Earlier this year VMWare released the latest version of vSphere, vSphere 7.0, significantly upgrading the capabilities of one of the world’s leading enterprise level virtualisation platforms. This included several notable changes to the solution, which can now be used to build a hyper-converged virtual environment, among other shiny new features.

For those enticed by the update, here are the 7 leading features that make it such compelling server virtualisation software.

Lifecycle management

As of vSphere 7.0, users can now benefit from a lifecycle manager tool within the platform that allows the creation of single configurations that can be applied and continually monitored to ensure the desired state, thanks to the addition of new tools such as vCenter Server Profiles and Image Cluster Management.

Greater vMotion

VMware vSphere 7.0 brought with it several radical upgrades that have enhanced its vMotion feature, the most notable of which being a significant reduction in performance impact for users undertaking a live-migration.

Improved security

The latest patch introduced advanced security features, including open authentication and authorisation standards such as OAUTH2, OIDC, vSphere Trust Authority, key management systems, and REST API for actions including certificate renewal from the VMware Certificate Authority.

Larger content library

vSphere 7.0 allows users to manage their VM templates faster, with greatly improved flexibility and efficiency. In addition, users can now quickly edit their VM templates by simply checking them out and amending as needed before checking them back in.

Tanzu Kubernetes support

Users can now easily deploy and manage the industry-leading Kubernetes, the system for deployment, scaling, and management automation, with hybrid cloud support. Native support for Kubernetes means users can run containers and virtual machines through the VMware Cloud Foundation platform, enabling app delivery to the cloud with guaranteed security, performance, and resiliency.

Advanced Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)

The new vSphere 7.0 has introduced a redesigned advanced DRS built to better serve users’ containers and VMs. This is a welcome change to the previous vSphere DRS, which focussed on the cluster state, with the algorithm recommending vMotion to enhance the cluster.

Assignable Hardware

VMware released a new Assignable Hardware as part of the vSphere update, built to extend support for vSphere features for users looking to utilise their hardware accelerators. The introduction of DRS, as well as the introduction of vSphere High Availability, offers support for VMs using a pass-through PCIe device or a NVIDIA vGPU. 

vSphere 7.0 brings with it a host of new and innovative features. For customers looking to capitalise on these additions, integrate Kubernetes, clustering options, or live, large migrations with the Content Library, vSphere 7.0 looks to be the way forward. 

If you’re still on the fence, perhaps consider the costs of running VMs in your current vSphere 6. Once you have your answer, and if you’re looking to run vSphere 7.0, speak to a member of the Comtec team to find out how we can help today.