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8 Key Highlights to Take Away from VMworld 2014

Thought-Leadership by Omar Rao
on September 30, 2014

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VMworld 2014 was filled with several surprises: the announcement of more accessible product suites, strategic renaming of product offerings, and version enhancements, to name a few. Below is a list of the most momentous highlights from VMworld 2014.

1) The vRealize Brand

The vRealize brand is a new brand announced by VMware at VMworld 2014. vRealize is a complete stack for managing a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) and public cloud infrastructure (IAAS).

vRealize includes three options:

  • vRealize Operations Insight – Add-on for vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM)
  • vRealize Air – SaaS offering for vCloud Automation Center (vCAC)
  • vRealize Suite – Complete set of VMware management products

vRealize Operations Insight (vROI) includes:

  • vCenter Operations Management Suite Advanced.
  • vCenter Log Insight.

The vROI suite is an add-on for vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM). With the vROI package, you can add vCops Advanced & Log Insight to your infrastructure.

vRealize Operations Insight is available on a per-processor perpetual license model (which includes unlimited virtual machines and underlying hardware), as an add-on solution to VMware vSphere with Operations Management.

vRealize Air

vRealize Air offers vCloud Automation Center as a SaaS offering. vRealize Air is not the replacement of vCloud Automation Center, but an alternative option/offering. Currently vRealize Air is available as public beta through vrealizeair.vmware.com.

Check YouTube for a short movie on vRealize Air.

vRealize Suite. 

The vRealize Suite is available in advanced and enterprise editions, and includes the following products:

  • vCenter Operations Management Suite
  • vCloud Automation Center
  • IT Business Management Suite Standard (ITBM)
  • vCenter Log Insight

Licensed per CPU, the vRealize Suite is an upgrade to the previous vCloud Suite as it includes ITBM and vCenter Log Insight.

2) vCloud Suite 5.8

VMware vCloud Suite 5.8 is announced with:

  • Improved business continuity and disaster recovery (DR):
    • Self-service, policy based provisioning of DR tiers
    • Increased scalability of protection and recovery capabilities
    • Improvement on SRM integration with vCloud Automation Center
    • SRM as a Service in vCAC’s self-service portal
  • Enhanced next-generation applications, such as Big Data Extensions for Hadoop 2
  • Improved interoperability with NSX
  • Support Assistant – vCenter plug-in for proactive support

3) NSX 6.1 For vSphere / 4.2 Multi Hypervisor

VMware NSX 6.1 for vSphere:

  • NSX integrates with vSphere 5.5 and newer;
  • Allows integration with external DHCP servers in the physical world;
  • Several different DHCP server can be configured;
  • Two stage ECMP support;
  • L2 VPN (including VLAN trunking) from two different NSX edges between two different (stretched) datacenter. This feature is comparable with the Cisco OTV feature;
  • Load balancing improvements: UDP & FTP load balancing is supported;
  • Seamless integration with F5 firewalls;
  • Enhancements to the NSX distributed firewall include: reject action, enhancements to troubleshoot and monitoring;

VMware NSX Multi Hypervisor 4.2:

  • Includes HA/hitless upgrade;
  • DHCP relay feauture (same as in NSX 6.1 for vSphere);
  • OVS performance enhancements;
  • GA in Q3 2014.
  • Enhanced integration with VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.1. Pre-created shared Distributed Logical Routers, dynamic creation of security groups per application with default isolation policy, create security groups per tenant, assign security tags per vApp.

4) EVO:RAIL

EVO:RAIL is VMware’s hyper-converged solution available as one SKU through selected Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) hardware vendors. It combines compute, networking, and storage resources into a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to create a simple, easy to deploy, all-in-one solution offered by qualified VMware partners.

EVO:RAIL’s pre-configured solution ensures a quick, 15 minute deployment. EVO:RAIL Software includes:

  • Deployment, Configuration and Management;
  • vSphere Enterprise Plus;
  • Virtual SAN Storage;
  • vCenter Server;
  • vCenter Log Insight.

For more detailed info on EVO:RAIL, peruse the below documents:

5) vCloud Air Replaces vCHS with Additional Capabilities

VMware vCloud Air is the new name for vCloud Hybrid Service. On top of the IAAS service, vCloud Air will also deliver DR services, desktop services, and platform services. These services include:

  • DevOps as a service
  • Database as a service with support for MS SQL Server and MySQL
  • Object based storage / vCloud Air Object Storage (based on EMC ViPR technology)
    • Designed to offer extremely scalable, cost effective, and durable storage for unstructured data
  • Mobility services offered by vCloud Air include:
    • Enterprise Mobility Management
    • Mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS
    • Mobile Application Development Platform (MADP)
    • Pivotal CF Mobile Services
    • Rapid Application Delivery
    • Cloud management as a service
    • Platform as a Service based on Pivotal offering
    • VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand

6) Integrated Openstack

VMware is the #4 contributor to the OpenStack initiative. VMware announces further integration of OpenStack and vSphere through a new virtual appliance called VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO):

  • VMware + OpenStack = Better Together
    • OpenStack integrates with vCenter/ESX, NSX, vSphere Datastores, and VSAN using OpenStack Nova, Neutron, Cinder, and Glance

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is the combination of OpenStack and vCloud Suite with a special OpenStack Virtual Appliance available for download.

7) End User Computing

Notable End User Computing announcements came on Day 2 of VMworld 2014:

8) vSphere 6 Beta Announements

Announcements regarding vSphere 6 (now in public beta) include: 

  • Fault Tolerance in vSphere 6 will support 4 CPUs
  • vSphere 6 will support cross vCenter vMotion
  • vSphere 6 long distance vMotion is enhance Using VMware NSX, network properties will now be vMotioned as well when using long distance vMotion

VMworld 2014 was filled with many exciting changes, updates, and roadmaps for those of us concerned with the health, safety, and performance of our prized datacenters. Feel free to reach out to a SoftwareONE VMware specialist for a 1-on-1 discussion, or leave a comment below regarding your thoughts from VMworld 2014!

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Topics: Cloud and BYOD, End User Computing, Database and Datacenter

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