September 6, 2017

Improving Provisioning in VMware with Ansible

This coming Thursday, September 7th, MindPoint Group VP for Information Security and Privacy Matt Shepherd will be presenting “Where to Start with Automation” at Ansible Fest San Francisco. Here is a brief synopsis of his talk:AWS and OpenStack get a lot of attention as the cool platforms to build on, and with good reason. They are truly cloud platforms that provide abstractions to deliver elastic compute and storage. However, there are still substantial enterprise investments in VMware. While there are a number add-ons and third-party tools available to deliver orchestration and advanced management capabilities, these are additional investments and increase the sprawl of loosely-integrated tooling in IT organizations. This causes a problem in most VMware organizations:

  • Either the platform costs too much; or
  • Teams do most of the management manually or through a patchwork of scripts/tools.

In either case, the terms cloud, automation, and orchestration mean different things for teams supporting VMware than they do for other groups.In this session, the Lead Engineer for the Department of Justice Security Operations Center will talk about how VMware support in Ansible has changed over the last 12 months, and how to close the gap in terms of being able to consider your VMware infrastructure a real cloud platform with fully automated provisioning, elastic storage features, and managing even your base infrastructure as code. You’ll see how he’s used just four Ansible modules to deliver implement this capability at JSOC allowing them to provide more stable and reliable infrastructure while increasing the speed at which new services are delivered to the front-line troops defending the enterprise. This presentation will step through the caveats to consider, the Ansible content you need, and how to structure host_vars files.In this session you will learn:

  • What recent development has been happening around VMware in Ansible modules;
  • How to think about elastic compute & automated provisioning in a VMware world;
  • How to stop caring about disk sizing/partitioning and learn to love hacking elastic storage for VMware VMs; and
  • Where you can go next from this starting point.

If you are in the San Francisco area and are interested in hearing Matt speak at Ansible Fest, registration can be found here. The details of Matt’s talk “Where to Start with Automation” are as follows:Where:Ansible Fest: San FranciscoMARRIOTT MARQUIS780 MISSION STSAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103When: Thursday, September 7th at 11AMIf you are unable to attend in person, stay tuned for additional content regarding Matt’s talk.  In the meantime, you can also checkout our latest Ansible content on:GitHub:

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