Gartner assesses VMware vCloud Suite 5.1

In July 2012 Gartner released its evaluation criteria for cloud management platforms (CMPs), the document, published from Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) is essentially a scorecard that helps the enterprises to autonomously assess or compare one or more products.
VMware vCloud Suite 5.1: In-Depth Assessment, also written by Alessandro Perilli and following Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1: In-Depth Assessment for Cloud Management, offers an evaluation of VMware’s well known CMP, with a deeply technical approach based on those criteria and the result is a precise image of the maturity level of this suite that could be a bad surprise for the virtualization giant.
As the name suggests vCloud Suite 5.1 is a bundle made of several products that can be resumed as follows:
  • vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 5.2
  • vCloud Director (vCD) 5.1.2
  • vFabric Application Director (vFAD) 5.2
  • vCloud Connector (vCC) 2.0.0
  • vCloud Operation Management Suite (vCOMS)
    • vCenter Chargeback Manager (vCCM) 2.5
    • vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM) 5.6
    • vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (vCIN) 2.0
    • vCenter Operations Manager (vCOM) 5.7
    • vFabric Hyperic (vFH) 5.7
  • vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) 5.1.2a
    • Manager (formerly vShield Manager)
    • Edge (formerly vShield Edge)
    • App (formerly vShield App)
    • VXLAN
  • vCenter Site Recovery Manager (vCSRM) 5.1.1
  • vSphere 5.1
    • vCenter Server
    • Endpoint (formerly vShield Endpoint)
    • vCenter Orchestrator (vCO)
Here is the table of contents as reported on Gartner’s website:
  • Bottom-Line Assessment
    • Product Scorecard and Feature Snapshot
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Reasons to Deploy
    • Reasons to Not Deploy
  • Analysis
    • Required Features for Production
    • Preferred Features for Production
    • Optional Features for Production
  • Gartner Recommended Reading