This week, VMware released a new version of vCloud Director (vCD), version 8.20.
The vCloud Director 8.20 release enables vCloud Air Network service providers to achieve three key objectives:
- rapidly monetize new services,
- deliver radical operational efficiency to shared vCenter environments, and
- with the new “Adopt a vCenter” capability, extend this radical operational efficiency to existing vCenters.
These three capabilities are critical enablers for
every service provider’s business.
New vCloud Director 8.20 Features:
Advanced Edge Gateway and Distributed Firewall configuration via the vCloud Director Tenant Portal
This release introduces the vCloud Director Tenant Portal with an initial set of controls that you can use to configure Edge Gateways and NSX Distributed Firewalls in your organization. The Tenant Portal is a pure-HTML5 user interface that you can use in conjunction with the legacy vCloud Director Web Console.
A new vCloud Director API for NSX
This release introduces a new a proxy API that enables vCloud API clients to make requests to the NSX API. Unlike the NSX API, which is designed to address NSX objects in a global scope like that of a vCenter datacenter, the vCloud Director API for NSX is designed to address NSX objects within the scope of a vCloud Director tenant organization.
Role Administration at the Organization Level
In previous releases, roles were global objects created by system administrators and available to all organizations. Beginning with vCloud Director 8.20, role objects exist in each organization in the system. System administrators can use the vCloud Director Web Console or the vCloud API to create roles in any organization. Organization administrators can use the vCloud API to create roles that are local to their organization. During upgrade, existing global roles are mapped to local roles with the same names and rights. After upgrade, organization administrators can modify these roles or add new ones for use within their organization. When the system administrator creates an organization, it includes the default set of pre-defined roles and the rights they contain. A system administrator can grant additional rights to an organization. A system administrator can create roles in the System organization and in other organizations, but roles are no longer global to the system.
Automatic discovery and import of vCenter VMs
Organization VDCs automatically discover vCenter VMs that exist in any resource pool that backs the VDC. A system administrator can use the vCloud API to specify vCenter resource pools for the VDC to adopt. vCenter VMs that exist in an adopted resource pool become available as discovered vApps in the new VDC.
Virtual Machine Host Affinity
A system administrator can create groups of VMs in a resource pool, then use VM-Host affinity rules to specify whether members of a VM group should be deployed on members of a vSphere host DRS Group.
The upgrade utility now supports upgrading all the cells in your server group with a single operation.
The official vCloud Director documentation can be found here and the binary can be downloaded here.