vRealize Automation provides several extensibility options to support various use cases and integrations. In addition, the Cloud Management Platform, of which vRealize Automation is a central component, enables a usage model that includes interactions between users, the Cloud Management Platform itself, and integrations with the supporting infrastructure.
- Fabric Endpoints
- vRealize Automation can use existing and future infrastructure that represents multi-vendor, multi-cloud virtual, physical, and public cloud infrastructures. Each support type of infrastructure is represented by a fabric endpoint.
- Call vRealize Automation Services from Existing Applications
- vRealize Automation provides a RESTful API that can be used to call vRealize Automation application and infrastructure services from IT service management (ITSM) applications such as ServiceNow, PMG Digital Business Platform, and BMC Remedy.
- vRealize Business
vRealize Business integrates with vRealize Automation to manage resource costs of provisioned workloads by displaying costing information in the following cases:
- At workload request
- On an ongoing basis with cost reporting by user, business group, or tenant
Pricing can be on blueprints, endpoints, reservations, and reservation policies for Compute Grouping Strategy. In addition, vRealize Business for Cloud supports the storage path and storage reservation policies for Storage Grouping Strategy.
- vRealize Operations Manager
- The vRealize Operations management pack for vRealize Automation provides performance and capacity metrics of a tenant’s business groups and underlying cloud infrastructure.
- Supporting Infrastructure
vRealize Automation integrates with the following supporting infrastructure:
- Microsoft SQL Server to store data relating to the vRealize Automation IaaS elements.
- NTP server for synchronization of the time between the vRealize Automation components
- Active Directory for tenant user authentication and authorization
- SMTP for sending and receiving notification emails for various actions that can be run in the vRealize Automation console.
NSX and vRealize Automation integration supports designing and authoring blueprints using the networking and security features of NSX. You can use all NSX network constructs such as logical switches, routers, and firewalls.
In a blueprint, you can place an on-demand load balancer, NAT network, routed network , and security groups. When a user requests the blueprint, vRealize Automation automatically provisions these constructs on NSX.
You can directly configure network provisioning as a part of the blueprint design instead of as a separate operation outside vRealize Automation.
Cloud Management Platform Usage Model
The Cloud Management Platform, of which vRealize Automation is a central component, enables a usage model that includes interaction between users, the platform itself, the supporting infrastructure, and the provisioning infrastructure.
The usage model of vRealize Automation contains the following elements and components in them: