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VMware vRealize Cloud Management Gets A Refresh

by Adam Armstrong

Today VMWare, Inc. announced a refresh across its entire portfolio of on-premises and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions that fall under its VMware vRealize Cloud Management banner. Along with the refresh, the company announced VMware vRealize Automation 8.3. The new enhancements are said to help users to more securely deploy and operate their hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Today VMWare, Inc. announced a refresh across its entire portfolio of on-premises and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions that fall under its VMware vRealize Cloud Management banner. Along with the refresh, the company announced VMware vRealize Automation 8.3. The new enhancements are said to help users to more securely deploy and operate their hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

VMware vRealize Cloud Management

VMware vRealize Cloud Management solutions have been around for a little over 6 years. The company states that the solutions are geared toward giving customers the ability to consistently deploy and operate their applications, infrastructure, and platform services, from the data center to the cloud to the edge. In today’s announcement, there are several new releases including VMware vRealize Automation 8.3, VMware vRealize Operations 8.3, VMware vRealize Log Insight 8.3, vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.3 VMware vRealize Network Insight 6.1, and VMware Skyline; along with enhancements across VMware vRealize Operations Cloud, VMware vRealize Log Insight Cloud, and VMware vRealize Network Insight Cloud.

The big mover in IT is automation. On this front, VMware is rolling out vRealize Automation 8.3. The automation of this solution includes self-service multi-clouds, network automation, and DevOps with actionable insights, greater security, and improved performance. Version 8.3 is said to improve performance, deployment speed, and efficiency compared to 8.2. New capabilities and features announced today include:

  • Property Groups: The ability to create, update, read and delete property groups with predefined data. This helps customers work more efficiently by reusing groups of properties, tracking resource usage, and storing metadata. vRealize Automation makes the VMware Cloud Templates development more powerful and dynamic by reusing these attributes and keeping them up to date.
  • Security Properties: The ability to create a secure variable in Cloud Assembly and apply it to a cloud template or ABX action. This enables customers to better secure sensitive data in encrypted form and introduces a new method to produce secure variables for project and consumption.
  • VMware NSX-V to NSX-T migration: This release now supports NSX-V to NSX-T migration enabling customers to benefit from multi-hypervisor, multi-cloud networking, declarative APIs for full stack automation, built-in distributed security, advanced threat protection with intrusion detection and prevention, network threat analysis, unified networking and security for cloud-native applications, and consistent policy and streamlined operations across deployments.

On the security side, VMware is looking to improve security by leaning farther into AI. This is done through VMware vRealize Operations. Using AI and predictive analytics, vRealize Operations is said to deliver continuous performance, capacity and cost optimization, proactive planning, intelligent remediation, and integrated compliance. New features announced today include:

  • Data Security Standards: VMware vRealize Operations 8.3 modules meet Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 and follow the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) for U.S. Federal data security requirements.
  • VMware Cloud Configuration Maximums: Provides customers with better visibility into their VMware Cloud limits and their consumption relative to those limits.

With networking, VMware announced vRealize Network Insight 6.1. vRealize Network Insight, combined with VMware vRealize Network Insight Cloud, leverages machine learning across the virtual and physical infrastructure to give an end-to-end network view. This is said to make it easier to plan, build, and manage complex networks. 6.1 includes the following:

  • Customization: Enhancements to Pinboards for users to customize persistent dashboards to preserve widget filter state at the time of pinning the ability to see others’ pinboards in the Auditor role, as well as new abilities to allow users to pin no result pins;
  • Multi-Cloud: VMware Cloud on AWS edge router interface statistics for improved network troubleshooting;
  • NSX-T Integrations: Data from NSX Intelligence can now be integrated for more application-centric network operations and troubleshooting visibility; and,
  • VMware SD-WAN: New analytics intent for better service level agreement (SLA) monitoring and visibility with SD-WAN link utilization and metering.

Finally, with the company’s proactive support service, VMware Skyline, users will now have increased visibility and support. The new version looks for vulnerabilities while improving Support Request visibility enables easier use of the Log Assist automated log upload feature. Other improvements include:

  • Findings Catalog: New catalog provides increased visibility into all the at-risk issues and vulnerabilities that Skyline checks.
  • Improved Support Request Visibility: A top customer request, this new feature provides Skyline Administrators with visibility of Support Requests across teams, making it easier to leverage Log Assist for automated support log bundle upload.

Availability

VMware vRealize Automation 8.3, VMware vRealize Operations 8.3, VMware vRealize Log Insight 8.3, VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.3 VMware vRealize Network Insight 6.1, and Skyline Advisor are available. The new capabilities and enhancements to VMware vRealize Operations Cloud, VMware vRealize Log Insight Cloud, and VMware vRealize Network Insight Cloud are also available.

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