Sep 21

How to build a hybrid cloud based on VMware Cloud Foundation and vRealize Suite

Watch this “lightboard” video led by Ryan Johnson, Staff Technical Marketing Architect, on how to build a hybrid cloud based on VMware Cloud Foundation and vRealize Suite.

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Jul 09

VMware vRealize and OpenStack: A Side By Side Look

There seems to be great confusion in the market around VMware & OpenStack. The reality is that VMware can actually provide a DefCore compliant OpenStack based IaaS solution in addition to the popular vRealize Suite. Choosing between these two IaaS solutions from VMware fundamentally comes down to the required consumption model presented to the end consumer of the private cloud. Do you want more advanced functionality such as governance, policy, and other features found in a Cloud Management Platform, or do you want to offer an ungoverned playground like OpenStack which would provide a similar experience to that of a public cloud. VMware’s options for IaaS are explained in this lightboard which discusses the differences between vRealize Automation & VMware Integrated OpenStack.

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Mar 17

VMware Cloud Management Platform and vRealize Suite

The IT Agenda for 2016 — Enabling the Digital Enterprise: VMware Cloud Management Platform and vRealize Suite. For more info, watch our Webinar: Automate & Optimize Operations.

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Feb 25

vRealize Suite – Overview

VMware’s vRealize Suite is an enterprise-ready, cloud management platform that delivers the industry’s most complete solution for managing a heterogeneous, hybrid cloud.

vRealize Delivers:

Intelligent Operations

Proactively address health, performance and capacity management of IT services across heterogeneous and hybrid cloud environments in order to improve efficiency, performance and availability.

Automated IT to IaaS

Automate the delivery and ongoing management of IT infrastructure to reduce the time it takes to respond to requests for IT resources and improve the ongoing management of provisioned resources. Understand the cost of infrastructure options and the consumption of resources by end users in order to maximize capital spending.

DevOps-Ready IT

Build a cloud solution for development teams that can deliver a complete application stack, support developer choice in the form of both API and GUI access to resources and provision resources across a hybrid cloud. Extend the solution scope by addressing continuous delivery to further speed up application delivery.

VMware vRealize Suite and vCloud Suite PDF

Licensing, Pricing, and Packaging White Paper

Technical Information

vRealize Suite Datasheet PDF
vRealize Suite Documentation

Build a Business Case

– Are You Ready For Hybrid Cloud? An Assessment
– IDC: Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software Market Shares, 2014: Year of Hybrid Cloud PDF
– IDC: Worldwide Datacenter Automation Software Market Shares, 2014: Year of Cloud and DevOps PDF
– Info-Tech: Vendor Landscape – Cloud Management Platforms PDF
451 Research: Cloud Management and Automation Cloudscape PDF
– IT Evolution: Operations Transformation in the Mobile-Cloud Era PDF
– The Virtualization Practice: Competitive Analysis of the VMware vRealize Cloud Management Platform PDF
– vRealize Operations Management Packs Compatibility Guide
– Cloud Management Marketplace

See how vRealize Suite, VMware’s cloud management platform purpose-built for the hybrid cloud, helps quickly deliver and manage infrastructure and applications with the control IT needs.

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Feb 25

Installing vRealize Automation 7.0

vRealize Automation 7.0 has greatly simplified initial installation and configuration through the introduction of a simplified deployment architecture with less components, embedded authentication service, and wizard-based automated install. All of these new capabilities help accelerate time to value by as much as six times for simple deployments and over 50% for Enterprise HA configurations. In this video we are going to focus on the new wizard based install and configuration, then we will walk through an actual installation of product.

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Feb 25

VMware vRealize Automation 7.0 Spotlight Overview and Demo

The vRealize Automation Spotlight Overview and Demo provides an overview of vRA7’s innovative new features, including federated identity with vIDM, the Converged Blueprint, Network and Application Authoring, and Lifecycle Extensibility with the Event Broker.

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Feb 18

VMware’s Cloud Management Platform Strategy

Today, VMware announced a new release of its cloud management platform (CMP) vRealize Suite 7 (read the press release). We caught up with Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Management Suites Business Unit, to discuss the launch as well as what he is hearing from customers on their journey to the cloud.

Q: We’re seeing digitization disrupt every industry. How does VMware’s hybrid cloud management platform address the resulting change in an organization’s IT needs?

A: What’s clear from my conversations with CIOs is that digital business transformation is a top priority. Competitive advantage today rests on a company’s ability to continually deliver new customer experiences via new apps or services. And it’s ITs responsibility to deliver them.

So CIOs are turning to strategic vendors like VMware, wanting to know how we’re going to help them respond more rapidly to the needs of the business. Applications are the lifeblood of any business, and our hybrid CMP is helping IT to change or develop their applications faster and move them into production across the hybrid cloud. Our platform also helps businesses improve IT efficiency and optimize IT operations and capital spending through greater automation, capacity optimization, and our cloud business management capabilities.

Q: What are the most common use cases VMware has identified in customers’ journey to the cloud?

