One of the VMworld 2014 related announcements that is still working it’s way thru everyone’s lexicon and thinking are the rebranding related announcements. Everyone that I know (self included) is tripping over using the correct term and name when talking VMware.  After numerous requests from clients and having scrubbed by acronyms list here is my quick and dirty rebranding explained.

Net-Net Two Changes

  1. vCloud Hybrid Services is now known as vCloud Air (pretty straight forward)
    • Many VMware products are now becoming avaialable via SaaS, if you see Air in the name, it denotes the SaaS varient
  2. vRealize is the new family name to designate VMware management technologies
    • many product names that used to start with vCenter now start with vRealize

Which Cascade across Suites and Offerings

vCloud Air – VMware’s public cloud platform built on vSphere, compatible with your on-premises data center. Available as a Virtual Private Cloud (shared hardware) or Dedicate Cloud (dedicated hardware) instance across seven (as of this posting) world wide data centers.

  • vCloud Government Services – hybrid cloud service for US Federal Government agencies adherent to FedRAMP security standards
  • vCloud Air Disaster Recover – Recovery as a Service for your on-premise workloads
  • vCloud Air Data Protection – Backup and recovery feature for Dedicated Cloud or Virtual Private Cloud instances.

vRealize Family – Since this is a standardizing of product names under one family, see the product rebranding map:



VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

  • VMware vCenter Operations Manager
  • VMware vCenter Operations Foundation
  • VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
  • VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
  • VMware vCenter Hyperic

VMware vCenter  Operations Manager for Horizon

VMware vRealize™ Operations™ Standard/Advanced/Enterprise

  • VMware vRealize™ Operations Manager™
  • No Change for v5.8.x
  • VMware vRealize™ Configuration Manager™
  • VMware vRealize™ Infrastructure Navigator™
  • VMware vRealize™ Hyperic®

VMware vRealize™ Operations for Horizon®

VMware vCenter Operations Management Pack for XYZ VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for XYZ (in Q1, 2015)
VMware vCloud Automation Center Standard/Advanced/Enterprise

  • VMware vCloud Application Services

VMware vCloud Automation Center Desktop

VMware vCloud Automation Center Development Kit

VMware vRealize™ Automation™ Standard/Advanced/Enterprise

  • VMware™ vRealize Application Services™

VMware vRealize™ Automation Desktop™

VMware vRealize™ Automation Development Kit™

VMware IT Business Management Suite Standard/Advanced/Enterprise VMware vRealize™ Business™ Standard/Advanced/Enterprise
VMware IT Benchmarking

VMware IT Benchmarking Starter Kit

VMware vRealize™ IT Benchmarking™ (in Q1, 2015)

VMware vRealize™ IT Benchmark Starter Kit™ (in Q1, 2015)

VMware vCenter Log Insight

VMware vCenter Log Insight Content Pack for XYZ

VMware vRealize™ Log Insight™

VMware vRealize™ Log Insight™ Content Pack for XYZ (in Q1, 2015)

VMware vCenter Orchestrator VMware vRealize™ Orchestrator™
VMware vFabric Data Director No change

And while the official stance from VMware Product Management is that there are no acronyms for the vRealize suite….they automatically started appearing, you can reference my VMware Acronym List for the latest acronyms.


There is a profusion of sources of data about the deployment of Operating Systems available today, just see the references for the usage share of operating systems for a sample. I’ve always wondered about the accuracy and real world applicability of that data.  Thus, I created a small data point in time snapshot of OS distributions thanks to a few anonymous contacts in my network.  The following graph shows both Production IT managed and Development Team (DevOps) managed environments that span both physical and virtual environments:

2014Q3 OS Distribution Snapshot


This is a data point as the total aggregate OS instances involved is below 250,000.  While the numbers in the graph represent both physical and virtual environments,  the Production side was over 85% virtualized and the Development side was over 75% virtualized.

How does this compare to your own internal OS Distributions?

Some of the interesting points that jumped out at me:

  • Maybe I’m dating myself here, but I remember when those Windows and Linux proportions used to be flipped…
  • Solaris and HPUX are still breathing…thought I think it’s safe to say they are on hospice care
  • There was a larger percentage of development running ESX Nested than running HPUX (even when nested ESX is not officially supported by VMware)
  • Windows deployments are lower in Development; the sources of these data points were not using Azure as far as I know, I wonder how Azure might impact a graph like this moving forward
  • Unsure how to read the significant delta between Solaris deployments on the Production side versus the Development side

Post a comment if you want to compare your environment to the above.  Since this is a data point snapshot I haven’t calculated any statistical margin of error…for entertaining discussion only. :-)


VMworld 2014 Recap

September 5, 2014

I’m a bit delayed in posting my VMworld recap of VMware announcements…a week in the tech industry seems like a lifetime but real life items like kid’s birthdays, overseeing a landscaping project, and maintaining a thumb rehab schedule (I was the one walking around VMworld in the orange cast, and I’m finally back to two handed […]

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vCenter Operations Blog Series

August 7, 2014

I recently came across the blog series that David Davis, of, guest wrote for VMware on VCOPS which I though was a great resource for those ramping up or looking to dive deeper into VCOPS.  I couldn’t find a list of all the articles in  the series, so I created one (14 posts at time […]

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VMware “Getting Up to Speed” Education List

December 20, 2013

A frequent request from my clients is what education resources do you have to help get me up to speed with recent changes? This is always a loaded question as everyone’s current speed varies as does the type of education resources that work best for them.  However, I put together this list for a client’s […]

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Temper Your New Release Excitement & Protect Yourself

October 22, 2013

With all the new releases that have spun out of VMware in the past few months it’s great to see all the excitement from my clients wanting to upgrade (and with good reason).  There is an exciting set of new features and capabilities to add value to your environment in these releases. However, make sure […]

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