Below is a breakdown of the new features we have to offer with the release of PvDC 2.0.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Self-Service Capabilities

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans are driven by events that are typically outside of a business’s control.  PvDC 2.0 offers new capabilities that give the customer full control and unprecedented flexibility in managing these processes.

Customers have full self-service monitoring and control of business recovery for virtual machines or vApps in real time.  In the event that your services are running at a PvDC site that is in the path of or experiencing a natural disaster PvDC 2.0 allows for on demand geographic change site selection for executing DR and BC plans.

Software-Defined Storage

Not all applications in an environment have the same storage requirements. Storage systems range from very high speed and low latency to very slow speed and high latency. Typically, increases in performance require a corresponding increase in price. Using metrics such as these, system administrators strive to optimize the storage provided to users in such a way as to provide the best storage services at the least cost to the organization.  Need IOPS?  PvDC 2.0 has them including 120,000 IOPS per datastore.

Snapshots

As a consumer of a cloud, a user often finds it helpful to be able to revert back to how the environment was at a particular point in time. Reverting to a baseline configuration, recovering from a failed patch attempt, and supporting testing or training evolutions are all examples of instances when this would be valued.  To provide this functionality, PvDC 2.0 has the ability to take a snapshot of a single virtual machine or an entire vApp. After a snapshot has been taken, a user easily can revert to that point in time when it was taken.

Single Sign-On

Maintaining secure access to cloud resources is of paramount concern to any organization. Multiple layers of security tend to get introduced into an organization as new products and services are deployed. With so many security layers, users easily can become confused attempting to remember which portal to log in to and when to use a particular password. The more cumbersome the security policies are for the users, the more apt users are to attempt to bypass them.

To assist in providing a manageable, secure cloud environment, PvDC 2.0 now has incorporated a single sign-on (SSO) capability. This provides several advantages to users and security managers.

Security Managers

  • – Dictate standardized access control policies.
  • – Easily perform auditing for compliance.
  • – Manage users from a central location.
  • – Increase security.


Users

  • – Have one password for the entire environment.
  • – Log in once and access many times.
  • – Get faster access-problem resolution.

Usability

Enhancing the user experience is of paramount concern to Net3. With PvDC 2.0, several usability enhancements were made, including the following:

  • – The enhanced “Add vApp from Catalog” wizard makes it easier to quickly locate gold master templates, visualize the remaining virtual machine quota available, and access important information about the vApps and the virtual datacenters. This wizard also has been streamlined by providing more defaults for commonly accepted features.
  • – It provides easy access to virtual machine quota and lease expirations.
  • – A redesigned catalog navigation and sub-entity hierarchy now enables each catalog to have its own set of navigational history, with automatic refreshes of data to provide the most up-to-date information.
  • – Help and documentation links now are provided throughout the user interface, enabling users to directly access the latest information about the product

Metadata Management

With the ease of consumption, there arises a need to be able to manage and report on the objects within the cloud environment.  In PvDC 2.0, the ability to view and manage metadata is provided within the user interface. Users with the appropriate level of access can view, add, modify and delete metadata as necessary.

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