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Container Orchestration on vSphere with Big Data Extensions

Container Orchestration on vSphere with Big Data Extensions


Big Data Extensions Fling is a fully configured and ready to run virtual appliance that provisions and manages Google Kubernetes clusters and Mesos clusters with Docker on vSphere.  It allows:

  • Automated provisioning of the VMs and software for Mesos, and Kubernetes clusters
  • Running Docker containers with Mesos, Marathon, Chronos, and Kubernetes
  • Performing common infrastructure and cluster administrative tasks with a graphical user interface integrated with vSphere Web Client
  • Integrating with DevOps and CI tools with CLI or REST APIs


System Requirements

vSphere 5.1 (or later) standard edition

When installing Big Data Extensions on vSphere 5.1 or later, you must use vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) to provide user authentication. When logging into vSphere 5.1 or later, you pass authentication to the vCenter Single Sign-On server, which you can configure with multiple identity sources, such as Active Directory and OpenLDAP. On successful authentication, your username and password is exchanged for a security token which is used to access vSphere components such as Big Data Extensions.

Enable the vSphere Network Time Protocol on the ESXi hosts. The Network Time Protocol (NTP) daemon ensures that time-dependent processes occur in sync across hosts.

Port group (or dvportgroup) with at least 6 uplink ports that has connectivity with the dvportgroups used to deploy your Hadoop clusters.

40GB or more (recommended) disk space for the management server and Hadoop template virtual disks.


Please refer to the How to Deploy Big Data Extensions on vSphere Standard Edition for the deployment instructions.



Change Log


Hui Hu

Big Data team

Emma Lin

Big Data team

Xinhui Li

Big Data team

Lizhao Du

Big Data team

Binbin Zhao

Big Data team

Yifeng Xiao

Big Data team

Bo Dong

Big Data team

Gabriel Tarasuk-Levin

Management Platform Team

Qing Chi

 Big Data team

Lirong Mao

 Big Data team
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12 thoughts on “Container Orchestration on vSphere with Big Data Extensions

  1. angus


    Any plan to support deployment on vCloud Director (5.6) thanks to its API (make sense for vCloud Air too)? But SPs would prefer VCD 5.5/5.6 API compatibility.

    1. Bo Dong

      Hi Angus
      This Fling is based on vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE). BDE depends on vSphere API.
      There are some individual efforts tried to make BDE work with vCD API proved that it’s possible. There’s no plan to make BDE officially run on vCD.

    1. Marcos Mendez

      Hi Jesse,

      Thank you for the information. I also wanted to ask since we probably have vSphere Enterprise edition, whether this fling would work or can we just install the regular BDE?

  2. Ananda Kammampati

    In the release notes : https://www.vmware.com/support/bigdataextensions/doc/vsphere-big-data-extensions-21-release-notes.html

    Installation Notes for This Release
    Read the vSphere Big Data Extensions documentation for step-by-step instructions on installing and configuring Big Data Extensions.

    ‘vSphere Big Data Extensions” seems to be a hyperlink and that is broken.

    Thought I’ll bring it to your notice. Hope the link gets fixed.

    Ananda Kammampati


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