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Info-Tech Research Group Names VMware a “Champion” in Cloud Management

VMware named "champion" in cloud managementBy Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit

What’s the most feature-driven cloud management platform?

Info-Tech Research Group’s new in-depth rankings of cloud management platforms placed VMware’s vCloud Suite with vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) in the “Champion” leadership position.

The Info-Tech report, called “Vendor Landscape: Cloud Management Platforms,” highlights the results of a competitive product and vendor analysis featuring 10 vendors that compete in this space.

Info-Tech describes VMware’s cloud management offering as “…a great solution for existing customers looking to capitalize on VMware’s ownership of the entire software defined data center.” Info-Tech concludes that it is “a comprehensive and effective cloud management suite,” available at a “surprisingly competitive price.”

VMware’s cloud management platform was judged “exemplary” (the highest rating) in the categories of features, usability and architecture. And, as a vendor, VMware was rated exemplary in the categories of viability, reach and channel.

Among nine features evaluated by Info-Tech Research, such as performance monitoring, architecture mapping tools, and showback/chargeback capabilities, VMware’s rating was unsurpassed by the other vendors.

Evaluated Features

Source: Info-Tech Research Group, Feb. 2014

The Cloud Management Platform report’s assessment of VMware’s strategy is that “VMware will drive commercial clouds: VMware is leveraging its enterprise dominance, plus a key acquisition (DynamicOps for vCloud Automation Center) to bolster adoption by enterprises and service providers of cloud management platforms.” In summary, the authors describe vCloud Suite as “A well-rounded cloud platform [that] extends the value proposition of the current leader in virtualization technology.”

The Info-Tech CMP Vendor Landscape

Source: Info-Tech Research Group, Feb. 2014

VMware Leads Cloud Management in Enterprise Customer Survey from 451 Research

By Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit

VMware leads cloud management report

I’m happy to share that in a recent 451 Research CloudScape report on CloudManagement and Automation, IT practitioners selected VMware as the leading vendor in four of six categories measured in the report.1

The report showed that VMware topped competing software vendors in the following categories:

  • Self-Service Catalog
  • Unified Cloud Management Console
  • Cloud Governance
  • Metering/Billing

The findings are based on interviews with a “…network of IT professional and key decision-makers at large and midsized enterprises.” The interviews were supported by additional interviews with IT stakeholders such as IT managers, technology vendors, managed service providers, telcos and VCs, as well as primary research.

The report looks at the adoption of “…tools that are emerging to support the selection, provisioning, scheduling and dispatch of work to BEVs (Best Execution Venues) and the acquisition of services from them.” The research found that “…sophisticated management and automation tools are going to be required to ensure that a cloud can deliver on its promise of faster and more flexible services, on more devices and on-demand.”

Cloud management technologies such as unified cloud management consoles and cloud governance tools are in the early stages of gaining traction with users, according to 451 Research. The report notes that the “…next few years, however, will see a significant change in these areas, with close to one-third of respondents planning to implement these technologies in their cloud environments. Spending plans are beginning to gain momentum, with 16% and 10% of respondents citing increased spending on cloud management consoles and governance technologies, respectively, in 2013.”

We believe that this report from 451 Research validates our approach to building out a comprehensive cloud management platform. For years now, our focus has been to guide our customers on their journey to IT as a Service (ITaaS) by enabling CIOs and their organizations to become strategic brokers of IT services.  As 451 Research’s report states, “Cloud computing is IT as a Service.”

At VMware, we recognize that if IT is to operate at the speed of business, and reach that level of agility, efficiency and control, then a new approach to management is needed for the cloud era. One that delivers automated operations, intelligent operational analytics, cost transparency, on-demand access to any service, and the flexibility to support any platform or cloud.

To access the 451 Research report on Cloud Management and Automation, go to: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/analysts/451_CloudMgmtAutomation.pdf

To learn more about VMware Cloud Management solutions, go to: http://www.vmware.com/virtualization/virtualization-management/overview.html

1 451 Research “Cloud Management and Automation,” by William Fellows, November 2013

New Releases of VMware’s Cloud Management Solutions Now Available

Today, I’m thrilled to announce the general availability of new and enhanced releases of the industry-leading portfolio of cloud management solutions (read the press release). The products available today include VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8, and VMware IT Business Management Suite. It is very gratifying to be delivering to the market the products we originally unveiled at VMworld 2013 Europe in Barcelona in October (press release).

This GA marks a major milestone in VMware’s mission to help our customers on their journey to IT as a Service (ITaaS) and their adoption of the cloud.  It covers the whole of our cloud management portfolio with critical new capabilities – a user friendly self-service portal for agile service delivery, management of physical storage devices as well as business critical applications providing health and performance visibility across the service stack, automated cost comparisons of infrastructure services across private and public clouds, just to name a few.

