This post was authored by Vandana Rao, Director of Services Product Management
The recent release of AOS 5.5 introduced Nutanix Calm, which is an application orchestration and lifecycle management solution. Simply put, Calm orchestrates the provisioning, scaling and management of applications across multiple environments, making the entire IT infrastructure more agile and application centric. Calm empowers your team with self-service, dramatically streamlining daily operations and eliminating the wait for specialized resources. You can read more about Calm tech note.
Our Nutanix services consultant Dave Keefe created a demo to show customers how they can quickly build application blueprints in Calm for automating applications deployment and lifecycle management on their Nutanix Enterprise Cloud leveraging any external integrations developed in VMware vRealize Automation based cloud management solution. Many enterprise IT organizations are on a multi-year journey to provide a cloud-like experience to their internal customers, balancing on-prem and public cloud investments. Some of them have invested in vRealize suite to automate their business and technical processes for application management. The demo video shows how a custom application blueprint created in vRealize Automation (vRA) can be reproduced on Nutanix Calm.
The custom three-tier application using NGINX for the web tier, a custom application using node.js, and MongoDB was provisioned on vSphere through the vRealize portal. The same application can also be provisioned on AHV through Calm in Prism Central. It also leverages existing custom vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) workflows to automate infrastructure processes as-is by using REST APIs to call vRO workflows. In this demo, we demonstrate leveraging existing vRO integrations related to IPAM integration with InfoBlox, load balancer deployment and management with F5, Chef cookbooks to deploy NGINX and MongoDB, and ServiceNow ticketing integration. The demo also demonstrates lifecycle steps for the application, which eliminates manual handling of routine application management tasks.
Nutanix Services can help you successfully utilize the full functionality of Calm and your organization's existing investment in vRO. Reach out to your Nutanix rep or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to setup a customized briefing.
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