Many VMware customers are now embracing a multi-cloud strategy to propel their digital business growth. While the cloud offers numerous advantages, managing multiple clouds presents its own set of challenges. These challenges arise from handling diverse data, applications, and policies across various clouds. VMware Aria Automation is a platform designed to address these complexities. It enables customers to deliver a unified self-service multi-cloud environment, simplifying operations and facilitating scalable growth.
As part of VMware's commitment to empowering customers on
their multi-cloud journeys, a plugin-based architecture was announced in the
April release. This architecture enables seamless integration with native
public cloud resources, offering enhanced flexibility and control. VMware is
thrilled to announce the addition of support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to
further expand the capabilities of our multi-cloud solution. In this blog, we
will explore the exciting new features that come with this update.
New Plugin-Based Native GCP Resource Support
Support for GCP VMs
VMware Aria Automation now offers support for provisioning
virtual machines (VMs) hosted on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). This support is
made possible through the plugin-based architecture, expanding the capabilities
of the platform. With this new feature, users can take advantage of all
properties and features available in GCP, rather than being limited to a
predefined set by VMware Aria Automation.
The addition of support for GCP VMs in VMware Aria
Automation through the plugin-based architecture brings enhanced flexibility
and access to the latest features available on GCP. Users can now leverage the
full range of properties and benefits provided by GCP, unlocking greater
customization and real-time updates. This integration simplifies the management
and provisioning of GCP VMs within the VMware Aria Automation platform,
offering a seamless experience for users.
Support for VM snapshots in GCP
VMware Aria Automation has introduced enhanced snapshot
capabilities for virtual machines (VMs) hosted on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
This new feature, built on top of the classic VM objects, expands the snapshot
functionality within the platform. With these enhancements, users can
effectively manage and utilize snapshots for their GCP deployments, enabling
greater control over system states.
Key Snapshot Use Cases:
The plugin-based framework in VMware Aria Automation now
supports the following snapshot use cases for GCP:
Creation of a new snapshot from a disk resource while
creating a new deployment using a blueprint
Deletion of an existing snapshot
Update an existing snapshot.
Restoring a disk from a snapshot
VMware Aria Automation's enhanced snapshot capabilities for
GCP VMs empower users to effectively manage system states and configurations.
With the ability to create, delete, update, and restore snapshots, users can
maintain control over their deployments and easily revert to previous states as
needed. These features offer greater flexibility, efficiency, and peace of mind
for managing GCP deployments within the VMware Aria Automation platform.
Support for managing network resources in GCP
VMware Aria Automation has expanded its capabilities to
support the provisioning and management of network resources on Google Cloud
Platform (GCP). This feature enables users to seamlessly configure and optimize
network connectivity within their GCP deployments, fostering efficient
communication between Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networks. The plugin-based
architecture empowers users with various operations, including adding,
removing, updating, and patching network resources, as well as switching to
VMware Aria Automation's expanded support for managing
network resources in GCP enhances the connectivity and communication
capabilities within GCP deployments. With features such as VPC Network Peering,
add/remove/update peering, custom mode switching, and network patching, users
can optimize their network configurations to meet specific requirements. This
enhanced functionality offers an optimized user experience, enabling efficient
network management within the VMware Aria Automation platform.
Support for managing disks resources in GCP
VMware Aria Automation now offers comprehensive support for
managing disk resources on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). With the plugin-based
architecture, users can easily attach, detach, and encrypt disks, leveraging
storage profiles for efficient disk management within GCP deployments. This
capability simplifies disk resource operations, enhancing the user experience
and enabling faster provisioning of VM instances.
Key Disk Resource Management Features:
The plugin-based architecture in VMware Aria Automation
provides the following essential capabilities for managing disk resources in
Disk creation (present)
Disk deletion (absent)
Disk display (describe)
VMware Aria Automation's support for managing disk
resources in GCP through the plugin-based architecture streamlines disk
operations within GCP deployments. With features such as disk creation,
deletion, and display, users can efficiently provision, manage, and assess disk
resources according to their specific requirements. This enhanced functionality
improves the user experience and accelerates the provisioning of VM instances,
facilitating a more streamlined and efficient disk management process within
the VMware Aria Automation platform.
Support for storage buckets in GCP plugin
The StorageBucket resource represents a bucket in Cloud
Storage. VMware Aria automation supports creating and deleting a Bucket
resource in GCP. Also provides the ability to patch and update the storage
bucket. StorageBucket Resource can be managed with default access control. Bucket resources can be patched and updated.
It provides an option for users to lock the retention policy of a Bucket
Manage shielded instance resources in GCP
VMware Aria Automation supports the creation of Shielded
VMs, by using a dedicated “shield” property. Shielded VMs offer verifiable
integrity of the compute Engine VM instances, so the user can be confident his
instances haven’t been compromised by boot- or kernel-level malware or
Learn more about how VMware Aria Automation plugin-based
Architecture supports the latest GCP capabilities: GCP resource support in
VMware Aria Automation.
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