What’s New in vCloud Director 5.1

By Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan)

VMware vCloud Director (VCD) is software that provides IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). Officially the new version is 5.1, but I would contend that is really only on its 3rd major release. That said I like the idea of it matching the vSphere version currently released. VCD has been positioned by VMware as an IaaS tool; it provides a platform that allows consumer to deploy and consumer resources without needing to involve a vSphere administrator. Some of my favorite features in the previous versions are:

  • Linked Clones
  • Network Isolation with NAT and Layer 2 technologies
  • Simplified cloning of vApps
  • vShield Edge Security
  • Resource Allocation and management
  • Automated decommissioning capabilities
  • Integration with ChargeBack or ShowBack

I am really looking forward to the new 5.1 release — it has some really exciting new features. In the table below, I list some of my new favorites along with some commentary on why I believe these features are important.

New Features


For a list of all the new features read VMware’s whitepaper: What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 5.1

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