On June 13th, 2017, VMware released vRealize Log Insight 4.5! vRealize Log lnsight delivers heterogeneous and highly scalable log management with intuitive, actionable dashboards, sophisticated analytics and broad third-party extensibility. It provides deep operational visibility and faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Below, you can fins a list of what’s new in this release of vRealize Log Insight 4.5!
This release of VMware vRealize Log Insight delivers product improvements and updates to the previous release, including these features:
Added API to query alert execution and notification history
Added ability to specify basic authentication for webhooks
New product configuration APIs added
The source field is maintained when forwarding from vRealize Log Insight forwarder to a vRealize Log Insight server
Hosts on the /admin/hosts page can now be exported
Support for external load balancers has been deprecated
VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) is recommended for vRealize Log Insight. Native AD support is now deprecated. See the following Knowledge Base article for migration information: https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2148976
General User Interface Items
Dashboard legend mouse-over in one widget now highlights corresponding chart items across widgets
Added ability to show a given time across all dashboard chart widgets simultaneously
Separate options are available for descriptions and recommendations for user alerts.
User alert history for aggregation queries now includes count
Added ability to send unaltered raw syslog to destination server
Added ability for agent syslog parser to parse structured data (SD), PRI, PROCID, and MSGID syslog fields
Added auto-update checkbox option on MSI user interface
Added support for sending logs to multiple destinations
Added directory wildcard support
Added support for Photon OS
Support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has been deprecated
Updated General and vSphere content packs
VSAN and vROps content packs included out of the box
On June 13th, 2017, VMware released its updated vRealize Operation Manager 6.6 solution! VMware vRealize Operations integrated with vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Business for Cloud helps plan, manage and scale SDDC and multi-cloud environments with unified monitoring, automated performance management, cloud planning and capacity optimization. Check out the below list of enhancements that have been made to the vRealize Operations Manager solution!
vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 focuses on enhancing product usability, accelerating time to value and improving troubleshooting capabilities.
Simplified usability and faster time to value capabilities:
New HTML5 user interface provides an easier and consistent experience.
The Getting Started dashboard allows for quick navigation.
Persona based dashboards provides for answers in one place. Dashboards are separated into categories such as Operations, Capacity and Utilization, Performance Troubleshooting, Workload Balance, and Configuration and Compliance.
Out of the box integration with vSAN and vRealize Automation provides quick time to value.
Watch videos related to the new dashboards that are introduced with vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 here.
Added Native vSAN management capabilities:
Allows for centralized management across stretched clusters.
Ability for complete vSAN management, which includes administering performance, capacity, logs, and configuration and health.
Fully Automated Workload Balancing:
Ensures performance across the datacenter’s with fully automated workload balancing, across clusters and across data stores.
Ensures DRS Configurations and provides the option to set DRSautomation level for individual objects.
Predictive DRS takes action to preempt resource contention.
Utilizes operations analytics to optimize initial placement of workloads through vRealize Automation.
Watch this video for a demo about automatic workload placement.
On June 13, 2017, VMware released an updated version of its vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 solution. VMware vRealize Business for Cloud automates cloud costing analysis, consumption metering, cloud comparison and planning, delivering the cost visibility and business insights you need to run your cloud more efficiently. Below is a summary of what’s new in this release of vRealize Business for Cloud.
Partial vCenter Server support. You can select a set of virtual machines or clusters to add into vRealize Business for Cloud, instead of adding the complete vCenter Server.
Enhancements to Azure.
Azure is considered as a first class citizen in vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3, which provides the detailed costing, pricing mechanism, showback information, and VM Statistics for Non-EA accounts.
You can now define pricing policies for Azure virtual machines that are deployed directly on Azure and are deployed by vRealize Automation.
vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 can provide upfront price for Azure blueprint and if a Azure machine is deployed from vRealze Automation, vRealize Business for Cloud can compute cost-to-date.
Enhancements to AWS.
Support import from blueprint for cloud comparison.
Procurement Planning support.
Support for VMware Cloud on AWS. Procurement planning (What-If Analysis) in vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 supports cost comparison with VMware Cloud on AWS and enables you to assess placement of new or existing workloads across private cloud and public clouds, including VMware Cloud on AWS.
Import from Blueprint in for cloud comparison.
Calculate expense-to-date value for virtual machines.
Calculate price of deployment constructs.
Enable utilization based pricing.
Configure pricing method for resources.
Configure Pricing Update Strategy.
Configure network pricing.
