Slew is an understatement for the number of products VMware just rolled out for the software-defined data center (SDDC). With these latest releases, there’s no doubt that the virtualization and cloud company is throwing down the SDDC gauntlet with one of the most complete product portfolios for implementing and operating these environments.
Let’s look at the big picture, and then we’ll drill down into what you can expect from the new solutions. Now generally available are: VMware NSX 6.1, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8, VMware vCloud Suite 5.8, VMware vRealize Operations Insight, VMware vRealize Suite 6, and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8.
With the updates, VMware’s stated goal is to help organizations build, manage and protect their software-defined data center environments. But the company didn’t stop there with the new announcements. VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office is also vying for market share in a software-defined solutions market that’s building momentum.
NSX: New and Improved
The first new and improved SDDC solution is VMware NSX 6.1. This product promises to help improve the security, scalability and performance of both the SDDC and the hybrid cloud.
The new release adds more advanced network micro-segmentation capabilities, scale-out NSX Edge equal cost multi-path routing enhancements to VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.1 integration, and better hybrid cloud connectivity.
Customers who upgrade are not only equipped to deploy self-service IT, enterprises can also tap into what VMware calls an “economically and operationally feasible” way to deploy network micro-segmentation to transform data center security architecture.
VMware Realizes Opportunity
VMware vCloud Suite 5.8 is the latest version of the integrated offering for building and managing vSphere private clouds based on a SDDC architecture so organizations can pave the way for efficient and agile critical IT outcomes.
With the upgraded suite, VMware introduces new policy-based provisioning capabilities and integrations that make it possible for organizations to add disaster recovery services via VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8 and better networking and security services to their applications and infrastructures.
Moving down the list of SDDC products, VMware vRealize Operations Insight is a new integrated offering that promises to deliver performance management, capacity optimization, and real-time log analytics. vRealize Operations is an add-on solution to VMware vSphere with Operations Management.
VMware vRealize Suite 6 is a new cloud management platform that combines the capabilities of VMware’s existing cloud automation, cloud operations and cloud business management solutions into one offering. It’s purpose-built to manage heterogeneous environments and hybrid clouds, and makes it possible for IT to deliver infrastructure and applications at the speed of business but with the control IT requires.The upgrade offers new features for extending custom-built automation capabilities, easier deployment and management of multi-tier applications.
Wrapping up the announcements are vSphere updates. For example, VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8 introduces stronger support for business-critical applications, augmented replication capabilities and customizable proxies and backup work streams to protect VMware vSphere environments.
Finally, VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office is a new solution using VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2 that empowers organizations with multiple sites that want to leverage virtualization to rapidly provision servers, minimize host configuration drift, and enhance visibility into regulatory compliance.