Author – Joe Leo, Sr. Manager, Cloud Provider Systems Engineering
Our mission was to further enable our VCPP Partners with VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network Portfolio featuring Networking and Security solutions for Cloud Providers through virtual and on-site, live sessions. We received strong, positive feedback from both sessions in Mexico City and Bogota, Colombia, leaving partners with a deeper understanding of networking and security benefits for NSX and eager to learn more.
Mexico City, Mexico
Hotel Stara Hamburgo – Calle Hamburgo 32, Juarez, 06600 Cuidad de Mexico CDMX
Monday June 11th 2018
Leslie Suarez and Teresa Garcia from LOL handled operations for the event with 12 participating partners on the first day. Eduardo Marin kicked off introductions and went over the objectives and desired outcomes for the event. Fernando Escobar and Neimar Oler delivered the morning sessions, including the VCPP Vision and Strategy/Use Cases featuring vCloud Director, vCloud Availability (C2C, DR2C) and much more. We received many questions and interactions during the session, given the small audience.
Neimar continued with the vCloud Director and vCAV discussions, covering NSX integration and vCloud Extender.
We provided a basic NSX 101 presentation for Cloud Providers using traditional vLAN, firewall and load-balancer technologies for hosted private cloud offerings, as well as reviewing the NSX-T Architecture. Ravi led NSX discussions, diving into the overlay virtual network and the portability of layer-2 leveraging the advancements of VxLAN and Geneve encapsulation techniques to accommodate the high-level flexibility and agility NSX-V and T offers, NSX-T Positioning and Use Cases, and NSX Hybrid Cloud Extender. All sessions were well received with high levels of engagement and participation.
Tuesday June 12th 2018
With 19 attendees on Day 2, the NSX/SD-WAN (VeloCloud) session generated a lot of interest and interactions. Ravi explained our fully ‘cloud-delivered’ architecture (SaaS) solution, leveraging the power of the branch and branch network +Cloud, which has rich reporting capabilities and the ability to leverage the power of the edge by enabling IoT delivery. As a result, the VCPP team has an opportunity to engage Kio Networks in Mexico City in a PoC, earn their business and expand on their current offerings.
Daniel Aguirre from NSBU covered VMware’s Cloud Services Strategy and AppDefense. This helped VMware’s Cloud Providers understand how to bolster NSX’s micro-segmentation capabilities with AppDefense’s application-level security awareness for VMs and clouds, leveraging the ‘least privileged’ strategy on the compute stack with AppDefense’s ‘Intended State’ knowledge of applications and their interactions based on known-behavior manifests.
Ravi explained the differences between NSX-V and NSX-T, the supported platforms (vSphere vs other hypervisors), a comparison of the supported encapsulations (vxLAN vs Geneve), as well as the differences between their API stacks. To ensure a full understanding on how our program charges for solutions, Eduardo walked through the overall VCPP program, points system and bundles to our partners.
Fernando closed down Day-2 with a Call-To-Action, reminding our Cloud Providers of our vCAT-SP architectural tools and compiled a repository of very useful, comprehensive information and enablement content. We then thanked everyone for their participation and partnership in the VCPP program, and recognized all participants including our supporting partner/Aggregator Licencia Online (LOL) for overall coordination of the hotel, meals and really cool Delta Force Polo shirts!
Hotel NH Collection Bogotá Teleport Royal – Cl. 113 #7-65, Bogotá, Colombia
June 14 -15th 2018
The second leg of the SDDC Delta Force training was held in beautiful Bogota, Colombia at the NH Teleport Hotel. Day 1 had over 35 Cloud Provider personnel in attendance with flawless execution by Adriana Triana and the LOL team handling logistics, food, translation-services and event planning.
Fernando kicked off Day 1 with a Vision and Strategy discussion, including a segment on containers for our Cloud Providers interested in our container strategy, diving into our PKS vision and the Developer Ready Infrastructure. Partnering with Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes, we have developed a production-ready, highly available container service with deep integration with vSphere and NSX to help our Cloud Providers leverage their existing investments in VMware. This was in addition to the content that was shared in Mexico (vCD, vCAv, DR2C, C2C, platform extensibility, etc.).
Neimar spoke on the benefits of VMware’s vCloud Director 9.1 and the monetization benefits through its rich extensibility capabilities and easy-to-use, clean HTML-5 interface. Further discussion around leveraging integrated vRO workflows and creating customer/tenant-portals generated good interest and dialog among the participants. vCloud Director Extender, DR2C and C2C were also popular since tools to migrate highly-available workloads up into the cloud are top-of-mind.
Seeing as this was so well received in Mexico City, Ravi went back to the whiteboard to go over the concept of NSX’s network virtualization (logical view overlay), the associated supporting protocols and how it all works together to provide the agility and advantage over traditional networking functions. As expected, this was just as well received with the Cloud Providers in Colombia.
With the assistance of Fernando (running point on the VCPP Mobile Demo Lab), Neimar led a demo of vCloud Director showing and explaining the extensive monetization capabilities made possible due to the flexibility and extensibility of our amazing Cloud Provider Platform!
VMworld Pass Winners
Congratulations to Jorge Marquez and Giovanni Zapata, the VMworld pass winners from our Mexico City and Bogota events! We’ll see you both in Vegas!
SDDC Delta Force Training for Cloud Providers (VCPP) Recordings and Presentations:
Virtual Workshop Session 2 – Part 3 (Full Recording): http://bit.ly/2tVRYOs
Special thank you to our team members who made this possible:
The Mexico City Delta Force Team
The Bogota Delta Force Team
VCPP America’s Solutions Engineering: Fernando Escobar – Sr. Systems Engineer, Neimar Oler – Sr. Systems Engineer, Ravindra Shankar – Staff Systems Engineer, Wissam Mahmassani – Sr. Systems Engineer
VCCP America’s Sales: Rafael Vidaillet – Business Development Manager, Eduardo Marin – Sales Specialist
VMware America’s Marketing: Johanna Avila – Marketing Manager, Monica Jaramillo – Senior Marketing Manager
VMware America’s Aggregators: Leslie Juárez – Field Marketing México, Teresa Garcia – Field Marketing México, Adriana Triana – Field Marketing Manager Colombia, Marcelo Gardelin – Adistec Strategic Alliances Director, Carlos Mendo – Compusoluciones
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