Self-managed virtual infrastructures: VMware updates vRealize Suite

    Last week, VMware announced the upgrade of its vRealize Suite cloud management platform. It will be released on May 4 this year, aimed at simplifying work with SDDC (software-defined data center) and includes a number of new features.

    We will tell you more about some of them under the cut. / photo Robert CC

    vRealize Operations: New Predictive Analysis Solutions

    One of the components of vRealize Suite that received the update was vRealize Operations. Users can now set targets for individual loads in the control panel, and the system will balance them.

    For example, this function allows you to optimize the used resources of nodes in the network, reducing operating costs, comply with SLA requirements and allocate additional space in the cluster for business critical applications. To do this, vRealize launches a Performance Automation service that uses predictive analytics.

    Another vRealize Operations component that will appear after the upgrade is called Capacity Analytics Engine. This engineanalyzes power requirements and resource allocation in real time. Due to this, users can track and optimize the load. The engine is based on the ARIMA model , which can predict the state of the system (for example, sudden traffic surges) based on past events.

    New solutions will also allow customers to save money by automatically releasing unused resources and determining the optimal number of machines in a virtual environment. In addition, users will be able to run what-if scenarios to plan workload (depending on needs) for future projects in the cloud (for example, in a private cloud based on VMware vSphere ).

    Capacity Analytics Engine can also become the basis for the implementation of MO systems in the future.

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    vRealize Automation: New Service Features

    vRealize Automation helps you configure servers and desktops in virtual, physical, private, public and hybrid cloud environments. In this release, the solution was provided with new service delivery features, as well as improvements related to multi-tenant architecture and product integration:

    • New features for creating application templates and working with OVF. There are 20 free templates and 100 OVF files out of the box, which will help speed up the deployment of applications. To add these options, VMware teamed up with Bitnami, a popular library library company, and developers of various databases (GitLab, Hadoop, Jenkins, and MongoDB).
    • Custom Form Designer Update: Now you can create service request forms for vRealize Automation catalog items.
    • Advanced features of multi-tenant architecture: with the help of special filters, the new version will allow you to better understand what is happening with certain elements of the infrastructure and network services. In addition, support for the latest version of vRealize Orchestrator, which is also multi-tenant, has appeared.

    VRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Update

    This product helps automate lifecycle management (from installation and configuration to status monitoring) of vRealize Suite items from a single console.

    The updated version offers the following features.

    • Integrated "application store": this release of vRealize Suite was supplemented by an analogue of the app store, which has products from VMware and partners of the company. The store offers management packs for vRealize Operations, additional packages for vRealize Log Insight, as well as plugins and application templates for vRealize Automation. They can be downloaded, deployed, and deleted using Lifecycle Manager.
    • IT Content Lifecycle Management: provides the ability to manage the development life cycle, including automating version release, testing, and application deployment. For this, integration with GitLab is provided. Also, the function will allow you to work with infrastructure components as if they were ordinary applications, and apply the principles of DevOps to manage vRealize-content in different environments.

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