VMware (VMW) recently announced the general availability of vCloud Director 5.6, an update to its existing software-defined data center (SDDC) services solution. vCloud Director 5.6 is the virtualization giant’s first release designed exclusively for vCloud Air Network service providers, and is designed to help service providers build differentiated hybrid cloud services for their organizations, according to the company.
The vCloud Director automatically orchestrates the provisioning of software-defined data center (SDDC) services and allows service providers to spin up complete virtual data centers within several minutes, according to VMware. By speeding the data center creation process, service providers and their customers can move their on-premises workloads to the cloud and protect data in a virtual environment.
"We continue to actively engage with our service provider partners, and are pleased to offer these enhancements to VMware vCloud Director," said Geoff Waters, vice president, Service Provider channel, Cloud Services Business Unit at VMware, in a statement. "With VMware vCloud Director 5.6, we are providing the tools to VMware vCloud Air Network service providers to continue to offer customers flexibility and choice of cloud platforms on a local basis."
From the horse's mouth, new features in vCloud Director 5.6 include:
> VM Disk Level Storage Profiles - Allows a single virtual machine to access different tiers of storage such as storage area network, network attached storage and local storage to help balance storage cost vs. storage performance. VMware vCloud Director 5.6 also supports VMware Virtual SAN.
> VMware NSX Support - Provides customers with simple, secure network virtualization and micro-segmentation via the VMware NSX platform, in addition to the current VMware vCloud Networking and Security support.
> VM Monitoring Service - Provides visibility into current and historical VM performance metrics at an individual tenant level. Tenants can use this new capability to troubleshoot application performance issues, auto-scale their applications and perform capacity planning.
> Updated Software Development Kits to the vCloud API - New set of Java, PHP and .NET SDKs with documentation and samples available.
> Independent Software Vendor Ecosystem User Interface - Provides ISVs with a platform that allows them access to underlying vCloud Director capabilities through application programming interfaces (APIs). These APIs enable ISVs to build multiple, highly flexible UI based cloud-related services, such as VM monitoring, catalogs and vApps, on top of vCloud Director 5.6 that can be leveraged by service providers. All new functionalities within vCloud Director 5.6 are only available through APIs.
VMware also recently previewed its upcoming Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro virtualization solutions, which are expected to enhance user performance and cloud connectivity with the vCloud Air ecosystem and support advanced virtual environments.