Yet another version release from VMware, which breaks the regular versioning series and that is 6.7, a .2 difference in the version of the vSphere. So what is so important about this version. Well VMware has been been working in the field of Cloud solution for a really long time and with this version it takes a major leap in terms of capability and enhancements to help deliver an efficient and secure Hybrid Cloud environment.
I have not had much of a chance to explore the product yet but from what I have read so far about the new release it has a lot of features and enhancement making it “Future ready.”
Few of them are listed below :
- New vCenter Hybrid Linked Mode – enables unified visibility and management across different versions of vSphere running on-premises and in the public cloud such as VMware Cloud on AWS, IBM Cloud and other VMware Cloud Provider Program partner clouds.
- New ESXi Single Reboot – will reduce patch and upgrade times by halving the number of reboots required to one.
- vSphere Quick Boot – as the name suggests it will skip hardware initialization steps to gain further re-start efficiency.
- New vSphere Persistent Memory – leverages the latest innovation around non-volatile memory and significantly enhance performance for both existing and new apps.
- Enhanced NVIDIA GRID vGPUs Support for Modern Workloads – Will improve host lifecycle management and reduce end-user disruption via new suspend and resume capabilities for VMs for GPU-accelerated environments. vSphere 6.7 will enhance support for NVIDIA GRID Virtual PC/Virtual Apps (for knowledge workers) and NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation (for design and engineering professionals) to enable optimal management of VDI workloads as well as enable administrators (admins) to run other NVIDIA GPU-enabled workloads, including AI and ML.
- New Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 Support and Virtual TPM 2.0 .
- Enhanced VMware vSphere Client – with this latest release new functionality and optimized workflows to manage VMware NSX, vSAN and vSphere Update Manager along with an increased support for third-party products.
- New Integrated vRealize Operations Healthchecks in vCenter Server.
- New Host-Pinning and iSCSI failover support.
- New Intelligent Self-Healing Capabilities – Will mitigate the effects of disruptive events such as hardware failures with smart resource allocation.
- Enhanced vSAN Encryption – meet strict U.S. Federal government security requirements with FIPS 140-2 validation to protect data from disruptive events.
These all are just tip of the ICEBERG, there is a lot more to say and explore about the solution, this could very well be a game changer in terms of solution provided so far in quite sometime in vSphere product suite.
WARNING: Do not upgrade to vSphere 6.7, if you have other VMware products in your environment as 6.7 is not compatible with other VMware solutions YET. You will have to wait for the next major release of those products to make sure they are compatible.
Sharing few links with the article which talks a lot about this release.
- VMware press release for vSphere 6.7.
- Introduction to the various updates of vSphere 6.7.
- VMware videos on the new feature of vSphere 6.7.
- Before upgrading to vSphere 6.7.
- vSphere 6.7 configuration maximum.
- Release note vSphere 6.7.
- To download ESXi 6.7.
- To download vSphere 6.7.
- vSphere Update Manager 6.7 Release Notes.
- Host Client (1.25) 6.7 Release Notes.
- VSAN 6.7 what’s new.
- vSAN 6.7 release notes.
- vSAN 6.7 witness appliance download.
- SRM 8.1 release notes.
- SRM 8.1 download.
- VMware vSphere Virtual Disk Development Kit 6.7 download.
- What’s new in vsphere 6.7 for core storage, vSAN, VVOL.