About vCloud PAYG

vCloud PAYG is a self-service portal for VMware vCloud Director. It includes:

  • The ability to deploy and manage pay-as-you-go (PAYG) virtual machines (VMs). Ideal for environments where VM's are regularly powered on and off, and workloads that need to be kept on near 100% of the month.
  • SDN components which enable self service networks and firewalling. 
  • vCloud API for automation. 

 

vCloud PAYG VMs are hosted on multi-tenanted highly available hardware clusters. The hypervisor and underlying infrastructure are managed by CCL.

 

For more information, see the VMware Guide: vCloud Director Tenant Portal Guide 

Topics


Provision Virtual Machines with the Online Management Portal

Use the VMware vCloud Director online management portal to provision and maintain VMs within Virtual Datacentres (vDCs).

 

The online management portal is accessible via the PAYG tile on CloudCreator. Functions can also be performed by the vCloud REST API. Both of these will give you the ability to:

  • Create, copy and update VMs.
  • Create new VM and OS templates, and deploy VM and OS from predefined templates uploaded via API or HTML5.
  • Assign memory, vCPU and disk allocation.
  • Start, stop and delete VMs.
  • Access VM's via a console.
  • Set VM affinity/anti-infinity rules.
  • Move VMs from one vDC to another.

See Perform vApp/VM Actions for more information.


Virtual Datacentres (vDCs)

When you subscribe to the PAYG service, you'll be allocated with four virtual datacentres (vDCs). Within these you can provision and maintain your VM's.

 

Each vDC has:

  • A different memory reservation guarantee for the VMs within it - 20%, 50%, 80% or 100%. Moving a VM from one vDC to another increases or decreases the guaranteed memory available to that VM.
  • A maximum of 10TB of storage which can be increased via a Service Request in CloudCreator.

Features of vCloud PAYG Virtual Machines

The features include:

 

Feature Description

Customisable VM size (CPU/Memory)

 

The memory allocated to a VM has a reservation guarantee of either 20%, 50%, 80% or 100%.

 

A maximum of 128 vGB or 24 vCPU can be assigned to a VM, with a vGB: vCPU ratio of 2:1 being maintained.

Multiple storage tiers

 

VMs can be provisioned with multiple storage tiers - Diamond, Platinum or Gold.

Example: A VM can be provisioned with a 10GB Diamond disk plus another 20GB Platinum disk.

See Virtual Datacentre and Storage Tier Specifications.

VM templates

Predefined VM and OS templates can be uploaded to your catalogue via the vCloud API or HTML5.

Networking and security

 

Software defined networking is included via vCloud Networking and Security. This virtualised networking and security creates efficient, agile and extensible logical constructs to meet the performance and scale requirements of your virtualised datacentres.

You will need to deploy:

  • An Edge Service Gateway to enable self-service management access to an east-west virtual firewall, load balancing and VXLAN networks. This provides your vDC with:
    • connectivity
    • isolation and security
    • performance including load balancing
    • network services
    • resiliency and high availability.
  • A boundary firewall to secure external access to your vDC (north-south traffic). Currently this must be a VDOM firewall.

OS licensing

Hypervisor and VM guest Windows Server operating system licensing is included within the service price.


Red Hat or SUSE software subscriptions can be obtained via CCL monthly service provider subscriptions. Or you can provide your own subscriptions under a valid cloud access agreement. This must be provided to CCL for reference.

The VM guest operating system will be provisioned from one of CCL's Windows Server VM templates, or from your own OS template. It must adhere to CCL's support compatibility matrix.

 


 

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