With 3.2, VMTurbo customers will have the ability to deploy new application workloads based on custom or pre-defined templates to virtualized cloud environments, removing the guesswork regarding resource availability. It also allows users to leverage rich APIs that can be integrated with third-party solutions such as VMware vCloud Director and CloudStack for provisioning images and assigning IP addresses, further improving the efficiency of the onboarding process.
Additionally, Slayton said users would be able to expand their scalability and management views by segmenting multiple levels of management granularity. And service providers and multi-site enterprises could distribute Operations Manager by groups and aggregate data and services at any level, providing them with greater flexibility in viewing, controlling, planning, and reporting.
Some of the other enhancements found in Operations Manager 3.2 provide customers with a solution that can now control multiple virtualization platforms (vSphere, Hyper-V, XenServer and RHEV) and cloud architectures (CloudStack, OpenStack and vCloud Director) through a single virtual appliance using a common user interface.
The new release also expands on previously delivered application-centric features that had been limited to Windows environments. The company now provides application discovery and prioritization for Java applications using Java Management Extensions (JMX), and SNMP-enabled environments, including Linux and non-WMI-enabled Windows applications.
"This is valuable," said Slayton, "because Operations Manager now understands priorities at all layers, and can prioritize resource allocations for applications based on its business criticality."
And with VMTurbo's ability to take a handoff and work with VMware's vCloud Director and the recently acquired DynamicOps product, perhaps VMware will look to add VMTurbo to its long list of software acquisitions in order to complete its own set of virtualization and cloud management tools.
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