VMware has announced vSphere 7 Update 3 to be released in the near future. I suspect the team want to inform the community about the upcoming release, and outline all the new features it contains vs just releasing the update. Almost like when a new album is set to come out and they release singles to get folks excited about it. Yes, I did say albums, google it, if you are unaware what an album is.
According to Glen Simon on the VMware vSphere Blog:
A year and a half ago, we introduced VMware vSphere 7 to help customers deliver AI and developer-ready infrastructure, scale without compromise, and simplify operations. We’ve continued delivering and adding key capabilities in those focus areas over the past two update releases, as well as various minor releases. Today, we’re excited to introduce vSphere 7 Update 3 which continues to enhance the industry’s leading virtualization and workload platform to add more value for customers in these key areas. vSphere 7 Update 3 will be generally available in the near future.
I do like that VMware is building on their three pillars of Deliver AI and Developer-Ready Infrastructure, Scale without Compromise and Simplify Operations. I believe we first saw these in 2019 or 2020 at VMworld, but I think most of you would agree ‘the time distortion’ field is all messed up since COVID.
A few items that I am interested in seeing in action are the following:
- Simplified Setup of vSphere with VMware Tanzu: Faster and easier setup of networking with fewer steps and inputs needed.
- vSAN Stretched Clusters for Kubernetes Workloads: Users can extend a vSAN cluster from a single site to two sites for a higher level of availability and intersite load balancing. VMware now supports Kubernetes workloads in a stretched cluster deployment.
- DRS Configuration Enhancements: Easier to configure DRS to avoid moving (and disrupting) larger or more critical workloads whenever possible.
I’ll be looking forward to when this release is GA and able to get it into the lab to test it out.
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