In my last post we mentioned that the different components of vCloud Suite 5.1 has been majorly categorized into two categories: Cloud Infrastructure and Cloud Management. Refer to this earlier post: “VMware vCloud Solution (IaaS) Further Explained”
We also spoke on a previous post titled: “VMware Solutions for Cloud Computing: IaaS” that VMWare is offering it’s vCloud Solution in Three different editions depending on customer’s business requirement, budget etc. Here we will compare these Three different editions:
A) vCloud Standard Suite 5.1
B) vCloud Advanced Suite 5.1
C) vCloud Enterprise Suite 5.1
VMware vCloud Standard Suite 5.1: This is to let the organizations make a move from traditional Server Virtualization to On-premise self manged and self provision capable IaaS Cloud. It consists of:
vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition
vCloud Director and vCloud Connector (Advanced Edition)
vCloud Networking & Security (Standard Edition and doesn’t contain Firewall and Load Balancer like features)
So, as you can see here, the customer doesn’t have the luxury to use advances tools like SRM, vCOps, vFabric, Automation Center etc. But still they can create a fully functional IaaS Cloud with basic setup using the vCloud Standard Suite. This can also be used as a Corporate Cloud Test Bed, say within one business unit. And once the results are satisfactory, it can be upgraded to either of the other two more advance versions.
VMware vCloud Advanced Suite 5.1: This contains all of its predecessor contains. Only exception is here the vCloud Networking and Security software is of Advanced Edition unlike that in vCloud Standard Edition. It has got all the full features of vShield (another name of vCloud of Networking & Security) including Firewall and Load Balancer features. Additionally it also includes vCenter Operations Management Suite (Advanced Edition) for Configuration Compliance | Performance & Capacity Optimization – analytics, dashboards and alerting | Application Awareness etc.
However it does NOT include Application Monitoring function of vCOPS (which is included only in the Enterprise Edition).
But it includes one of the most essential component: vCloud Chargeback Manager. Note it is NOT included in Standard Edition of vCloud Suite 5.1 (see above)
So, to summarize, with vCloud Suite Advanced Edition 5.1 you can create a IaaS Cloud Solution which along with the basic IaaS offerings, also provides SLA centric approach to manage and monitor of workloads. And this offering further assists in creating summary and granular report of physical/virtual resource usage and how to charge the tenants appropriately. This is a major step in terms of Enterprise Cloud where different business units are cross-charged internally as per their usage.
VMware vCloud Enterprise Suite 5.1: The Supreme Edition! It contains everything that vCloud Advanced Suite contains (exception: here the VCOPS is Enterprise version instead of Advanced version where Application Monitoring function is also included!)
Apart from these, it also includes SRM (Ent. Edition) for BCP/DRP, vFabric Application Director for automatic configuration & deployment of applications, vCloud Automation Center for provisioning & management of standard IT services by users/administrators/developers.
Enterprise Suite will be more applicable to the large Enterprise segment intending to deploy in house clouds or wanting to play as a Public Cloud vendor for it’s customers and clientele list. Not to mention, with a set-up to the different editions, the price factor in terms of licensing fee also goes steep high…
PS: For any edition of vCloud Suite 5.1, your vSphere license has to be vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition only!
(Now we will talk about PaaS Offerings from VMware in the next post, Stay Tuned!)