Boost Efficiency in your VMware Environment with Active System Manager 8.1.1
Active System Manager (ASM) 8.1.1, the latest release of ASM, is being announced today at VMworld 2015 and will be available in late September 2015. Many of the capabilities of this new release center around support of VMware and cloud environments.Dell Active System Manager (ASM) supports deep integration with the VMware portfolio to enable end-to-end management automation for virtualization and cloud – from the underlying physical infrastructure, through the virtual infrastructure, all the way to complex workload enablement. With its vCenter Server integration, ASM can:
Based on recent test results with ASM 8.1.1, adding ASM automation capabilities to your VMware environment for tasks such as these delivers huge savings in time and effort, dramatically increasing efficiency. Here are just a few examples:
The new features in ASM 8.1.1 include:
Extend Automation and Orchestration Capabilities with the New ASM vRealize Plugin
If you have a private or hybrid cloud environment and are using VMware’s vRealize Suite, you are already experiencing the many benefits of cloud automation. With ASM 8.1.1, you can extend those capabilities to enable a broader range of business solutions, improve responsiveness, and simplify complex IT processes.
ASM 8.1.1 continues to broaden the ecosystem enablement begun with ASM 8.1, with a new plug-in to VMware’s vRealize Orchestrator. The plug-in enables key workflows delivering a truly elastic data center spanning from physical infrastructure provisioning to self-service workload and VM deployment with VMware vRealize.Automation.
Figure 1 - Active System Manager Integration with VMware vRealize
The ASM plugin to vRealize Orchestrator:
ASM Speeds Deployment and Streamlines Management of Dell Reference Architectures
In addition to ecosystem enablement with VMware vRealize, ASM 8.1.1 will also enable deployment templates for Dell Blueprint reference architectures. These templates will enable both speed and reliability in the deployment of Dell’s best in class reference architecture-based solutions.
In particular, ASM is a key component in the new Dell Hybrid Cloud Platform Reference Architecture with VMware vRealize. Software from VMware and Dell are combined with a complete Dell infrastructure stack to speed the design and deployment of a private or hybrid cloud solution. The Hybrid Cloud Platform Reference Architecture gives prescriptive guidance for building a VMware cloud with vSphere 6 and components of the vRealize suite on Dell PowerEdge FX2 converged system and Dell SC4020 storage array, all integrated through Active System Manager. The resulting solution is a scalable and highly available infrastructure that is designed according to the best practices and recommendations for virtualizing enterprise applications and providing them to business users in a cloud or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model.
Figure 2 - Solution Architecture of the Dell Hybrid Cloud Platform Reference Architecture with VMware vRealize
The Hybrid Cloud Platform Reference Architecture can be viewed on the Dell Blueprints community page in Dell TechCenter here.
ASM template-based automation of Dell reference architectures enables rapid deployment and simplified management. These new capabilities support the ongoing strategy of ASM to enable better-together solutions between Dell and VMware and to deliver unrivaled flexibility, openness, and extensibility to the management and automation of heterogeneous IT resources.
ASM’s Ever-growing Compatibility List
ASM 8.1.1 includes an expanded compatibility list with support for PowerEdge platforms FC830 and FC430 designed for the FX2 converged architecture, the Dell S4048-ON switch, the SC2000 storage, Compellent iSCSI, and VMware’s vSphere 6.0.
Here is the full list of additions to the compatibility list for 8.1.1. Please see the ASM Compatibility Matrix for additional details.
From Physical to Virtual to Cloud
The integration of Active System Manager with the VMware vRealize Suite delivers the speed, simplicity, and flexibility for which ASM is known and provides a complete end-to-end solution for the deployment and management of private and hybrid cloud solutions from Dell and VMware.