VMware vRealize Automation
On November 13, 2020, VMware released the first patch for vRealize Automation 8.2. Patch 1 including twenty-five fixes for the Provisioning Engine, the Service Broker, Migration and Assessment Services, vRealize Orchestrator, and virtual appliance/clustering. The patch can be installed using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.2. It is recommended to install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.2 Patch 1 before installing vRealize Automation 8.2 Patch 1 (126.96.36.19970). For complete details on the items that have been resolved with this hotfix, review the VMware KB article Cumulative Update for vRealize Automation 8.
Today, VMware is introducing the new vRealize Cloud Universal subscription. With this new hybrid subscription offering, VMware is providing customers the flexibility to consume both on-premise and SaaS vRealize Suite products and services using a single subscription license. This offering allows customers the freedom to move workloads between on-premise and SaaS offerings interchangeably without the requirement to purchase new licenses. Additionally, this new offering provides access to Cloud Federated Analytics and Cloud Federated Catalog capabilities.
The annual VMworld conference always includes large product announcements, and in line with this history, VMware today has announced their intent to acquire SaltStack. Salt is a python-based open-source platform for event-driven IT automation, remote task execution, and configuration management platform that utilizes infrastructure as code. Salt originated from the need for high-speed data collection and task execution for systems administrators managing massive infrastructure scale and resulting complexity. SaltStack is the company that now maintains the Salt Open project and develops and sells SaltStack Enterprise software, services, and support.
It seems like it wasn’t too long ago that I posted that Patch 3 had been released for vRealize Automation 7.6 (technically it was March 2, 2020). Since then, VMware has been quite busy resolving various issues within vRealize Automation 7.6 and have released 11 additional patches as well as 2 cumulative security updates. Patch 14 for vRealize Automation 7.6 was released by VMware on September 22, 2020, and only contains 1 fix related to “Email notifications fail to work properly over time requiring service restarts”.
On July 24, 2020, VMware released the second patch for vRealize Automation 8.1. Patch 2 including forty-eight fixes for Provisioning, the Service Broker, vRealize CodeStream, Identity, vRealize Orchestrator, and virtual appliance/clustering. The hotfix can be installed using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.1. It is recommended to install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.1 Patch 1 before installing vRealize Automation 8.1 Patch 2 (188.8.131.5283). For complete details on the items that have been resolved with this hotfix, review the VMware KB article Cumulative Update for vRealize Automation 8.