vRealize Suite: Managing Your Hybrid Cloud

At VMworld 2014 today, the Cloud Management team introduced the VMware vRealize Suite, a Cloud Management Platform. The need for a comprehensive Cloud Management Platform (CMP) arose from the convergence of multiple management disciplines employed by new models of developing, deploying, and managing applications. Essentially, CMP enables robust application and infrastructure delivery while managing to a set of polices in the most cost-efficient manner.

Within VMware vRealize Suite, application and infrastructure delivery is provided by vCloud Automation Center (to be renamed vRealize Automation) that enables our customers to blueprint their applications and deliver those applications into a provisioned infrastructure in any cloud managed via policies. Management of infrastructure and applications is provided by vCenter Operations Management Suite (to be renamed vRealize Operations) that, via analysis of time series and log data, provides insight and actionable information about the performance, capacity and other operational aspects of the environment. Cost transparency is provided by IT Business Management (to be renamed vRealize Business) enabling IT service cost comparison and benchmarking. The vRealize Suite encompasses these products, which together deliver the value of a Cloud Management Platform.

The software consumption model has also been shifting with Software as a Service (SaaS) finding a sweet spot with certain IT organizations. We recognize our customers need choice when it comes to consumption and delivering our products as SaaS has been something we have been working towards. At VMworld 2014 we are also announcing vRealize Air Automation, the SaaS version of our vCloud Automation Center product. With this offering customers will be able to provision infrastructure and applications on any cloud (including your private cloud) via a SaaS-based offering. This new model of providing enterprise-class functionality delivered via a low friction consumption model will allow a host of new customers enjoy the benefits of such features without the upfront human and capital expenditure for implementation.

DevOps has become a staple of how modern developers work to deliver software on a continuous basis. DevOps is not a product but a mindset, team structure, and a set of tools for enablement. To that end, we are delivering a brand new capability to manage artifacts, model release pipelines, and integrate with CB/CI tools (e.g., Jenkins, Artifactory, Git, etc.). Along with DevOps features, provisioning virtual networks is another set of enhancements being announced with the new release of vCloud Automation Center. With its NSX integration, you now have the ability to assign security policies as part of the blueprint, ensuring the management of the security policy matches the lifecycle of the application (i.e. no more stale firewall rules!). Platform Improvements such as REST API, bulk import of existing VMs, and additional enhancements to Advanced Service Designer, Chargeback reports, and simplified HA setup round out the major new features.

Our IT Business Management team is also coming out with a set of new features designed to enhance the transparency of costs associated with running your applications in the cloud. Infrastructure managers can now get the cost of VMs across data centers (DC’s) and compare the cost of VMs between DC’s and public cloud. This enables infrastructure managers to determine the optimal placement of workloads based on cost projections in different DC geo locations and public clouds. With our out-of-the-box integration between IT Business Management Standard and Advanced editions, infrastructure managers and IT finance managers can collaborate more effectively, by mapping the actual financial data with actual operational data. IT finance managers typically have access to finance data, but are challenged with getting the operational data to perform cost allocations or budgeting, while infrastructure managers are challenged by limited or no access to financial data. IT Business Management provides the solution, mapping the financial and operational data and providing cost transparency into Infrastructure and IT in a simplified, automated manner. In this release, we are also enabling multi-tenant access to provide visibility via show back reports, categorized by vCloud Automation Center blueprints, tenants and business groups. This enables business unit managers to get visibility into their costs and consumption, enabling them to better plan their CapEx and OpEx budgets.

I encourage you to stop by the VMware booth for demos of all the products, meet the VMware Cloud Management team, check out Hands-on Labs and attend our numerous breakout sessions (especially Ramin Sayar’s Spotlight session -MGT3210_S), including:

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