VMware vSphere 6.7 includes key features that help IT organizations address the following notable trends that are putting new demands on their IT infrastructure:
- A massive rise in the number and variety of applications, ranging from mission-critical applications to new intelligent workloads.
- The number of hybrid cloud environments and use cases is rapidly growing.
- Expansion of on-premises data centres around the world, especially at the edge
- The relevance of infrastructure and application security has increased.
Introduction of VMware vSphere 6.7
The sections that follow go over some of the important features in vSphere 6.7 that address the aforementioned tendencies.
Simple and Efficient Management at Scale – VMware vSphere 6.7
VMware vSphere 6.7 builds on vSphere 6.5’s technological advancements and takes the customer experience to a new level. It offers exceptional managerial simplicity, exceptional operational efficiency, and a rapid time to market—all at scale.
With its improved VMware vCenter Server Appliance system, vSphere 6.7 provides an exceptional user experience. It adds several new APIs to make deploying multiple vCenter Server Appliance instances based on a template more efficient and enjoyable. These new APIs also make it easier to administer vCenter Server Appliance setups while also allowing for a more comprehensive backup and restore solution.
Through vCenter Server systems with an embedded Platform Services Controller instance in Enhanced Linked Mode, vSphere 6.7 streamlines the VMware vCenter Server topology. This eliminates the need for an external Platform Services Controller instance or load balancers, allowing administrators to link many vCenter Server instances and gain seamless access across the environment.
In comparison to VMware vSphere 6.5, the vCenter Server Appliance brings significant performance increases with VMWare vSphere 6.7:
- 3X reduction in RAM utilisation
- 2X faster vCenter Server operations per second
- VSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (vSphere DRS) functions such as virtual machine (VM) power-on are 3X faster.
Users of vSphere will benefit from these performance enhancements, which will provide a lightning-fast experience. In a range of use scenarios, such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), scale-out applications, big data, HPC, DevOps, distributed cloud-native applications, and so on, they provide considerable value as well as time and cost benefits.
When updating VMware ESXi hosts, VMware vSphere 6.7 improves efficiency at scale by eliminating one of the two reboots that are normally required for major version upgrades (single reboot). vSphere Quick Boot also restarts the ESXi hypervisor without rebooting the actual host, saving time on hardware initialization.
When updating VMware ESXi hosts, vSphere 6.7 improves efficiency at scale by eliminating one of the two reboots that are normally required for major version upgrades (single reboot). VSphere Quick Boot also restarts the ESXi hypervisor without rebooting the actual host, saving time on hardware initialization.
Comprehensive Built-In Security – VMware vSphere 6.7
VMware vSphere 6.7 enhances the security capabilities of vSphere 6.5 by utilizing the hypervisor’s unique position to provide perfect security through an operationally easy policy-driven mode that starts at the core. VMware vSphere 6.7 introduces virtual TPM (vTPM) 2.0 for VMs and adds support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 hardware devices for ESXi hosts, considerably improving protection and maintaining integrity for both hypervisor and the guest operating system (OS).
This feature guards against tampering with virtual machines and hosts. Secure Boot functionality for ESXi hosts was included in vSphere 6.5. This ensures that only digitally signed modules are loaded and that no unsigned code is installed. We’ve enhanced that capability with TPM 2.0 in vSphere 6.7 to provide measured assurance that the process was performed effectively. vTPM 2.0 allows virtual machines to employ increased guest OS security features that security professionals are looking for.
VM Encryption was introduced in vSphere 6.5, and it was well received. VM Encryption has been improved in vSphere 6.7, making it easier to administer and simplifying operations. This is designed to safeguard data at rest and in motion with a right-click, while also strengthening the security posture of the VM by encrypting it and giving users more control to prevent illegal data access. Encrypted vMotion across multiple vCenter Server instances and versions is also enabled in vSphere 6.7, which improves data in motion security. This makes data center migrations and data movement within a hybrid cloud environment—that is, between on-premises and public cloud—as well as across geographically distant data centres, simple and secure.
