VMware helps customers maximize hybrid cloud investments with new vRealize Cloud Management Platform

VMware, Inc. has introduced major updates across its VMware vRealize cloud management platform to improve software-defined data centre (SDDC) and cloud operations and accelerate application and infrastructure service delivery across hybrid clouds.
New releases include VMware vRealize Operation 6.6, VMware vRealize Automation 7.3, vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3, vRealize Log Insight 4.5 and vRealize Network Insight 3.4, which combine to provide enterprise customers with advanced intelligent operations and automated IT capabilities to more easily stand up and operate a VMware-based cloud.
Additionally, VMware is introducing increased support for containers and configuration management solutions to ease moving applications from dev-test to production.
The VMware vRealize Suite enables customers to manage and provision at scale-compute, network, storage and application services across hybrid cloud environments. The platform’s comprehensive management capabilities for the SDDC and across multiple clouds help customers to address three common use cases–intelligent operations, automated IT and DevOps-ready IT–based on thousands of customer engagements.
“VMware is committed to supporting our customers’ digital transformation initiatives by helping them to modernize their data centres as well as integrate their public clouds,” said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware. “These latest updates to our vRealize platform will help customers get more out of their hybrid cloud investments today, and put them on a path for cross-cloud management of applications and infrastructure regardless of where the workload is running.”

Plan, Manage and Scale SDDC and Multi-Cloud Environments with Intelligent Operations
Intelligent operations help enterprises to plan, manage and scale their SDDC and multi-cloud deployments with confidence – addressing operations management for everything from applications to infrastructure. New vRealize features addressing this use case include:
• Automated, Proactive Workload Placement: vRealize Operations 6.6 adds substantial new intelligence to workload placement decisions to fully automate workload balancing across clusters and datastores based on business imperatives, including ability to schedule rebalancing in a convenient maintenance window. This release will also feature predictive Distributed Resource Scheduler (pDRS) combining analytics from vRealize Operations with VMware vSphere DRS to predict anomalies and act before contention occurs.
• VMware vSAN Operations Management: vRealize Operations 6.6 will deliver native vSAN management and monitoring–no longer requiring a separate download and installation of a management pack. Capabilities include capacity and time remaining, dedupe and compression savings, and reclamation opportunities for hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions powered by vSAN. Additionally, the new release will also enable centralized management of multi-site and stretched cluster vSAN environments with advanced troubleshooting, proactive alerting and visibility from VM to disk.
• Combined Operational and Business Insights: The new release will bring vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 as a tab in vRealize Operations 6.6 for new insights that show how capacity utilization drives cost efficiencies by combining operational and cost metrics. New vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 will improve insight into the complete costs of AWS and Microsoft Azure instances alongside VMware-based private cloud costs.
• Cross-Cloud Security and Networking Management: vRealize Network Insight 3.4 will introduce support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) networking and security to enable users to plan security by AWS Virtual Private Cloud and AWS tags. Customers will be able to add AWS EC2 VMs to user-defined applications for micro-segmentation planning and troubleshooting traffic in AWS.

Automating IT to Deliver Faster Time to Implementation and Lower Customer TCO
The Automated IT use case helps IT organisations speed up service delivery by providing them the capabilities to fully automate core IT processes. New features include:
• VMware NSX Operations: vRealize Automation 7.3 adds increased support for NSX- related operations including the setting of advanced NSX controls for load balancing, network and security functions for Day 1 and Day 2 operations.
• Automated, Proactive Workload Placement: vRealize Automation 7.3 significantly improves placement decision capabilities when considering where to provision newly requested virtual machines. Users now have the option to set a placement policy within vRealize Operations and have vRealize Automation consume it.

Accelerating Application Delivery with DevOps Ready IT
The Developer-Ready IT use case helps IT teams to meet the needs of developers who want to use the tools of their choice yet enable IT to seamlessly move applications from a laptop into production. New features include:
• Container Management Enhancements: vRealize Automation 7.3 now features Admiral 1.1, the highly scalable and lightweight container management portal. Support for Admiral 1.1 enables users to manage Virtual Container Host instances generated by VMware vSphere Integrated Containers as well as Docker hosts. The new release also provides support for Docker volumes enabling users to create and attach volumes to containers.
• Leveraging Configuration Management Solutions: vRealize Automation 7.3 introduces a new framework to enable configuration management tools as first-class citizens with Puppet being the first ecosystem partner. Customers can now seamlessly deploy, configure and manage production-ready OS, middleware and applications by using vRealize Automation’s blueprinting, service orchestration and governance workflows along with capabilities delivered by configuration management tools
• Blueprints Parameterization Improvements: vRealize Automation 7.3 substantially improves reusability of blueprints and lowers customers’ TCO through the introduction of parameterized blueprints. Service designers will be able to directly define the “T-shirt sizing” (i.e. small, medium, large) for specific resources into blueprints and easily tailor services to their personal needs through “sizing” parameters.
• Microsoft Azure Public Cloud Integration: vRealize Automation 7.3 enhances support for Microsoft Azure by enabling deployment and management of application and middleware services.
As the world’s most complete and capable hybrid cloud architecture, VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture enables consistent deployment models, security policies, visibility, and governance for all applications, running on- and off-premises, regardless of the underlying cloud, hardware platform or hypervisor. Cross-Cloud Architecture builds on its leading private and hybrid cloud capabilities by offering customers the freedom to innovate in multiple clouds, and is delivered through VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware Cross-Cloud Services, and the VMware vRealize cloud management platform.

Supporting Quotes
“Adopting agile development practices and vRealize Automation was a strategic business decision to enable us to gain a competitive edge in the manufacturing ERP market,” said Chris Smallwood, vice president of IT, IQMS. “We have accelerated our product development cycles, and look forward to the new DevOps-related and hybrid cloud features of vRealize Automation 7.3 to help our IT efficiently meet the needs of our development team, and ultimately our customers.”
“vRealize Operations Manager is a powerful tool that provides visibility into capacity and performance of our virtualised estate,” said David Wyatt, Infrastructure Architect, Tatts Group. “The custom dashboard feature provides that ‘single pane of glass’ scoreboard that allows senior management, architects and operational staff access to key metrics that matter. We look forward to upgrading to vRealize Operations 6.6 where early access has shown a more refined user interface and additional capacity reporting features.”

Join the VMware vForum Online Event
VMware will conduct a “What’s New with vRealize Suite” session during VMware’s vForum online on June 28, 2017 at 10:00am Pacific. Tune into the session to hear from VMware’s cloud management leaders and subject matter experts on the updates as well as demonstrations of the new functionality. Register for the vForum here.

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