VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.3 Release Notes

VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.3 is now ready for customers to use. VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.3 now supports the following new functionality.

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Availability

Advanced Retention Rules

Now providers can set more than one rule for retention of the instances. Up to five different retention rules can store instances with a granularity that is changing over time.

For example, the following four retention rules keep a total of 24 rotated instances.

  • 10 instances, over distance 10 minutes unit - Retention period: 100 minutes.
  • 10 instances, over distance 1 hours unit - Retention period: 10 hours.
  • 2 instances, over distance 3 days unit - Retention period: 6 days.
  • 2 instances, over distance 2 months unit - Retention period: 4 months.

This update allows for a flexible process recovery readiness within a single set of retention rules, regardless of whether the problem occurred 10 minutes or 3 months ago.

 

DR and Migration Plans (new functionality)

Orchestrate and schedule the recovery and the migration operations across multiple virtual machines and vApps by using plans with sequences of delayable and pausable steps, containing execution settings and existing virtual machines and vApps replications references.

 

1-Minute Target Recovery Point Objective (RPO)

If in the previous version of Availability the shortest possible RPO interval was 5 minutes, now the shortest RPO length can be set to 1 minute. The RPO period can be set using the RPO slider when configuring replications, SLA profiles, or replication policies. To achieve a shorter RPO, make sure you follow the recommendations to reduce RPO violations and look for details. Intense I / O workloads protected by a shorter RPO can cause RPO violations.

1-15min RPO setup is possible when backing up to the premium TIER SSD. The cloud storages in the base price are not powerful enough to provide this functionality.

RPO

 

Multisite Cloud to Cloud Authentication

The client no longer needs to log in to VMware Cloud Director separately for each cloud site to perform replication operations. Background Multisite functionality now allows you to manage all of your customer's available cloud sites from a single web interface.

 

On-Premises Authentication by Using a Token

With vCenter Server 7.0 or later, a new authentication mechanism for the on-premises tenants allows performing disaster recovery operations in the vSphere Client Plug-In that require authentication to the cloud site.

When the organization uses an external identity provider, for example, SAML, the on-premises tenants can now use that method for authentication.

 

Add Virtual Machines in Existing vApp Groups

Now, you can group one or several new virtual machines to an already existing vApp replication from on-premises to the cloud.

 

Placement Policies

Now the system providers and their tenants can select a placement organization VDC compute policy for a specific cluster or host for the recovered virtual machine.

 

Optimized Reverse

If the original source disks have not been modified in any way at the time of the restore operation, then full synchronization will now be skipped, transmitting only the changed deltas.

 

Replacing the Cloud Service Certificate Without Impacting Paired On-Premises

Now the paired on-premises appliances verify the entire SSL certificate chain of the Cloud Service. As a result, when replacing the certificate with a valid CA-signed certificate, the paired on-premises appliances do not need re-pairing with the cloud site.

 

Improved Replicating Workloads

Previously, the customer could only use replications of the VMware core service, and the service provider could implement Availability replications. The customer can now also apply replication to the Availability paid service. With the previous version, the client could not replicate a virtual machine that had Replication from a Service Provider on it. This was always preceded by support ticket communication between the customer and the service provider. Now the client can make a new Availability replication and the old one will be deleted automatically.

 

Read more about VMware release notes:

VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.3 Release Notes

VMware Cloud Director Availability DR and Migration Plans

New Replication Settings in VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.3

 

Testimonials

Žiga Podgrajšek

Ridango

WaveCom has been an exceptional partner, providing IT infrastructure services that are not only reliable but also innovative. Their expertise in VMware vCloud solutions has been instrumental in ensuring secure and efficient hosting and administration services. 

WaveCom's proactive approach to information and advice, as well as their commitment to service levels, has greatly contributed to our success. We are grateful for their continued support and collaboration.  

Žiga Podgrajšek - Head of O&M
 

Marko Metsoja

UpHillIT

Engaged in software development, we constantly need to quickly create new servers and scale them. For us, owning hardware and dealing with its management is certainly not in line with our goals. After trying out several service providers, we turned to Wavecom, where all our computing needs are covered. The service is also very stable, and it's easy to recommend to our clients to continue using Wavecom's services after development is complete.

The stability of WaveCom's service further led us to start building an automatic Kubernetes platform there, making life significantly easier for both us and our clients. All this is done so that using the service does not require having either DevOps or even IT specialists.

Marko Metsoja - Partner

Toomas Kornet

Semetron

Semetron offers modern and professional medical products and equipment, including field hospitals intended for military use, to healthcare providers. We have been in close cooperation with WaveCom for almost 23 years. Wavecom has created a high availability VMware cluster (including VMware hybrid cloud and DRaaS solution) for us and implemented smart network solutions for our mobile field hospitals.

WaveCom's competent team has been responsive and helpful, assisting us in quickly adapting to changing technological needs and challenges. Thanks to their continuous dedication to innovation and customer-centric approach, we have never been disappointed in WaveCom's services or expertise.

Toomas Kornet MD - Partner

Oliver Lepik

bodyparts.ee

Dealing in wholesale of car spare parts, it is extremely important for us that our customer environment functions ultra-fast and seamlessly. WaveCom's cloud service has proven to be the perfect platform for us. We can confidently focus on our core business, knowing that server-related "surprises" are not to be expected. 

The service operates flawlessly. If there are any questions, answers are just a quick phone call away.

Oliver Lepik - CEO

Janno Oja

Excellent Business Solutions

"In case of Wavecom we especially appreciate the precise mapping of our needs and careful tailoring of respective technical solutions.

