In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, businesses are no longer content with relying on a single cloud provider for their application hosting and data storage needs. Instead, a growing number of enterprises are adopting a multi-cloud approach to enhance their cloud and application strategies while mitigating potential risks. As more organizations venture into the realm of multi-cloud, VMware Aria Automation stands ready to support their journeys with its latest July release, featuring robust features and improved support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
The Rise of Multi-Cloud Adoption
The decision to adopt a multi-cloud strategy is driven by the need for diversification and flexibility. By utilizing multiple cloud providers, businesses can leverage the strengths of each platform while reducing dependency on a single vendor. This approach minimizes the risk of vendor lock-in, ensures high availability, and optimizes performance based on specific requirements.
Challenges on the Multi-Cloud Journey
However, the multi-cloud journey is not without its challenges. Managing different cloud environments efficiently demands comprehensive cloud management tools and a skilled IT team capable of navigating diverse cloud ecosystems. To address these obstacles and empower customers on their multi-cloud ventures, VMware Aria Automation introduced its plugin-based architecture, bolstering support for native public cloud resources.
Expanding Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Support
The recent July release of VMware Aria Automation builds upon the foundation laid in previous updates. Notably, the focus has been on enhancing support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP), one of the leading players in the cloud space. The following additions underscore VMware’s commitment to providing a seamless experience for GCP users:
1. Support for GCP Service Accounts: VMware Aria Automation now enables users to deploy GCP service accounts and service account keys using blueprints, catalogs, and Idem services. This streamlines the process of managing service accounts, granting users better control over their cloud resources.
2. Load Balancer Support in GCP: With this feature, users can effortlessly deploy load balancers on GCP, ensuring optimal performance and reduced latency. The load balancer directs users to the nearest and most responsive instances, significantly improving the overall user experience.
End-to-End Automation Experience
Beyond bolstering public cloud support, VMware Aria Automation introduced several new features to enhance the end-to-end automation experience, making it easier for customers to manage their cloud resources effectively:
1. Custom Forms Versions Integration: Customers can now customize root-level blueprint-based content items with improved ease. The addition of the “Disable custom form” button in the action menu allows users to conveniently disable custom forms for specific blueprint versions.
2. Unregister Provisioned Machines as Day 2 Action: Users gain the ability to unregister VMware Aria Automation provisioned vSphere virtual machines, freeing up licenses and optimizing resource utilization.
3. Option to Neglect CPU/Memory of Powered-Off VMs in Resource Quota Policy: Users can now choose to neglect the CPU and memory consumed by powered-off VMs in a resource quota policy, granting greater flexibility in resource management.
4. Rebuild Virtual Machine for Onboarded and Migrated vSphere Workloads: The Rebuild action now supports onboarded vSphere workloads and vSphere workloads from the migration assistant tool, streamlining image selection and confirmation processes.
5. Onboarded Deployments Compliant with Service Broker Policy Limits: Onboarded deployments that include VMs and disks are now compliant with Service Broker policy limits, enhancing the onboarding experience.
Platform Enhancements for Administrators
Additionally, VMware Aria Automation introduced two platform enhancements to assist administrators in managing usage and configuring the automation solution:
1. VMware Aria Automation Billable Object Visibility: Customers can now view a summary of billable objects under management via API and UI, ensuring better cost management and planning for renewals/expansions.
2. Command Line Support for Configuring VMware Aria Automation Orchestrator: Administrators can now configure Orchestrator through the command line using ‘vracli vro’ commands, enabling more streamlined and automated deployments.
With its latest July release, VMware Aria Automation cements its commitment to empowering organizations on their multi-cloud journeys. By enhancing GCP support and introducing various features, the platform provides customers with the necessary tools to navigate the complexities of multi-cloud environments effectively. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, VMware Aria Automation remains a reliable and innovative partner in the pursuit of seamless cloud management and automation. To learn more about the exciting features and updates, visit the VMware Aria Automation Landing Page and explore the additional resources provided by the platform.
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