VMware Cloud on AWS: “A Penny for Your Hacks…”


Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 1.56.39 pmOK, so I know I promised to condense my list of VMWorld 2017 VMC on AWS sessions down to my favourite 5-10, however since I made the aforementioned promise it seems like a flood of features has passed us by. Whilst I am getting around to selecting the finalists for a prestigious place on my list (*wink), I want take the pulse of both VMware and AWS enthusiasts to understand how you feel the service could be used in ways other than our marketers suggest.

So what the heck do you want Kev?…

True story: Recently I ran a VMC workshop that gave me a bit of insight into the resourcefulness of AWS users and how the AWS Solution Architects were often surprised by their customers creativity. Seeing as consumption of VMware Cloud on AWS is somewhat unprecedented (being the service has only just launched) I’m keen to understand how combining the technologies can lead to some unforeseen and inspiring outcomes.

So my ask? >> Please forward me any thoughts, ideas and hacks, no matter how wacky or wild and I’ll try to recreate them in my lab and detail them right here. We might even attempt to demonstrate the most requested at a local VMUG Hackathon type thingy. Reply on the post, hit me up on Twitter @_kevops, or if you’re more of a traditionalist, kgorman@vmware.com. Never fear, every idea will be credited to it’s creator regardless of how absurd.

To get you thinking (and to give you a little more detail on the service in general) I’ve linked a couple of VMC sessions from AWS re:Invent specifically on “Unique Integrations” and a VMC Technical Deep Dive.

Enjoy!.. and happy holidays

VMware Cloud on AWS: Technical Deep Dive

VMware Cloud on AWS: A World of Unique Integrations Between VMware & AWS


VMWorld 2017 Recap pt2: Cloud Native, DevOps & Automation Session(s)

Aside from my focus on VMware Cloud on AWS I’ve also been spending my time getting to grips with all the the various technologies supporting containerisation and DevOps. If you’ve followed my blog in the past you’ll know that I’ve was delving into modern software engineering practices, albeit from an operational perspective.

Luckily for me VMware has come a long way in creating technology that supports this theoretical understanding, which was highly evident at VMWorld 2017. There was a shedload of great sessions on Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Pivotal Container Service, vSphere Integrated Containers, vRealize Automation, Wavefront (and on and on and on…)

As I received some great feedback from my last post which consolidated some of the VMC focused sessions from VMWorld, I decided to repeat the process for VMware Cloud Native and DevOps.

Please note, I’m also going to use this as a starting point to cover Pivotal Container Service (PKS) and vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) in more detail,  before breaking it down into easily digestible chunks. In the meantime enjoy the extensive selection of CNA, DevOps & automation sessions from VMWorld 2017.

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Cloud Native

DEV1369BU - A Tale of CI/CD, Infrastructure as Code, and How Containers/IaaS Fit into the Story

CNA3429BU - Basics of Kubernetes on BOSH: Run Production-grade Kubernetes on the SDDC

CNA2006BU - Deep Dive: Architecting Container Services with VMware and Pivotal Developer Ready Infrastructure

CNA2080BU - Deep Dive: How to Deploy and Operationalize Kubernetes

DEV2704BU - Delivering Infrastructure as Code: Practical Tips and Advice

CNA1509BU - Developer-Ready Infrastructure from VMware & Pivotal

DEV1517BU - DevOps Deep Dive

CNA2563BU - Navigating Through the Container Ecosystem

CNA1091BU - One-Stop Container Networking: Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, Docker, and More

CNA2150BU - Optimizing Critical Banking Workloads Using vSphere Integrated Containers

CNA1699BU - Running Docker on Your Existing Infrastructure with vSphere Integrated Containers

CNA1612BU - Use Cases: Deploying real-world workloads on Kubernetes and Pivotal Cloud Foundry

CNA2547BU - vSphere Integrated Containers Deep Dive: Cool Hacks, Debugging, and Demos

CNA3045BU - What's New with Containers on SDDC

CNA3430BU - Your Enterprise Cloud-Native App Platform: An Introduction to Pivotal Cloud Foundry

FUT3076BU - Simplifying Your Open-Source Cloud With VMware

FUT1226BU - VMware and Open Source: Compliance, Quality, and Viability

DevOps & Automation

DEV2858BU - The Shift to the Left: The Changing Role of Operations as Developers in a DevOps World

VIRT2211BU - Automating NSX for Virtual Machines and Containerized Applications

MGT1307BU - vRealize Automation and Puppet: Enabling DevOps-Ready IT

MGT2716BU - vRealize Automation for the Developer Cloud

MGT1776BU - vRealize Automation Solves the Container Onboarding Conundrum


Thanks as always to @lamw for his annual session scraping. URL’s for all uploaded sessions found here: