Since September 2018, VMware has a special Cloud Verified Logo for partners who meet specific requirements for their cloud infrastructure. As my company was the first in Switzerland to receive this logo, I would like to briefly explain what this designation means and which requirements apply.
What does Cloud Verified mean?
The Cloud Verified designation was created to allow customers to see which VMware partners are running a standardized cloud environment and are ready for the digital transformation. For a customer it should make no difference whether he runs workloads in a private, public or hybrid cloud. This should also apply to traditional VMs as well as cloud-native apps or SaaS applications.
For this reason, interoperability between different infrastructures is enormously important and this is ensured by VMware’s reference architectures.
Cloud providers that have the Cloud Verified Badge can therefore guarantee 3 things:
- Integration and interoperability between infrastructures and the freedom and flexibility to run its workloads in a VMware cloud or on-premise.
- Flexibility to choose the cloud provider in a broad market that best meets the specific needs of a customer without a vendor or cloud lock-in.
- Cost optimization through equal management interfaces and consistent operations, no matter where the workloads are running.
Which requirements must be fulfilled for this?
First of all, a partner must have an active VMware Cloud Provider Program contract and have attained at least the Enterprise tier level. Without these two prerequisites, the VMware review will not begin. In addition, the cloud provider’s Cloud Verified service must implement the VMware products and product versions listed in the VMware Certified Reference Design. I’ve already written about this VMware Certified Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (VCAT-SP) in a previous blog post.
To obtain the Cloud Verified Badge, a cloud provider must therefore use the following products in his cloud infrastructure:
- vRealize Log Insight
- vRealize Operations
- vCloud Usage Meter
In addition to the products and versions listed in the VCAT-SP, vCloud Director must also be at least version 8.20 and vSAN at least at version 6.6.
What does the certification process look like?
VMware has set up a website for the Cloud Verified logo registration: https://vcloudvalidation.com/cloud_verified. Here you have to apply first. If you meet the requirements (see above), you will receive an email with instructions on how to provide proof of the products and versions used. This is done by means of various usage meter reports and screenshots, which must be submitted by email.
VMware checks then these reports and screenshots and if everything is okay, you get the logo. In order to be listed on the website and in the search for the Cloud Verified Providers, you have to fill out a company profile on the Cloud Verified website.