A: We’ve been developing our CMP over the course of five years and have had the privilege of working with thousands of customers. Based on these engagements, and a deeper drilldown with a number of them over the last six months or so, we’ve seen three common initiatives—or use cases— emerge that define the path to the hybrid cloud for most customers. These are:

Intelligent Operations Management – This is about using advanced operations and log management capabilities to get the best performance and availability out of their IT resources and applications in a software-defined data center or a hybrid cloud.
Automated IT to Infrastructure as a Service – With this use case, customers are bringing in automation to streamline and accelerate the delivery and ongoing management of IT infrastructure. And they’re providing these infrastructure services to end users, such as developers, either through IT teams or directly via a self-service portal and catalog or APIs.
DevOps-Ready IT – This use case is the most advanced and is all about moving up the stack from infrastructure services to automated delivery of the full application stack. Customers can do this with our new unified service blueprints that incorporate application component-level security via NSX’s logical networks. It’s also about helping IT go upstream into the application development lifecycle with our DevOps solution to support developer efforts by automating the continuous delivery process.

Q: How does today’s news address those use cases?

A: Today’s launch of vRealize Suite 7 is a one-two punch combination of new product features as well as pricing and packaging updates to help customers tackle the use cases.

The launch of vRealize Operations 6.2 helps customers implement intelligent operations management with new workload placement features that build on the workload management capabilities we introduced with vRealize Operations 6.1 last year. vRealize Log Insight 3.3 will introduce Simple Query API for easy integration into existing processes along with Web Hooks support for third-party application integration. For customers aiming to automate IT or deliver a cloud to developers, vRealize Automation 7 , available since December 2015, helps IT teams to speed the delivery of applications and infrastructure services across hybrid clouds.

As important as the product capabilities being launched today, or perhaps more so, are the pricing and packaging changes we’re announcing. Customer ease of use and choice are two imperatives that drive what we do at VMware. So we’ve made it much easier for our customers to adopt these use cases by aligning the editions of our vRealize Suite to them. We introduced the vRealize Suite Standard edition—a new edition designed specifically for intelligent operations management. And we’ve repackaged the capabilities within vRealize Suite Advanced and Enterprise to address the two automation-centric use cases of Automated IT to IaaS and DevOps-ready IT .

When it comes to choice, our customers are increasingly saying they want a hybrid cloud strategy with the ability to consume private and public cloud services as they see fit. So we are making all editions of the vRealize Suite “hybrid.” We are offering a new Portable Licensing Unit to provide customers with the flexibility to manage workloads whether they run on vSphere, third-party hypervisors, physical servers, or on supported public clouds, all without licensing switching or conversion.

Q: What is the response to VMware’s CMP to date? How are customers benefiting from our approach to CMP?​

A: Because of our close engagement with our customers on these use cases and their deployments of our solutions, we are aware of their evolving IT challenges and opportunities. This is why we continue to enhance our solutions regularly. When the products announced today GA later this quarter, we will have updated every component of our Cloud Management Platform over just a three-month period. Customer interest in our CMP has propelled our business to the lead in both cloud management and data center automation categories. We are also leaders in hybrid cloud management and private cloud. We take this support by our customers very seriously, and we’ll continue to work hard this year to earn it by building on our CMP in the areas of multi-cloud management, deeper integrations, and improved usability.

Learn more about this news with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP, Software-Defined Data Center Division, Raghu Raghuram. The live event, “Build and Manage Your Hybrid Cloud,” will begin at 8:30 AM PT.

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Feb 16

VMware Accelerates the Shift to Digitization and Hybrid Cloud With the Introduction of vRealize Suite 7

Industry’s Most Complete Cloud Management Suite Improves IT Service Delivery, Efficiency and Operations, and Optimizes Capital Spending

PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – February 10, 2016) – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced advancements to its cloud management platform with the introduction of VMware vRealize Suite® 7 featuring new releases of VMware vRealize Operations™ and VMware vRealize Log Insight™ along with VMware vRealize Automation™ 7 and VMware vRealize Business™ for Cloud 7. The suite’s new product updates together with pricing and packaging enhancements are designed to help customers readily address the most common use cases VMware has identified in customers’ journey to the cloud.

Digitization is disrupting every industry and causing massive changes to traditional businesses and operating models. Organizations are responding by innovating with new online and connected customer experiences by leveraging big data, cloud computing and mobility. These companies are realizing new opportunities and revenue streams by taking on a modern approach to business enabled by technology.

“VMware is focused on delivering an enterprise-ready hybrid cloud management platform to help our customers gain a major competitive edge as a digital business,” said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Management Suites Business Unit, VMware. “VMware vRealize Suite 7 is designed to meet our customers’ strict requirements for day-one service provisioning and day-two operations of applications and infrastructure across multiple private and public cloud environments.”

