Saturday, June 2, 2018

Top 5 things I completely love about vSphere 6.7

I was thrilled to upgrade to vSphere 6.7 about a month ago! With every iteration and release, one of the common element is an upgrade in performance. Although I did find some performance improvements between vSphere 6.5 and 6.7, I’m not going to talk about any of it in this blog. (My theory is an iPhone X is supposed to perform better than an iPhone 8!)  

Here is my list –
  1. Hybrid cloud posture – With every new release VMWare has come to embrace the shift towards Hybrid IT. Hybrid cloud linked mode, although available in 6.5 patch d, has become a common feature set in 6.7. It’s as simple to deploy with just 3 steps.
  2. Virtual TPM 2.0 –Physical TPM is serial device and very slow and when migrating a VM, it is also impossible to get the TPN from one host to the other. With vTPM’s, life’s easy. vTPM’s unlike TPM move with the VM’s while maintaining strong encryption.
  3. Persistent Memory – Persistent memory is essentially a way to move storage closer to where the processing is done. Some of the key benefits I see with this technology is the ability to run multiple workload and performing live migrations across servers.
  4. Quick Boot – Quick boot minimizes the time required to reboot. The advantage of Quick Boot is there is no hardware initialization required, which can get you up a running in a few seconds.
  5. Instant Cloning – Instant cloning enables the fast deployment of VDI desktops. Essentially new clones are created as fast as a user logs in.
I .   In another blog, I will go into further details on some of these features. So far vSphere 6.7 is mainly used by the early adopters within their lab environments, however as more and more customers utilize these features in a large work environment, we will see these innovations and advancements in the vSphere platform come to fruition!

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