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vCAC 6.1 released

Today VMware released vCAC version 6.1. You can read all about the new features in the release notes. vcac-splash A few features stand out immediately:

  • Migrating a vCloud Automation Center version 5.2.1 or 5.2.2 deployment to version 6.1
  • Upgrading from vCloud Automation Center 6.0 to 6.1

Really VMware? The new feature is that we can migrate or upgrade to the new version? I can’t wait to see what will be in the next release… upgrading to 6.2 maybe? Then there is this one:

  • Improvements in Reporting

That was actually there in 5.2 then┬áremoved in 6.0 but the database stored procedures were still there. So now they put back the widget in the interface which actually shows the reporting. I love it….. But wait… there is more:

  • Application Services (Formerly VMware vCloud Application Director)

yep, a rename. Exciting. All ranting aside. There are some noteworthy new features. These ones for example:

  • NSX for vSphere Integration

But: “All NSX for vSphere and vCloud Networking and Security integration is now through vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plug-in, including previously released and new functionality.” So yeah… The free vCO plugin makes this all possible. Not the expensive vCAC product itself. Ok, ok I’ll really stop ranting now. Because I really like the way this product is headed. VMware is leaving all the horrible .net stuff and moving all the executing onto vCO. And as you probably know I’m a huge vCO fan. So the relay good news is this:

  • Advanced Service Designer includes the following updates
    • State-Aware resource actions that allow a service architect to define how resource actions such as Discard, Provision, or Change, affect the lifecycle of a resource.
    • Any IaaS resource type can be extended with Advanced Service Designer resource actions.
    • Feedback is provided to the user on the state of their requests.