Integration with VMware

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About VMware

VMware vSphere is a leading virtualization platform that provides a powerful, scalable, and efficient solution for managing and running virtual machines in data centers and cloud environments. As the foundation of VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture, vSphere delivers advanced features such as live migration, high availability, distributed resource scheduling (DRS), and more. Companies seeking a robust and flexible virtualization solution for their data centers and cloud infrastructure rely on VMware vSphere for its proven reliability, enterprise-grade feature set, and strong ecosystem support.

VMware’s Integration with Apache CloudStack

VMware vSphere is seamlessly integrated with Apache CloudStack, allowing administrators to harness vSphere’s advanced features, such as vMotion, DRS, and High Availability, within CloudStack deployments. The integration fosters a streamlined management experience for VMware vSphere environments, with CloudStack serving as a unified abstraction layer alongside other hypervisors, further simplifying multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategies.

Pros

Widely adopted with a feature-rich platform, providing a robust virtualization solution for many enterprises.

Cons

Proprietary nature can lead to higher costs, especially when compared to open-source alternatives.

Ease of Implementation

Moderate.

Ease of Use

Easy.

Total Cost of Ownership

Higher upfront costs and licensing fees, but provides comprehensive enterprise features.

Support

VMware provides comprehensive support services for vSphere, including technical support, product updates, and self-service resources. Support offerings include Basic, Production, and Business Critical Support plans, with options for 24/7 coverage, fast response times, and dedicated support teams.

Supported Integrations

The integration between VMware vSphere and CloudStack enables seamless management of the virtual infrastructure and supports various operations for handling resources within the CloudStack environment including VM provisioning and management, DRS, datastore management, networking, HA, snapshots, templates and ISOs.

Resources

Installation Guide

Host VMware vSphere Installation

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Importing VMware Instances to Apache CloudStack

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VMware Abstraction Using Apache CloudStack

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Enhanced VMware Capabilities in CloudStack

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VMware Migration Improvements

Explore the new release and discover Apache CloudStack 4.19 as a full-featured VMware alternative.