VMware launches VMware vRealize Suite

VMware launches VMware vRealize Suite

First day at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, if the tradition is respected most of the big news will come out today, a good example is the announcement of the first hybrid cloud management platform from VMware: VMware vRealize Suite.

Many vendors have now understood that the near future of cloud computing is hybrid (with all the different meanings of this term, dependent on the level at which the environment is observed),  in this case VMware has realized that the vast majority of the customers need to manage physical and multi-hypervisor platforms with the same level of automation and agility that private, public and hybrid clouds (including VMware vCloud Air [formerly known as vCloud Hybrid Service] and Amazon Web Services) currently offer.

VMware vRealize Suite is a management stack that offer three key capabilities, all present in Gartner’s Evaluation Criteria for Cloud Management Platforms:

  • On-demand delivery of applications and infrastructure services via a service portal/catalog or API and guided by policy – available with popular tools such as Puppet, Chef and Jenkins to enable DevOps methodologies.
  • On-demand delivery of applications and infrastructure services via a service portal/catalog or API and guided by policy – available with popular tools such as Puppet, Chef and Jenkins to enable DevOps methodologies.
  • Infrastructure service costing, metering and analysis including public cloud rate cards, facilitating optimal workload placement and transparent show/charge back.

In the same announcement VMware unveiled two other offerings:

VMware vRealize Air Automation a software as a service (SaaS) cloud management offering that offers automation of the delivery and the lifecycle management of application and infrastructure service while maintaining compliance with IT policies.

VMware vRealize Operations Insight a new solution that offers performance management, capacity optimization and real-time log analytics.

VMware vRealize Suite availability is expected for Q3 2014 in two editions: Advanced ($5750 per CPU) and Enterprise ($9950 per CPU), the same for VMware vRealize Operations Insight that will be licensed on a per-CPU model starting at $2000.

The availability and pricing for VMware vRealize Air Automation have yet to be announced but customers and partners can sign up for a beta at: http://vrealizeair.vmware.com.

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