vCAC 6.0 was just announced at VMworld 2013 Barcelona. This version brings a lot of new features, enhancements and new capabilities!
here’s an overview:
Revamped UI , featuring a new service catalog looks
The vCAC 6.0 version introduces a new UI, which includes a new self service catalog that can contain multiple different service catalogs, and any catalog item you can think of (more on that later…) each vCAC tenant, can also customize his own UI and dashboard, for a tenant specific experience of the product. Also, Icons got a bit bigger and customized icons with larger resolution and detail can be inserted for each of your catalog items and service catalogs.
New and enhanced approval policy mechanism
Approvals can now be set to pretty much anything in the request fields, and complex conditions can also take part in the approval process. Also, you could set approvals to go to different users, and delegate them according to each user’s role.
Example: IT storage guy should approve if the VM is bigger than X GB, but the VI Admin should approve if the CPU count is above 4 vCPUs
You can set multiple levels of approval, each for specific user, and each can specify which fields are editable by the approver.
XaaS, the ability to offer ANYTHING as a service.
vCAC 6.0 comes with a vCO appliance pretty much built in to the vCAC appliance itself. Part of the new way the self service catalog works is that you can have several service catalogs, each one having different “catalog items”
As you can see in the previous picture, we have HRaaS , containing stuff like “create user” for new users in our company, or create mailbox account etc. For the Iaas of course we will have all of the regular blueprints for our machines. As I mentioned before, its quite easy and simple to create new service catalogs, and the nice thing is, any thing you could orchestrate with vCO could easily become a Catalog Item, with approvals, and a customised request form.
Additional Infrastructure Support
vCAC 6.0 now supports provisioning IaaS with OpenStack, provision networking with vCNS and NSX! Also, some additional Cloud Endpoints are supported like VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, and also Red Hat distributions of OpenStack Clouds. vCAC is now compatible with SRM, recognising same VMs in different sites, and differentiating between the Primary and DR VMs. It can also be used with Test / Recovery modes as well.
vCAC also supports Storage DRS, showing the entire cluster, and each datastore in it on the reservation.
Stay tuned for more vCAC 6.0 info coming up!