Here’s a summary of the major announcements I’ve captured from VMworld 2015 Barcelona
DELL / EMC
Short video message in the beginning of the general session from Micheal Dell about the transaction to combine Dell and EMC. VMware remains an independent, publicly-traded company.
CLOUD MANAGEMENT PLATFORM
- vRealize Automation 7
Major product release introducing unified service blueprint capabilities that will enable IT and DevOps teams to simplify and accelerate the delivery of integrated multi-tier applications with application-centric networking and security across clouds.New unified service blueprints will enable the modeling of infrastructure, networks, security, applications and custom IT services including their relationships and dependencies within a graphical canvas. This latest release is integrated with VMware NSX 6.2 to dynamically configure networks and micro-segmentation unique to each application modeled in the blueprint designer. VMware vRealize Automation 7 blueprints will span the hybrid cloud featuring out-of-the box support for VMware vCloud Air and Amazon Web Services (AWS), including new support for VMware vCloud Government Service and AWS GovCloud, OpenStack Kilo, and VMware vSphere6 Update 1. The unified service blueprints will be accessible through APIs or CLIs as code for textual and human readable authoring of blueprints by DevOps teams.
I loved the short demo in the Tuesday general session. Hey man, something like this is only possible in a true software-defined data center!!!
Furthermore vRA 7 will also greatly enhance extensibility through an Event Broker, which will allow new functionality without changing core code to preserve upgradability. It will also feature simplified consumer APIs for requesting and managing services. Now featuring integration with VMware Identity Manager, VMware vRealize Automation 7 will offer enhanced identity services including multi-factor authentication, SmartCard support, the ability to integrate with federated external authorization services, and more.
- VMware vRealize Business Standard 7
Features new costing and pricing policies for private and public clouds including VMware vCloud Air, AWS, and all other clouds supported by vRealize Automation. VMware vRealize Business Standard 7 also supports Microsoft Azure for easy, comprehensive private and public cloud cost comparisons. The enhanced showback capabilities of this new release will enable IT to provide fine-grained cost reporting to the Line of Business including showback across private and public clouds, a clear month-to-date and monthly cost projection analysis, and costs grouped by business service to provide business context. New planning and cost optimization capabilities will visualize costs of used and remaining capacity by data center, will allow modeling of new workloads, and analyze the impact on the remaining capacity or costs as well as quantify potential savings from reclamation opportunities.
Here’s the link to the full vRA and vRB announcement: http://www.vmware.com/go/pr-cloud-management-platform
UNIFIED HYBRID CLOUD
- vCloud Director 8: The new release enables Service Providers in the VMware vCloud Air Network to build differentiated cloud services that are hybrid-aware and ideal for enterprise-class organizations. Enhancements of this release include support for vSphere 6 and VMware NSX 6.1.4, the addition of organization Virtual Data Center (vDC) templates, VMware vSphere vApp enhancements and OAuth Support for Identity Sources
- VMware vCloud Air Monitoring Insight and Enhanced Identity Access Management
- Google Cloud DNS support in vCloud Air
- Plans to offer VMware vSphere Integrated Containers on vCloud Air
The complete announcement is here
NETWORK FUNCTIONS VIRTUALIZATION INITIATIVE FOR COMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVIDERS
Announcement see here
HOTTEST TOPICS FROM ATTENDEE’S PERSPECTIVE
The most crowded sessions were the ones about NSX and vSAN. This clearly shows that VMware gets a lot of traction with software-defined networking and storage. For a lot of folks the sessions about Virtustream and EVO:SDDC (I’ll cover this separately, stay tuned…) were eye-opening. And the Hands-on Lab top scorers? #1 NSX, #2 vSAN… If you didn’t find some time to practice or didn’t attend VMworld at all you might want to go to the VMware Hands-on Labs right away.
FURTHER GREAT RESOURCES FROM VMWORLD 2015 BARCELONA
- Press kit with all announcements from VMworld US and EMEA
- VMworld home page: http://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html