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VMware updates vSphere and vSAN for better hybrid cloud management

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VMware rolled out new versions of its flagship products— VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7, making it easier for enterprises to manage data across their IT environments.

VMware vSphere is a server virtualization platform, while vSAN is a software-defined storage product. The updates are focused on hybrid cloud deployments, enhanced user experience, security, and broader support for applications.

“The continued innovation in our award-winning compute and HCI portfolio makes the hybrid cloud a reality for our customers,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer, Products and Cloud Services, VMware. “The rapid adoption of vSAN, coupled with longstanding vSphere leadership is a testament to the importance of a digital foundation that extends from on-premises to the public cloud.”

  • New features of vSphere

Enterprises use vSphere to optimize the performance of hardware. It allows software applications to be deployed through multiple virtual machines on a single server.

The new application deployment technologies like software containers are threatening the virtualization, by allowing applications to run on several kinds of hardware, operating systems, as well as serverless computing.

VMware aims to maintain its leading position with the significant upgrades to vSphere. The vSphere 6.7 now supports persistent-memory, which can reduce the memory usage by three times, and run the distributed resource scheduler faster.

vSphere 6.7 will also feature simple and efficient management at scale, built-in security, and better support for more workloads. To further secure applications in datacenter or cloud, the customers can deploy VMware AppDefense service.

Hybrid-linked mode, another new feature in vSphere 6.7, allows users to run same configuration within on-premises and through the VMware cloud on AWS service. It will ensure unified visibility and management.

A new rebooting technology integrated in the new vSphere allows the customers to reboot systems and apply patches quickly. It will minimize the downtime.

  • New features of vSAN

VMware has added HTML5 client support and a new browser-based user interface to the new vSAN version. It will provide better functionality and options to optimize workflows.

vSAN 6.7 will have integrated vRealize Operations Healthchecks in vCenter Server to monitor and control multiple hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) environments.

The updated vSAN will have a new Host-Pinning and iSCSI failover support, to extend the suitability of HCI to Windows Server environments, and applications like Hadoop and MongoDB.

Furthermore, vSAN 6.7 can mitigate the effects of disruptive events using intelligent self-healing capabilities.

Also read: VMware acquires E8 Security, to provide secure digital workspace with behavior analytics

VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7 will be available in May 2018.

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