New VMware offering targets service providers

VMware Inc. has launched a version of VMware vCloud director designed exclusively for VMware vCloud Air Network service providers.

VMware vCloud Director 5.6 the first release designed exclusively for VMware vCloud Air Network service providers, and the update provide access to new enhancements used in VMware vCloud Air. According to the vendor, the update will allow service providers to build differentiated hybrid cloud services for enterprise organizations.

“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, 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.”

The VMware vCloud Director allows service providers to easily provision software-defined data centres and deliver virtual data centres for clients, allowing them to move customer workloads between on-premises and the cloud quickly.

Enhancements to vCloud Director 5.6 include:

  • VM Disk Level Storage Profiles, which allows a single virtual machine to access different tiers of storage.
  • VMware NSX Support, which provides customers with simple, secure software-defined networking using the NSX network virtualization platform.
  • VM Monitoring Service, which provides visibility into current and historical VM performance metrics at an individual tenant level.
  • Updated Software Development Kits (SDKs) to the vCloud API, including a new set of Java, PHP, and .NET SDKs.
  • Independent Software Vendor Ecosystem User Interface, which provides ISVs with a platform that allows them access to underlying vCloud Director capabilities through application programming interfaces.

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