VMware target workloads with new SDN solutions

VMware, Inc. has made available the Integrated OpenStack 2, Site Recovery Manager 6.1, Virtual SAN 6.1, vRealize Log Insight 3, vRealize Operations 6.1 and vSphere APIs for IO Filtering as part of the company’s new line up of software-defined networking solutions for the channel.

Channel partners are being encouraged by VMware to begin test driving these products Integrated OpenStack and Site Recovery Manager through the VMware Hands-on Labs Online.

The Integrated OpenStack 2 is based on the OpenStack Kilo release, which is the current upstream OpenStack code including an upgrade from Icehouse. This upgrade enables more cloud scalability and resiliency.

The VMware announcement went on to say that with new Intelligent Workload Management capabilities, vRealize Operations 6.1 enables customers to visualize how their workloads are loaded across clusters, VMware vCenter Servers and data centres. The new release recommends optimal placement of workloads and balances the workloads across clusters. Operating system and application monitoring is now available natively in vRealize Operations 6.1 to help IT proactively identify and avoid potential issues across infrastructure and application stacks.

Meanwhile, Site Recovery Manager 6.1 integrates with NSX 6.2 for network virtualization and disaster recovery management. It also accelerates recovery in the software-defined data centre along with live migration of VMs at scale between sites by automating cross-vCenter vMotion operations. Site Recovery Manager 6.1 includes support for stretched cluster solutions including EMC VPLEX, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and IBM San Volume Controller. It now also interoperates with vSphere Storage Policy.

According to VMware, the new Virtual SAN 6.1 increases data protection options for business-critical environments with the new Stretched Cluster feature providing zero-point Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and enhanced vSphere Replication. Additionally, Virtual SAN 6.1 enables new advanced management and monitoring through deep integration with VMware vRealize Operations and the new Virtual SAN Health Check Plug-In.

The new vRealize Log Insight 3 features double the scale and performance up to 15,000 messages per second, improvements in fault tolerance around clustering, new charting options and query snapshots, improved integration with vRealize Operations.

Finally, the vSphere APIs for IO Filtering enables VMware alliance partners such as Asigra, EMC, Infinio, PrimaryIO, Samsung, SanDisk and StorageCraft to offer third-party software-based data services such as replication and caching.

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