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VMware vCloud Director (VMware vCD)

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Contributor(s): Ryan Lanigan

VMware vCloud Director (vCD) is deployment, automation and management software for virtual infrastructure resources in multi-tenant cloud environments.

VMware vCD is available to cloud service providers to make infrastructure services, such as storage, security and virtualized networking, available as catalog-based services to internal users through a Web portal.

VMware vCD features policy controls to apply pre-determined limits on users to regulate the consumption of resources and restrict access.

VMware vCD had been part of VMware's vCloud Suite until version 5.5. VMware announced vCD was no longer available as a standalone product in September 2013 but was available to service provider customers through the VMware Service Provider Program -- now known as the VMware vCloud Air Network.

This was last updated in February 2015

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What tool are you using to provision resources in your cloud environment?
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Here's an open tool ("VagrantSpice"), which builds on top of Vagrant, which will normalize the the deployment of machines across many different public clouds:

code - https://github.com/emccode/vagrantspice
demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fAkED310N0

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Initially, we used to allocate resources to applications manually but we realized this was consuming too much time. Therefore, we have resorted to an automated resource provision process. We are now using Applications Manager. This automatically starts, restarts or stops Amazon EC2 instances based on the maximum threshold of active sessions that we have set. This has resulted in operational efficiency and optimal resource allocation since there is minimal manual intervention from the IT staff.
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