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vRealize Cloud Management Updates






Yesterday was a big day! We released new versions of every product in our vRealize Suite: vROps, vRLI, vRA, vRNI, and vRSLCM. Here are the details, go get them!


vROps 8.6


What's New? This release will provide an exciting new user interface for smoother navigation, new public cloud integrations, improved application management, an enhanced integration between vRealize Operations and vRealize Automation and much more that will deliver unified monitoring, visibility, and automation for your multi-cloud operations.


vRealize Operations 8.6 delivers new and enhanced capabilities for self-driving operations to help customers optimize, plan, and scale VMware Cloud, which includes on-premises private cloud or VMware SDDC in multiple public clouds such as VMware Cloud on AWS, Azure VMware Solution (AVS), and Google Cloud VMware Engine (GCVE), while at the same time unifying multi-cloud monitoring, and supporting AWS, Azure Cloud, and Google Cloud platforms. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), this release will provide a unified operations platform, deliver continuous performance optimization, efficient capacity and cost management, proactive planning, app-aware intelligent remediation, and integrated compliance.

Key Features and Capabilities highlights:

  • Complete revamp of product navigation for better user experience and findability.

  • New improved Application Management workflow

  • Content Management Enhancement

  • Native support for VMware Cloud on AWS, Azure VMware Solution, Google Cloud VMware Engine, and VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.

  • Streamlined Data Collection Account Management

  • New multi-cloud cost homepage

  • Capacity Enhancements

  • New 'Peak-focused' risk level in Capacity Settings for policies using the high utilization part of input data for capacity projections. Suitable for performance sensitive workloads with high spikes in utilization.

  • Ability to reset capacity computations. Allows users with the necessary admin privileges to specify the start

  • Idle VM definition - Availability of several options for tuning the definition of an idle VM.

  • VM Shortfall - Displays how many VMs the cluster is short of.

  • Simplified Troubleshooting

  • VSAN HCI mesh integration

  • Extended user search for alert assignments.

  • Ability for the user to search during the triggered alert assignment.

  • Inline conditions support for alerts.

  • Fully customizable email notification templates.

Documentation and Links:

vRLI 8.6


What's New? Here are some of the key highlights of vRealize Log Insight 8.6 that will help you leverage log data more quickly, accurately, and powerfully than ever before:


Alert Definition: The new alert management UI lets you create a granular rule definition of log alerts and events, with the ability to configure triggers in real time or group them across specific time windows. The Alert Definition options let you browse through all the log alert rules at one place. You can sort them by using text filters or by origin and type. You can select multiple alerts definitions and take actions quickly like enable, disable, or delete them.


Extracted Fields in Alert Notifications: The new alert creation flow lets you include extracted fields in the title and description to enhance alert notifications.


System Alerts: A system alert is triggered when the system wants to notify you about a problem. This page provides details about all the built-in system alerts available in vRealize Log Insight. You can use a toggle to enable or disable a system alert and configure email notifications to receive emails when an event is triggered.


Role-based Access Control: Roles are associated with permissions that allow users to perform different activities within vRealize Log Insight. You can now create granular roles with an ability to configure access at a feature level. The administrator has the flexibility to provide no access, view, or edit access for each feature.


NSX Identify Firewall Integration: The integration of NSX IDFW with vRealize Log insight lets NSX provide access control by using third-party providers such as Global Protect, ClearPass, and so on. vRealize Log Insight parses auth logs from the providers, extracts user ID-to-IP mapping information, and sends the data to NSX for further processing.


Query Optimization: Query performance has remarkably improved for queries based on extracted fields.


Documentation and Links:

vRA 8.6


What's New? vRealize Automation 8.6 complements vRealize Automation 8.5.1 capabilities, focusing on XaaS improvements, Azure and puppet and new VCD endpoint integration.


Main Highlights


Succeed in SaaS and subscription transformation

  • Offline vRA 7 Assessment in vRA Cloud. (vRAC only)

Be the cloud in VMware Cloud

  • VCD Organizations can be added as a Cloud Account in vRA, and IaaS resources can be provisioned and managed using vRA.

