BARCELONA: VMware only announced its vCloud Suite in August, but the firm is already updating the platform with a new vCloud Automation Center component and enhancements to several others, while announcing that the suite can now manage infrastructure based on Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor.
The vCloud Suite 5.1 was unveiled at VMware's San Francisco event, but at VMworld Europe in Barcelona the company added vCloud Automation Center 5.1, a self-service provisioning portal for end users that can operate across both private and public clouds, including third-party clouds such as Amazon Web Services.
This component is based on technology that VMware gained from its acquisition of DynamicOps in July, and enables customers to speed the provisioning new resources by providing a policy-driven automated approvals process.
"Today, if a user wants a new service, they have to fill in a form and wait for manual approval. With our self-service portal, it checks against company policies and can automatically approve requests, so you can get things done much more quickly," said Kit Colbert, principal engineer and senior cloud strategist at VMware.
With this capability, vCloud Suite is also gaining the ability to manage third party virtual infrastructure, chief technology officer Stephen Herrod announced.
"For the first time, you can manage other hypervisors all from one place, with support for Hyper-V coming first," he said.
Meanwhile, vFabric Application Director, vCenter Operations Management Suite and VMware's IT Business Management Suite have all been updated.
With vFabric Application Director 5.0, VMware has overhauled the deployment of applications. Rather than basing them on monolithic virtual machine templates, IT staff can now create application blueprints, comprising pre-approved operating system, middleware and application components that can be more easily managed and updated throughout their lifecycle, VMware said.
The updated vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.6 is designed to provide deeper visibility and better analysis of what is happening across a customer's infrastructure, with automated analysis and advice on best practice.
"It's like you've got an engineer included in the box with this tool," said Herrod.
VMware IT Business Management Suite 7.5 now includes an IT benchmarking module that provides CIOs with vital information for future decision making, including statistics on cost versus budget trends and a cost breakdown by individual resource.
Also updated is vCloud Connector, VMware's tool for linking private and public vCloud infrastructure, version 2.0 of which now enables customers to transfer virtual machines and applications between the two in addition to managing workloads in the public cloud.
The updated cloud management tools are expected to be available as part of VMware vCloud Suite sometime later this quarter, VMware said. Pricing starts at $4,995 per processor, with no core, virtual RAM or virtual machine limits