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The new VMware Virtual SAN (or vSAN) 6.6 adds several enchaments and new features as described in the announce notes. Some interesting news are related to security aspects and how data-at-rest could be protected: one option could be new vSphere 6.5 VM encryption format but now it’s also possible use the native vSAN encryption. Duncan’s post explains the difference of those two approaches.

The new VMware Virtual SAN (or vSAN) 6.6 adds several enchaments and new features as described in the announce notes. Most of those aspects are related to data and cluster resiliency (as expected by a storage solution), including:

VMware has announced the intention to acquire Wavefront, a leading metrics monitoring service for cloud and modern application environments. In this way VMware is going to increase its Cross-Cloud management products and services including costing, discovery, monitoring, root cause analysis, and visualization.

VMware has announced the discontinuation of its third party virtual switch (vSwitch) program, and plans to deprecate the VMware vSphere APIs used by third party switches in the release following vSphere 6.5 Update 1. Subsequent vSphere versions will have the third party vSwitch APIs completely removed and third party vSwitches will no longer work. In the past years, VMware has recommended the Nexus 1000V users to move into the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch to avoid future problems, now it’s clear the product version where you can go.

VMware is announcing the End of Availability (EOA) of vSphere Data Protection (VDP), the backup program integrated with vSphere suite and included with the Essential Plus license. VMware vSphere 6.5 is the last release to include vSphere Data Protection and future vSphere releases will no longer include this product. VMware will focusing its investments on vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection to further strengthen the vSphere backup partner ecosystem that provides better 3rd part native backup products. For sure it’s a great sign for the backup ecosystem.

Recently VMware has released a few security patches that will prevent a guest from execute code on the ESXi host and breaking the isolation of a virtual machine. This has been possible based on heap buffer overflow and uninitialized stack memory usage in SVGA, using this bug may allow a guest to execute code on the host. Note that this particular issue impacts ESXi 6.0 or later as also latest version of VMware Workstation, Player and Fusion.

If you are using the legacy VMware vSphere Client on Windows 10 you may have some issues with the VM console that display only a part of the screen and leave blank other parts. You can use other clients (like the Web Client if you have vCenter or the Host UI if you have at least ESXi 6.0U2), but maybe you will have other issues (for example on ESXi 6.0 host UI console mouse may not work well or not at all).

VMware has updated their supported Products list with a new version (updated at February 1,2017) of VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix document. Finally this document has become smart and short, with few pages and highlighted in a right way both the products version is within 6 months of End of General Support or End of Technical Guidance and also products version that has gone past its End of General Support.

In VMware vSphere there was an hystorical limit of VMDK disks around 2 TB (2 TB – 512 B), but the real “usable” was also less due to the need to make a snapshots on it (if you want use native backup solutions) and depending on the block size (for more informations see Veeam KB 1091). Starting with vSphere 5.5 was finally possibile have bigger disks up to 62 TB (that I will call just “jumbo” disks), but again with several limits describe in VMware KB 2058287 (Support for virtual machine disks larger than 2 TB […]

Now that the new VMware vSphere 6.5 is in GA, most people are starting considering to upgrade (or start from scratch) with this version, instead of vSphere 6.0 (or also 5.5). But please consider this product like a major release, there are several changes, but also new features and scalability properties that make interesting for each new environment, but also for existing customers (with an active subscription if you have a 5.5 version, so that you can also upgrade your 5.x license keys). But like each new version you have to make some consideration first […]

Finally the vSphere Integrated Containers is now in GA (General Availability) and will be possible using vSphere to also natively run containerized workloads and not only VMs. Because it relies on existing vSphere constructs to run containerized workloads, vSphere Integrated Containers can seamlessly leverage NSX, vSAN and the vRealize management suite out of the box. Using constructs from the Open Container Initiative to map Docker containers to vSphere infrastructure, containers are provisioned as virtual machines, offering the same security and functionality of virtual machines in VMware ESXi hosts or VMware vCenter Server instances.

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