Do You vRealize What’s in a vName?

VMworld is upon us, a joyous time of year of new product announcements, new features, networking with friends, indulging in delicious cuisine and of course… product re-branding.

The biggest area of re-branding, VMware’s Cloud Management Product portfolio, previously known as the VMware vCloud Operations Management Suite. The new name for this product family, vRealize.

The rationale behind this change is to align better with the capabilities of their CMP. Realize means to bring into existence; accomplish; be fully aware. To “realize assets” is to monetize – tells a business story. It will convey awareness and accomplishment.

So, how does this look on paper?

From To
vCenter Operations Management Suite

  • vCenter Operations Manager
  • vCenter Configuration Manager
  • vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
  • vCenter Hyperic

vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon

vRealize Operations

  • vRealize Operations Manager
  • vRealize Configuration Manager
  • vRealize Infrastructure Navigator
  • vRealize Hyperic

vRealize Operations for Horizon

vCenter Operations Management Pack for XYZ vRealize Operations Management Pack for XYZ
vCloud Automation Center

  • vCloud Application Services

vCloud Automation Center Desktop
vCloud Automation Center Development Kit

vRealize Automation

  • vRealize Application Services

vRealize Automation Desktop
vRealize Automation Development Kit

IT Business Management Suite vRealize Business
IT Benchmarking
IT Benchmarking Starter Kit
vRealize IT Benchmarking
vRealize IT Benchmarking Starter Kit
vCenter Log Insight
vCenter Log Insight Content Pack for XYZ
vRealize Log Insight
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for XYZ
vCenter Orchestrator vRealize Orchestrator

 

The other big name change announcement which I covered last Thursday was that VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will now be known as VMware vCloud Air. The term Air is a brand suffix which could attach to a family (vCloud) or existing product to denote “as-a-Service” delivery.

Another term which would be a brand suffix is OnDemand, this attaches to cloud services that are metered and delivered as a ‘pay-as-you-go’ consumption model. Examples of products that could include this would be VMware vCloud Air OnDemand and VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand.

Other vCloud Air service names would include vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud, vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud and vCloud Air Disaster Recover. Finally, VMware’s strategic network of service provider partners will also adopt the new brand of VMware vCloud Air Network.

A couple other cool names coming out of VMworld are the official product names for Project Marvin, which has been the hype of the summer. We now official see these as VMware EVO: Rail and VMware EVO: Rack.

OpenStack fans, take a look at VMware Integrated OpenStack, which I believe (as of this writing) would be how VMware integrates into OpenStack via Neutron (NSX) and Nova (ESXi) – as well as through vRealize Automation.

VMware View went through a naming change a while back when the entire portfolio suite became VMware Horizon. But look for brand suffixes to come to Horizon like VMware Horizon Air Desktop and VMware Horizon Air Apps which would both be Horizon offerings made available through vCloud Air. We may even see others like vRealize Operations Air and vRealize Automation Air coming as well.

All in all, I like the change to vCloud Air (from vCHS) as in my opinion offers much more opportunity than just being a Hybrid Service.  vRealize will take some time getting accustomed with, but the reasoning behind it makes sense.


Created on August 25, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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Created on March 20, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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Rove has provided me with a demo of their Mobile Admin management tool, unfortunately I have been unable to install and use it due to my busy schedule lately.  I did want to provide you with their press release though, and also a couple links to a Webinar explaining the product and a link to download the trial.

Their product does look very promising, the concept is simple, you place their software on an Internet Accessible server, it interacts with the back-end application you wish to manage (vCenter, SCOM, etc.). You then use your Windows Mobile or Blackberry device to connect to this management server to perform basic tasks.

Rich over at VM /ETC did a very nice write up, including some screen-shots of what the VI interface looks like on a Windows Mobile Device.

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Created on March 20, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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Installing the Performance Overview Plug-In in VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 4

For those of you upgrading to vCenter 2.5 U4 and and are planning to use the new Performance Overview Plugin, there are some additional steps required to making this work.  Pretty much the biggest thing is that you need the Java Development Kit installed on the vCenter server. All of this is covered in VMware KB 1008296, but for your convenience I’ve included the steps here.

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Created on February 27, 2009 by Rick Scherer

Posted under ESX 3.5 Tips, ESXi 3.5 Tips, Monitoring.

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Defunct cimservera processes freeze VMware ESX 3.5

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Created on January 6, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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Product Review : vKernel Chargeback

Recently my employer found the need to assess virtual machine utilization, to be used for FY10 budget planning.  So, I started my search for the best product to do just that.

As you may have read, I’ve already reviewed Vizioncore’s vFoglight – which is a real nice product and extremely flexible…but, as some may have already seen or heard, it is extremely bloated and put a 2 vCPU/4GB Virtual Machine to its knees. (Also, it does not have a Chargeback feature..which is surprising since the older versions of vCharter did) …So, this is where vKernel’s product line comes in.

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Created on November 25, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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I’ve been using a demo version of vFoglight for about 2 weeks now and I am overwhelmed with how much this product can do.  The installation is extremely straight forward, this product is based on Quest Software’s Foglight Application and Service Management software.  Basically you have three components, the actual Foglight software and the VMware Collector and Connector.  Long story short, this piece of software is most likely all you would ever need for complete monitoring, reporting and alerting of your VMware Infrastructure, the downside is that you would most likely need a team of server administrators and trained professionals to get it all configured and running to meet your needs.

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Created on October 30, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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