VMware Adds Automation to Cloud IT Services

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-14 Print this article Print

vCloud Request Manager adds automation via workflows to the provisioning process of vCloud Director.

As it previewed in September at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, VMware now has added new cloud computing products and services to its catalog, making the announcements at VMworld Europe in Copenhagen on Oct. 13.

Not only that, but the company also is making it easier for customers to pay for virtual infrastructure services by simplifying the pricing model.

All of VMware's new cloud infrastructure products and services run on VMware's bread-and-butter vSphere platform. The new management controls include those for general management, security (three separate products), data center services and outside consulting services.

Various configurations of the new offerings can provide a hybrid cloud computing system that is able to incorporate private and public clouds.

VMware's new IAAS (infrastructure-as-a-service) package consists of four components: access to a cloud-based version of VMware vSphere, upon which application developers can build their own services; access to VMware vCloud Director, which enables deployment of prepackaged cloud services; vCenter Server, which provides scalability management of hard-to-control virtualized environments; and vCenter Chargeback, which provides for automated chargebacks in private cloud environments.

A chargeback in an enterprise channels the cost of a cloud service to the department or departments which use the service, keeping the accounting clean and simple at all times.

In Copenhagen, the company introduced vCloud Request Manager, which adds automation to the provisioning process of vCloud Director.

vCloud Director extends the resource pooling capabilities of vSphere to enable the creation of so-called virtual data centers, so IT can in turn offer services to its users through fully automated self-service access.

Once a user selects infrastructure as a service from the vCloud Director service catalog, vCloud Request Manager initiates predefined workflows to coordinate all the approvals, track software license inventories and ensure standardization of cloud partitions according to preordained company policies.

VMware's new, much more granular IAAS pricing will start later in October. It will be based on the amount of memory used in hourly increments allocated to a specific virtual machine. Previously, it was based on a per-virtual machine basis, no matter how much memory it was using to handle the workload.

The new allocated memory pricing model is only available for IAAS, VMware said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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