Mission: Project Pacific

Project Pacific was created to solve the problems between the developers and the IT department, each with its unique issues but without a solution. Jared Roseff, one of the co-creators for #ProjectPacific and Senior Director, Product Management for the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware dug deeper into a technical deep dive surrounding Project Pacific and the problems it will solve.

The Software Defined Data Center provides so much power and control over your environment but it doesn’t always provide a solution that provides a happy place between the developers and the IT department. VMware has acknowledged the problem and they believe that the Project Pacific model is a collaboration platform for developers and the operations team that has evolved vSphere into a single pane of glass that allows all parties involved to do their jobs in a more efficient and productive manner.

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Empower the developer, Assure the admin.

Workloads pose challenges and they include legacy applications, databases, and serverless with a combination of VMs and containers. From the developer perspective, additional challenges includes how to deploy the app with which tools to use it with. On the other hand, the IT operations team is faced with challenges including the availability of the application, enforcing proper security across two different stacks (vSphere for the virtualized applications and a container stack alongside it) each with different tools and leads to a complicated environment.

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Challenges

K8S can act as a Platform\Platform, according to Joe Beda. The design pattern at the control planes can be applied to various types of orchestration and it stores the intent of the developer. The controllers then review the desired state and converge the infrastructure to the desired state. This flexibility provides VMware the options to host a K8S cluster, a virtual machine, a serverless application or database. This now allows vSphere to run as a cloud platform based on this model to act as as single layer which includes a unified system.

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Using Kubernetes to manage workloads!

Namespace is a grouping of objects, like placing them into a folder. This allows the administrator to easily manage the virtual environment. For example, you can apply similar policies, quotas, rules, settings, etc. to a Namespace that includes a list of VMs at one time as opposed to doing the same for each VM one at a time. The advantage of doing so includes time saved, costs, increased efficiency and a self-service option for developers.

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Namespaces as the unit of management

This will conclude my first post for VMware and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Additional posts to come in the near future but I’ve included the names for each of the YouTube videos recorded during VMware’s presentation and they are listed below with a hyperlink for your convenience:

For more information about VMware, Tech Field Day and how to become a TFD delegate – please click on the links below:

Please take a moment to subscribe to the YouTube channel which also includes watching the various videos that were posted throughout the day. Kudos to PrimeImage Media for recording the live sessions.

Credit also goes to Stephen FoskettKen Nalbone, and Tom Hollingsworth, and the entire Tech Field Day staff for allowing me to join them on-site during VMworld.

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