Track daily change in utilization for price calculation.
Compute pricing at Organization Virtual Data Center (Org VDC) level.
Licenses and Roles
Support multiple license keys. You can now enter multiple license keys as part of license administration.
Additional access for vRealize Suite Standard license key.
Support Business Controller Role for Standalone vRealize Business for Cloud.
Schedule a Report. You can now schedule and email a custom report or the out-of-the-box reports to a set of recipients on daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Updates to the Daily Price Report. vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 calculates the virtual machine price accurately based on its CPU, storage and memory resource utilization or allocation and its change within a day.
New Reports. Additional reports are added in vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3:
Several out-of-the-box reports (that provides operational and cost visibility)
Enhanced Public APIs of Reports. You can now use the Public APIs to generate reports in the VMware Identity Manager integrated vRealize Business for Cloud setup.
Tighter integration with vRealize Operations Manager.
On June 1st, 2017, VMware released a new version of their vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) solution, version 3.4! VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps to optimize network performance and availability with visibility and analytics across virtual and physical networks. It provides planning and recommendations for implementing micro-segmentation security, plus operational views to quickly and confidently manage and scale VMware NSX deployment.
What’s New in vRealize Network Insight 3.4?
The new and enhanced features in this release are as follows:
AWS Public Cloud Support – vRealize Network Insight now provides visibility into native AWS constructs such as VPC, VM, Security Group, and Firewall rules. Traffic flows are also analyzed to provide security and micro-segmentation view of cloud workloads (Enterprise edition only).
Configurable Data Retention – vRealize Network Insight provides ability to modify the data retention periods for problem events, configuration changes, and metrics (Enterprise edition only).
Support for Physical Devices in Application Modeling – vRealize Network Insight now allows the inclusion of physical servers in application tier definition and micro-segmentation planning.
New NSX Operation Events – Additional NSX operations alerts have been introduced in this release.
Customization of Alerts – The customization is done through global macro settings as well as at individual alerts level.
Support of vCenter Tags and Annotations – It is an additional way to group virtual machines into security and application groups.
Visibility of Physical Layer-2 Network – From this release onwards, the layer-2 networks are visible in the VM-to-VM path dashboard.
Addition of Syslog Messages – vRealize Network Insight supports syslog messages for sending the events generated by the system to external log management products (including Log Insight).
For more information on vRealize Network Insight 3.4, see the below links…
Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month?
Check Out This Summary!
Have you been busy lately and haven’t keep up to date with the latest VMware announcements over the last month or two? If so, you have missed quite a bit! So I thought I would make it easy on you and pull together all the recent announcements related to product updates, acquisitions, promotions, partnerships, VMworld, Wanna Cry Ransomeware, etc. This summary has a lot of great information that you want to be aware. I highly recommend that you read through the full list of announcements to be sure you are aware of them.
One link I would like to draw your attention to specifically is under “Security” which takes you to a VMware blog about the “WannaCry Ransomeware” attack that swept the world on May 12th, 2017 in over 150+ countries worldwide. The article discusses how VMware’s NSX solution and its “Zero Trust” model could have helped those that were attacked mitigate this attack. This just proves how important it is that businesses consider using VMware’s NSX solution to help protect their environments from attacks in ways that other solutions can’t.
New Promotion – User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.2
Updated Promotion- vRealize 25% Upgrade Promotions Extended to July 29, 2017
WannaCry Ransomware attack that attacks Microsoft operating systems swept the world on May 12th in over 150+ countries. Below is VMware’s response on how the NSX Zero-Trust model could have helped mitigate this attack using NSX. This is a great opportunity for you to drive how critical it is to use NSX and where other solutions couldn’t provide the same protection that we can from these types of attacks.
Today, April 18th, 2017, VMware announced that Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6is now Generally Available (GA)! VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN), is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions. vSAN is a core building block for the Software-Defined Data Center.
What vSAN Does?
Enables You To Evolve Without Risk – As the only native-vSphere storage, vSAN enables you to seamlessly extend virtualization to storage, creating a hyper-converged solution that simply works with your existing tools, skill sets, software solutions and hardware platforms. vSAN now further reduces risk with the first native HCI security solution, protecting data-at-rest while offering simple management and a hardware-agnostic solution. vSAN continues to offer the broadest set of deployment choices supported by the large, proven vSAN ReadyNode ecosystem of leading server vendors.
