VMware Upgrades vSphere, VSAN To Prep For Improved Multi-cloud Operations

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VMware has unveiled updates to its vSphere, VSAN, vRealize Automation and vCloud Air solutions that are aimed at making it easier for businesses to work across a variety of physical and cloud-based networks.

The announcements, made Tuesday at the VMworld Barcelona conference, follows last week's agreement to let VMware software-defined data center infrastructures work natively on Amazon Web Services clouds.

Several similarly cloud-focused announcements were made at last month's VMworld conference in Las Vegas, said Mark Chuang, senior director of products for VMware's software-defined data center division.

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Cross-cloud architectures have a number of components that are required to make them work as promised, including compute, storage, and networking, Chuang told CRN.

"In Las Vegas, we laid out the umbrella architecture," he said. "Now we're following up with the meaty components on the compute, storage, and cloud management side."

With vSphere 6.5, VMware made three significant changes to the cloud management solution, Chuang said.

The first was a major update to the vCenter Virtualization Appliance, a virtualized appliance that offers unified patching of the operating system, application and databases, along with native high-availability features, he said. A simple one-step migration feature gives users of the older virtual appliances double the scalability and triple the performance, with up to 2,000 hosts and 25,000 virtual machines per vCenter appliance possible, he said.

The upgraded vCenter Virtualization Appliance also offers REST APIs to give IT administrators and developers improved control and automation capabilities, he said.

The second major enhancement was virtual machine-level encryption which protects virtual machines at rest and while moving via vMotion, Chuang said.

The third update is the introduction of vSphere Integrated Containers which allow developers to develop workloads using the Docker containers they are already used to using, with those workloads moving to vSphere Integrated Container in production to give IT the ability to control security, Chuang said.

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