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VMware vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook, 2nd Edition - Programmer Books


VMware vRealize Orchestrator is a powerful automation tool designed for system administrators and IT operations staff who are planning to streamline their tasks and are waiting to integrate the functions with third-party operations software. This book is an update to VMware vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook and is blend of numerous recipes on vRealize Orchestrator 7. This book starts with installing and configuring vRealize Orchestrator. We will demonstrate how to upgrade from previous versions to vRealize Orchestrator 7. You will be taught all about orchestrator plugins and how to use and develop various plugins that have been enhanced in Orchestrator 7. Throughout this book, you will explore the new features of Orchestrator 7, such as the introduction of the control center, along with its uses.

Mr. Jones — Towards a Proactive Smart Room Orchestrator

AAAI Conferences

In this brief abstract we report work in progress on developing Mr.Jones — a proactive orchestrator and decision support agent for a collaborative decision making setting embodied by a smart room. The duties of such an agent may range across interactive problem solving with other agents in the environment, developing automated summaries of meetings, visualization of the internal decision making process, proactive data and resource management, and so on. Specifically, we highlight the importance of integrating higher level symbolic reasoning and intent recognition in the design of such an agent, and outline pathways towards the realization of these capabilities.We will demonstrate some of these functionalities here in the context of automated orchestration of a meeting in the CEL — the Cognitive Environments Laboratory at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center.

Kubernetes is now generally available on Azure Container Service


Microsoft and Google don't get along all that often, but they do agree on using Kubernetes for cloud container orchestration. Kubernetes is generally available for use with Azure Container Service, Microsoft's managed cloud container hosting offering, as of Tuesday. ACS support for Kubernetes comes along with the service's existing support for the Apache Mesos-based DC/OS and Docker Swarm. Containers provide an isolated, portable and consistent runtime for applications that's particularly well-suited to deployment in a cloud environment. Orchestrators like Kubernetes help manage groups of containers.

You don't need an orchestrator


Airflow, Luigi, Dagster, Nifi, Prefect, Kedro, etc… The technological landscape around data orchestrator tools is full of great software, mostly open-source. We are slowly moving from classic scheduling (aka cron) to real orchestration. Basic scheduling involves crontab and other similar programs. You just write the moment of time you want to run a task and the program will wait until it's time to go. Scheduling is about listing when events occur.