Multi-Tenant Tanzu Data Services with VMware Cloud Director

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VMware Cloud Director extension for VMware Data Solutions is a plug-in for VMware Cloud Director (VCD) that enables cloud providers expand their multi-tenant cloud infrastructure platform to deliver a portfolio of on-demand caching, messaging and database software services at massive scale. This brings in new opportunity for our Cloud Providers to offer additional cloud native developer services in addition to the VCD powered Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).

VMware Cloud Director extension for Data Solutions offers a simple tenant-facing self-service UI for the lifecycle management of below Tanzu data services with a single view across multiple instances, and with URL to individual instances for service specific management.

Tenant Self-Service Access to Data Solutions

Tenant users can access VMware Cloud Director extension for Data Solutions from VMware Cloud Director tenant portal

before tenant user can deploy any of the above solution, he/she must need to prepare their Tanzu K8s clusters deployed by CSE, basically when you click on Install Operator for a Kubernetes cluster for VMware Cloud Director extension for Data Solutions, Data Solutions operator is automatically installed to this cluster and this Data Solution Operator is for life cycle management of data services, to install operator simple log in to VMware Cloud Director extension for Data Solutions from VMware Cloud Director and then:

  1. Click Settings > Kubernetes Clusters
  2. Select the Kubernetes cluster on which you want to deploy Data Services
  3. and click Install Operator.

It takes a few minutes for the status of the cluster to change to Active.

Deploy a Tanzu Data Services instance

Go to Solutions and choose your required solution and click on “Launch”

This will take you to “Instances” page there , enter the necessary details.

  • Enter the instance name.
  • Solution should have RabbitMQ selected
  • Select the Kubernetes cluster ( You can only select cluster which has Data Solutions Operator successfully installed
  • Select a solution template (T-Shirt sizes)

To customize, for example, to configure the instance RabbitMQ Management Console or Expose Load Balancer for AMQP click Show Advanced Settings and select appropriate option.

Monitor Instance Health using Grafana

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid provides cluster monitoring services by implementing the open source Prometheus and Grafana projects. Tenant can use the Grafana Portal to get insights about the state of the RabbitMQ nodes and runtime. For this to work, Grafana must be installed on CSE 4 Tanzu Cluster.

NOTE: Follow this link for Prometheus and Grafana installation on CSE Tanzu K8s clusters.

Connecting to RabbitMQ

Since during the deployment, i have exposed RMQ as “Expose Load Balancer for AMQP”, if you take a look in vcd load balancer configuration CSE automatically exposed RMQ as load balancer VIP and a NAT rule get created, so that you can access it from outside.

Provider Configuration

Before you start using VMware Cloud Director extension for Data Solutions, you must meet certain prerequisites:

  1. VMware Cloud Director version 10.3.1 or later.
  2. Container Service Extension version 4.0 or later to your VMware Cloud Director.
  3. A client machine with MacOS or Linux, which has a network connectivity to VMware Cloud Director REST endpoint.
  4. Verify that you have obtained a VMware Data Solutions account.

Detailed instruction of installing VMware Cloud Director extension for VMware Data Solutions detailed Here.

VMware Cloud Director extension for VMware Data Solutions comes with zero additional cost to our cloud providers. Please note that the extension does not come with a cost, however, cloud providers need to report their service consumption of Data Services which do carry a cost.