Unless you've been living under a rock in the last couple of months, you know that the biggest news in our industry has been the launch of vSphere 5.0 and a mind-blowing list of new features.
Along with vSphere 5.0, we are extremely glad to announce the general availability of vCenter Orchestrator 4.2, which includes improved documentation in a variety of new formats, an enhanced plug-in for vCenter Server 5.0 (coming in just a few weeks… promised!) and a simpler and faster way to build new plug-ins. Like previous releases, vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 is packaged and included with vCenter Server at no extra charge.
As many of you who have been using and following vCO already know, the big emphasis this year has been on plug-ins. vCO plug-ins are essential for helping you integrate the vSphere and vCloud infrastructure with your existing systems and processes. So, in addition to releasing many new plug-ins earlier this year (see previous posts), we've also tried to make it easier for VMware partners to build their own plug-ins.
That's why we are particularly excited to announce the new vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in SDK!
The SDK is based on Eclipse and includes a combination of tools, videos and documentation to help jumpstart developers who are new to vCO plug-in development. While in beta, it was used by several VMware partners to help develop new plug-ins in record time. For instance, IP Address Management (IPAM) expert Infoblox was able to build its first vCO plug-in in just a few weeks. This new plug-in enhances the capabilities of vCloud Director by providing organizations with a fully-automated solution for allocating and releasing IP addresses as part of virtual machine provisioning and decommissioning operations . We think that's somewhat important if you want to automate your cloud 😉
The vCO plug-in SDK also includes a community and is available freely to anyone. Developers may also obtain one-on-one support and advice from vCO experts via the VMware SDK Support Program.
For additional information, please see the following sites:
- vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 release notes
- vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 download
- vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 documentation
- vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in SDK
- VMware SDK Support Program