VMware rebrands cloud management solutions, launches new products

VMworld 2014 Europe: VMware announced a new set of cloud management solutions and updates at VMworld 2014 Europe.

VMware has brought together all new and existing cloud management products under a single family name – vRealize. The rebrand highlights VMware’s commitment to helping its customers realize the value they expect from their IT investments, and help them fulfill their journey to the hybrid cloud, VMware said.

The company has updated VMware vRealize Suite 6, a cloud management platform purpose-built for the hybrid cloud, and also unveiled a major update of VMware vRealize Operations (formerly VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite), which enables DevOps teams to deliver frequent, reliable software release.

Additionally VMware introduced vRealize Suite, a cloud management platform with a shared service model that delivers a unified management experience with fast time to value.

“CIOs and IT organizations are seeking greater agility without sacrificing security, efficiency and cost,” said Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware.

“IT infrastructure and development teams are being asked to account for managing multiple private and public clouds, incorporating newer frameworks such as OpenStack along with adopting continuous delivery of new and modern applications and DevOps processes,” Sayar added.

VMware vRealize Suite presents enterprises with a single solution to manage through and capitalize on the wealth of IT choices available to them with the requisite agility and control, according to Sayar.

To help IT support agile development and DevOps processes, VMware is introducing vRealize Code Stream that will accelerate application releases and extend the agility provided by continuous integration to continuous delivery by enabling frequent, reliable software releases while reducing operational risks, VMware said.

VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 will provide intelligent operations management across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures using predictive analytics and policy-based automation. It features a new scale-out, resilient architecture that will be eight times more scalable than the previous release, and adapt to the needs of all customers from SMBs to global and distributed organizations.

The new release will introduce advanced analytics, smart alerts and problem detection capabilities to identify complex issues from multiple systems ahead of time, and suggest a resolution to the problem. VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 will also include new capacity planning and project management capabilities that extend beyond VMware vSphere to include physical and application-level metrics to better manage demand, available resources and service level agreements (SLAs), the company said.

VMware vRealize Business 6.0 provides transparency and control over the costs and quality of IT services enabling CIOs to align IT with the business. VMware vRealize Business 6.0 will further empower infrastructure and operations teams with business management capabilities essential for managing a hybrid cloud. It comes with new functionality including pricing analysis, showback/chargeback and budgeting for infrastructure services out-of-the-box, delivering users an intuitive decision-making experience.

VMware vRealize Automation 6.2, the enhanced platform integration with vRealize Operations, will offer increased product integration and shared services with VMware vRealize Operations. The enhanced integration adds operational intelligence and analytics to optimize cloud lifecycle management.

VMware vRealize Automation’s integration with VMware NSX will address a major problem — which is the ongoing management and provisioning of virtual networks and services such as load balancers and security policies, the company said.

VMware has also announced vRealize Business 8.2 Advanced and Enterprises.

Another product, VMware vRealize Log Insight 2.5, now offers enhanced VMware vRealize Operations to enable organizations to combine and analyze both structured and unstructured data for end-to-end operations management to help them improve overall IT performance and avert disruptions. This latest release will introduce role-based access control capabilities that will enable customers to control access to log data based on organizational function.

The event also saw the beta launch of VMware vRealize Air Compliance, a new addition to VMware’s family of cloud management software as a service (SaaS) offerings. With VMware vRealize Air Compliance, customers can be up and running within minutes assessing their VMware vSphere environment against a variety of security and regulatory requirements including the vSphere Hardening Guide and HIPPA/HITECH guidelines for the Healthcare industry.

The new and enhanced cloud management solutions are expected to become available in Q4 2014.

VMware will update all the components of the VMware vRealize Suite which is available in two editions: Advanced ($6,750 per CPU) and Enterprise ($9,950 per CPU). VMware vRealize Code Stream will be made available standalone and priced at $1,250 per Operating System Instance (OSI) or $7,500 per CPU. VMware vRealize Operations Insight is licensed on a per-CPU model starting at $2,000.

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