  • Support Puppet Enterprise for machines without a public IP address

Drive multi-cloud management

  • Ability to configure name of Azure NIC interfaces

Bolster the foundation

  • Resource Quota policy - Define Organization & project level resource limits as a Day 2 action policy

  • Ability to add External validation to a custom day2 action

Documentation and Links

vRNI 6.4


What's New? Here are the key features and capabilities of vRealize Network Insight 6.4:


Network Assurance and Verification

  • Provides support for Cisco ASR 1000 and ISR 4000 models.

  • Provides support for Cisco N2K (FEX).

VMware NSX-T Monitoring and Troubleshooting

  • Supports VMware NSX-T security SKU (DFW on DVPG).

  • Supports VMware NSX-T Federation deployments with visibility into global VMware NSX-T entities and cross-site VM-VM path.

VMware Cloud

  • Introduces a new dashboard for the VMware Cloud on Dell EMC SDDC.

  • Expands search functionality to include VMware Cloud on Dell EMC as a first-class entity and displays search results for both VMware Cloud SDDC and VMware Cloud on Dell EMC SDDC entities when searched for VMC SDDC.

  • Supports flow search for different types of VMware Cloud entities including VMware Cloud and VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.

  • Shows a list of VMware Cloud SDDCs and Policy Managers under the VMware Cloud section in the left navigation pane or in the homepage banner.

  • Introduces a VMware Cloud dropdown with different types of VMware Cloud data sources in the Accounts and Data Sources workflow.

  • Supports VMware Cloud on Dell EMC multi-rack.

VMware SD-WAN

  • Provides intent-driven analytics for continuous monitoring and troubleshooting of the network and application performance related issues:

  • Provides ability to monitor and troubleshoot Edge uplink performance across some or all branches with insights to following:

  • QoE, jitter, latency, packet drops, and link uptime insights to troubleshoot applications and network performance degradation issues

  • Provides ability to monitor and troubleshoot applications performance at specific Edge or all/multiple Edges with insights to following:

  • Packet drop and Round trip time for application performance degradation troubleshooting

  • Provides ability to monitor and troubleshoot applications utilization at all VMware SD-WAN site

  • Traffic rate and Bandwidth utilization insights for selected applications at any particular Edge/Link


Platform Enhancements

  • Introduces Streaming Databus to subscribe to real-time problem alerts and application changes.

  • Supports adding notes in alerts and intents definitions. Use notes to mention contacts, further instructions, or other additional information when an alert is raised.

Application Discovery Improvements

  • Provides support to export discovered applications as .csv and control the attributes that are part of the exported file.

  • Provides an option to reconfigure platform when the flow based application discovery limits are reached.

ServiceNow Integration enhancements

  • Provides instructions for ServiceNow integration capabilities based on the configured ServiceNow user permissions.

  • Supports post-import application filtering to remove unwanted applications imports in vRealize Network Insight.

Others

  • Adding vRealize Log Insight as a data source in vRealize Network Insight is deprecated in 6.4 as vRealize Network Insight directly works with NSX-T notification mechanisms to provide alerts and change information.

  • Upgrade vRealize Network Insight using CLI is deprecated in 6.4. You can upgrade your setup using Online Upgrade or Single-Click Offline Upgrade.

  • To install and upgrade vRealize Network Insight by using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, see the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Installation, Upgrade, and Management Guide.

Documentation and Links:

vRLCM 8.6


What's New? Here are the key features and capabilities of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.6 :

  • Cloud Proxy deployment

  • VCF enhancements

  • Snapshot management enhancements

  • Outbound notification integration

  • vRealize Operations Manager support improvements

  • Technical debt and product improvements

  • Marketplace improvements

  • Previously, Marketplace connected with VMware Solutions Exchange to download content in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. VMware Solutions Exchange is now deprecated, so Marketplace fetches the required content from VMware Cloud Marketplace.

  • Content Management enhancements

  • The version history is now captured for Orchestrator Action and Orchestrator-ConfigurationElement when capturing the Orchestrator workflow.

  • You can deploy or publish cloud templates and XaaSBlueprints when releasing these content types.

  • vRealize Cloud Universal simplification to help our users

  • Perpetual and vRealize Cloud Universal licenses in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager


Documentation and Links:








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