On September, 28th VMware has released vCloud Director 9.0 for Service Providers.
This release brings a lot of interesting new features on both the Service Provider and Tenant side.
Here’s the list of the new features:
Service Provider Features
Edge Gateways Placement
The Service Provider can now choose a specific Cluster or Resource Pool for Edge Gateways placement.
Network Pool creation option
When you add a Provider vDC, you have the option to create a default VXLAN Network Pool or to use an existing Network Pool. You can create a Transport Zone in NSX that aligns with all your Clusters, as a result you can select this Transport Zone when you add a new Provider vDC.
PostgreSQL is now supported by vCloud Director 9.0, other than Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle.
Additionally, the Cell Management Tool can help you migrate from SQL Server or Oracle to PostgreSQL.
vCenter Guest OS and Hardware version consistency
vCloud Director 9.0 works more efficiently with vCenter to determine the hardware version supported for Virtual Machines.
The new supported latency between vCloud Director and the managed vCenter(s) is 100 ms.
Migrate Tenant between Storage Arrays
There are different cases where a Service Provider needs to migrate Tenant workloads to a different Storage (e.g. change in SLA, maintenance). Therefore, you can now live migrate all the Tenant objects (Virtual Machines, Catalogs, Images etc.) to a different Datastore.
Support for Virtual Volumes (vVOLs)
New Tenant UI
vCloud Director 9.0 has a brand new HTML5 User Interface for Tenants. As a result, all the day-by-day operations like VM and Network creation has been extremely simplified.
Tenants can manage different Organizations from different vCloud Director instances from the new single unified HTML5 User Interface.
Distributed Logical Router
Tenants can now create DLRs to route between different Organization vDC Networks.
Support for Trunked VLAN backed Networks
You can now create Organization Networks and External Networks backed by Trunked VLANs. Consequently, a Tenant can leverage Virtual Guest Tagging (VLAN tagging in the Guest OS).
vCloud Director 9.0 What’s New