The Software-Defined Data Center is a unified data center platform that provides unprecedented automation, flexibility, and efficiency to transform the way you deliver IT. Compute, storage, networking, security, and availability services are pooled, aggregated, and delivered as software, and managed by intelligent, policy-driven software. Self-service, policy-based provisioning, automated infrastructure, and application and business management complete the picture. The result is a data center optimized for the cloud era, providing unmatched business agility, the highest SLAs for all applications, dramatically simpler operations, and lower costs.UPCOMING WEBCAST 2/27/2013: Software-defined Datacenter with Paul Strong, CTO, Global Field - A free session with live Q+A around transforming the way you deliver IT.
Software-Defined Data Center Management
Traditional management tools—designed for static physical infrastructure—fall far short of the capabilities required to run a Software-Defined Data Center. A new approach is needed to unlock its full potential: management solutions that mirror the flexibility, automation, and dynamism of cloud infrastructure, and leverage its ability to quickly adapt to changing application needs and user demands.
VMware vCloud Management, an integral part of VMware vCloud Suite, delivers on this vision. It addresses all facets of operating the Software-Defined Data Center, and lets you extend service provisioning, operations management and business management t to multiple clouds and platforms.
Cloud Service Provisioning
VMware vCloud Management automates the governance, sourcing, and provisioning of infrastructure and applications across the Software-Defined Data Center and federated VMware-based public clouds.VMware vCloud Management automates the governance, sourcing, and provisioning of infrastructure and applications across the Software-Defined Data Center and federated VMware-based public clouds.
Provisioning is enabled via a self-service portal where authorized administrators, developers, or business users can request cloud services that comply with pre-defined business policies. These capabilities are seamlessly integrated with the Software-Defined Data Center’s virtualized infrastructure resources.
New applications can be built with unprecedented simplicity and speed, using a consistent methodology and standardized reusable components, with monitoring policies built into the provisioning process. Deployment is highly automated: applications can be readied for use in minutes rather than weeks.
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Cloud Operations Management
In the Software-Defined Data Center, configurations are fluid and capacity is shared and sourced from many places. As both these factors impact performance, administrators need intelligence—in the form of visibility across the entire dynamic environment—plus powerful analytics to decipher what is important within ever-growing volumes of data. Accordingly, VMware Cloud Management takes an integrated approach to performance, capacity, and configuration management.
Patented analytics aggregate performance data, enabling the management platform to “self-learn” normal behavior and set dynamic performance thresholds for intelligent alerting, proactive intervention, and rapid problem resolution.
Automated configuration management and configuration auditing of virtual infrastructure and operating systems deliver continuous compliance with best practices, security guidelines and regulatory requirements. Automated capacity analysis identifies and reclaims waste from over-provisioned and idle VMs to boost utilization efficiency. What-if analysis allows you to forecast capacity trends to better meet future business demands.
All these capabilities are accessed via a “cloud console” dashboard through which you can view the health of multiple clouds - including your Software-Defined Data Center and the health of the applications they support.
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Cloud Business Management
VMware vCloud Management tools leverage the unity, standardization, and automation of the Software-Defined Data Center to provide unprecedented transparency into the cost, quality and value of cloud services.
IT can track and report on the quantity and types of IT services consumed by a business unit, application or customer, at fine-grained levels of detail. Financial modeling and IT benchmarking capabilities enable CIOs to make fact-based decisions on where to source IT services: either internally or from a public cloud provider. For the first time, the IT organization can show back the value it is providing, and even evolve to a full customer chargeback model. Ultimately, IT is transformed from a builder into a broker of IT services.
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Managing heterogeneous, hybrid cloud environments
For most enterprises, the Software-Defined Data center will comprise one element of a multi-platform, multi-cloud infrastructure that also includes heterogeneous physical resources and hypervisors, and public cloud services as well. To address this reality, VMware Cloud Management can be extended beyond the Software-Defined Data center itself—to automate service and application provisioning, manage operations and compliance, and deliver IT cost transparency across multiple clouds and platforms.