Historically with VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), the vRealize Suite (or the following list of products) have been part of the VCF bill of materials (BOM) and their versions tightly linked to a specific VCF release:
- vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM)
- Workspace ONE Access (WS1A)
- vRealize Operations (vROPs)
- vRealize Log Insight (vRLI)
- vRealize Automation (vRA)
All of the above products were deployed by SDDC Manager using VCF install bundles that were downloaded via SDDC Manager. Their versions were static entries on the bill of materials (BOM) for each VCF release and you couldn’t upgrade to a higher version (to pick up a new feature etc) until the next major VCF release that included the version you were looking for. This clearly wasn’t working for our customer base who need to be more agile with how they manage their private & hybrid cloud infrastructure.
So to help with this we introduced Flexible vRealize Suite product upgrades. See the snippet from the VCF 4.4 release notes below
So what does this actually mean? Well for one, vRSLCM is now the only bundle that is distributed via SDDC Manager. All other products are downloaded natively in vRSLCM. vRSLCM product support packs (PSPAKs) then enable you to upgrade to newer versions of the vRealize Suite. vRSLCM manages the supported matrix to ensure you cant deploy an untested combination, however to determine what support pack is required to enable the various upgrade paths you need to review multiple sets of release notes. In an attempt to help drive clarity a new VMware KB article has been created KB88829, this can be used to work out the upgrade path for vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager that is needed to then be able to deploy a later release of vRealize Suite product on top of VMware Cloud Foundation.