Designed specifically for dynamic virtualized and cloud environments, VMware’s management solutions simplify and automate how IT is managed across multiple clouds and platforms. The new enhancements and product to the VMware cloud management portfolio include:

  • VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 offers a self-service catalog for requesting and managing all types of IT services across multiple clouds and platforms including now VMware vCloud Hybrid Service and OpenStack to provide customers with on-demand access to any service and reducing time to value.
  • VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8 extends visibility and insight into the performance of applications running on Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services, improved performance analytics for a broad range of storage arrays, and enhanced support for business critical applications including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • VMware IT Business Management Suite  ITBM Suite 1.0 Standard Edition is the newest member of the VMware family of management products enabling infrastructure and business stakeholders to quickly understand the cost and consumption of their virtual infrastructure across private and public cloud environments. VMware IT Business Management Suite 8.0 Advanced and Enterprise editions introduce additional persona-based dashboards tailored to the CIO, CFO of IT, IT project managers and line-of-business owners.

As customers progress to ITaaS, we believe that CIOs and IT organizations must evolve from being just builders of IT services to both builders and brokers of services. This means making strategic decisions of where to source services – whether internally on a private cloud, externally from a cloud service provider or both via the hybrid cloud. With this GA, we are further delivering on the critical capabilities required of a service broker:  on-demand access to any service, cost transparency, automated operations, and the ability to deliver and manage services on any cloud and any platform.

I am very proud of what our team has achieved with our Q4 Cloud Management Launch and GA. I am looking forward in the coming months to receiving feedback from you, our customers, on our new and updated offerings, and how they are helping you deliver services more quickly and efficiently to your own customers.

Ramin Sayar is senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management

VMworld Europe 2013: Cloud Management Launch

Today marks a big day for VMware Cloud Management with the Q4 launch at VMworld Europe in Barcelona. CEO Pat Gelsinger kicks off a flurry of activities with a keynote that outlines what’s new with our management offerings, and how our solutions are simplifying and automating the way you, our customers, manage IT.

VMware’s mission is to help our customers on their journey to IT as a Service (ITaaS). IT organizations are on a journey that starts with the IT production phase, moves to business production, and finally reaches the goal of delivering IT as a Service. Seventy-five percent of IT organizations surveyed by VMware are in the second and third phases of the journey (1).

It’s one thing to know the destination; it’s quite another to know how to get there. We believe that it will require a transformation on the part of the IT organization. With this launch and next set of innovative cloud management releases, our solutions are helping transformative CIOs and their IT organizations achieve ITaaS by enabling them to become strategic brokers of IT services.

Regaining IT Control

It’s common knowledge that IT has been under siege in recent years. The rapid adoption of public cloud services has changed the expectations IT consumers have when it comes to getting the services they want, when they want them, and if necessary they will end-run IT to get them (hence the rise of Shadow IT).

To regain control, IT needs to evolve from being just a builder to a broker of services. Don’t be a bottleneck when it comes to the business gaining access to the valuable applications and services they rely on. Instead, provide self-service access to critical services by strategically sourcing them either internally or from the public cloud. That’s how you drive agility and efficiency. But don’t forget control – you’ve got to do this in the context of a governance framework and in compliance with regulatory and security policies. Otherwise, you’re putting your business at risk.

How do you accomplish this? There are four areas in which we help IT organizations make the transition to a service broker to deliver IT as a Service:

  • On-demand Access to Any Service: Without the ability to meet growing business demands in an agile manner, IT struggles to stay relevant. IT gains agility via the automated delivery of services that are consumed on demand and provisioned according to policies that deliver the necessary control. By providing immediate yet controlled access to any type of service – application, desktop, infrastructure, even custom offerings such as network services (via a new integration between vCloud Automation Center and NSX)– on the clouds and platforms of their choice. In this way IT enables the business to tackle new opportunities and challenges, for example supporting DevOps initiatives to rapidly roll out new applications
  • Cost Transparency: A continuing challenge for IT organizations and the business is understanding the actual cost and consumption of IT services – whether provided internally or delivered by a public cloud provider. IT organizations can make major strides in becoming partners to the business through greater transparency into the cost of VMs and infrastructure services, as well as the consumption of shared resources. This level of visibility increases accountability and enables more efficient use of resources. In addition, it helps IT and the business make better, fact-based decisions about what services IT should be offering and the value it should be delivering, given the budget it receives.
  • Automated Operations: Managing highly dynamic software-defined data centers and cloud environments requires a new approach. We believe operations management solutions must be purpose-built for the cloud. Our unified management approach employs intelligent, policy-based automation and big data analytics to deliver proactive management, deep operational visibility, continuous compliance and capacity optimization across the stack, from the virtual infrastructure layer up to the application.
  • Any Platform, Any Cloud: We also believe that vSphere provides the best environment and SLAs for workloads, and the continuing virtualization of business critical applications suggests our customers agree with us.  However, choice is important to them as well. They want to maximize the value of their IT investments, which may include public cloud services or other hypervisor or physical environments. We are committed to customer choice and flexibility. While our management solutions are optimized for vSphere, they are also designed for heterogeneous and hybrid cloud environments.

