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VMware vSphere 6.7: A Strong Foundation for a More Flexible Future in the Cloud

As everyone in IT knows, the demands on the data center (DC) keep growing – and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. So, how can businesses manage this trend and turn it into a competitive advantage?

by Shubha Kumbadakone, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, VMware Native Cloud, Monday, 4 Jun 2018
VMware vSphere 6.7: A Strong Foundation for a More Flexible Future in the Cloud
VMware vSphere 6.7: A Strong Foundation for a More Flexible Future in the Cloud

First, let’s examine some of the drivers behind this explosion in data center demand:

  • Expanding DC footprints – In recent years, data centers have grown from hundreds and thousands to tens of thousands of server workloads. Mergers, acquisitions, global expansion, evolving customer expectations for richer online experiences, changing end-user needs –all contribute to higher demand for DC resources.
  • Security, security, security – Every business is now a digital business. Customers, partners, and workforces are all leaning more on the enterprise’s digital assets. Security is now a strategic imperative across all infrastructure and applications. 
  • Changes in application usage – The applications running on the typical enterprise network continue to expand in number and variety. Today’s data center has to accommodate cloud native applications, machine learning, VDI, digital workspaces, SaaS applications, and others. This diversity doesn’t just increase demand – it also represents new challenges in balancing user expectations and enterprise priorities.
  • Growing use of the public cloud – To keep pace with demand, more businesses are exploring how to leverage both private and public clouds simultaneously. As a result, the reliance on hybrid cloud deployments is growing rapidly. 

With vSphere 6.7, VMware is taking direct aim at these challenges. It delivers a refreshed core infrastructure platform that delivers groundbreaking innovation in four key areas:

  1. Simple and efficient management at scale— With vSphere 6.7, IT can manage larger infrastructure footprints with greater simplicity and efficiency.  It simplifies workflows, delivers faster time to market, and enables seamless management of infrastructure. This includes exceptional user experience, as well as time and cost savings in a variety of use cases, such as VDI, scale-out apps, Big Data, HPC, DevOps, and distributed cloud native apps.
  2. Comprehensive security—In addition to improved performance, vSphere 6.7 introduces several security enhancements that help businesses better guard the integrity of data and online resources in today’s digital era. It introduces support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 hardware devices and Virtual TPM 2.0. This secures the hypervisor and guest operating systems. vSPhere 6.7 provides security for infrastructure from hardware to the operating system and extending through virtualization. It also secures data at rest and in motion through VM encryption and encrypted vMotion across different vCenter instances — making it easy to securely conduct data center migrations and move data across a hybrid cloud environment and geographically distributed data centers.
  3. Universal application platform – vSphere 6.7 creates the universal application platform that allows the enterprise to run any app on any device on any cloud. vSphere continues delivering strong performance for business-critical applications and supports new intelligent workloads such as AI, Big Data, and machine learning. It enables businesses to leverage hardware innovations such as persistent memory. vSphere Persistent Memory significantly enhances performance of applications across a variety of use cases — making existing applications faster and enabling customers to create new high-performance applications that can leverage vSphere Persistent Memory.
  4. Seamless hybrid cloud experience – businesses are looking for the flexibility to migrate workloads between on-premises DCs and the public cloud. vSphere 6.7 delivers a seamless hybrid cloud experience. Hybrid linked mode provides a single pane of management for unified visibility across on-premises and hybrid cloud workloads. At the VM level, business can clone a VM and move it across cloud environments with different versions of vCenter. In essence, this means that if a business has one version of vCenter on-premises and another version is used in the public cloud, those differences may not be an obstacle.

Given the significant innovations and new capabilities in vSphere 6.7, it can help to have a knowledgeable partner like Presidio on hand to explore how to capitalize on these advantages and address the business’ unique challenges. Presidio can help you devise the hybrid cloud strategy that gives you the freedom and flexibility you need to make the best use of both on-premises and public cloud resources.

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