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VMware introduces new vSphere Platinum Edition

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VMware has expanded its hybrid cloud portfolio of infrastructure and management software to help customers digitally transform their businesses.

The company has announced the new vSphere Platinum Edition to better secure customer applications and infrastructure, a new release of vSAN to further ease HCI adoption, and new updates across the VMware vRealize cloud management platform (CMP) to help customers deliver developer-friendly infrastructure from any cloud with more secure and consistent operations.

vSphere Platinum: This new edition will combine vSphere’s native security capabilities with VMware AppDefense – resulting in the delivery of advanced application security features fully integrated into the hypervisor. Using machine learning and behavioral analytics, the new solution will enable vSphere administrators to deliver more secure applications and infrastructure by enabling virtual machines (VMs) to run in a “known good” state.

VMware will also unveil vSphere 6.7 Update 1 which will deliver new features and enhancements, most notably the fully-featured HTML5-based vSphere Client to help admins manage their virtual infrastructure. Additionally, vSphere 6.7 Update 1 will increase support for intelligent workloads by introducing vMotion and snapshot capabilities for NVIDIA Quadro vDWS powered VMs.

Easing HCI Adoption with vSAN 6.7 Update 1: VMware will launch vSAN 6.7 Update 1 to make it easier for customers to adopt HCI through simplified operations, efficient infrastructure and rapid support resolution. The new release will reduce maintenance operations time with built-in intelligence capabilities. It will also enable admins to spin up new HCI clusters faster than ever by introducing a “Quickstart” guided cluster creation and extension wizard that guides the user through the deployment process for both vSAN and non-vSAN clusters.

vRealize to deliver Developer-Friendly Infrastructure: VMware will unveil new releases across its vRealize Cloud Management Platform to help customers automate and standardize how their digital foundation is operated across hybrid cloud environments and consumed by developers for VM- and container-based application development. The platform helps customers address three key use cases: self-driving operations, programmable provisioning, and application operations.

vRealize Operations 7.0 will augment self-driving capabilities by introducing automated host-based placement driven by business intent. This feature will help customers control workload placement both within and across clusters to save costs and capacity or to assure performance.

vRealize Automation 7.5 will help customers adopt a programmable provisioning and application operations approach to deliver developer-friendly infrastructure. With a new UI, vRealize Automation 7.5 will enhance configuration management use cases with Ansible Tower integration and offer Kubernetes cluster management via VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) integration. vRealize Automation 7.5 will also feature enhanced AWS and Azure support, enabling IT to better serve broader developer team skill sets and application types.

VMware will also announce vRealize Suite 2018 to provide enterprises with enhanced agility, efficiency, and control across both traditional and cloud-native applications on- and off-prem. The suite’s vRealize Lifecycle Manager 2.0 will enable a DevOps approach for managing the CMP across its lifecycle, making private cloud easier to operate and consume. Additional new features will include certificate management, content support for vRealize Operations including dashboards, monitors, reports and alerts, and simultaneous release of content across the full vRealize Suite.

VMware NSX and Virtual Cloud Networking: The VMware NSX networking and security portfolio is said to deliver consistent, pervasive connectivity and security for apps and data across software-defined data center, branch, cloud, and telco environments, and empowers customers to build a Virtual Cloud Network today through a software-based digital business fabric that is open, programmable, and inherently more secure.

VMware has now extended NSX multi-cloud networking and security to more clouds and environments, with support for workloads running in AWS, Azure, VMware Cloud on AWS, and on-premises software-defined data centers, and both Linux-based and containerized workloads running on bare-metal servers without a hypervisor.

VMware Skyline comes with New Features: VMware announced new features and broadened availability to VMware Skyline, its support technology to help customers operate VMware environments with increased reliability, security, and performance. Launched at VMworld 2017, VMware Skyline is now available globally for Production Support and Premier Services customers at no additional cost, in English. VMware Skyline supports vSphere, NSX and now vSAN with other products expected to be added in the future.

VMware vSphere Platinum Edition, VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1, VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1, VMware vRealize Suite 2018, VMware vRealize Operations 7.0, VMware vRealize Automation 7.5, and vRealize Network Insight 3.9 are expected to become available by the end of VMware’s Q3 FY19 (November 2, 2018).

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Dirk Hohndel, VP & Chief Open Source Officer @ VMware

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