Monday, December 14, 2015

VMware’s products release on December 2015


This month VMware has released some new versions of it's products, covering new models, architectures,features, compatibility enhancement and bug fixes.
I know it’s a lot to digest, my suggestion is to you focus on the products you already have deployed today and, if time permits, check the ones you see as a candidate to compound your solution in the near future.

I challenge you to read it and don’t find anything that you would not benefit from.

It’s a huge change for vRA, I would say a remarkable one that would definitely makes vRA a reliable and efficient solution for private clouds.
The improvements I most enjoyed are the streamlined  and automated wizard install for single and distributed environments, new Blueprint authoring, allowing on a single pane the creation of VMs provisioning (IaaS) with applications installation (former Application Services) and a lot more, here’s a good blog postt about the enhancements.

vRO introduces Control Center, which enables a centralized server administration, easier cluster configuration, troubleshooting and runtime metrics and some plugin improvements.
 
Although it’s not the latest’s version of vCD, It adds support for Internet Explorer 11 along with some bug fixes, like when accessing media files and some AD issues with federation.

There are a lot of improvements on this new version of BDE, things like multi template allowing you to choose different templates for each Hadoop cluster, customization of virtual disks and controllers , support for spark clusters, enhanced compatibility with Cloudera CDH 5.4, HortonWorks HDP 2.3, Ambari 2.1 and Pivotal PHD 3.0.

It had some improved architecture changes as access to VMware Identity Management from vRA and separate remote data collectors for remote sites and more on areas like pricing support, cloud comparison and user interface.

It’s a management release, which upgraded Apache Tomcat to 7.0.65 and JRE to 1.8.0_51, Showback Management was also removed.

Now you can download drivers, tools, open source software and custom ISOs, along with some bug fixes that, in some cases, prevented you from downloading the binaries you need.
If you are not familiar with Software Manager check this post out.

For Hyperic it’s just a maintenance release, upgrading it’s internal components like:, Postgres to 9.1.15, Tomcat to version 8 and others, but I believe people are moving to vROPs where Hyperic is alredy built in

It’s just a maintenance release fixing some bugs, but also increases the security disabling SSLv3 and enabling by default TLS 1.1 and 1.2. On the functionality side, now Linux desktop servers support clipboard redirection, single sing-on and smart-card redirection

It introduces the in-place OS migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10, here’s a nice post about this migration.

What a scalability enhancement going from 1.000 clients to 10.000 per server ?!?! also a more intuitive interface for editing policies and a better error reporting and updating certificates.

good reading..

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