One more vCenter Orchestrator plug-in – just in time for VMworld 2011! VMware vCenter Orchestrator AMQP Plug-in is now generally available.
The VMware vCenter Orchestrator AMQP plug-in allows organizations to automatically trigger workflows based on AMQP messages. AMQP (Advanced Message Queueing Protocol) is a highly-scalable publish/subscribe message protocol that is increasingly used in cloud architectures. E.g. it is the default messaging protocol for vCloud Director 1.5.
With this new plug-in, organizations will be able to define policies that automatically trigger specific workflows based on certain AMQP messages. For instance, as part of a vApp pre-provisioning activity in vCloud Director (vCD), vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) can intercept the provisioning request and automatically fetch an IP address from an external system before telling vCD to proceed with the provisioning activity. Or, upon detecting that the vApp provisioning operation is complete, vCO can update CMDBs and other management systems with information about the new vApp instance. What's more, the AMQP plug-in provides the ability to not just monitor but also publish AMQP messages and conduct administrative tasks such as configuring AMQP brokers and managing queues. Finally this plug-in supports VMware vFabric RabbitMQ as well as other implementations of AMQP.
Here's an example policy leveraging the AMQP plug-in to trigger workflows based on AMQP messages:
For more information about the vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in for vCenter Update Manager, check the following:
So try it out and let us know your feedback.