Please be aware that during the weekend of April 26th – April 27th the server team will be introducing product updates and new or enhanced features to the State Private Cloud. Features and functionality will be ready for use as of the morning of Monday April 28th. This release will not impact availability to the existing service, so no disruption in service is anticipated.
New Platform – vSphere 5.5 Enterprise Edition will be the foundation of the server virtualization layer for the State Private Cloud. This allows for larger sized virtual machines, greater scale, and new robust features to support the hosted virtual machines. In addition, IBM’s TSM for VE 7.1 will be delivered to help protect and backup the virtual machines on this platform.
New Flexibility – New hardware clusters are available for applications that require higher than average vCPU and/or Memory requirements or specialized application licensing. This allows for global resources to be managed and monitored in a more efficient manner, it helps in reducing licensing costs, and offers specialized sizing recommendations for peak application performance needs rather than trended performance needs.
New Tools – vCenter Operations Manager access will be available for agency technical administrators. This is a very powerful monitoring and reporting tool helps move the State Private Cloud towards a more proactive and intelligent operation. It is able help proactively avoid performance issues and gain deep insights into the health, risk and efficiency of the virtual and physical infrastructure, operating systems and applications. It also allows for policy based automation with advisory tools that asset with automated root cause analysis and orchestration workflows to help enforce configured resource and performance standards.