VMware Steps Up Cloud Platform Automation

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At VMworld 2013 Europe, VMware announced new capabilities and enhancements across its portfolio of cloud management solutions to simplify and automate management of IT services for multiple clouds and platforms.

According to Christian Paulus, director of product marketing for Cloud Automation at VMware, with these announcements VMware wants to send the message that it has a cloud management offering that is purpose-built for the cloud which makes it different from many of the other cloud vendors which are built for more traditional environments. “We differ very much in the value we can bring in terms of faster deployment and administration. We want to be the best place for vSphere environments but we also place a significant emphasis on supporting heterogeneous environments.”

New product releases include vCloud Automation Center 6.0, vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8, IT Business Management Suite, and  vCenter Log Insight 1.5.

In addition, VMware is updating the automation and management capabilities of VMware vCloudSuite 5.5, introduced on August 26, 2013.

Key VMware Product announcements at VMworld 2013 Europe in Barcelona Included:

vCloud Automation Center 6.0 - enables rapid delivery of applications

To be remain relevant, according to VMware, IT must make the transition from being the builders of IT services to being the brokers of IT services. With this release vCloud Automation Center, said Paulus, “We are providing a single solution which allows the ability to cover the application aspect as well as the infrastructure services aspect so we can now address challenges like application release automation and support for dev ops automation tools which are abstracted from the infrastructure services." It is one single solution which not only provisions a virtual machine but also allows users to provision the applications aspects, Paulus explained. “This is a very unique solution we have in the market now, and again the goal is to provide agility through automating delivery of personalized services."

VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 will enable customers to design any custom IT service (such as Hadoop-as-a-Service), to complement current out-of-the-box service capabilities for Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Desktop as a Service.  VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 will also introduce support for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, VMware NSX and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack-based cloud environments. 

vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8 - a single single operations management platform for  applications and services

The new release of VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite, will enable IT organizations to standardize on a single operations management platform across all applications and services running on virtual, physical and cloud environments.  It offers enhanced performance analytics for business-critical applications, including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server. In addition, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8 will introduce analytics for a broad range of 

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