Support for Amazon EC2
This release allows you to integrate your Amazon public cloud environment with your private cloud infrastructure. Through Amazon Web Services (AWS), vCommander™ accesses Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) to allow you to deploy EC2 AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) and manage EC2 instances.
Note that additional per-VM licensing is required to take advantage of the Amazon EC2 capabilities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To save public cloud costs, vCommander now also supports the ability to schedule a power on/off cycle for VMs.
Organizations, Quotas and Self-Service Automation
Organizations form the basis of the vCommander multi-tenant model. An organization is a group of consumers with a common business purpose. Organizations allow you to isolate data for consumer groups, delegate administrative tasks to consumers, and configure distinct cloud automation for each. Quotas are assigned via organization membership to set limits on the compute resources based on resource consumption or daily cost.
Enhancements to the Service Portal facilitate the delegation of management to users and provide much greater detail about the consumption of service for each user, or for the entire organization. Users can also share copies of their VMs by adding them to the service catalog directly, or request clones of their current systems.
Users can now also change disk sizes at the time they request a new service. Hard-coded memory and CPU restrictions have been removed so vCommander administrators can freely define the maximums available for services in the catalog.
Services in the catalog may now be configured as fenced, meaning they are deployed behind a router that isolates the VMs from the rest of your network. This means easier replication of entire production or test environments without impacting existing deployments.
vCommander will now use performance information read from vCenter, and optionally integrate Splunk monitoring to make rightsizing recommendations designed to ensure the cost-effectiveness and performance optimization of your entire VMware estate. Additionally, new Power Schedule Groups enable administrators to automatically power VMs up or down on defined schedules, particularly useful with Amazon EC2 instances, which are billed by running time.
Hyper-V performance metrics are now also gathered and displayed for VMs under management.
Reporting and Analytics
Two new reports have been introduced in this release:
- The VM Comparative Economics Report lets administrators assess the cost-effectiveness of migrating VMs between various hypervisors and clouds, and of applying right-sizing recommendations.
- The Service Fulfillment Report provides insight into adherences to service delivery expectations, and is customizable so administrators can map the report to existing or desired service levels.
Role-based Access Control
Greater granularity and depth has been added to Service Portal permissions to enable easier customization and design of roles. In particular, permissions have been added to facilitate delegation of administration to organization managers. Other permissions have been renamed to improve clarity of purpose, and all have been grouped logically for ease of use.