vSphere Upgrade & CIS Compliance

Upgrade to vSphere 7 add vRealize Operations to operate more efficient

Learn how this natural resource trading company reduced their compliance efforts, upgraded infrastructure and right-sized their virtual machines all in one go...

The Challenge

“During the initial workshop, we analyzed the customer’s infrastructure, current automation procedures & audit tools” said Fabian Lenz, comdivision’s lead architect on the case, “The environment was designed quite good, the automation level was high, but for security audits certain areas were not so easy to extract.Besides that the central team in Switzerland declared the target architecture, but the implementation is done by multiple teams across the globe with different level of skillset.”.

The Solution

“We designed the target vSphere infrastructure & created easy to use blueprints that could be applied from local operational teams with no VMware know-how” explained Lenz. Together with comdivision specialist Harold Preyers we supported the local teams to make sure the upgrade procedure had no impact on any running service“.In order to remain future ready a security hardening according to CIS guidelines must have been done. To get automatic reports around CIS compliance vRealize Operations has been used with the ‘vRealize Operations Compliance Pack for CIS’ management pack. This management packs automatically oberserves certain parameters and create reports that are send out to the Chief SecurityOfficer on a regular basis.

The Results    

“We successfully updated the central vCenter and all remote sites to vSphere 7 including a bunch of optimizations. Besides that, we utilized vRealize Operations not just for CIS compliance, but also for rightsizing reporting to make sure the environment is running in a most economical way”.



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