VMworld Barcelona kicked off today with a bang, with more than 8,000 attendees taking part in more than 250 unique breakout sessions and labs. During today’s keynote, Pat Gelsinger and Steve Herrod announced significant enhancements to VMware’s Cloud Management solutions – addressing cloud service provisioning, cloud operations management, and cloud business management.
Here’s a roundup of all the new cloud management capabilities that users can look forward to in the coming year:
Based on DynamicOps, VMware vCloud Automation Center 5.1 acts as a service governor, enabling policy-based provisioning across VMware-based private and public clouds, physical infrastructure, multiple hypervisors and Amazon Web Services. vCloud Automation Center 5.1 is integrated with vCloud Director to allow customers to leverage virtual datacenters comprised of the vCloud Suite’s software-defined services.
vFabric Application Director standardizes and accelerates how customers model and deploy multi-tier applications to any cloud – making it possible for customers to use the same blueprints to deploy packaged and custom applications across multiple virtual and hybrid cloud infrastructures (including Amazon EC2!).
The vCenter Operations Management Suite applies patented analytics to integrated performance, capacity and configuration management – allowing customers to proactively enable service levels in hybrid cloud environments. vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.6 will also include vFabric Hyperic application-level monitoring to help customers proactively manage the health of business-critical applications like Microsoft SQL Server, Windows OS and more.
Significant enhancements to vCloud Connector will help make it possible to extend both networks and workload catalogs across hybrid cloud environments without the need for reconfiguring networks or settings when moving workloads. Check out more details from Mathew Lodge.
With a new IT benchmarking module that includes more than 3,500 metrics across 18 domains, IT organizations can compare their performance with industry and functional peers. The VMware IT Business Management Suite 7.5 also includes enhancements to its IT Finance Manager capabilities that will further automate and streamline the budgeting process.
In sum, according to Raghu Raghuram, executive VP of Cloud Infrastructure and Management at VMware, “VMware’s cloud management offerings fundamentally recast management for the cloud era, allowing customers to operate at cloud scale and begin to act as brokers of IT services to the business.”