Reduces TCO – Faced with tight IT budgets, customers are turning to HCI powered by vSAN to lower total cost of ownership up to 50%. vSAN can dramatically reduce costs due to hardware choice, server-side economics, and affordable flash. Your operations become easier with fewer tasks and intelligent automation that can be managed through one tool and a unified team. The simplicity allows you to respond to business demands faster and more intelligently. New enhanced stretch clusters deliver site and local protection at half the cost of leading traditional solutions.
Scales To Tomorrow – As your businesses continue to evolve, the agility of vSAN helps you prepare for tomorrow’s IT demands—whether that requires expanding into the public cloud or rapidly deploying the latest flash and server technologies to gain a competitive advantage. vSAN also supports a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications and containers. When combined with NSX, a vSAN powered SDDC stack can extend on-premises storage and management services across different public clouds ensuring a consistent experience.
To get more information, check out the below links…
As no surprise to me, VMware continues to look for ways to make VMware and its solutions better and keep up with the ever changing IT and business requirements of this brave new world. So VMware has announced its intent to acquire Wavefrontwho is a leading vendor in metric monitoring service born in the cloud.
It is clear to me that customers are responding enthusiastically to our Cross-Cloud strategy and our Cloud Management Business Unit (CMBU) team has a central role to play as we deliver a consistent operating environment across clouds. Our team is rapidly innovating for on-premises products while we also building out our Cross-Cloud management services including costing, discovery, monitoring, root cause analysis, and visualization. To accelerate our delivery for the cloud, today I’m excited to announce our intent to acquire Wavefront, the leading metrics monitoring service for companies born in the cloud era.
Wavefront already has an impressive list of customers, and their technology allows us to leapfrog into application management of next-generation modern applications. Together with vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight, we will now be able to analyze data and offer customers end-to-end operations management for both virtual and multi-cloud infrastructures.
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Welcome to the vRealize Operations Manager Webinar Series 2017. With the huge success of the series back in 2016, we wanted to take a break, enjoy the success and come back with full rigor for this series in 2017. We are here and we are charged up to give you some more dope on vRealize Operations manager in the year 2017.
Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.3 – Video!
In this session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 overview of the newly released vRealize Network Insight 3.3. In the overview I talk about the numerous technical enhancements that were made in version 3.3. Below is a summary of the overall enhancements made…
NSX Events & Support enhancements.
Enhanced Event Management.
General User Interface changes.
Network Address Translation (NAT) Improvements.
NSX Firewall enhancements.
And Palo Alto Support.
VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps optimize network performance and availability with visibility and analytics across virtual and physical networks. It provides planning and recommendations for implementing micro-segmentation security, plus operational views to quickly and confidently manage and scale VMware NSX deployment.
In this enablement session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 level overview of the recent release of vRealize Log Insight 4.3. vRealize Log lnsight delivers heterogeneous and highly scalable log management with intuitive, actionable dashboards, sophisticated analytics and broad third-party extensibility. It provides deep operational visibility and faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
In vRealize Log Insight 4.3, we can sum up the improvements into the following areas…
Integration between vRealize Log Insight & vRealize Operations Manager.
Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) 7.2.1
In this enablement session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 level overview of the recent release of vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1. It provides automated management for cloud costing, consumption, comparison, and planning. VMware vRealize Business for Cloud automates cloud delivers the insight you need to efficiently deploy and manage cloud environments.
The enhancements in this version relate to the below (3) main categories…
Enhanced Scale, Performance & Deployment Options
Faster Time-to-Value with Integrations & Improvements
Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vROPs 6.5 Enablement Video!
In this enablement session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 level overview of the recent release of vRealize Operations Manager (vROPs) 6.5. VMware vRealize Operations streamlines and automates IT operations management. It delivers intelligent operations management from applications to infrastructure across physical, virtual and cloud environments with VMware vRealize Operations.
The enhancements in this version relate to the below (3) main categories…
Enhanced Scale, Performance & Deployment Options
Faster Time-to-Value with Integrations & Improvements
VMware Releases (4) Updated Solutions From The vRealize Family On March 2, 2017!
