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VMware vRealize Cloud Management tested and certified with Azure VMware Solution

The Multi-Cloud world just became a little more integrated as we are happy to announce that the VMware vRealize Cloud Management products have completed testing certification together with Azure VMware Solution. Azure VMware Solution is an infrastructure-as-a-service cloud offering from Microsoft Azure built on VMware Cloud Foundation verified by VMware.  Azure VMware Solution runs on Microsoft Azure infrastructure. VMware vRealize Cloud Management integration with Azure VMware Solution will help customers on their future datacenter expansion, business continuity/disaster recovery, as well as modern application development projects.

The integrations tested with Azure VMware Solution include vRealize Automation, vRealize Automation Cloud, vRealize Operations, vRealize Operations Cloud, vRealize Network Insight, and vRealize Network Insight Cloud.

Our customers have many vendors for their IT needs and the more market leaders like VMware and Microsoft can integrate, the better off our customers are.  VMware vRealize Cloud Management ranked No. 1 worldwide in IT automation and configuration management (read press release). Also, vRealize Cloud Management is a leader by another analyst firm (read blog). Some of the key benefits of the Azure VMware Solution is that customers can easily continue to use VMware solutions as they move to an Azure VMware Solution infrastructure. vRealize Cloud Management has evolved and continually improves to become the key management platform for the VMware ecosystem as well as other 3rd party integrations. Now customers will have a consistent experience between vRealize Cloud Management with Azure VMware Solution.

Figure 1. vRealize Cloud Management has many benefits for users of Azure VMware Solution.

vRealize Automation and vRealize Automation Cloud

Azure VMware Solution customers will see many benefits to using vRealize Automation and vRealize Automation Cloud. Some of the key benefits are to continue using existing VMware skills and tools while leveraging the global Microsoft Azure infrastructure to standardize and simplify consumption and automation processes within Azure VMware Solution. This is possible with consistent policies across VMware, Azure VMware Solution, and public clouds using smart and intuitive infrastructure as code with VMware cloud templates. These workflows embrace DevOps practices for infrastructure use cases to provide cost savings from infrastructure resource utilization and faster deployment of environments that will benefit all end users.  These benefits are measurable in saved costs across all VMs and containers in deployment & overall lifecycle management.

vRealize Operations and vRealize Operations Cloud

Azure VMware Solution users of vRealize Operations and vRealize Operations Cloud will find that being powered by artificial intelligence will drive their IT operations management of applications and infrastructure more efficiently. Azure VMware Solution customers can use vRealize Operations for continuous performance optimization as well as to verify performance with automatic workload placement and balancing based on business and operational intents. This includes optimizing resources so that there is a reduction in overall software licensing costs throughout both the Azure VMware Solution infrastructure as well as their other multi-cloud assets. vRealize Operations provides Azure VMware Solution environments with efficient capacity and cost management to run infrastructure for optimal consolidation, proactive planning, and procurement.

vRealize Network Insight and vRealize Network Insight Cloud

Azure VMware Solution customers can use vRealize Network Insight and vRealize Network Insight Cloud as a first step to understanding what is in their network environment. This environment now includes Azure VMware Solution and connections to VMware solutions like NSX, VMware SD-WAN, vSphere, as well as many 3rd party solutions like firewalls, load balancers, switches, and routers. Using the machine learning Flow-based Application Discovery capabilities in vRealize Network Insight, customers can discover what workloads are part of an application and what those application boundaries are, as well as make security policy recommendations. This is a critical step in planning cloud migrations from a data center to Azure VMware Solution. vRealize Network Insight can also be used with VMware HCX to automate the applications that were discovered and help plan migration groups. Networks are always complex and understanding who is talking to who and what the bandwidth for a particular application is always key in troubleshooting Day 2 issues on the network. vRealize Network Insight is a crucial tool to determine network innocence and troubleshoot issues like application latency as well as to improve further performance issues that end users will notice. Key capabilities such as custom proactive alerts, analytics to understand outliers, knowing when dynamic thresholds are exceeded, round-trip time latency, and other traffic metrics are important to troubleshoot application issues.

Figure 2. vRealize Network Insight takes network information across the infrastructure, including Azure VMware Solution to give a single network topology view in an easy-to-use end-to-end dashboard.

The addition of Azure VMware Solution to the VMware vRealize Cloud Management capabilities will offer customers the latest in application-aware intelligent management that can predict, prevent, and troubleshoot across Azure VMware Solution. This includes connections to multi-cloud that are both virtual and physical infrastructure. The joint solution will help customers cloud manage as they extend existing VMware workloads from on-premises environments to Azure VMware Solution without the cost, effort or risk of re-architecting applications or retooling training or operations .

The vRealize Cloud Management portfolio provides consistency for deploying and operating applications while keeping key integrated compliance capabilities which will reduce risk and enforce IT and regulatory standards with integrated compliance and remediation.  All of these key vRealize Cloud Management capabilities will automate deployments, reduce unplanned downtime, reduce mean time to resolution, and free up IT resources so people can work on future strategic initiatives and projects.

More resources:

vRealize Cloud Management link

VMware Solution Overview, Resources, and FAQ for Azure VMware Solution link

Microsoft announces next evolution of Azure VMware Solution blog

vRealize Network Insight: Network & Security Insights for Azure VMware Solution Technical Deepdive blog

Three Options from VMware vRealize to Simplify Cloud Operations for Azure VMware Solution blog

Azure VMware Solution Documentation

vRealize Automation for Azure VMware Solution  VMware Procedure

vRealize Operations for Azure VMware Solution  Microsoft  VMware Install  VMware Procedure

vRealize Network Insight for Azure VMware Solution  VMware Procedure

Microsoft and VMware Partnership link

Start a vRealize Cloud Management trial evaluation (under Data Center and Cloud Management) link

Start a vRealize Network Insight Cloud trial evaluation link


2 comments have been added so far

    1. Hi Anil,
      I just noticed your comment when creating a new blog. This is different than the vCloud 2017 document you pointed to. What is significant is we have integrations with Azure VMware Solution so that VMs and other resources we have visibility of can be seen via vRealize Network Insight.
      thanks, Sehjung

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