vSphere 6.7 released !
As we are aware VMware comes up with a new release of vsphere every year. and VMware didn't fail to excite us with the new features and innovations this time too!
In this blog post lets have a sneak peak about the new features which are bundled with vSphere 6.7
vSphere 6.7 is the efficient and secure platform for hybrid clouds, fueling digital transformation by delivering simple and efficient management at scale, comprehensive built-in security, a universal application platform, and seamless hybrid cloud experience.
vSphere 6.7 delivers key capabilities to enable IT organizations address the following notable trends that are putting new demands on their IT infrastructure:
- Explosive growth in quantity and variety of applications, from business critical apps to new intelligent workloads.
- Rapid growth of hybrid cloud environments and use cases.
- On-premises data centers growing and expanding globally, including at the Edge.
- Security of infrastructure and applications attaining paramount importance.
This should come as no surprise to anyone keeping up with VMware over the past couple of releases. VMware for last couple of years have focused more on appliance version of VC and have worked hard to bring up the enhancements. The 6.5 vcenter has VCHA feature that exists only on appliance version and much more options were provided only on VCSA. So with that said, this is the last version which is going to be launched for windows version. Its time for the migration !
HTML5 Clarity of vCenter Server 6.7
Another obvious continued deprecation with this release of vCenter Server is the Flash (Flex) client is also getting much closer to being totally replaced. VMware had worked hard to get the full HTML5 support on the web client for better performance, clarity and rigid interface.
vCenter Server 6.7 New CLI Tools
vSphere 6.7 delivers an exceptional experience for the user with an enhanced vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). It introduces several new APIs that improve the efficiency and experience to deploy vCenter, to deploy multiple vCenters based on a template, to make management of vCenter Server Appliance significantly easier, as well as for backup and restore. It also significantly simplifies the vCenter Server topology through vCenter with embedded platform services controller in enhanced linked mode, enabling customers to link multiple vCenters and have seamless visibility across the environment without the need for an external platform services controller or load balancers.
Moreover, with vSphere 6.7 vCSA delivers phenomenal performance improvements (all metrics compared at cluster scale limits, versus vSphere 6.5):
- 2X faster performance in vCenter operations per second
- 3X reduction in memory usage
- 3X faster DRS-related operations (e.g. power-on virtual machine)
These performance improvements ensure a blazing fast experience for vSphere users, and deliver significant value, as well as time and cost savings in a variety of use cases, such as VDI, Scale-out apps, Big Data, HPC, DevOps, distributed cloud native apps, etc.
vSphere 6.7 ESXi Server Enhancements
- New Quick Boot feature that allows simply restarting the hypervisor services rather than an entire physical server. This drastically reduces maintenance windows related to upgrades and patching
- Support for 4K Native Drives – Finally with the vSphere 6.7 release, VMware now officially supports 4K Native drives. This also includes VMware vSAN support for 4K Native drives
- New Offloading capabilities with SANs and VAAI that allow offloading certain operations off to capable SAN hardware
- VVOLs now support Windows Failover Cluster and meet the iSCSI-3 reservation requirement that is needed for Windows Failover Clustering to utilize the virtual volumes for shared storage. VMware vSAN also provides the ISCSI-3 reservations with vSphere 6.7 and also support Windows Failover Clustering Services
- Persistent Memory support – Using supported servers, customers can take advantage of ultra high-speed storage with cheaper DRAM prices
- New Security certifications – This release of vSphere 6.7 has passed the FIPS 140-2 validation program and is currently the only HCI vendor officially certified with this rating
I would recommend you to try hands on lab
Happy reading !