vCD Reservation Pool: Depleted cluster resources

So after a week of VMworld 2011 goodness, I think everyone has heard at least a little bit about VMware vCloud Director resources allocation models:

Pay-as-you-go:  Resources are committed only when new vApps/VMs are created.  Unpredictable resource consumption/utilization/cost.  EX:  Amazon EC2
Allocation Pool:  Only a percentage of the resources are committed.  Only a percentage of those resources are guaranteed.  Fairly predictable resource consumption/utilization/cost.  However, allows for bursting.
Reservation Pool: All of the resources granted to an OrgvDC are committed at the time that the OrgvDC is created.  100% of the cluster resources are guaranteed.

We won’t go into the pros/cons of each of these allocation models in this post.  However, I did want to show you some screenshots of what happens when you consume all of the cluster resources — when using Reservation Pools.

Let’s take a look at a standard Reservation Pool model OrgvDC — at the time of creation:


Nothing unusual here — <this is just a small 2-ESX node cluster>

However, now let’s consume the remaining Cluster Resources by creating a new OrgvDC with all the dials set to ’11’

Note:  I am going to consume ALL of the remaining vSphere (or cloud) resources.  After clicking the [OK] button, all went well — the new “Monster OrgvDC” was created successfully.

Now, Let’s see what happens when I try and create just “1” more OrgvDC:  <Drum Roll>

As you see here, with NO remaining cluster/cloud resources available, vCD WILL NOT allow you to create new OrgvDCs.  Kinda makes sense though.  Allocation Pool and PAYG models are actually disabled.

If I had actually done the “math” right, I think Reservation Pool models would have been disabled as well.  In this particular test, I did have a VERY small amount of resources available, which vCD will let me commit.  However, in real life, these settings would pretty much make VMs unusable.

Just as an FYI — Here’s what the Provider vDC [Monitor] tab results show:


This just gives you a look at what vCD does when you consume ALL of the resources when using Reservation Pool models.  If you are keeping an eye on things, this should not be a problem — you’ll just need to add additional servers as your demand for capacity grows.

“Be careful with that Reservation Pool, Eugene…”

@wsellers

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