VMware vApps - Where do they fit in the vCloud?


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VMware vApps

Where do they fit in the vCloud?

June 30th, 2009

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Virtual Appliances have been around for quite some time now and it seems with the recent release
of vS
phere, VMware are looking to take vApps to the next level. The
VMware Virtual Appliance
Marketplace (VAM)


the one stop shop providing VMware users with a plethora of pre

to download appliances.

There are

over a 1000 appliances

available in the VAM, all of them
capable of being deployed in either the private cloud or in a cloud hosted by a 3rd party.

Now the
VAM is also offering on
demand trails of certain vApps through
selected vCloud partners.

vCloud vision is slowly taking shape and and although it may be mostly conceptual now, small
steps like this are the

real building blocks.

With the release of vSphere 4.0

VMware introduced

full support for the OVF 1.0 specifi

What does this mean?

well the
Open Virtualisation Format

is a platform independent, efficient,
extensible, and open packaging and distribution format for virtual machines.

It’s virt
ual platform
independent so if vSphere isn’t your platform of choice the vApp

will work with

V and

OVF virtual machines

are optimised for easy distribution are

simple to deploy and
support single and multi VM configurations.

Now I spend a
lot of my time

integrating and supporting

applications from

3rd party vendors,

some of them mainstream and some of them more specialist. One of the constant issues

I have is
around how best to deploy them,

what are the best practices, minimum specificati
ons and correct
configurations to ensure successful deployment and reliable operation.

This is something I can see
vApps helping

all of us

with, vApps

created using the OVF format will

allow vendors to build and
maintain pre

systems. Pre
ed to be highly compatible, built to the vendors own
best practices and best of all built for


deployment to customers regardless of virtualised
platform or cloud prefernce. The way I look at it,

it’s not to disimilar to Apple’s approach to
ng the hardware and the software they use. The way

Apple operate allows them

guarantee better

reliability and compatibility because they know what they’re deploying and what
they’re deploying it on.

A vendor

built vApp

has the potential to offer the sam
e benefits and
simplify the job of vendors,

system integrators and application support teams alike.

So how are VMware assisting vendors in their pursuit of vApp bliss? With the creation of VMware
Studio of course,

It was a product I’d never heard of until

beta release of VMware Studio 2.0

was announced earlier this month.

The latest features are listed below.

Build vApps and virtual appliances (with in
guest OS and applicati
on components) compatible with
VMware Infrastructure, VMware vSphere 4.0 and the cloud


Support for OVF 1.0 and 0.9


Available as an Eclipse plugin in addition to the standalone version


Ability to accept existing, Studio
created VM builds as input


pport for 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 2003 and 2008 Server




SLES 10.2, RHEL 5.2 and 5.3, CentOS 5.2 and 5.3 and



Publish patches to update deployed virtual appliances


Extensible in
guest management framework


matic Dependency resolution


VMware ESX, ESXi, Vmware Server 1.0.4

2.0, VMware


enabled as

provisioning engines.


Infrastructure enhancements in the GUI and builds

So what does a vApp deployment look like,

well here’s a video that w
as posted on the
vApp developer blog

In this demo a user deploys a mulit VM, multi

version of SugarCRM in

a few clicks

with no need to even start up a VM Console.