VMware App Launchpad | 24 MAR 2022

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About VMware App Launchpad

VMware App Launchpad is an application platform as-a-service offering, that lays out a self-service portfolio of pre-configured, out-of-box applications appealing to developer personas. With a single click, developers can deploy full-stack applications without the need to manage the underlying infrastructure.

Service providers can provision VMware App Launchpad through the VMware Cloud Partner Navigator.

VMware App Launchpad introduces multi-cloud endpoint support, with a unified application deployment framework on:

  • VMware Cloud Director Service
  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • VMware Cloud Director

By leveraging the centralized catalog management feature, service providers can synchronize global cloud catalog to local site catalogs in VMware Cloud Director instances and VMware cloud on AWS SDDC instances.

What's New

What's New March 2022

  • Tenant Catalog Support

    Tenant administrators can create application catalogs for their own organization, import applications from VMware Marketplace or Helm chart repositories, and synchronize application contents to destination organization vDCs or SDDCs with storage policy.

  • Tenant Chart Repository Support

    Tenant administrators can manage their own Helm chart repositories for container application import.

  • Batch application deletion

    Both service providers and tenant administrators can delete their own applications in a batch.

  • Tanzu Multi-cloud Kubernetes Cluster Support

    Tenant users can deploy container workloads to Tanzu Multi-cloud Kubernetes clusters, available to their organizations.

What's New February 2022

  • Enhanced Tenant Administrator Privileges
    • Persona: Provider administrator

      Service providers can customize rights of tenant administrator or user(s), allowing more granular control of page visibility based on role/right definition.

    • Persona: Tenant administrator

      Tenant administrators can set featured applications, sizing templates and define deployment settings for their organizations

  • Application Management Enhancements
    • Tenant administrators/users have better visibility into the status of workload location.
    • On the provider portal, Activity log expiration timeline set to 90 days.

What's New January 2022

  • Multi-Cloud Endpoint Expansion – Support for on-premise VMware Cloud Director instance

    Through the VMware App Launchpad provider portal, service providers can:

    • Register and onboard on-premise VMware Cloud Director instances as endpoints.
    • Seamlessly create and publish catalogs to tenants.
    • Configure deployment settings.
  • Inside-out Tenant Workflow

    Tenant users can now launch VMware App Launchpad portal directly from within the VMware Cloud Director instance (CDI) or on-premise VMware Cloud Director tenant portal.

  • Application Management Enhancements
    • Service providers can customize publishing the VMware App Launchpad UI plug-in on a per tenant basis and manage tenant on-premise organizations i.e. link/unlink, through the newly introduced Customer Management page.
    • With auto sync activated, service providers can customize the number of versions of an application to preserve. 
    • Deactivated (greyed out) icons during application import to catalog reflect the appropriate status with a message. 
  • Content Localization

    Italian language support added.

What's New December 2021

Application management enhancements

  • Tenant administrators can view historical data of their consumption over time.
  • Tenant users can:
    • Filter workloads with advanced options - name, type, status, IP address and so on.
    • Add tags to VM based applications.
    • Customize the disk size on VM application deployment to their VMC SDDC instance.

What's New October 2021

  • Automated Gateway provisioning to onboard a Customer Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

    Service providers can onboard a customer SDDC through automated gateway provisioning. This creates management group and management gateway resources for App Launchpad Service to access the SDDC, without any manual intervention.

  • Brand your App Launchpad User Dashboard

    Tenant administrators can customize image and welcome message on their Applications Marketplace tab of the user interface dashboard.

  • Application management enhancements
    • Tenant users can filter applications by catalog name on their Applications Marketplace and choose up to five catalogs.
    • Tenant users can launch new applications from their My Applications tab.

What's New September 2021

  • Container support for Kubernetes clusters running anywhere

    Tenant admins can attach Kubernetes clusters running on public networks, access restricted networks or isolated networks, enabling tenant users to deploy helm chart applications to any available Kubernetes cluster.

  • Web console for VM workloads on VMWare Cloud Director instances

    Tenant users can open VM web console on App Launchpad tenant portal, once VM workloads are deployed onto Cloud Director instances.

  • OVF application synchronization to VMC SDDC instances

    Provider administrators can publish VM catalogs containing custom OVF applications to customers owning VMC SDDC instances. OVF applications can now be synchronized to VMC SDDC instances and are available for tenant users to deploy.

  • In-app workload status notification

    Tenant users receive in-app notifications for workload management when launching and deleting VM and Container workloads.

  • Custom field visibility

    Provider administrators can add custom information to imported applications and choose the visibility on application launch page or detail page.

What's New July 2021

Initial Availability of VMware App Launchpad

  • Multi-cloud Endpoint Support

    Unifies application deployment to VMware based clouds by supporting VMware Cloud Director Service and VMware Cloud on AWS as endpoints, expanding the availability to service providers on VMCA. 

  • Global Catalog Management

    Introduces centralized global cloud catalog management that enables service providers to maintain catalogs in the cloud and synchronizes seamlessly across site catalogs in VMware Cloud Director instances and VMware cloud on AWS SDDC instances. 

Caveats and Limitations

Startup scripts are not supported when deploying Bitnami VM applications to VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs. For custom VM applications, you must turn on the custom scripts feature. See KB 74880

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