VMware has announced the latest version of vSphere 6.5 and it promises to pack in a host of new features, making it more impressive than the previous version. The release is overseen by vCenter Server Appliance and there has been a complete overhaul of the installer, with a more contemporary feel. It can be used on both Linux and Mac, along with the old favorite, Microsoft Windows. There are also a range of new features in vCenter Server Appliance which includes the likes of:
- Native High Availability: The vCenter Server Appliance has a Native High Availability exclusively for this version. There are various aspects to this solution- Active, Passive and Witness Nodes being the predominant ones and they are cloned directly from the present vCenter Server. The system might fail if an entire node is lost but chances are negligible in this version.
- Migration: It was a tad tricky to get into vCenter Server Appliance earlier but now with the introduction of the Migration tool, this seems to be easier, and is even more efficient than the recently launched vSphere 6.0 Update 2m release. It now supports Windows vCenter Server 5.5 and 6.0 and anyone currently running the latter can get a vCenter Server Appliance using this tool.
- Built-in Back up or Restore: The back- up feature is absolutely new and it allows the users to back up the entire vCenter Server and Platform services Controller appliances, which is directly connected to VAMI or API, along with VUM and any Auto Deploy running instilled with the appliance. It consists of regular set of files that can be stremed to any storage device the user wants using SCP, HTTP(s), or FTP(s) protocols.
- VMware Update Manager: The vCenter Server Appliance now also incorporates VUM and those eagerly waiting to migrate without a separate Windows server for VUM will welcome it. Those who have already migrated to the 6.0 upgrade process will now migrate the VUM baselines and updates for 6.5, during which the vCenter configuration, inventory and alarm data would also be likewise migrated.
- Improved Appliance Management: This capability continuously allows the system in its evolution and also exposes any additional configurations as the system demands. The interface is simpler and more user friendly and shows Network and Database Statistics, along with health and disk space. One can also know about CPU and memory statistics which further reduces the dependency on a command line interface for the simpler operational and monitoring tasks.
Another added feature is the vSphere Web Client, along with the fully supported HTML5- based vSphere Client which in turn provides a strong and powerful foundation for business that speeds up the digital transformation in the form of cloud computing, promoting digital economy. The VMware vSphere 6.5 will most definitely bring new strength and agility into tasks for greater business output.
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