IBM Cloud and VMware Cloud Foundation

IBM Cloud and VMware Cloud Foundation

This morning, Pat Gelsinger of VMware announced the availability of VMware Cloud Foundation, a complete solution for provisioning and maintaining VMware virtualization environments. IBM Cloud’s vice president, Robert LeBlanc, joined Pat on stage at VMworld 2016 to announce the availability of VMware Cloud Foundation in IBM Cloud’s global public cloud infrastructure.

Using VMware Cloud Foundation to automate the deployment of vSphere hypervisors, vCenter, NSX, VSAN, and SDDC Manager, IBM and VMware have been able to reduce the time to provision a fully virtualized and validated compute, storage, and networking environment in the public cloud from weeks to hours. The resulting environment, built on the global reach and secure foundation of the IBM Cloud, can be scaled as needed to accommodate additional workload, and uses Cloud Foundation’s capabilities to manage and maintain the currency of the environment.


Today’s announcement builds on the IBM-VMware partnership announced in February, and represents significant effort by both IBM and VMware engineering. The IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions offering of VMware Cloud Foundation is planned to be available in September 2016.

Counting PureApplication System deployments

Counting PureApplication System deployments

You can count how many deployments you have cumulatively made on your PureApplication System since it was first installed using the following CLI script:

virtual_systems = http.get('/resources/virtualSystems/?type=WORKLOAD')
try :
  max_id = max([x['id'] for x in virtual_systems])
  print "The maximum deployment id is %d" % max_id
except :
  print "There are no running deployments"

This script takes advantage of the fact that PureApplication deployments have an internal identifier with a monotonically increasing value. This allows the script to account for older deployments that have been deleted. However, the count assumes that your most recent deployment is still active. If you currently have no deployments, it will not be able to calculate a result; or if you have deleted your most recent deployments, it will account for all deployments up to the most recent remaining deployment.

Hit List

IBM’s Verse email solution has a feature that dynamically displays your most frequently emailed contacts.

I call it my “chain letter hit list.” If I were going to send a chain letter, these are the folks that would receive it:


As you may have guessed from recent posts, my job responsibilities have shifted from a focus on PureApplication to a focus on IBM’s Cloud for VMware solutions. My “hit list” has also shifted to this new group of folks that I’m privileged and excited to work with.

Oh, and I promise not to send anyone a chain letter.

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

This past February, at IBM’s Interconnect conference in Las Vegas, IBM and VMware jointly announced a partnership to offer VMware solutions in the IBM SoftLayer public cloud.

Since then, IBM and VMware have made a number of VMware offerings available for ordering in IBM’s SoftLayer portal. Previously, vCenter and ESXi were available for order, but now you can order VMware NSX, VSAN, Site Recovery Manager (SRM), and a variety of vRealize offerings:


You can find more details on the VMware offerings at IBM’s SoftLayer blog.


I recently witnessed this section heading in a lengthy document:


In context the section title makes perfect sense, and the number sequence is aesthetically quite pleasing. (I confess I searched, in vain, for section 3.2.1 “Contact.”) Yet I still had the feeling of non QED.