VMware Cloud Director
VMware Cloud Director
We use vCloud Director at all of our data centers in combination with other plugins for backups, data management, and analytics in order …
vCloud Director was chosen in 2012 when our company started offering its Cloud services. We offer vCD interface to all our customers …
vCloud Director is being used to manage our VMware virtual server environment. It allows for an easier process creating virtual machines
We previously used it to support our entire cloud environment over various Flexpods. This was at SCE. Today at Datalink, it is something …
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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 enterprises and IT teams across the world.
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We use vCloud Director at all of our data centers in combination with other plugins for backups, data management, and analytics in order to provide self-service computer power to our customers.
- High availability
- Multi region
- UX could be better
- API change a lot between versions
vCloud Director is well suited to provide a self-service portal to manage cloud resources. It is a great idea.
Like most VMware, the vCloud Director support is not the best.
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
- 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.
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.
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.