Today CenturyLink Cloud announced access to a Starter Kit Blueprint for VMware vFabric on the CenturyLink Public Cloud. We know that most of you are busy enough with your job, so setting aside time to try the latest technologies is often hard to juggle. To make it a bit easier, we created the starter kit blueprint!

This blueprint enables you to quickly deploy a small vFabric environment and be up and running in no time—without the need to troubleshoot.

What is in it?

The Starter Kit Blueprint for VMware vFabric comes with four virtual machine instances and the advanced vFabric applications:

  • vFabric tc Server: vFabric tc Server, the best place to build and run Java Spring applications, provides enterprise users with the lightweight server they want paired with the operational management, advanced diagnostics, and mission-critical support capabilities businesses need.
  • vFabric GemFire® Server: GemFire is a distributed data management platform providing dynamic scalability, high performance, and database-like persistence. It blends advanced techniques like replication, partitioning, data-aware routing, and continuous querying to help you.
  • vFabric Web Server: Unlike Apache, vFabric Web Server is pre-compiled, pre-configured and pre-patched, which reduces deployment times from a typical 3 days to 30 minutes. It has a consistent installation process and structure across all supported operating systems and installation is via self-extracting archive, with no requirements as to install location and no dependencies on graphics libraries. You can patch and upgrade multiple instances as well for further reduction in deployment and support costs.
  • vFabric Hyperic® Server: vFabric Hyperic, a stand-alone component of vFabric Application Performance Manager, helps web operations teams monitor the application infrastructure for custom web applications across physical machines, a virtual infrastructure environment, or the cloud and provides immediate notification of application performance degradation or unavailability.

Each of the servers is configured with 4GB RAM and 2 vCPU by default but you can change the configuration easily in the CenturyLink Cloud Control Portal after deployment.

With Blueprints from CenturyLink Cloud, deployment is very easy and can be done in 4 easy steps:

  1. Logon to the CenturyLink Cloud Control Portal and go to Blueprints > Search for “vFabric Starter Kit”

  2. Click on the vFabric Starter Kit Blueprint and on the next screen click Deploy Blueprint.

  3. Next you will want to customize your blueprint by specifying the following information:

    • Password for the servers
    • Network to place the servers on
    • Primary and Secondary DNS
  4. Last step is to deploy the customized vFabric Starter Kit blueprint by clicking on the Deploy Blueprint button at the bottom of the screen.

The platform will now do all the orchestration and deploy a fully working vFabric environment for you.

To access the environment all you have to do is logon via VPN (we have instructions here).

For a full overview of an install with vFabric Starter Blueprint, watch our video taking you from deployment to configuration with Shantu Roy.

How do I get started?

Getting started is pretty simple. Go to CenturyLink Cloud and activate your account, which will give you access to this blueprint.

Learn more

VMware has also published a blog post about our Starter Kit Blueprint. You can view that post here.