Today VMware has announced vSphere 6.7, the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization and cloud platform. vSphere 6.7 is the efficient and secure platform for hybrid clouds, fueling digital transformation by delivering simple and efficient management at scale, comprehensive built-in security, a universal application platform, and seamless hybrid cloud experience.
vSphere 6.7 delivers key capabilities to enable IT organizations address the following notable trends that are putting new demands on their IT infrastructure:
- Explosive growth in quantity and variety of applications, from business critical apps to new intelligent workloads.
- Rapid growth of hybrid cloud environments and use cases.
- On-premises data centers growing and expanding globally, including at the Edge.
- Security of infrastructure and applications attaining paramount importance
You can read more about this newest member of the VMware family on the official release article: vSphere 6.7
Here’s a brief summary of the most news-worthy features (and a link to the Datsheet)
- vSphere Client (HTML-5) is about 95% feature complete
- Improved vCenter Appliance monitoring
- Improved vCenter Backup Management
- ESXi Single Reboot Upgrades
- ESXi Quick Boot
- 4K Native Drive Support
- Max Virtual Disks increase from 60 to 256
- Maximum ESXi number of Devices from 512 to 1024
- Max ESXi paths to Devices from 2048 to 4096
- Support for RDMA
- vSphere Persistent Memory
- DRS initial placement improvements
In my personal opinion, the biggest news coming with 6.7 is the ESXi Quick Boot and ESXi Single Reboot Upgrade. For those on 6.5 right now, you will be able to get all of your hosts to 6.7 with just a single reboot!
Secondly, the Quick Boot will finally let us reboot the hypervisor without restarting the whole physical host, which is going to greatly decrease the time needed to get rid of some typical ESXi problems.
I highly recommend the blog post written by Duncan Epping which you can read here:
Duncan had an opportunity already to see some of the features of 6.7 in person, so I guess most of you would be highly interested in reading his thoughts about it. Enjoy!