vSphere 7 is a MAJOR RELEASE with a NEW FACELIFT and a TON of great new features! You wanna know why it’s so pretty ? What’s new with vSphere 7 ? …. Here is a read where I will quickly highlight of some of the new capabilities and features.
Starting with the Lifecycle Manager
- Update planner which is all about product interoperability: Get notified and install vCenter Server updates in the vSphere Client
- Lifecycle manager which is all about consistency across ESXi hosts using declarative image cluster management.
- vCenterServer Profiles Which is all about Consistent configuration across vCenter Server instances – ability to export configuration of a vCenter instance, and to import it in a new vCenter instance.
- all these components are all-integrated in the vCenter appliance.
Moving to Intrinsic Security
- Simplified Certificate management. Services now using a common certification rather than all having their own self signed trusted certificate.
- Trust authority – all about Attestation – checking if servers have Secure Booted enabled, etc. or about trusted platform modules (TPM) that run inside the server.
- Identity Federation – about now a standards-based federated way of doing authentication, with enterprise identity providers (IdPs)- also including Multifactor Authentication and as of vSphere 7, support ADFS out-of-the-box.
Looking at Core Virtualization
- Resource Management:
- Improved DRS – DRS 2.0 focusing on VM DRS Score (VM happiness in a cluster) instead of Host Load Deviation (is the cluster balanced?).
- ReVamped vMotion Logic – bringing back vMotion capabilities to large worloads (reduce performance and latency issues)
- Assignable Hardware – integrated with DRS
- Compatibility -VM hardware 17:
- support for Precision Time Protocol (PTP) – use for compliance needs in financial firms – it gets a VM sub-millisecond time accuracy.
- virtual Watchdog in guest VMs
- supports NVMe over Fabrics allowing connectivity to external NVMe arrays using either FC or RDMA
- Shared VMKD for clustered applications… No more RDMMMMMs!
- BitFusion acquired by VMware last year – makes virtualization software for accelerated computing.
- Optimize vSphere for Machine Learning (ML) and AI Workloads
- Identify, consolidate and share hardware accelerators
Moving on to Developer Services
- Obviously with all the new features and capabilities there are a lot of new APIs exposed
- New version of PowerCLI for vSphere 7( also for WCP which is Workload Control Platform – basically vSphere with K8)
- Improved Development Center– a feature running inside vCenter which allows to capture operations done in the vCenter client UI, and transform them into code.
- Support for vRO JavaScrip, also included support for Python and Go
Unified Platform, vSphere with K8
- Cloud Foundation Services consist of the:
- Tanzu Runtime Services – allows developers to build applications with the freedom of using an upstream K8 distribution.
- Hybrid Infrastructure Services – allow developers to provision and work with infrastructure such as compute, storage and networking from the vSphere platform
But there’s a lot more to it and that’s definitely something that I will write about in an upcoming article.