What’s Changed in the VMware Cloud Management Platform lately

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As companies move a traditional managed virtualization environment to a true DevOps-Ready IT environment, it’s important to understand the changes recently made to the VMware Cloud Management Platform.  VMware has made some major changes to the products that make up their CMP.

What is a Cloud Management Platform?

As defined by GartnerCloud management platforms are integrated products that provide for the management of public, private and hybrid cloud environments. The minimum requirements to be included in this category are products that incorporate self-service interfaces, provision system images, enable metering and billing, and provide for some degree of workload optimization through established policies. More-advanced offerings may also integrate with external enterprise management systems, include service catalogs, support the configuration of storage and network resources, allow for enhanced resource management via service governors and provide advanced monitoring for improved “guest” performance and availability.

The VMware Cloud Management Platform consists of the products highlighted below.

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vRealize Automation

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VMware vRealize Automation empowers IT to accelerate the delivery and ongoing management of personalized, business-relevant infrastructure, application and custom services while improving overall IT efficiency. Policy-based governance and logical application modeling assures that multivendor, multi-cloud services are delivered at the right size and service level for the task and that needs to be performed. Full lifecycle management assures resources are maintained a peak operating efficiency and release automation allows multiple application deployments to be kept in-synch through the development and deployment process. vRealize Automation turns IT into business enablers.

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vRealize Operations

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VMware vRealize Operations delivers intelligent operations management across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure—from VMware vSphere® and Hyper-V to Amazon Web Services. It correlates data from applications to storage in a unified, easy-to-use management tool that provides control over performance, capacity, and configuration, with predictive analytics driving proactive action, and policy-based automation.

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vRealize Log Insight

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VMware vRealize Log lnsight delivers heterogeneous and highly scalable log management with intuitive, actionable dashboards, sophisticated analytics and broad third-party extensibility, providing deep operational visibility and faster troubleshooting.

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vRealize Network Insight

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VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps customers build an optimized, highly-available and secure network infrastructure across multi-cloud environments. It accelerates micro-segmentation planning and deployment, enables visibility across virtual and physical networks and provides operational views to manage and scale VMware NSX deployments.

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vRealize Business for Cloud

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VMware vRealize Business for Cloud is a cloud business management solution for IT infrastructure and operation teams that helps IT deploy and manage hybrid cloud environments more efficiently. The automated costing analysis, consumption metering, cloud comparison, and planning capabilities in vRealize Business for Cloud provide an easy way for IT teams to understand their IT costs, communicate effectively with their business counterparts around these costs, and be able to plan better for future IT spending.

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VMware Integrated OpenStack

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VMware Integrated OpenStack is a VMware supported OpenStack distribution (distro) that makes it easier for IT to run a production-grade OpenStack-based deployment on top of their existing VMware infrastructure. Building on their existing expertise, VMware administrators can foster innovation and agility by providing their developers with simple vendor-neutral OpenStack APIs on top of VMware’s best-of-breed SoftwareDefined Data Center (SDDC) infrastructure. Key administration capabilities, including install, upgrade, troubleshooting, and cost-visibility are provided via deep integration with already familiar VMware management tools, enabling fast time to innovation and lower total cost of ownership.

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VMware’s Cloud Management Platform delivers the industry’s most complete solution for building and managing multi-vendor hybrid cloud environments. It helps companies deploy the following operational management solutions:

  • 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.
  • IT Automating IT Automate the delivery and ongoing management of production ready infrastructure and application components across multi-cloud environments in order to reduce the time it takes to respond to requests for IT resources and to improve the ongoing management of provisioned resources.
  • DevOps-Ready IT Build a cloud solution for development teams that can deliver a complete application stack; support developer choice by providing both API and GUI access to resources; and provision resources across multi-cloud environments. Extend the solution scope by addressing continuous delivery to further speed up application development.

The VMware CMP also allows organizations addressing the above use cases to understand the cost of infrastructure options and the consumption of resources by end users in order to maximize capital spending.

As you can see, VMware has added major functionality to their Cloud Management Platform based on customer feedback, trends, challenges and opportunities within the IT industry allowing customers to embrace a hybrid-cloud strategy and move forward with their Digital Transformation journey.

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