Supports containers, Kubernetes
October 18, 2016
VMWare on Tuesday announced new versions of VMware vSphere, VSAN and vRealize that all support cross-cloud architectures, containerized applications, 512e hard drives and two-node Direct Connect for ROBOs.
VMware vSphere 6.5 now supports containers; VSAN does too, but also supports 512e drives and two-node Direct Connect for ROBOS; vRealize Automation also supports containers and integration with Microsoft Azure; and, vCloud Air has a new disaster recovery configuration.
In addition, Kubernetes as a service on VMware Photon is also available built-in. The Photon Platform is offering native cloud infrastructure services and will be leveraging VMware NSX and VSAN. Modern distributed architectures using vSphere and hyperconverged environments can now take their infrastructures to a new level of cloud-native infrastructure to support their modern environments.
And, don’t forget that VVOLS 2.0 enables replication and makes VVOLS useful. That’s a big thing.
vSphere 6.5 features new automation and management capabilities, built-in security and support for new application types, such as containerized machine learning. It introduces a new vCenter Server Appliance, which can act as a building block for vSphere environments and can offer simplified patching, upgrading, backup and recovery and high availability.
New REST-based APIs are now available, as well as an HTML5-based vSphere Client and virtual machine encryption, secure boot, and vSphere Integrated Containers.
VSAN 6.5 now also supports containers, physical workloads, iSCSI support and a tw0-node ROBO configuration. Further it adds all-flash support, an expanded PowerCLI and support for 512e hard drives and SSDs.
Finally, VMware is announcing VVOLS 2.0, which supports native array replication and support for Oracle Database with Real Application Clusters. The company also added new versions of vRealize Automation and vRealize Log Insight, which support Azure and container management.
VMware vRealize Automation 7.2, VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.0, VMware vRealize Operations 6.4, VMware Virtual SAN 6.5, VMware vSphere 6.5 and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes 2.0 are expected to be available in Q4 2016.
Pricing for VMware vSphere starts at $995 per CPU. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers is a new feature of vSphere 6.5 (also supported on vSphere 6) and will be available for VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition customers at no additional charge.
VMware Virtual SAN list price starts at $2,495 per CPU. VMware Virtual SAN for desktop list price starts at $50 per user. VMware Virtual SAN Standard Edition now includes support for all-flash hardware.
Why Should You Care: Well it’s finally here — VMware vSphere 6.5 — and that means VSAN 6.5 has arrived too. Now additional containerized support, additional security, new integration with Microsoft Azure and a new enterprise disaster recovery solution for vCloud Air are available.