I had the pleasure to develop a hands-on lab for Virtustream xStream and the App Director Service Module for SAP. These are the kind of projects that I love: building out a ton of value-add use cases in a clear defined amount of time with a high performance team (super colleagues from Virtustream in Atlanta, incredible EMC/SAP engineers from Shanghai and top vLab experts from Cork).
THE VIRTUSTREAM SOLUTION EXPLAINED ON JUST TWO SLIDES
For those of you who haven’t heard before of the Virtustream solution, let me try to explain on just two graphics what it is. Basically you can use the Virtustream Advisor as an agent-less analytics tool that enables a data-driven approach to cloud migration and management. Thus prepared you can expect to have a smooth workload migration to an optimized platform. The workload can then be managed on-premise or off-premise in a Virtustream or Cloud Service Provider data center. And you can have workload mobility between on-prem and off-prem xStream installations (see also lab use case below).
Virtustream xStream is an integrated solution that enables enterprise IT organizations and cloud service providers to deliver enterprise-class application services to their customers. The figure below shows the complete xStream stack.
WHAT’S THE LAB ALL ABOUT?
Users can explore Virtustream xStream and the App Director Service Module for SAP. Lab attendees will learn how to configure a cloud tenant, roles and users in xStream and how to create service offerings, manage VM instances and provision SAP systems. In addition lab users can report consumption and manage resources, migrate a system from cloud A to cloud B and automate SAP operations with xStream App Director Service Module.
We’ve created a business scenario for two fictive companies. Big Telco’s IT environment resides in a hybrid cloud, where two xStream servers are configured in multi-site mode. Most of its applications reside in its own managed cloud, situated in a Los Angeles data center whereas some of its applications are located in an external managed cloud, hosted by RainPole, a cloud service provider with a data center in New York.
For every single lab user we are provisioning two clouds consisting of dedicated ESXi hosts, vCenters, xStream software stacks etc as well as prestaged VMs and templates:
THE USE CASES
The hands-on lab provides several use cases such as the following:
- Configure a tenant, roles and users in xStream
- Create service offerings
- Manage VM instances
- Migrate a system across clouds
- Provision an SAP HANA system
- Rename the SAP System ID of an existing system
- Perform SAP operations with the xStream App Director Service Module
- Measure tenant consumption
CAN I GET MY HANDS ON IT?
Yes you can. Ask your EMC or Virtustream contact to deploy this lab for you. The link you’ll receive after the deployment of your lab opens a launchpad that brings you in the middle of the demo. Equipped with a comprehensive demo guide you can now go through the use cases of your interest.
vLab time is always great time – ENJOY!!!