience instances where the add-on/extension latest versions will not work and have to downgrade to an older version.
  • The server console lacks features and tools. For example it would be useful to have a copy and paste tool or a file upload tool.
  • The vCloud Director management site uses Adobe Flash, which makes it impossible to use on a mobile device.
vCloud Director is well suited for a multi tenant environment. It's great for an organization that does not have an internal IT resource or limited IT. vCloud might not be a great fit for a large organization that requires a lot of processing cores. Another expensive piece is storage you lose the opportunity to shop different storage solutions. Migrating a virtual infrastructure to vCloud will be slower because transfer rates will be limited by internet bandwidth.
  • vCloud Director requires less IT administration. For example, there isn't a need to maintain esx host. or storage administration like creating luns.
  • A negative impact is cost. vCloud Director has a monthly cost for storage, processor core, memory, and licensing.
Hyper-V is built on a Windows platform that includes services not needed for the virtual environment adding overhead. With vCloud I'm not required to maintain a host OS or it's updates. The requirement to maintain storage devices is no longer needed with vCloud as well.
February 05, 2016

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John Wellen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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We previously used it to support our entire cloud environment over various Flexpods. This was at SCE. Today at Datalink, it is something we consult on mainly and will deploy where needed.
  • Manages multi-tenancy very well. You can setup resource pools of compute, network, and storage that are independent of each other.
  • Easy to create and manage multiple environments.
  • Has lease management technology and can easily set leases and expire them based on pre-configured time frames.
  • It is not good for end users or customers to use. The UI is geared more towards VMware admins.
  • There is somewhat of a learning curve to it, you have to think through and plan out how you want to set your OVDC and PVDCs up. It takes a lot of architecture experience.
  • Once you built workloads in vCloud director, it's real difficult to take them out or manage them directly in vSphere. This is a huge pain.
vCloud Director is well suited as a multi-tenant cloud manager under the covers where the UI is definitely some other application.
  • Faster deployment of workloads
  • Better utilization of resources through the ability of managing leases
  • Ability to deploy multi-tenant environments that are exclusive to one another
vCloud Director is definitely my favorite as far as cloud managers. The only thing that compares is Cisco UCS Director, but it has slightly different functionality and purpose. I understand why a lot of clients still go with vCloud Director even though VMware intends to sunset it.
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