At VMworld 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, VMware has unveiled a variety of ISP-related solutions that will further simplify and automate management and deployment of IT services through multiple cloud solutions and platforms.
One of the new product releases announced at VMworld 2013 Europe is vCloud Automation Center 6.0. The enhanced product provides agility by offering customers a single solution for the rapid delivery of applications, including application release automation and support for DevOps automation tools, through the incorporation of VMware vCloud Application Director. The product will feature a self-service catalog for requesting and managing all types of IT services providing customers with on-demand access to any service.
VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 will enable customers to design any custom IT service in minutes (such as Hadoop-as-a-Service), to complement current out-of-the-box service capabilities for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Further extending its multi-platform and multi-cloud capabilities, VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 will introduce support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack-based cloud environments.
vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8
VMware also launched vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8. This release will offer enhanced performance analytics for business-critical applications, including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server. In addition, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8 introduces analytics for a broad range of storage vendors and devices to help administrators pinpoint configuration errors, resources issues and performance bottlenecks. New monitoring dashboards delivered out-of-the-box provide deeper visibility into applications running on Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services.
Another interesting launch at VMworld is the release of vCenter Log Insight 1.5, with automated big data log analytics to simplify root cause analysis. VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5 delivers real-time insights and monitoring of data from applications, virtualized infrastructure and physical hardware to help improve operational efficiency and minimize costs and troubleshooting time.
Integration between VMware vCenter Log Insight and VMware vCenter Operations further enables organizations to combine and analyze both structured and unstructured data for end-to-end operations management. New VMware vCenter Log Insight capabilities would ease adoption in enterprise environments and enable rapid time to value. Optimized for VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5 will also simplify the use of content packs developed by partners, allowing for increased visibility into the logs of infrastructure software and hardware commonly found in virtualized and cloud environments.
vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced
VMware has also released vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced during the event in Barcelona. Powered by EMC Avamar, VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced features new capabilities like network-efficient backup data replication, integration with EMC Data Domain – a new Microsoft SharePoint agent, and automated backup verification. Customers would now benefit from disaster recovery protection, enhanced scalability and global de-duplication with EMC Data Domain, and granular, application-consistent backups for Microsoft SharePoint.
The built-in backup data replication capabilities of VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced would enable partners in the VMware Service Provider Program to deliver backup to the cloud services.
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