VMware Cloud Availability Compatibility Matrix

VMware Cloud Availability (vCAv) is a solution provided by VMware to Service Providers to offer DRaaS with VMware Cloud Director(vCD) as a target.

VMware Cloud Availability vCAv

Two features that makes VMware vCloud Availability valuable to service providers are:

  • It support multi-tenancy out of the box: This means the Service Provider will not have to acquire a separate hardware and setup an isolated vSphere environment per client, which end up improving the TCO and ROI for both the Service Provider and their customers.
  • The vCenter/vSphere versions do not have to match between the service Provider and the Tenant. This is big as the service provider will have the liberty to board customers running a different version of vSphere and vCenter without having to impact the version they run on premise.

A question I am often asked lately when talking about VMware Cloud Availability is: Does the on premise environment of vSphere/vCenter have to match the versions used by the service provider and if not what versions are compatible? The short answer is no, for more info on the supported versions, look below.

Provider Versions

While vCD 8.20 and vSphere/vCenter 6.5 is recommended below is the different versions supported for the Service provider.

  • vCD 8.10, 8.10.1 or 8.20
  • vCenter 6.0u2+
  • ESXi 6.0u2+
  • Any NSX version certified by the vCD release selected above

Tenant Requirements

While vSphere/vCenter 6.0U2 and vSphere/vCenter 6.5 is the recommended versions for the Tenant, below is the full compatibility matrix and versions that can be used by the Tenant, which as you can see is pretty wide and goes all the way to vCenter 5.1 and ESXi 5.0.… Read More

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization RHEV-M Demo

It seems Red Had is shifting their focus from Xen as their virtualization platform to KVM. Their new Red Hat Enterprise Virtualizaiton solution is based on KVM. It seems that Red Hat Enterprise Virtualizaiton Solution, when combined with their new management tool called RHEV-M will offer many advanced features.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Solution seems to successfully copy many of VMware and other Virtualization vendors features like:

1- Live Migration
2- Load Distribution
3- Clustering & High Availability
4- Memory over Commitment
5- Transparent Memory Page sharing
6- Virtual Machine Snapshot
7- Host maintenance mode & many other feature.

If you have been using VMware for a while all these features should be familiar to you, though Red Hat are promising that their pricing model will be much cheaper than VMware. I have not got to see Red Hat pricing yet, and it will be too early to compare the two products pricing. Before sharing a video of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization with you, I believe its worth to mention that reading Red Hat data sheet of the product as well watching their marketing demo video make Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization seem too good to be true for the kind of pricing Red hat is promising to offer.… Read More