Almost everybody has a server virtualization product of some kind, which means the growth potential for this market is shrinking. So how does VMware, the market leader in server virtualization, plan to evolve their offerings to stay ahead of competitors like Microsoft? Through management software. VMware recently announced the rebranding of their virtualization technologies management suite.
Formerly including vCenter Operations Manager, vCloud Automation Center, and IT Business Management, these products will now be under the heading of vRealize Management products. Not only is there a new name, but there are a large number of updates as well.
The most significant of these products updates is vRealize Operations 6. Previously known as vCloud Operations Manager, the updates include a new scale-out, resilient architecture that will be 8 times more scalable than its predecessor. Additional new features include advanced analytics, smart alerts, capacity planning and project management capabilities, and problem detection capabilities. Through vRealize Operations 6, VMware provides customers with visibility across applications, network, and storage devices in a single console.
vRealize Operations 6 isn’t the only update – other new additions to the vRealize Management Suite include vRealize Code Stream 1.0, and vRealize Air Compliance. vRealize Code Stream 1.0 helps customers develop code faster by working with developer tools like Bamboo and Subversion to automate the entire software release process and enforce governance across release stages. Still in beta, vRealize Air Compliance enables companies to report on the configuration compliance of their mission-critical vSphere infrastructure.
The entire VMware vRealize Suite is available in two editions – vRealize Advanced (running $6750 per CPU) and vRealize Enterprise (running $9950 per CPU). VMware vRealize Code Stream 1.0 will be available as a standalone pricing with separate pricing, which will be announced later. VMware vRealize Air Compliance is available in its beta version, with pricing to be announced later as well.