Sep 28, 2014

vCloud Automation Center (vCAC 6.0) Installation Part 1 – Overview of vCAC

In this Modern Enterprise environment, Datacenters are occupied by hardware and software components from multiple vendors. Even some companies have hardware from multiple vendors like HP, DELL,Cisco etc and even mutli vendor hypervisors like vSphere, Hyper-V, Cirtix ZEN, Redhat KVM. How do you manage and provision using all this platform. It is real pain of using multiple admin portals to manage and provision.

vCloud Automation Center provides a secure portal where authorized administrators, developers or business users can request new IT services and manage specific cloud and IT resources, while ensuring compliance with business policies. Requests for IT service, including infrastructure, applications, desktops,and many others, are processed through a common service catalog to provide a consistent user experience. 


VMware vCloud Automation Center™ is a cloud management platform that reduces the complexity of provisioning virtual, cloud,and physical machines. VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC)™ is used to create and manage a multivendor cloud infrastructure.  Below are the inbuilt  endpoints which are available as part of vCAC 6.0:

Hardware:
  • HP
  • Dell
  • Cisco
Hypervisors:
  • VMware vSphere
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Citrix Xen Server
  • Redhat KVM
Cloud Platforms:
  • vCloud Director
  • vCloud Hybrid Service
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS)
  • OpenStack
  • Windows Azure
Orchestration
  • VMware Orchestrator
Storage Endpoint:
  • Netapp ONTAP
Application Endpoint:
  • vCloud APP Director
Apart from the above list, You will be able to manage various custom endpoints like Active directory. vCloud Automation Center enables IT administrators to extend out-of-the-box capabilities. IT administrators can either integrate these capabilities with existing tools and infrastructure or new IT services by leveraging VMware vCenter Orchestrator library workflows and partner-provided plug-ins.


vCloud Automation Center accelerates the deployment and management of applications and compute services, thereby improving business agility and operational efficiency. The following capabilities empower IT to quickly demonstrate the value of deploying an automated, on-demand cloud infrastructure:

Comprehensive Purpose-Built Functionality
vCloud Automation Center is a purpose-built, enterprise-proven solution for the delivery and ongoing management of private and hybrid cloud services, based on a broad range of deployment use cases from the world’s most demanding environments.

Personalized, Business-Aware Governance
Enable IT administrators to apply their own way of doing business to the cloud without changing organizational processes or policies. Enterprises gain the flexibility needed for business units to have different service levels, policies and automation processes, as appropriate for their needs.

Provision and Manage Application Services
Accelerate application deployment by streamlining the deployment process and by eliminating duplication of work using reusable components and blueprints.

Infrastructure Delivery and Life-Cycle Management
Automates the end-to-end deployment of multi-vendor infrastructure, breaking down internal organizational silos that slow down IT service delivery.

Extensible by Design
vCloud Automation Center provides a full spectrum of extensibility options that empower IT personnel to enable, adapt and extend their cloud to work within their existing IT infrastructure and processes, thereby eliminating expensive service engagements while reducing risk.


 Take a look at the VMware’s Official Video “Introduction to vCloud Automation Center 6.0″

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