If you were at VMworld, during Steve Herrod (VMware CTO) session you could answer in real time to some questions. One of them was Over the next 3 years, how do you plan to manage your hardware infrastructure for your VMware environment ? Primarily from: vCenter : 62% A converged hardware management tool: 32 % Existing element management tools: 6% It is a good thing most of you want to, it is even better that the vSphere 5.
VMware released the most important upgrade of vCenter Orchestrator. vCenter Orchestrator 5.1 is providing important enhancements geared towards the end user. vCenter Orchestrator, formely VMO (VMware Orchestrator) and (VS-O) Dunes Virtual Service Orchestrator) was packaged as part of vCenter Server since vSphere4. As part of this was a rebranding effort and an exhaustive vCenter plug-in synched with the vCenter server release. A year later the 4.1 version brought in scalability with moving to a 64 Bits JVM, performance improvements and reliabilty improvements.
To increase usability and acceptance of vCO we - mightycare solution - created a vCO Plugin for vSphere Client. So admins and users has a direct access to the big world of vCO workflows. Actual our Beta comes up with following features: customizable context menu for virtual machines state and parameter values for running workflows optional prompt for finished workflows with values and state (can be checked for each flow) customizable input for input parameters - predefined or prompt for input (for each parameter in each flow) all settings per user, saved in registry - roaming user friendly To make a round tool we need your input - what do you think about it - what functions do you need in a tool like this.