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Embotics Cloud Management Blog

Customer Spotlight: Credit Acceptance Corporation

Since 1972, Credit Acceptance Corporation (CACC) of Southfield, Michigan has been working with automobile dealerships across the United States to help buyers finance the cars they wanted. As one of the leading specialty automotive credit agencies in the United States, the company’s patented Credit Approval Processing System (CAPS) has enabled dealerships to deliver credit approvals to over 7,000,000 consumers within 30 seconds, 24/7, regardless of credit history.

Topics: Use cases vCommander Self-Service Provisioning Case Study

Customer Spotlight: University of Birmingham

With nearly 1,200 virtual machines in the environment, and approximately 90 new VMs being created each month, the storage and virtualization team within the university act as an internal cloud services provider to the IT Services support staff, who in turn provide services to the other members of the university, both staff and students.

Topics: Use cases Cloud Management Platform (CMP) vCommander Case Study

Take control of your virtualized data center with one product

Looking for a way to manage your private and public cloud operations with enhanced visibility, speed and control? Embotics vCommander is an easy-to-use integrated virtualization and cloud management platform that provides all the features you need to manage your on-premise cloud and the underlying virtual resources—you don't have to buy multiple products.

Topics: vCommander

Need to stop your users complaining? Try self-service provisioning.

Are your users complaining when response and turnaround time is too slow? Are they expecting faster provisioning times of virtual machines as they move to an agile environment?

Topics: Cloud Management Platform (CMP) vCommander Cloud Automation Software Self-Service Provisioning

vCommander™ 5.7 Sneak Preview: Custom Attribute Sublists and Boolean Workflow Step Conditions

Today, I’m happy to provide a sneak peak at two vCommander 5.7 features. Despite being simple to use, custom attribute sublists and Boolean operations in workflow step conditions greatly increase the power and flexibility of vCommander automation.

Topics: Releases How-to Cloud Management Platform (CMP) vCommander

vCommander™ 5.6 Sneak Preview: Multi-Tenant Media Library

This week I’m back with another sneak preview of a great new feature coming in vCommander 5.6: a multi-tenant media library. This improves upon current functionality, which lets vCommander and Service Portal users mount media from the host’s physical drives or datastores, but all ISO/FLP files are globally available. Let’s take a look.

Topics: Releases Cloud Management Platform (CMP) vCommander

vCommander™ 5.6 Sneak Preview: Variable Assistant

One of the first customer support cases I handled at Embotics involved using vCommander variables to pass information out to a script. I was new to vCommander myself, of course – as was the customer – but we both had the same feeling. We knew that there was a variable that would provide the data we needed, but we couldn’t figure out which one it was, and that was frustrating.
The reference tables in the documentation were exhaustively complete. There were hundreds of variables listed, but no means to really narrow down the search. Needless to say, it took a very long time to close the support case, and although the customer ultimately was satisfied, I couldn’t shake the feeling that we had to do better.

Topics: Releases Cloud Management Platform (CMP) vCommander

Choosing Your vCommander™ Database Platform

One of the most important choices new vCommander administrators must make is which database platform to use: PostgreSQL or Microsoft SQL. There are some advantages and disadvantages to each, which are discussed below. However, the most important thing to understand is that it’s not possible to migrate between platforms. If you do need to switch platforms, Embotics Support can assist you with keeping some of the VM metadata, but other important data may be lost, and it will take some time to recreate various configuration choices.

Let’s look at the options.

Topics: Administration Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Best Practices vCommander

Inventive ways to use Embotics® vCommander™

Embotics® vCommander™ is so easy to use that our development team has come up with some inventive ways to use it. For instance, did you know that you can use vCommander to manage your daily schedule? vCommander’s command workflows make it easy.

Topics: How-to vCommander

Running vCommander Workflows with User Input

vCommander allows you to perform repeatable actions tailored to your environment. You’re probably already familiar with command workflows, which allow users to run commands on various types of services, such as VMs and virtual services. But you can also create repeatable, customizable actions based on user input, through service change requests and completion workflows. This post shows you how.

Consider the following use case: A Service Portal user needs support and wants to email the IT contact for that VM. Setting this up with vCommander is easy.

Topics: Administration vCommander