In current information technology industry, the business requirements are different from many years ago. Now it is the age of business transformation, the performance requirement, deployment time and service-level agreement is very high. Based on traditional technology, it cannot fulfill the customer requirement. VMware vSphere 7.0 is a new platform that will be GA soon. VMware finally decides Kubernetes and vSphere should share a room. In the next generation of vSphere, the traditional vSphere and Kubernetes can co-exist running on a same platform. Embed Kubernetes into the control plane of vSphere, unifying control of compute, network and storage resources. The developers use Kubernetes APIs to access the datacenter infrastructure (compute, storage and networking). IT operators use vSphere tools to deliver Kubernetes clusters to developers. The vSphere 7 will GA on April 2020.
REMARK: 14896552 is the vSphere 7 RC Edition
vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 Installer
vCenter Server Appliance 7.0 Installer
The GUI of vCenter Server Appliance 7.0 installer is almost same as 6.7 installer.
My feedback in vSphere 7
Pre-V7: The upgrade of vCenter server is not easy if enhanced linked mode (ELM) is enabled.
V7: External Platform Services Controller (PSC) is no longer an available. Now vCenter server must be running with Embeded PSC, it simplifies the vCenter upgrade flow.
Pre-V7: The customer need to check the VMware Interoperability Matrixes when they plan the version upgrade.
V7: vCenter Update Planner let the customer to generate report to help you plan your upgrade. In the report, it show compatible upgrades in your VM environment.
Pre-V7: The main user is infrastructure administrator or system administrator only.
V7: The system administrator and application developer can coexist to manage the vSphere 7 flatform.
Below are some new features of vSphere 7
vCenter Sever Profiles
It consists of four REST APIs List, Export, Validate, and Import for vCenter Server Profiles.
It can offer VM Template Check-In/Check-Out & Versioning.
vCenter Server Upgrade
External Platform Services Controller (PSC) is no longer an available option
vSphere Lifecycle Manager
In vSphere 7, a cluster image can comprise the vSphere (ESXi) release
Lifecycle manager will interact with supported vendor management tools like Dell OpenManager and HPE OneView.
vCenter Server Update Planner
It provides native tooling to help plan, discover, and upgrade customer environments successfully.
Simplified Certificate Management
Reducing complexity like this makes it easy to do the right thing when it comes to security and compliance.
Modernizing vSphere Authentication
vSphere Trust Authority
It creates a hardware root of trust using a separate ESXi host cluster.
It computes a VM DRS score on hosts and moves the VM to a host that provides the highest VM DRS score. The biggest difference to the old DRS version being that it no longer balances host load.
Assignable Hardware is a framework developed to extend the support for vSphere features when customers utilize hardware accelerators
Reducing stun times for large workloads
Virtual Watchdog Timer
Virtual Watchdog Timer helps by resetting the virtual machine when the Guest OS is no longer responding.
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