- Encrypted vCenter-to-vCenter only non-encrypted virtual machines can use vMotion.
vSphere 6.7 now supports the full range of Microsoft virtualization-based security solutions released in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. This is the result of VMware and Microsoft working closely together to guarantee that Windows VMs on vSphere systems can implement in-guest security features while remaining performant and secure on the vSphere platform. The heart of a safe Software-Defined Data Center is vSphere 6.7, which comes with comprehensive built-in security (SDDC). It has deep integration and integrates with other VMware products like NSX, vSAN, and VMware vRealize Suite to provide a complete data center security model.
Universal Application Platform – VMware vSphere 6.7
VSphere 6.7 is a universal application platform that supports both existing mission-critical applications and new workloads including 3D graphics, large data, high-performance computing, machine learning, in-memory computing, and cloud-native computing. It also supports and makes use of some of the industry’s most cutting-edge hardware, resulting in exceptional performance for a wide range of workloads.
Through VMware’s collaboration with NVIDIA, vSphere 6.7 improves the support and capabilities introduced for graphics processing units (GPUs). It virtualizes NVIDIA GPUs for non-VDI use cases and non-general-purpose computing, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and more. VSphere 6.7 includes advancements to NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology, allowing administrators to stop and resume workloads running on GPUs without having to shut them down.
This is especially useful when a workload or virtual machine needs to be moved for maintenance or other activities. It allows for improved lifecycle management of the underlying host and greatly lessens end-user disturbance. VMware is continuing to develop in this area, with the goal of providing the whole vSphere experience on GPUs in the future.
By adding support for vSphere Persistent Memory, a critical industry breakthrough destined to have a dramatic impact on the landscape, vSphere 6.7 continues to demonstrate VMware technology leadership and beneficial collaboration with our key partners. Administrators that utilize Dell EMC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise approved hardware modules can use them as super-fast storage with high IOPS or expose them to the guest OS as non-volatile memory with vSphere Persistent Memory (NVM).
This dramatically increases OS and application performance across a wide range of use scenarios, allowing administrators to design new high-performance apps that exploit vSphere Persistent Memory while also making existing applications faster and more performant.
Seamless Hybrid Cloud Experience – VMware vSphere 6.7
VMware is committed to offering a seamless hybrid cloud experience for companies through the fast adoption of public clouds based on the vSphere platform through VMware Cloud Provider Program partners, VMware Cloud on AWS, and any other public cloud providers. VCenter Server Hybrid Linked Mode is a new feature in vSphere 6.7 that allows users to have unified visibility and manageability across an on-premises vSphere environment running on one version and a public cloud environment based on the vSphere platform, such as VMware Cloud on AWS, running on a different version.
This ensures that the rapid pace of innovation and release of new features in public clouds based on the vSphere platform does not force customers to update and upgrade their on-premises vSphere system on a regular basis.
Cross-cloud hot and cold migration is also included in vSphere 6.7, which improves management between on-premises and cloud infrastructure and allows companies to have a seamless and non-destructive hybrid cloud experience. When virtual machines travel between data centres or from an on-premises data center to the cloud and back, they are likely to encounter a variety of CPU types.
Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) per-VM is a significant functionality for the hybrid cloud that allows the EVC mode to become an attribute of the VM rather than the specific processor generation it is booted on in the cluster in vSphere 6.7. This allows for easy migration across different CPUs by preserving the EVC mode per VM during cluster migrations and power cycles.
Provisioning between vCenter Server instances was introduced in vSphere 6.0. “Cross-vCenter provisioning” is a common term for this. When you use two vCenter Server instances, it’s possible that they’re on different release versions. Customers can employ different vCenter Server versions with vSphere 6.7, which allows cross-vCenter, mixed-version provisioning procedures like VMware vSphere vMotion migration, full clone, and cold migrate to continue without interruption. This is especially beneficial for businesses that use VMware Cloud on AWS as part of their hybrid cloud strategy.
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