Monitoring your IBM Cloud vSphere servers

The IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions architecture specifies that vSphere (ESXi) servers should be attached to the public network, but should be configured not to enable their own public IP address. This ensures that workloads running on the servers can access the public network as necessary (e.g., using an NSX Edge Services Gateway), but that the hosts themselves cannot be reached over the internet.

When IBM Cloud (a.k.a. SoftLayer) provisions a bare metal server, the default monitoring configuration for that server is to ping its public IP address. This means that by default all of your ESXi hosts are reported by the IBM Cloud infrastructure portal to be down:


You can correct this by re–configuring the monitor for each server to test the private IP address rather than the public IP address. Since you cannot change the IP address of a monitor, you will have to remove the existing monitor and create a new monitor for the private IP address.

If you have many bare metal servers in this situation, you’ll want to automate the re–configuration. To help with this, I wrote a Python script to reconfigure your bare metal server monitors. You’ll have to fill in your SoftLayer username and API key, and the script will reconfigure the monitors for all servers that are (1) marked down, and (2) have a monitor configured for their public IP but not their private IP. The new monitor for the private IP will retain the same attributes as the existing monitor for the private IP. Voila:


Connecting VMware and IBM Cloud

Connecting VMware and IBM Cloud

Kurtis Martin and I recently published a tutorial that shows how you can securely connect your VMware workload running in the IBM Cloud to other IBM Cloud services. This enables you to seamlessly extend your VMware application with valuable cognitive, data, and developer services available in the IBM Cloud.

Read more at IBM developerWorks: Securely connect your private VMware workloads in the IBM Cloud.

I presented a brief overview highlighting this tutorial at the IBM booth at VMworld 2017. Watch my overview here:

IBM Cloud for VMware at VMworld 2017

IBM Cloud for VMware at VMworld 2017

IBM has a significant lineup of activities at VMworld US 2017. I’m particularly excited about Dr. Michio Kaku’s session on Wednesday.

I’ll be speaking on Monday about integration between VMware applications and broader IBM Cloud services, and I’ll also be present at the IBM booth, for both US and Europe conferences. If you’re there, be sure to stop by and say hi!

Be sure to also check out our hands-on labs available at VMworld.

What’s new with IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

What’s new with IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions just released the following updates:

Don’t forget that Zerto Disaster Recovery also remains available as a service for IBM Cloud for VMware. Zeb Ahmed provides some guidance on thinking about backup versus  disaster recovery, and Zerto recently received an award for their ransomware protection capabilities!

What’s new in IBM PureApplication System

The PureApplication System 2.2.3 release introduced exciting developments in workload management and replication. Previously you could replicate disks from one system to another, but now you can replicate entire applications.


You can find details on how to use these new capabilities in a three-part developerWorks series on hosted VMware environments and replication written by the PureApplication engineering team.

Leadership and success

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy says of leadership that:

[T]he one thing you must know is that you have been exalted into a position, you see, of privilege, because of an historical chain of events, which dignifies you beyond your own merits. . . . [Y]ou know that you are not up to the occasion. You are less than the quality history bestows on you. . . . Ceremonies warn all men that they are less than the office that has fallen upon [them]. . . .

He goes on to caution that success is necessarily connected to and builds upon (even if it transforms or transcends) that which comes before.