Addressing Intelligent Operations, Infrastructure Modernization and DevOps Initiatives

The VMware vRealize Suite provides customers the ability to provision and manage at scale — compute, storage, network and application services across hybrid cloud environments. The platform’s comprehensive management capabilities for the software-defined data center help customers to address three common use cases based on thousands of customer engagements:

    ■ Intelligent Operations Management: Enables IT teams to proactively address health, performance and capacity management of IT services across heterogeneous and hybrid cloud environments in order to improve IT service performance and availability.
    ■ Automated IT to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Enables IT teams to automate the delivery and ongoing management of IT infrastructure in order to reduce the time it takes to respond to requests for IT resources by providing self-service access to those resources by IT and business users.
    ■ DevOps-ready IT: Enables IT teams to build a cloud for development teams that can deliver a complete application stack; support developer choice in the form of both API and GUI access to resources; and provision resources across a hybrid cloud. IT can further extend the solution scope by addressing continuous delivery with VMware vRealize Code Stream™ to further speed up application delivery.

VMware vRealize Suite: Purpose-Built for the Hybrid Cloud

The suite combines VMware’s cloud automation, cloud operations and cloud business management solutions into an integrated platform that enables IT to deliver unified services at the speed of business, but with the control and cost efficiency that IT requires.

AVMware vRealize Suite 7 features new and currently available product releases

    (New) VMware vRealize Operations 6.2 – VMware vRealize Operations 6.2 builds upon the intelligent workload placement capabilities originally introduced in Q3 2015 to help customers save time while enabling enhanced application and infrastructure performance. VMware vRealize Operations 6.2 will introduce new intelligent workload placement capabilities including tight integration with VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (DRS). Learn more here.
    (New) VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3 – VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3 will introduce a number of backend and operational enhancements. This release introduces Simple Query API for easy integration into existing processes and Web Hooks support for third-party application integration. Learn more here.
    VMware vRealize Automation 7 – VMware vRealize Automation 7 offers unified service blueprint capabilities that simplify and accelerate the delivery of integrated multi-tier applications with application-centric networking and security across clouds. Learn more here.
    VMware vRealize Business for Cloud 7 – VMware vRealize Business for Cloud 7 (formerly vRealize Business Standard Edition) increases transparency and control over the costs and quality of IT services on-premises or in the public cloud. Learn more here.

VMware Introduces New vRealize Suite Standard Edition

VMware today introduced a new Standard Edition of the vRealize Suite. This new edition includes all of the capabilities necessary to address intelligent operations management for infrastructure. It delivers management analytics that address health, performance and capacity management across all infrastructure domains of a heterogeneous, hybrid cloud. It also includes log analysis capabilities. The VMware vRealize Suite is also available in Advanced and Enterprise Editions.

All VMware vRealize Suite editions are hybrid in nature. VMware today also introduced the Portable Licensing Unit (PLU) to offer VMware vRealize Suite customers the flexibility to manage workloads regardless if they run on VMware vSphere, third-party hypervisors, physical servers or on supported public clouds such as VMware vCloud Air, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, all without licensing switching or conversion.

Supporting Quotes

“VMware vRealize Suite is the ideal solution to help us deploy and manage our hybrid cloud environment,” said Coby Holloway, vice president and service line director for cloud computing technology and business transformation, SAIC. “VMware’s cloud management platform has enabled us to monitor and automate our systems as well as helped us to manage costs along the way.”

“We made the strategic decision to take a hybrid cloud approach to meet the need for greater IT agility at our company,” said Scott Myers, manager of cloud services, Zebra Technologies. “VMware vRealize Suite enables us to deliver IT-as-a-Service offerings to our developers and Lines of Business at the right time and at the right cost.”

Pricing and Availability

VMware vRealize Operations 6.2 is now available. VMware vRealize Suite 7 and VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3 are expected to become available in Q1 2016. VMware vRealize Suite 7 will be made available in three editions: Standard ($3,745 per Portable Licensing Unit or PLU), Advanced ($6,245 per PLU) and Enterprise ($7,745 per PLU).

Join the VMware Online Event: Enabling the Digital Enterprise

VMware will conduct a live webcast on February 10 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific to outline how VMware’s software-defined approach simplifies how to build and manage hybrid clouds. See how VMware’s enterprise-ready cloud management platform (CMP) helps accelerate IT service delivery, improve IT efficiency, and optimize IT operations and capital spending.

Additional Resources

Eloy Ontiveros
VMware Global Communications

Amanda Parmer
Hill+Knowlton Strategies for VMware

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Jan 07

VMware vCAC 6.x: Introduction

VMware vCloud Automation Center helps companies improve service delivery times by automating provisioning and management if IT services across multi-vendor deployment technologies, tools and processes. In this video we will look at some of the business drivers that are increasingly causing IT departments to deploy on-demand, cloud infrastructure and some of the challenges that companies face with their deployments. Next we will look at VMware’s Cloud Automation solution and what makes VMware solution unique. Finally, we will explore how companies have been able to leverage vCloud Automation Center in their cloud infrastructures and review how you can learn more through additional videos.

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Jan 06

Automating the Software Defined Data Center

This video explores how cloud automation and management combined with software defined services will drive the next round IT efficiency improvements.

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