Setting Up your vCloud Org
Background: CloudConnect's two major administrative platforms are IQMAP and vCloud Director. IQMAP is primarily a blueprinting, quoting, and sales tool, while vCloud Director is the platform in which an administrator can manage their client's virtual machines, networking, applications, and general infrastructure. Within vCloud Director, your infrastructure will be in one of two architectures: mspCloud or PrivateDomain. Being aware of the strengths of these individual architectures will prove invaluable for resellers as they navigate the sales cycle with their prospects. Primarily, these architectures are centered around your client's need for a Domain Controller, Active Directory, or plans for future expansion.
In an mspCloud architecture, the client to Domain Controller is a many-to-one relationship. CloudConnect's proprietary infrastructure allows for many smaller client to share the same Domain Controller in the same Virtual Datacenter, while still being absolutely agnostic from other clients in the same Virtual Datacenter, sharing the same Domain Controller. This allows for smaller companies to circumvent the overhead of their own Domain Controller when exploring a cloud solution for their business. Cost is often a major factor in an end user's decision making process, and allowing the end user to avoid the cost of a Domain Controller, along the other unique benefits CloudConnect provides, provides multiple layers of value to help a reseller secure an opportunity.
In a PrivateDomain architecture, the client to Domain Controller is a one-to-one relationship. This is a more standard architecture that you might see on nearly every cloud platform. The client does not share a Virtual Datacenter with any other client. This Virtual Datacenter contains a Domain Controller registered exclusively to the client, allowing for advanced migration functions such as the setup of a VPN tunnel, Active Directory extension, unique management, etc. Virtual machines deployed from this Domain Controller will automatically be created in this client's vApp container. This architecture is usually suited for clients with either larger or more complex enviornments; clients with an existing Active Directory, or clients with over 15-20 users would most often benefit from CloudConnect's PrivateDomain architecture.
Process: To get started with vCloud Director, you will first need to fill out the Partner Enrollment Form. Once this is completed, you will be granted access to your own vCloud Director environment. By default, you will have an mspCloud domain deployed and ready for configuration, or the addition of further Virtual Machines. Navigate through the page tree to learn more about how to deploy virtual machines and manage your vCloud Director environment.
Applies to: Partner resellers, potential partners.