New VMware Releases to Elevate Your Hybrid Cloud Experience

Published on 14 August 2018

New VMware Releases to Elevate Your Hybrid Cloud Experience

With its new releases of vSphere and vSAN, VMware is aiming to consolidate its position as the provider of the integrated digital foundation platform provider for all workloads across multiple environments, including cloud, on-premises, edge, and hybrid. VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7 will both give enterprises enhanced capabilities to streamline their digital infrastructure and take a leap into the future without making their existing hardware obsolete.

Here’s how the two new releases transform the digital ecosystems of enterprises and give them hitherto unavailable advantages.

VMware vSphere 6.7: For Secure, Efficient and Versatile Workloads

The latest release of vSphere supports a plethora of workloads, while simultaneously reducing the complexity involved in managing them. With built-in security and efficient dashboard level management, vSphere 6.7 creates an augmented platform for managing hybrid cloud environments. Here are some of the latest features included in vSphere 6.7.

  1. Unified Visibility and Management

Currently, there is a significant deployment of vSphere 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5 versions among enterprises. A bulk of these users do not have any plans to upgrade their hybrid environments to vSphere 6.7 for multiple reasons, the most prominent being that their hardware does not support the latest release. Overhauling their legacy hardware is a major investment and naturally, not part of their medium-term IT strategy.

vSphere 6.7 address this issue by offering a unified interface across all versions of vSphere. This way, the enterprises can continue to run their version of vSphere, while simultaneously enjoying the advanced capabilities of vSphere 6.7 on their vSphere-based cloud environments. 

  1. Reinforced Security

The new Virtual Trusted Platform Module 2.0, combined with TPM 2.0 Support offer major security upgrades that prevent tampering of the hybrid infrastructure.

  1. Faster and More Streamlined

ESXi Single Reboot reduces the number of reboots after upgrades to just one. Besides, vSphere Quick Boot will skip hardware initialization altogether to further improve restart speeds.

vSphere 6.7 comes preloaded with new suspend and resume features for GPU-accelerated VMs that enable optimal management of workloads, not to mention the added support for NVIDIA GRID vGPUs.

In addition to this, vSphere Persistent memory leverages the advancements in non-volatile memory to give substantial performance enhancements for apps running in its hybrid environment, even in the case of existing apps.

VMware vSAN 6.7: A Smoother and More Capable Platform to Power HCI Ecosystems

VMware vSAN 6.7 grants new capabilities to enterprises in managing their hybrid ecosystems with hyperconverged infrastructure and in leveraging it for faster decision-making. At the same time, its advanced security and safety features provide a whole new level of data protection for businesses and government organizations.

  1. New Data Protection Capabilities

The latest vSAN encryption is specifically designed to meet the US Federal government security requirements for the FIPS 140-2 validation, thereby opening a new chapter in data security for data hosted on HCI platforms. Also, the latest release comes equipped with application support for Hadoop, MongoDB, Cassandra, and Windows Server environments, which grant additional layers of failover support to organizations.

  1. Hardware Agnostic Capabilities for High Reliability

The New Intelligent Self-Healing features allow VMware vSAN 6.7 to operate seamlessly without a high reliance on hardware integrity. In the case of any hardware fails, smart resource allocation ensures that the workloads on the failed hardware are promptly reallocated to available hardware.

  1. Integrated Global Monitoring and Managing

VMware vSAN 6.7’s vRealize Operations Healthchecks is loaded with 6 additional dashboards and offers a global operations view of all the integrated HCI environments. Users can monitor a multitude of factors, including KPIs, capacity, resource allocation, performance, alerts, and more.

This functionality is complemented by an HTML-based vSphere client that offers a user-friendly interface, additional capabilities and a unified management point for all vSAN workloads.

  1. Proactive Issue Management

To give its vSAN deployment more teeth in monitoring and combating issues proactively, VMware has launched vSAN ReadyCare. It offers timely and efficient assistance to enterprises in resolving issues. It combines vSAN Support Insight advanced analytics and support staff to expedite the issue resolution greatly.

Final Thoughts

VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7 are both advanced releases of VMware’s state-of-the-art solutions that power the hybrid platforms of numerous businesses around the world. The two solutions already support AWS and IBM public cloud platforms, two of the top four cloud providers in the industry. The new releases offer cutting-edge features to VMware’s solutions and greatly enhance the existing hybrid capabilities of businesses.

To know how your business can take advantage of the innovative capabilities of VMware’s latest offerings and deliver a substantially superior experience to your customers, get in touch with our experts.

Asiapac is a certified Amazon consulting partner.


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