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Creating a secure, automated, and well-managed enterprise grade computing environment often takes more unified approach than a public-only or a private-only cloud. Business leaders have begun rapidly transitioning to hybrid cloud environments that leverage both private cloud and public cloud services to meet all their needs. This shift, however, hasn’t come without pain points, manual orchestration and unnecessary IT siloes to name two. This has created the need for a new kind of solution.

Hybrid cloud adoption is set to grow at a 27% compound annual growth rate for the next four years and an overwhelming majority of enterprises plan to use a portfolio of clouds, with 82 percent reporting a multi-cloud strategy.[1] This sounds great, especially for cloud service providers, but what it really means is more stress and strain on IT resources.

Organic cloud growth has meant that the more businesses have begun to rely on cloud computing, the more they have unknowingly added to administrative overhead and wound up with unnecessary IT siloes. Not only that, many IT administrators have found themselves involved in manual orchestration that makes delivering complete infrastructure take many weeks. Fortunately, there’s a new solution to all this. Today, we announce the general availability of VMware vCloud Director 8.10.

Some of the new features in vCloud Director 8.10 include:

  • User Interface Support
    • VMware has decided to include the vCD capabilities within the vCD user interface that were only previously available via the APIs. This includes VDC limits, Disk Level Storage Profiles and Tenant Throttling. VMware will continue to invest in the vCD UI in its future releases.
  • Affinity/Anti-Affinity Rules
    • Service providers now have control over how they would want VMs deployed within a virtual data center (VDC). They could choose to deploy all their VMs on a single host or across multiple hosts within the same cluster of hosts.
  • Object Extensibility
    • vCloud Director 8.10 introduces the ability for the service providers to control some VM placement and deployment decisions. This provides greater flexibility and overall environment control for the service providers.
  • Advanced VM Settings
    • vApp vendors are now able to build VM and configure VM settings to achieve low latency, low jitter, high I/O throughput to meet specific workload performance needs.

Designed to address the needs of today’s enterprises, VMware vCloud Director 8.10 orchestrates the provisioning of hybrid/public cloud services as complete virtual data centers that provide virtualized compute, networking, storage, and security capabilities. By simplifying the provisioning of these services, VMware enables Service Providers to provision complete and operationally ready infrastructure without worrying about the underlying physical configuration of hardware.

It’s that time spent configuring that has been one of the greatest challenges for the VMware’s customers. “Our whole infrastructure is riding on vCloud Director,” concludes Anthony Spiteri, Lead Architect. “It’s a mature and stable platform that delivers a total solution with APIs, UI console, automation, and deployment behind the scenes. We take advantage of all of that to deliver a differentiated customer experience. For us, vCloud Director has been the best platform for Infrastructure as a Service, nothing else out there even comes close.”

“vCloud Director is fundamental to enabling VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy through our vCloud Air Network ecosystem,” says Geoff Waters, VP of Service Provider Channels. “With vCloud Director 8.10, we are enabling cloud provider partners with tools to deliver more robust and secure self-service cloud orchestration capabilities to their end customers.”

vCloud Director 8.10 significantly helps improve over all customer experience and increases flexibility and efficiency. Service providers can now take advantage of the updated vCD User Interface that supports many of the new features of vCD which were earlier accessible only via APIs thereby reducing cost and effort of consuming these APIs.

Many of the capabilities in vCD 8.10 such as Affinity/Anti-Affinity rules and Object Extensibility empower the service providers to operate in a more efficient manner and provide them with the flexibility and control to choose how they want to deploy their workloads (e.g. on a single host vs. multiple hosts within a cluster) depending upon workload requirements.

vCloud Director 8.10 allows IT leaders to deliver complete infrastructure as virtual datacenters using Software-defined services that include compute, storage and network. It also enables infrastructure to be consumed in a matter of minutes with on-demand provisioning via self-service catalogs and Open-Virtualization-Format-based vApp templates of multi-tier applications made available for rapid deployment. Furthermore, vCloud Director 8.10 allows for a policy-driven multi-tenant approach that supports multi-tiered applications as virtual appliances within catalogs for shared consumption (via access control).

To learn more about vCloud Director 8.10, click here.

[1] Rightscale 2015 State of the Cloud Report