The majority of AHEAD’s clients are doing work with both Microsoft and VMware, but when it comes to the cloud, integration is not easy. We are excited to highlight offerings and integration between products from Microsoft and VMware, who are key partners of our clients as well as AHEAD.
In this overview, I demonstrate how AHEAD works to integrate solutions across vendors by stitching together two solutions—Cloud Management Platform and Public Cloud—from within our overarching solution framework, the AHEAD Cloud Delivery Framework (CDF).
If you have been following either vRA (vRealize Automation) or Azure in recent months, you may have noticed that with vRA 7.2.x, Azure is now a supported “endpoint”, a highly anticipated integration as vRA has supported an AWS endpoint for a while now, providing native IaaS capabilities.
This is great news for anyone looking to leverage Azure from a Cloud Management Platform (CMP)–either with the GUI or as an API consumed by a CI/CD tool. We expect the native vRA and Azure integration to improve over time, however, many organizations are starting to adopt now, and today’s demonstration will set the table for how to begin integration of these products.
What Does This Mean?
Well, like vRA with AWS, you will not get ALL of the features of Azure (okay, there are definitely A LOT) but you will get the key features out-of-the-box that more than 80% of the public cloud community are using, which is IaaS. These features, as they stand right now, are Azure VMs. What’s really cool is that VMware seemingly has some really interesting features up its sleeve with later releases. So without further ado, let’s jump into the video to check out the new Azure features in vRA 7.2.x.