The vCloud Suite, only just announced at VMworld in San Francisco, has received a major update at VMworld Europe. Pricing has not changed, but significant new functionality has been added to the Advanced and Enterprise Editions of the suites.
Additions to the vCloud Suite
Per the image below the following additions have been made to the vCloud Suite:
- DynamicOps has been renamed vCloud Automation Center and is now included in the Enterprise Edition of the vCloud Suite.
- vFabric Application Director – the ability to construct a multi-tier application system out of images – has been dramatically enhanced with Windows and packaged applications support and included in the Enterprise Edition of the vCloud Suite
- vC Operations Enterprise has been enhanced with the addition of the Hyperic OS and application monitoring agents, and this enhanced edition of vCenter Operations is now included in the Enterprise Edition of the vCloud Suite
- The Advanced Edition of vCenter Operations has been enhanced with compliance, application awareness, and chargeback and included in the Advanced Edition of the vCloud Suite
The new vCloud Suite – Editions and their Components (click image to expand)
VMware is clearly pursuing a “waterfall” strategy with the editions of the suite. This means that leading edge functionality will most often show up first in the Enterprise Edition of the vCloud Suite and then over time migrate down into the Advanced and Standard Editions. This will set up a battle royal of suite vs best of breed for each of the components of the suite – with each battle focused upon both functionality and pricing differences.