VMworld 2015 announcements

These are some of the announcements done so far at VMworld 2015. This page will be updated constantly during VMworld.

VSAN 6.1 

  • Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster
  • Virtual SAN for Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO)
  • Virtual SAN Replication with vSphere Replication
  • Support for Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance (SMP-FT)
  • Support for Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) and Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC)
  • Maximum Performance and Low latencies

More on VSAN 6.1 here.

VMware Horizon 6.2 

VMware Project A2

  • new mobile-centric approach to delivering and managing applications and devices for Windows 10 using AirWatch enterprise mobile management (EMM) and VMware App Volumes application delivery technology. More info here.

VMware Identity Manager Advanced Edition

  • Identity as a Service delivering a single sign-on experience for Windows, SaaS and mobile applications

VMware Project Enzo

  • Will be available as a Beta

VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.1 

  • policy-based management to simplify protection of VMs.
  • a new type of protection groups, called “storage-profile protection groups” that use pre-defined vSphere storage profiles to identify protected datastores and automate the process of protecting and unprotecting virtual machines and adding and removing datastores from protection groups.
  • SRM 6.now integrates with VMware NSX 6.2. Leveraging the new NSX logical switches that span vCenter Server boundaries, SRM automatically maps networks across sites when creating a recovery plan, which lowers OpEx and reduces time to protection. After failover, network and security settings, such IP addresses, security groups and firewall settings are automatically preserved on recovered VMs, greatly accelerating recovery times.
  • SRM 6.1 adds support for metro-distance stretched storage solutions from major storage partners. This new active-active data center topology fundamentally reduces recovery times for SRM users. In the case of planned events, such as in a disaster avoidance use case, SRM 6.1 can migrate live VMs at scale by orchestrating cross-vCenter vMotion operations, enabling zero-downtime application mobility.
  • more here 

vSphere 6.0 Update 1 

  • Will GA sometime in Q3
  • new capabilities specifically for the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). (Post by William Lam)
  • Update Manager can be managed using the WebClient
  • vCSA – easier to install and upgrade
  • Faster maintenance mode -4x to 7x improvement
  • Certificate authority – CLI to UI
  • Live refresh in web client
  • VCSA performance increased by 20%
  • vSphere APIs for IO Filtering – 3rd party plug-ins
    More on the blog of Derek Seaman

VMware Hybrid Network Services

  • Trust Groups (i.e. micro segmentation): Implemented through stateful distributed firewalls, Trust Groups isolate and secure each VM and application down to the Layer 2 level, commonly seen as one of the most vulnerable points in network security. Centrally managed, inheritable, nestable, and portable, they are easily administered at scale and follow applications wherever they move in the cloud.
  • Dynamic Routing: Both Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)-based routing over VMware vCloud Air Direct Connect are supported to simplify network management and to ensure that critical cloud-hosted applications are always reachable.
    Network Scaling: Support for virtual network interfaces can be expanded from 10 to 200 routed network segments in a single virtual data center, allowing customers to mirror even their complex on-premises network topologies in the cloud and to migrate on-premises applications “as is.”
  • High Capacity Connectivity: Point-to-site SSL and site-to-site IPsec VPN options enable up to 100 mobile devices and 1600 site connections to securely connect to a single gateway
  • Enhanced Load Balancing: Scalable HTTPS-based load balancing with SSL offloading and log visibility to meet the demands of high web traffic and production workloads
  • More info here

VMware vCloud Air improvements 

  • vMotion from on-prem to vCloud Air and back
  • vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager. Manage vCloud Air from WebClient (more info by Vladan Seget)
  • vCloud Air Catalog and Content Library. Synchronize templates, ISO, OVF between on-prem and vCloud Air
  • Site Recovery Manager Air. Offered as a SaaS service this enables orchestrated DR using vCloud Air Disaster Recovery as platform
  • VMware vCloud Air Object Storage. VMware vCloud Air now supports object storage powered by Google Cloud Platform and object storage powered by EMC ViPR, enabling tenants choice of object storage provider based on their vendor, integration, and feature preferences.
  • VMware vCloud Air SQL. VMware vCloud Air SQL will support Microsoft SQL Server, with a variety of memory, compute, and storage options, and plans to support other relational databases in the future.
  • VMware vCloud Air Advanced Networking Services. Advanced Networking Services will bring all of the richness of VMware NSX to VMware vCloud Air, including micro-segmentation (zero trust security model), dynamic routing, enhanced network scaling to hundreds of VLANs, improved SSL VPN, and HTTPS load balancing.

These features will be part of Project Skyscraper. Detailed info at the blog of Viktor van den Berg

vSphere Integrated Containers and Photon Platform

  • An new slimmed down hypervisor which supports cloud native apps that do not need features like HA and vMotion. More info here.

VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.0

  • The company’s second release of its distribution of the OpenStack open-source cloud software. The new release, based on OpenStack Kilo, which became available in April, will become generally available to customers by Sept. 30 (Venturebeat had more info)

vSphere driver for open-source Flocker software

EVO SDDC (formerly EVO:RACK)

  • VMware EVO SDDC (previously code named VMware EVO: RACK™), will be a fully automated software suite for delivering the software-defined data center as an integrated system. Enterprises and service providers will be able to use VMware EVO SDDC to deploy a software-defined data center at scale. With VMware EVO SDDC, IT organizations can meet key data center scale initiatives, ranging from application and infrastructure delivery automation to business mobility to high availability and resilient infrastructure, without compromising security, control or choice.
    Software part of EVO SDDC:  EVO Manager, -Sphere, VSAN, NSX, Log Insight, vROps, Horizon Suite (opt’l), vRA (opt’l)
    Read more.

EVO SDDC Manager 

  • a new intelligent automation engine that will simplify and significantly reduce the time required for power-up, provisioning and monitoring of virtual and physical resources, including software, servers, top-of-rack and spine switches. The EVO SDDC Manager will pool resources across multiple racks as a single “virtual rack” and can dynamically carve out workload domain capacity based on availability and performance requirements – See more 

VMware Validated Design 

  • blueprints to design and build Software Defined Datacenters. More info here.

Project Astro

  • VMware working on one management console which  should be visible around Q2 2016

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