The Software-Defined Data Center has been, and continues to be, a big focus here at VMware. As noted in other venues, the SDDC is an approach – a framework – and not a prescriptive set of products. That said, how can a Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) align with our SDDC strategy.
How about looking at vRealize
In a vRealize blog post at VMworld US 2014, Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, indicated that vRealize will offer customers:
• Speed and agility required to rapidly deliver applications and infrastructure; and,
• Cost transparency and control needed by IT to safeguard application uptime, performance, security and compliance.
vRealize is a suite of products that the TAP can create joint solutions with VMware and provide the operations and automation capabilities for the SDDC.
An SDDC “Operations” alignment with VMware would include creating a vRealize Operations Management Pack and a vRealize Operations Content Pack. These packs would allow the TAP / 3rd parties to directly transfer statistics and analytics into the vRealize suite – hence we have an SDDC “Operations” solution.
An SDDC “Automation” alignment with VMware would include creating a vRealize Orchestrator plug-in that enables vRealize Orchestration and workflow integrations with the TAP / 3rd party partners. Note that the vRealize Automation product cannot directly communicate workflow processes to TAP / 3rd parties, but, good news, the vRealize Orchestrator plug-in can be an object that is consumed by vRealize Automation and you can then automate workflow tasks to TAP / 3rd parties by creating the plug-in and, for advanced automation, using the plug-in as an object in vRealize Automation.
A great TAP example is Brocade. During 2014, Brocade focused on SDDC Operations and created and posted packs to support vRealize Operations and vRealize Operations Insight, clearly placing Brocade as a TAP that has a significant level of integration with VMware – ultimately leading to efficient customer SDDC “Operations” when using Brocade infrastructure. Brocade didn’t stop at IP/Ethernet networks, they also created a vRealize Operations SAN pack and a vRealize Operations Insight SAN pack to provide the SDDC Operations look and feel across both the IP Network and the Storage Network for the Software-Defined Data Center.
If you’re a customer, these integrations packs provide true integration with our partners and streamline your SDDC Operations and Automation. If you’re a partner, we’re looking forward in continuing to build these joint solutions with your on the Software-Defined Data Center journey.