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VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 is the new name of the vCenter Operations 5.x family and will be part of the new vRealize suite. But will be not only a barely renaming of an existing product, instead it will be a completely new version with lot of important improvements.

The VMware vCenter Operations Manager Suite was a powerful collection of products for help in monitoring and management tasks in a virtual (and not only) environment. Actually it was also included in some vSphere 5.5 bundle and there is the foundation edition available for free with each vSphere.

But it had some limits, now solved in the new vRealize Operations 6.0:

  • Scalability: it was a scale-up architecture with separate instances and limited scalability in the two VMs. Now will be a completly new scale-out architecture.
  • User interface: the custom UI was really powerful, but completly different from the standard UI (and also from the admin UI). Now there will a new single, integrated UI
  • Flexibility: was a fixed or custom-only dashboards with limited reporting and also with limited customizations.
  • Extendibility: starting from version 5.8 some Management Pack were introduced, but now the ecosystem is rapidly growing.

Probably the most innovating aspect is the new scale-out architecture that solves lot of scalability issue and also design aspects:


Will be possible add multiple node (available as Virtual Appliance or Linux/ Windows installer) to provide more performance; but also to provide Highly Available and a resilient infrastructure with self-monitoring. Partner adapters can be distributed across nodes.

Of course this will be integrated with other vRealize products, for example Log Insight for Deeper Analysis. And there will be a lot of extensions from partner ecosystem for networking (of course NSX, but also Arista and Kemp are announced), storage (iSCSI, FC, NFS and also Virtual SAN storage), hybrid cloud (vCloud Air, AWS) and other platforms (like, for example, OpenStack).

This will make possible have to have a deep view from the VM (or also the application level) to the physical level. For the storage area, this will make possible storage visibility and troubleshooting from HBA, Fabric, LUN across storage devices.


Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2432 Posts)

Virtualization & Cloud Architect. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). PernixPro 2014. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014. MVP 2014. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.