vCloud Update Eyes Automation, Management

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VMware enhances VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.6 and VMware vFabric Application Director 5.0, bringing next-generation cloud, applications and automation capabilities which are aligned with cloud management needs in the IT channel.

VMware continues its virtualization and cloud management efforts with a new update to VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite, now version 5.6, and VMware vFabric Application Director, at version 5.0. The enhancements to the package portfolio are aimed at simplifying cloud management and automation, in both cloud application and virtualization environments. Both solutions are also part of the vCloud Suite 5.1, which VMware is pushing as a "single SKU," as it seeks to market a unified cloud management solution set.

VMware also calls this solution set "holistic," thanks to a top-down approach to monitoring cloud resources. A compatible and "heterogeneous" platform is a critical part of building a competitive solution set and VMware believes that the infrastructure automation baked into vCloud Suite 5.1 will also offer solution providers an on-ramp to becoming  "a broker of services." Here's how:

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  • VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.6: Now including analytics, cloud infrastructure configuration management, compliance-level dashboard, customized group views, application level monitoring and performance management capabilities inside vSphere deployments. With vFabric's application-aware hooks and an effort to streamline overall UI, VMware recognizes the focus around a single console solution.
  • VMware vFabric Application Director 5.0: Designed to streamline mulit-tier cloud applications, this platform can provide the scaffolding for "middlware components" that help manage virtual and hybrid cloud environments. This platform can also tap into services like Amazon EC2, and with an update to app maintenance features and auto-scaling abilities, VMware has an eye towards wide-scale automation and service provider growth.
  • VMware Cloud Application Marketplace: For vFabric Application Director customers, there is now a marketplace to pick and choose tools that can help deploy wide-scale cloud/virtualized applications. The marketplace will also serve as a repository for " application blueprints, reference architectures, logical templates containing operating systems, middleware services and application components for custom or packaged applications." VMware attests these solutions are pre-vetted and built by VMware, ISVs and specialized content providers.

VMware has also promised that vCloud Suite will come packaged with vCloud Automation Center and vCloud connector, which are planned for release by the end of Q4 2012. VMware is looking to compete against the influx of cloud solutions by aggregating both the content management aspect of vCloud but also the hardware behind it -- vCloud has been updated to take advantage of software define data center practices, making hardware management an automated process that can handle sophisticated application demands.

Nearly all VMware's solutions are available today. vCloud Suite is currently licensed per processor with no per-core, vRAM or virtualization limits. Kicking off at $4,995 per processor, other options are also available on a per VM basis. For a more detailed look at pricing, check in here

Cloud management and hosting tools are fast-growing in the channel -- and it shows. Management and orchestration is at the heart of Gartner's Data Center Management conference and many vendors are ramping up what they can provide their customers through a single single console experience. VMware's efforts reflect a growing need for infrastructure management and automation -- not just for high-end service providers -- but for all MSPs looking to scale their existing virtualization and cloud practices.

 

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