Launch Details

Today, we introduce new products and enhancements including new releases of the vCenter Operations Management Suite, vCenter Log Insight, vCloud Automation Center, and IT Business Management Suite. Additionally, we introduce VMware IT Business Management 1.0 Standard edition, the newest member of the VMware Cloud Management family of solutions. (Read press release)

We’re excited to announce these new capabilities and products across our portfolio.  These new solutions help address the myriad challenges customers face today – whether their aim is to more efficiently  manage a virtualized environment, build a vSphere-based private cloud, extend to the hybrid cloud or broker services across many providers. We look forward to showing you how they can help you and all our customers progress on the journey to IT as a Service.

(1) VMware, “IT Evolution: Today and Tomorrow,” survey based on 1,028 VMware customers, August 2013

 

VMware vCenter Log Insight: A new approach to analyzing unstructured machine data

Today, I am very excited to announce the availability of VMware vCenter Log Insight, our new log analytics and management solution. vCenter Log Insight helps customers quickly search and analyze all their IT log data, providing them with meaningful, actionable operational insights.

With vCenter Operations Management Suite, VMware introduced an analytics-based operations management solution that targets structured data (metrics, KPIs, events, alerts). Today, vCenter Log Insight extends our analytics-based approach to logs and unstructured machine-generated data. Together, these offerings provide a complete and integrated solution for cloud operations management.

vCenter Log Insight is now available as a full-featured beta download that customers can access and try out for free here.

The Emerging Need for Log Analytics

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LANDesk Acquires the VMware Protect Product Family


Posted by Ramin Sayar
Vice President &
General Manager,
Cloud Infrastructure
& Management

LANDesk Acquires the VMware Protect Product Family

Today LANDesk announced that it has acquired the VMware Protect product family, which came to VMware through the acquisition of Shavlik Technologies in 2011. LANDesk is acquiring the VMware Protect technologies (which will be renamed Shavlik Protect), existing customer accounts and the core team.

In 2013, VMware is executing against three priorities – Software-Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud and End-User Computing. As part of our efforts to focus on these areas, we came to the conclusion that asset and patch management as a standalone offering would be best provided by a partner such as LANDesk.

Delivering a new approach to management for dynamic virtual and cloud environments remains an important part of VMware’s business. We have developed a portfolio of management solutions designed to allow customers to provision and manage services in today’s hybrid cloud and heterogeneous environments, delivering:

  • Cloud Service Provisioning to automate the provisioning and lifecycle management of infrastructure, applications and desktops across multiple clouds and platforms.

Our Cloud Operations Management solution, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite, uses patented analytics to manage the health, risk, efficiency and compliance of infrastructure and applications across multiple platforms and clouds. VMware is committed to continuing to provide customers the best-in-class management solution for both VMware vSphere®- and non-VMware vSphere-based private clouds as well as supporting alternative public cloud providers.

It was important to VMware to find a buyer that would be a good home for Protect customers, and we believe LANDesk is a great fit. In transitioning the Shavlik Protect product family to LANDesk, we are confident that customers will be in good hands with seamless product support and further technology innovation.  To learn more about LANDesk’s plans, please read their press release.

VMware & Puppet Labs – Redefining Management for the Software-Defined Datacenter


Posted by Ramin Sayar
Vice President &
General Manager,
Cloud Infrastructure
& Management

VMware & Puppet Labs – Redefining Management for the Software-Defined Datacenter
By recasting every layer of datacenter infrastructure into software services running across pools of industry standard hardware, the software-defined datacenter promises to redefine automation and orchestration to completely change what is possible for customers to achieve in terms of operational scale, efficiency and agility.

Delivering a new approach to management has been a critical tenet of VMware’s product strategy over the last several years as we have developed solutions to help customers simplify and automate the management of the complete set of infrastructure services (compute, storage, network) as well as the applications that run on them.

The software-defined datacenter will have highly automated “programmable” provisioning and management that can intelligently move resources and workloads across a hybrid infrastructure environment based on policies. And, for many companies, this environment will include multiple hypervisors, hardware from different vendors and various public cloud services.  VMware understands this, and has been working to extend its management capabilities beyond VMware-based clouds in order to enable our customers to become strategic brokers of IT services to the business.

Today, we’ve taken another step on this journey with a strategic partnership and investment in Puppet Labs, a company that has been at the forefront of redefining orchestration and automation for the cloud era.  Puppet Labs has done an incredible job of allowing system administrators to automate tasks at scale across compute, storage and networking in multi-vendor, heterogeneous virtual and cloud environments. Puppet Labs’ declarative, model-based approach to this challenge is completely aligned with the software-defined datacenter, enabling the definition of the desired “end-state” of infrastructure in a simple configuration language.

Through this partnership, VMware and Puppet will work together towards more extensive automation and orchestration across infrastructure and application elements for VMware-based private and public clouds, physical infrastructures, OpenStack and Amazon Web Services.  We will help customers continue to achieve new levels of efficiency and agility as they progress along the journey to IT as Service.