High availability and security of our client’s data is our main priority. The speed and quality of the support line is also very important. In case of Wavecom we especially appreciate the precise mapping of our needs and careful tailoring of respective technical solutions that ensure security, high availability, speed and quality for both cloud and call center. Quick response is to be expected in the IT business but we have been positively surprised by their proactive and caring attitude and personalized pricing."

Janno Oja – partner

Žiga Podgrajšek

Ridango

WaveCom has been an exceptional partner, providing IT infrastructure services that are not only reliable but also innovative. Their expertise in VMware vCloud solutions has been instrumental in ensuring secure and efficient hosting and administration services. 

WaveCom's proactive approach to information and advice, as well as their commitment to service levels, has greatly contributed to our success. We are grateful for their continued support and collaboration.  

Žiga Podgrajšek - Head of O&M
 

Marko Metsoja

UpHillIT

Engaged in software development, we constantly need to quickly create new servers and scale them. For us, owning hardware and dealing with its management is certainly not in line with our goals. After trying out several service providers, we turned to Wavecom, where all our computing needs are covered. The service is also very stable, and it's easy to recommend to our clients to continue using Wavecom's services after development is complete.

The stability of WaveCom's service further led us to start building an automatic Kubernetes platform there, making life significantly easier for both us and our clients. All this is done so that using the service does not require having either DevOps or even IT specialists.

Marko Metsoja - Partner

Toomas Kornet

Semetron

Semetron offers modern and professional medical products and equipment, including field hospitals intended for military use, to healthcare providers. We have been in close cooperation with WaveCom for almost 23 years. Wavecom has created a high availability VMware cluster (including VMware hybrid cloud and DRaaS solution) for us and implemented smart network solutions for our mobile field hospitals.

WaveCom's competent team has been responsive and helpful, assisting us in quickly adapting to changing technological needs and challenges. Thanks to their continuous dedication to innovation and customer-centric approach, we have never been disappointed in WaveCom's services or expertise.

Toomas Kornet MD - Partner

Oliver Lepik

bodyparts.ee

Dealing in wholesale of car spare parts, it is extremely important for us that our customer environment functions ultra-fast and seamlessly. WaveCom's cloud service has proven to be the perfect platform for us. We can confidently focus on our core business, knowing that server-related "surprises" are not to be expected. 

The service operates flawlessly. If there are any questions, answers are just a quick phone call away.

Oliver Lepik - CEO

Janno Oja

Excellent Business Solutions

"In case of Wavecom we especially appreciate the precise mapping of our needs and careful tailoring of respective technical solutions.

High availability and security of our client’s data is our main priority. The speed and quality of the support line is also very important. In case of Wavecom we especially appreciate the precise mapping of our needs and careful tailoring of respective technical solutions that ensure security, high availability, speed and quality for both cloud and call center. Quick response is to be expected in the IT business but we have been positively surprised by their proactive and caring attitude and personalized pricing."

Janno Oja – partner

Žiga Podgrajšek

Ridango

WaveCom has been an exceptional partner, providing IT infrastructure services that are not only reliable but also innovative. Their expertise in VMware vCloud solutions has been instrumental in ensuring secure and efficient hosting and administration services. 

WaveCom's proactive approach to information and advice, as well as their commitment to service levels, has greatly contributed to our success. We are grateful for their continued support and collaboration.  

Žiga Podgrajšek - Head of O&M
 

Marko Metsoja

UpHillIT

Engaged in software development, we constantly need to quickly create new servers and scale them. For us, owning hardware and dealing with its management is certainly not in line with our goals. After trying out several service providers, we turned to Wavecom, where all our computing needs are covered. The service is also very stable, and it's easy to recommend to our clients to continue using Wavecom's services after development is complete.

The stability of WaveCom's service further led us to start building an automatic Kubernetes platform there, making life significantly easier for both us and our clients. All this is done so that using the service does not require having either DevOps or even IT specialists.

Marko Metsoja - Partner

Toomas Kornet

Semetron

Semetron offers modern and professional medical products and equipment, including field hospitals intended for military use, to healthcare providers. We have been in close cooperation with WaveCom for almost 23 years. Wavecom has created a high availability VMware cluster (including VMware hybrid cloud and DRaaS solution) for us and implemented smart network solutions for our mobile field hospitals.

WaveCom's competent team has been responsive and helpful, assisting us in quickly adapting to changing technological needs and challenges. Thanks to their continuous dedication to innovation and customer-centric approach, we have never been disappointed in WaveCom's services or expertise.

Toomas Kornet MD - Partner

Oliver Lepik

bodyparts.ee

Dealing in wholesale of car spare parts, it is extremely important for us that our customer environment functions ultra-fast and seamlessly. WaveCom's cloud service has proven to be the perfect platform for us. We can confidently focus on our core business, knowing that server-related "surprises" are not to be expected. 

The service operates flawlessly. If there are any questions, answers are just a quick phone call away.

Oliver Lepik - CEO

Janno Oja

Excellent Business Solutions

"In case of Wavecom we especially appreciate the precise mapping of our needs and careful tailoring of respective technical solutions.

High availability and security of our client’s data is our main priority. The speed and quality of the support line is also very important. In case of Wavecom we especially appreciate the precise mapping of our needs and careful tailoring of respective technical solutions that ensure security, high availability, speed and quality for both cloud and call center. Quick response is to be expected in the IT business but we have been positively surprised by their proactive and caring attitude and personalized pricing."

Janno Oja – partner

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