LTX SYSTEMS

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Accelerating Enterprise IT with Advanced Technologies

Experience

LTX Systems has experience with some of the largest and most complex deployments of enterprise technologies, including networks of 50,000+ users, thousands of servers, software architecture, enterprise virtualization, cloud service providers, and more.  From the tier 1 desktop support level to tier 4+ engineering support, LTX Systems has the proven track record to improve any IT firm.

Innovation

Our approach to problem solving includes out of the box thinking in all situations.  We employ rapid prototyping coupled with our extensive experience and cutting edge technologies to assist in process and architecture improvement.

Technology

LTX Systems has expertise in some of the latest and cutting edge technologies from companies like VMware as well as open source solutions like Docker and Kubernetes.  We are capable of combining the best components from a wide variety of vendors and filling in the gaps with custom software and solutions to create world-class solutions that meet the most demanding needs.

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO)

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) is an automation and orchestration tool that sits at the core of the VMware Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) stack.  vRO is responsible for gluing together components and providing extensibility for the stack, and is a valuable tool in the arsenal of any cloud or VMware shop.

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Recent vRealize Orchestrator Articles

How to Export a Workflow Package in VMware vRealize Orchestrator and Import it on Another Server

Workflow packages are exactly what they sound like – a collection of workflows compressed into a package format that can be imported on one or more target servers.  Actually, they’re a little more than that: they also contain other components necessary for workflow dependencies such as actions, configuration elements, and resource elements.

Export Workflow Documentation in vRealize Orchestrator as PDF

vRO comes with a built-in feature for exporting workflow documentation in PDF format.  This feature can be used to create pretty verbose amounts of documentation, especially on large workflows.  Once generated, the documentation contains information about the version history, inputs, attributes, outputs, workflow steps, the workflow schema, and all the contents of scriptable actions within the workflow.

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) AWS Plugin Bug - EC2DescribeTagsResult

As I recently worked on a customer request, it was discovered that the vRealize Orchestrator AWS Plugin may have a bug which blocks the ability to describe tags within EC2 and to iterate over the tags and use the information.

This article goes into depth about the problem with the AWS Plugin's EC2DescribeTagsResult class and how to work around it using the BaseAmazonObject.getNativeObject() method.

vRealize Automation (vRA)

Enterprise-class self-service portal combined with highly extensible automation and orchestration.  vRA enables automated IT as a Service to free your engineering team up to do more innovating and less day-to-day operations.  Take a look at our informative articles to learn more about how to use and implement vRA.

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What's New in VMware vRealize Automation 7.4

vRA 7.4 is a minor release, but brings some long awaited goodies to the table for vRA users that should help hold users over until the 8.0 release happens sometime in the future.

New features include expanded Solution Exchange content, the ability to deploy OVF templates as part of blueprints, Custom Request forms enabling control over the end-user request experience, and vRealize Orchestrator multi-tenancy leveraging vRA tenant authentication providers.

Integrating ServiceNow with the SDDC Stack

ServiceNow has become something of a de facto ticketing and IT service management (ITSM) system in large enterprise environments.  Many organizations are looking to achieve their self-service ITSM goals by making ServiceNow the single interface for as many functions as possible.

The reasons for this vary per organization, but the end-state goal can usually be broken down into one of the following outcomes: Single Pane of Glass, Enterprise Service and Ticketing System, andTicketing & Approval integration.

Initial vRealize Automation (vRA) Configuration Part 8 - Submit a Catalog Request

Now that a business group has been created with a reservation assigned, and which has been entitled to a blueprint in the catalog, we can test the configuration by verifying the item appears in the catalog for an entitled user, and we can verify the blueprint and reservation work correctly by requesting the item and ensuring it gets provisioned correctly.

Containers, Orchestration, & Cloud

Container and cloud technologies offer bleeding edge methods for conquering the cloud and IoT era through portability, consistency, and mega-scale architectures.

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Recent Articles On Containers & Cloud

Deploying and Operationalizing Kubernetes with Pivotal Container Service (PKS)

PKS provides the simplest method to deploy production Kubernetes at scale.  It layers on top of infrastructure you already have and already know how to run.  This makes it infinitely more valuable due to the fact that you can use tools and expertise already at your fingertips.  On top of that, it provides a supported commercial release of the open source Kubernetes solution coupled with additional value-add components that solve most of the problem inherent with designing and operationalizing a Kubernetes deployment.  On top of all of that, PKS can play nicely with many of the other VMware SDDC stack components to form a full featured solution that other on-premises Kubernetes solutions can’t touch.

VMware VCF As a Path to Hybrid Cloud

VMware Cloud Foundation is the comprehensive Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) stack that includes the world-class vSphere virtualization platform for compute; VSAN for storage; NSX for networking; and anything higher than the Basic edition also includes vRealize Suite and vRealize Network Insight.

Installing and Using vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO) with Kubernetes

How to install vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO) with Kubernetes Without OpenStack  Ironically, the product is named vSphere Integrated OpenStac...