So there’s a new term floating around “vCenter”. So what is vCenter?
vCenter provides comprehensive management of applications and infrastructure in this flexible, fluid environment and integrates with leading systems management vendors for seamless, end to end datacenter management.
So as spectacular as this may sound, it just VirtualCenter renamed. Although not every section of the VMware website as been changed accordingly, this is what vCenter is.
So I just noticed a couple of more “hidden” announcements. These announcements all deal about management and automation. And if you do the math you can probably link some of them back to certain acquisitions that VMware did recently.
So here’s the list of new vCenter add-ons:
- vCenter ConfigControl extends policy-based change and configuration management with automated enforcement across every aspect of the VDC-OS.
- vCenter CapacityIQ continuously analyzes and plans capacity to ensure optimal sizing of virtual machines, resource pools and the entire datacenters.
- vCenter Chargeback enables automated tracking of costs and chargeback to the business enabling IT to function as a utility with true visibility into operating costs.
- vCenter Orchestrator enables the development of customized workflows that automate operational tasks through a simple drag and drop interface, without the need for scripting.
- vCenter AppSpeed automatically ensures application performance levels. It monitors end user response time for applications, correlates these response times with different elements in the infrastructure, and triggers remedial actions to alleviate bottlenecks.
Combine these 5 with the ones that were already discovered but also in some way deal with management and automation: Host Profiles, Distributed vSwitches, Linked VC’s and vApp and you’ve probably got the ultimate Virtual Automated DataCenter… Only two question left. How is VMware going to top this? And how is the competition going to respond?