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VMware vRealize Updates Announced At VMworld 2015 Europe

By - Source: VMware

VMware announced a major update to the vRealize Cloud Platform software at VMware 2015 Europe. The major initiatives of the latest for vRealize include significant upgrades to automation and capacity planning to help enterprise IT organizations balance hybrid clouds and intelligent operations and management.

VMware vRealize Automation 7 brings an updated event broker service that provides connections to the service via consumer APIs and integrates with other VMware services, such as VMware Identity Manager. A new feature released in this version is "unified service blueprints."

Unified Service Blueprints diagram the infrastructure on a graphical canvas to make a visual representation of the logical infrastructure, so that relationships between components can be highlighted. Support exists for both public cloud and private cloud infrastructure components, such as VMware vCloud Air or Amazon Web Services. Supported private cloud and on-premises infrastructure components include VMware vSphere 6 Update 1 and Hyper-V 2012 R2. Unified Service Blueprints aren't just for visualization; once created, they can be accessed by API and Command Line Interface (CLI) to turn the blueprints into actionable configuration data.

VMware vRealize Business 7 Standard offers a way to put some numbers to the business of private and public clouds. With vRealize Business 7, you can see how much individual workloads cost by comprehensive pricing models and analysis. vRealize Business 7 gets updated pricing information from major cloud providers, including Azure and AWS, then does an analysis of the amount of compute and storage utilized by those workloads. Could you save hundreds or thousands every month by switching your cloud provider? Those are the types of questions that vRealize Business 7 hopes to help you answer.

More than just an analysis of what you're currently paying, Business 7 also provides modeling so that you can plug in the requirements of an upcoming project and then identify which of the cloud platforms would be the most cost beneficial to use as your provider.

VMware vRealize Business 7 can also perform analysis on existing on-premises infrastructure and include that in all of your modeling. If it makes financial sense to store some of the workload on private cloud and some of the workload on public cloud, using this newest update to the vRealize platform should be able to tell you that.

Both vRealize Automation and vRealize Business 7 are available as standalone products, but they are both included in either the VMware vCloud Suite or the VMware vRealize Suite. Pricing for vRealize Automation Advanced is $400 per Operating System Instance (OSI), while an Enterprise version is available for $775 per OSI. Licensing for vRealize Business is handled differently, with licenses bundled in groups of 25 OSI packs for $5,000.

If you're looking at getting both, you'll probably just opt for the vRealize Suite, which is available in two versions, Advanced and Enterprise. Both are licensed per CPU, with the Advanced license priced at $6,750 per CPU and the Enterprise priced at $9,950 per CPU.

General availability is expected in Q4 of 2015.