On March 2nd, 2017, VMware released (4) newly updated solutions from their vRealize family of solutions! You can go to my “What’s New” tab on this site to get to the links to the release notes and documentation for all four updated solutions. Below is a bullet list of the updated solutions as well as a little bit of information on what’s new in these versions. For more detailed information, go out to the the Release Notes and Documentation links I have provided on the What’s New page.
vRealize Operations Manager 6.5:
Additional monitoring capabilities of larger environments with same size deployment
Automatic upgrade of Endpoint Operations Agents
Enhanced troubleshooting capabilities by correlating logs and metrics between itself and vRealize Log Insight
Improved collaboration by simplifying exporting and importing
Update processes have been optimized (40% faster)
vRealize Network Insight 3.3:
Enhanced event management experience
New set of NSX best practice and troubleshooting events
Deeper visibility for micro-segmentation planning
Compatibility with the most current NSX for vSphere (6.3) and vSphere (6.5) releases
Deeper security analytics which include Palo Alto Networks
Support for new hardware: Dell switches (S-4048, S-6010, Z9100)
Addressing gaps in NSX firewall support
Enhancements to LDAP support
vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1:
vRBC 7.2.1 release sets a new milestone for vRBC in the endeavor of more tightly-coupled integration with vRBC being available within vROPS as one of the menu options providing operational and cost visibility to the end user in a single pane of glass!!!
vRBC 7.2.1 also re-brands cloud business analysis report as Hybrid Cloud Assessment.
With new look and appeal it includes a concise and precise summary page describing Inventory, Total cost of ownership of infrastructure, Comparison of private cloud cost with that of public cloud, a glimpse into how well the private cloud infrastructure is utilized and subsequent reclamation opportunities.
This release also addresses the annoying waiting time customer goes through while downloading an OVA file by reducing its size by more than 50%.
vRealize Log Insight 4.3:
Now supports VMware Identity Manager Single-Sign-On (vIDM SSO)
Host table entries now expire three months idle (the last ingestion event)
New upgraded APIs
User Interface Features
New alert history for individual alerts
New percent labels on pie charts
New trend-line overlay on line charts
Enhanced dashboard list selection
New FIPS-140-2 compliance
New silent auto-update of deployed agents
Enhanced timestamp parser that supports single-digit representation of days and months
On February 7th, 2017, VMware announced their new generally available offering “Horizon Cloud“. VMware Horizon Cloud enables the delivery of cloud-hosted or on-premises virtual desktops and apps to any device, anywhere, from a single cloud control plane. The Horizon Cloud delivers Cross-Cloud Architecture, a Clear Path to the Future, Digital Workspace Experience, and Redefines Cost and Complexity.
Below you will find a brief bullet list of information on Horizon Cloud to include top level changes compared to Horizon Air offering, purchasing process, deployment options, virtual desktop options, and considerations for each option, etc.
Virtualization news from VMware and the community of virtualization users, including the VMware Communities and VMTN, the VMware Technology Network.
Are you a previous vExpert and applied for 2017, or are did you apply to be a vExpert for the first time? Then check out the vExpert 2017 Announcement at the below link to see if you made the cut or not!
You may have seen the recent release announcement for VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 and NSX-T 1.1. This technical white paper is focused on the VMware NSX-T architecture, components, and capabilities. We also explain the technical advantages and benefits of the NSX-T architecture.
Finally! It’s time to talk about NSX 6.3. As you can tell from minor version jump, this version has a number of new capabilities and enhancements and most of them were highly-awaited too. If you were waiting for it too, there is a good chance that it contains what you wanted.
This past week at VMware has been quite exciting! Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, reported on the Q4 2016 earnings call that VMware NSX has more than 2,400 customers exiting 2016. Today, we continue that momentum by announcing new releases of our two different VMware NSX platforms – VMware NSX™ for vSphere® 6.3 and VMware NSX-T 1.1.
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For nearly two decades, we at VMware have been working on helping our customers address the challenge of supporting traditional business critical applications as well as next-generation application. Today, with the General Availability of vSphere Integrated Containers, we are proud to announce that our customers can count on vSphere to also natively run containerized workloads. The post VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere Integrated Containers appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog .
Download the latest version here Enhanced Ease of Use with Out-of-The-Box Support for ServiceNow®, Azure®, and Containers. As we announced last month, VMware vRealize Automation 7.2 brings new out-of-the box support for ServiceNow®, Microsoft Azure as well as new container management capabilities. ServiceNow Support Our new out-of-the-box integration with ServiceNow, will enable The post vRealize Automation 7.2 Has Arrived appeared first on VMware Cloud Management .
Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 6.5 along with new releases of other SDDC components: VMware vSAN 6.5, VMware vRealize Automation 7.2, VMware vRealize Log Insight 4 and VMware vRealize Operations 6.4. Together, these products help IT more efficiently run, manage, and secure their applications both on- or off-premises.