VMware Unveils Management Portfolio for the Cloud Era
October 18, 2011
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VMware unveiled three product suites designed to simplify and automate IT management. With significant enhancements to VMware vCenter Operations and the introduction of new VMware vFabric Application Management and VMware IT Business Management suites, VMware will help customers amplify the value of their virtual environments and achieve the agility and economics of cloud computing.

"As IT organizations are implementing private and hybrid clouds, traditional management approaches associated with physical distributed systems and siloed management disciplines just aren't capable of keeping up with the pace and scale of modern IT operations," said Boaz Chalamish, Sr VP and GM, Enterprise Management at VMware. "VMware's management solutions will deliver a new approach that takes advantage of cloud infrastructure, is focused on eliminating IT complexity rather than orchestrating it, and will support IT’s ability to act as a broker of services to the businesses it serves."

VMware's new management solutions will help customers transform how they manage infrastructure, applications and business services in virtual and cloud environments:

Infrastructure: The VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

The highly dynamic nature of cloud infrastructure has outpaced traditional operations management disciplines. Introduced in March 2011, VMware vCenter Operations simplifies and automates operations by integrating performance, capacity and configuration management and applying analytics to deliver the actionable intelligence customers need to proactively ensure service levels in cloud environments.

With this update, VMware will continue to deliver on its strategy of converging management disciplines with deeper integration of VMware vCenter Capacity IQ and VMware vCenter Configuration Manager. New dashboards and smart alerts will correlate performance and capacity information to identify emerging problems, help customers “right size” their infrastructure and identify and remediate performance issues caused by configuration changes.

In addition, the vCenter Operations Management Suite will include new application awareness capabilities that automatically discover and map the relationships and dependencies between applications and the infrastructure components that support them. This means customers will be able to optimize infrastructure operations such as security management and disaster recovery based on application needs.
Learn more about the vCenter Operations Management Suite

Applications: The vFabric Application Management Suite

The move to cloud computing and the increasing velocity of application demand are causing organizations to rethink how they develop and manage applications, driving the emergence of converged application operations models such as "DevOps." To help customers increase agility and improve application performance, VMware is introducing a new application management suite that will empower application owners to deploy and manage a new generation of applications running on virtual and cloud infrastructures.

The vFabric Application Management Suite will include two new solutions that integrate application disciplines to unite and streamline developer and operations efforts. Together, these suites support an "active application management" approach that will help IT keep up with business demand for application changes and more effectively maintain application performance and availability in dynamic environments.

vFabric AppDirector will standardize and automate the release/deployment of applications to any cloud through easy-to-create blueprints with standardized templates, component libraries, and deployment workflows.

vFabric Application Performance Manager will help customers proactively manage application performance in virtual and cloud environments.

The vFabric Application Management Suite is optimized for vFabric, but extensible to other frameworks.

The Business of IT: The VMware IT Business Management Suite

With the rise of public cloud services, the role of enterprise IT organizations is evolving into a broker of services to the business. This shift requires better visibility into costs, service levels and vendor operations. VMware is introducing the IT Business Management Suite, which is based on technologies from VMware’s June 2011 acquisition of Digital Fuel, to provide the rigor and discipline CIOs need to optimize the business value of IT investments and communicate IT’s value in language the business understands.

The suite will include three modules: IT Finance Manager, IT Service Level Manager and IT Vendor Manager. Together, they will aggregate data from a wide range of financial sources and apply analytics and modeling to offer a single pane of glass into IT capital, operating and service expenses with meaningful metrics and reports. The IT Business Management suite will allow CIOs to make informed sourcing decisions based on cost, risk, performance and compliance in order to operate as a broker of IT services in full alignment with business needs.

Pricing and Availability

The updated vCenter Operations Management Suite will be offered in four editions to meet the IT operations needs of small and midsized businesses and enterprises, and is expected to be available in early 2012 with prices starting at $50 per VM.

The updates will also be available as a free upgrade for current vCenter Operations customers.

To help customers more rapidly experience the tangible benefits of VMware's operations management solutions, VMware is introducing a new vCenter Operations Management Accelerator Service. The latest offering in VMware's portfolio of Operations Management Services, the new service lays the foundation for customers to begin more efficiently and effectively managing their virtual and cloud environments.

vFabric Application Performance Manager is expected to be available in Q4 2011 with prices starting at $360 per VM. vFabric AppDirector is expected to be available in early 2012.

The IT Business Management Suite is expected to be available in Q4, 2011 and will be licensed per user.

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