Today at VMworld 2015 Europe, VMware showed off what it’s calling a “complete refresh of its cloud management platform” with two new products — vRealize Automation 7 and vRealize Business 7. The “complete” part comes from VMware having updated the rest of its cloud management platform in August.
The new vRealize Automation 7 introduces unified service blueprint capabilities, “really the crown jewel for me of the launch,” says Mark Leake, a director of product marketing at VMware. “It’s important to our customers that we streamline things and reduce the footprint down from six to eight virtual appliances to just two.”
To achieve this, the unified blueprint allows customers to mix and match applications with appliances, with the software automatically configuring how they fit together. Previously, the catalog had one product for the machine side, which would be matched with one application.
In addition, VMware allows customers to take these blueprints and export them as text, which developers can more easily edit, and then re-import them in vRealize as a blueprint.
The vRealize Business Standard 7 features new costing and pricing policies for private and public clouds including vCloud Air, AWS, and Microsoft Azure. Capabilities include monthly cost projection analysis, costs grouped by business service, and visualized costs of used and remaining capacity by data center.
VMware vRealize Automation 7 and VMware vRealize Business 7 Standard are both expected to become available this quarter.