What to expect from vSphere 6.7

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VMware has announced the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization platform vSphere 6.7. With vSphere 6.7, IT organizations can address key infrastructure demands like:

  • Extensive growth in quantity and diversity of applications delivered
  • Increased adoption of hybrid cloud environments
  • Global expansion of data centers
  • Robust infrastructure and application security
  • Let’s take a look at some of the key capabilities of vSphere 6.7:
  • Effortless and Efficient management: vSphere 6.7 is built on the industrial innovations delivered by vSphere 6.5, which advances customer experience to a another level. With vSphere 6.7 you can leverage management simplicity, operational efficiency, and faster time to market, all at scale. It comes with an enhanced vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA), new APIs that improve multiple vCenters deployments, which results in easier management of vCenter Server Appliance, as well as backup and restore. Customers can now link multiple vCenters and have seamless visibility across their environment without external platform services or load balancers dependencies.
  • Extensive Security capabilities: vSphere 6.7 has enhanced its security capabilities from vSphere 6.5. It has added support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 hardware devices and has also introduced Virtual TPM 2.0, where you will notice significant enhancements in both the hypervisor and the guest operating system security. With this capability VMs and hosts cannot be tampered, preventing loading of unauthorized components and this enables desired guest operating system security features. With vSphere 6.7, VM Encryption is further enhanced and more operationally simple to manage, enabling encrypted vMotion across different vCenter instances. vSphere 6.7 has also extended its security features keeping in mind the collaboration between VMware and Microsoft ensuring secured Windows VMs on vSphere.
  • Universal Application Platform: vSphere is now a universal application platform that supports existing mission critical applications along with new workloads such as 3D Graphics, Big Data, Machine Learning, Cloud-Native and more. It has also extended its support to some of the latest hardware innovations in the industry, delivering exceptional performance for a variety of workloads. With collaboration of VMware and Nvidia, vSphere 6.7 has further extended its support for GPUs by virtualizing Nvidia GPUs for non-VDI and non-general-purpose-computing use cases such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and more. With these enhancements, customers are now able to better lifecycle management of hosts, reducing disruption for end-users. VMware plans to invest more in this area in order to bring full vSphere support to GPUs in future releases.
  • Hybrid Cloud Experience is now flawless: Since customers have started looking for hybrid cloud options vSphere 6.7 introduces vCenter Server Hybrid Linked Mode. It makes customers have a unified manageability and visibility across an on-premises vSphere environments running on similar versions and a VMware Cloud on AWS environment, running on a different version of vSphere. To ensure seamless hybrid cloud experience, vSphere 6.7 delivers a new capability, called Per-VM EVC which allows for seamless migration across different CPUs.

This is only an overview of the key capabilities of vSphere 6.7. You can know more about this release from VMware vSphere Blog and VMware release.

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