Wednesday, December 11, 2013

vCAC 6.0 GA

VMware vCAC 6.0 is a game-changing release that enables IT to deliver infrastructure, applications, desktops and virtually any kind of IT service in a simple yet highly configurable and rich self-service experience. It is also a significant step in converging the original vCAC and Application Director products.

This new release contains a wealth of new capabilities to help IT departments become brokers of services and accelerate their customers' journey to IT as a Service. Some of the major new vCAC 6.0 features include:

  • A single catalog for publishing and requesting infrastructure, application, desktop and custom IT services
  • A more powerful and flexible approval policy engine that governs all types of services
  • Enhancements to Application Deployment and Updates (formerly "Application Director"), including:
  • Application rollbacks of unsuccessful updates
  • Connecting to existing services such as a load balancers
  • Scale-in of clustered applications
  • Integration with Puppet
  • The new Advanced Service Designer, which lets service architects creates new services (storage as a service, backup as a service, etc.) from vCO workflows in a matter of minutes
  • Integration with IT Business Management Standard Edition, for visibility into the cost and usage of on-premise virtual infrastructure and public cloud infrastructure, including benchmarking capabilities
  • Many improvements to Infrastructure as a Service, including:
  • Support for VMware vCloud Hybrid Services (vCHS)
  • Support for OpenStack
  • Dynamic creation of networks and load balancers via integrations with vCNS and NSX
  • vSphere machine access via the VMware Remote Console (VMRC)
  • Support for vSAN as a datastore
  • Better interoperability with SRM
  • New multi-tenany capabilities, including the ability to connect to LDAP-based directory services
  • New, more secure, and simpler verb-oriented REST APIs (BETA feature)
For more details and a full list of new features, please check the Release Notes:

One thing to note, there currently is no upgrade path from vCAC 5.2 to 6.0:

Please reference the following Knowledge Base article regarding vCAC 5.2 to 6.0 upgrade path at
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