VMware has announced new releases of VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN. VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7 would both enhance user experience, security, application support, and hybrid cloud management features for enterprises intending to securely run their business-critical and modern applications in the data center, at the edge, in the public cloud, or in hybrid cloud environments.
VMware vSphere 6.7 will introduce new capabilities and enhancements to help deliver an efficient and more secure platform for hybrid cloud environments. The latest release will feature “simple and efficient” management at scale, comprehensive built-in security, increased support for more workloads, and further enable a “seamless” hybrid cloud experience. VMware vSphere 6.7 will continue to offer customers a universal application platform that supports workloads spanning artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Big Data, business-critical, cloud-native, in-memory, and 3D graphics, among others.
VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7 are both expected to become available by the end of VMware’s Q1 FY19 (May 4, 2018).
New and enhanced features in VMware vSphere 6.7 will include:
- New vCenter Hybrid Linked Mode – Will enable unified visibility and management across different versions of vSphere running on-premises and in the public cloud such as VMware Cloud on AWS, IBM Cloud, and other VMware Cloud Provider Program partner clouds. This would allow customers to maintain their current version of vSphere on-premises as needed while enjoying the benefits of new capabilities in vSphere-based public clouds.
- New ESXi Single Reboot and vSphere Quick Boot – Would significantly reduce patch and upgrade times by halving the number of reboots required to one, while vSphere Quick Boot will skip hardware initialization steps to gain further re-start efficiencies.
- New vSphere Persistent Memory – Will leverage the latest innovation around non-volatile memory and “significantly” enhance performance for both existing and new apps.
- Enhanced NVIDIA GRID vGPUs Support for Modern Workloads – Would improve host lifecycle management and reduce end-user disruption via new suspend and resume capabilities for VMs for GPU-accelerated environments. vSphere 6.7 will enhance support for NVIDIA GRID Virtual PC/Virtual Apps (for knowledge workers) and NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation (for design and engineering professionals) to enable optimal management of VDI workloads as well as enable administrators (admins) to run other NVIDIA GPU-enabled workloads, including AI and ML.
- New Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 Support and Virtual TPM 2.0 – This combination would significantly enhance protection and integrity for both the hypervisor and the guest operating system (OS). Virtual TPM 2.0 will help prevent VMs and hosts from being tampered or compromised, thwarting the loading of unauthorized components and enable guest OS security features.
- Enhanced VMware vSphere Client – This latest release of the HTML-5-based vSphere Client will introduce new functionality to manage VMware NSX, vSAN and vSphere Update Manager along with an increased support for third-party products.
vCenter Server Appliance
The enhanced vCenter Server Appliance would deliver an improved user experience made possible through more efficient management capabilities and significant performance improvements. VMware states it will deliver a faster experience for vSphere admins (compared to vSphere 6.5), while delivering considerable time and cost savings.
VMware vSphere customers can deploy VMware AppDefense to further secure applications running in the data center or cloud. AppDefense leverages its unique position in vSphere to understand what applications are intended to do, monitor against that intended state, and automate response if anyone or anything attempts to manipulate them.
VMware vSAN 6.7
Powering the largest hybrid cloud ecosystem of any HCI vendor, vSAN would enable customers to evolve their vSphere environment on-premises or in the cloud with hyper-converged infrastructure lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) with efficient operations that “easily” scale to future demands. VMware vSAN 6.7 would reduce time-to-expertise with a new intuitive interface and accelerates decision-making through advanced monitoring and analytics.
New and enhanced features in VMware vSAN 6.7 include:
- New VMware vSphere HTML5 Client Support – Will provide vSAN admins with a “unified, intuitive management experience” using the HTML5-based vSphere Client that introduces new functionality and optimized workflows for vSAN operations.
- New Integrated vRealize Operations Healthchecks in vCenter Server – Will offer a single pane of glass to monitor and control multiple HCI environments. vRealize Operations 6.7 will provide a global operations view of vSAN 6.7 environments with six new dashboards embedded within vCenter Server 6.7 enabling customers to monitor capacity, performance, KPIs and alerts, and more. This capability does not require a separate vRealize Operations license and is available to anyone with a vSAN Advanced or vSAN Enterprise license.
- New Host-Pinning and iSCSI failover support – Will extend the suitability of HCI to applications such as Cassandra, Hadoop, and MongoDB as well as to clustered Windows Server environments. New application support requires customers to contact VMware for additional details.
- New Intelligent Self-Healing Capabilities – Will mitigate the effects of disruptive events such as hardware failures with smart resource allocation.
- Enhanced vSAN Encryption – Will meet strict U.S. Federal government security requirements with FIPS 140-2 validation to protect data from disruptive events.