VMware ended its general support for vSphere 6.0: Know about the new alternatives
VMware vSphere continues to be one of the most widely used virtualization platforms in the world for its proven capabilities in implementing Cloud infrastructures. This platform has proven to be ideal for solving growing business demands such as running business-critical applications with proven speed and reliability.
As we know that keeping abreast of what is new on this platform is one of your priorities, Globenet International Corp wants you to be aware of the choices you can make now that vSphere 6.0 General Support (EOGS) has ended.
The ending of support was officially announced on March 12, 2020 and this included the end of support for the following products:
- vCenter Server 6.0
- vCenter Update Manager 6.0
- ESXi 6.0
- Site Recovery Manager 6.0 y 6.1
- vSAN 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2
- vSphere Data Protection 6.0 and 6.1
- vSphere Replication 6.0 and 6.1
Please note that technical guidance for vSphere 6.0 will be available until March 12, 2020, although the manufacturer has said that during the technical guidance phase, VMware will not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest operating system updates, new security patches or bug fixes.
As for vSphere 6.5 and vSphere 6.7, VMware announced that it will extend general support for five years, but to maintain its full level of support and subscription services, VMware has suggested upgrading these two versions. This way you will be able to get the most recent vSAN capabilities (with the vSAN license separately).
However, if you want to access the new platform improvements, in addition to an updated version, you must already install vSphere 7.0, the most updated version that will undoubtedly make your vCenters much more protected and with better features.
vSphere 7 and its capabilities
Among its features in vCenter Server 7, vSphere 7.0 includes the possibility to enhance the protection capabilities of multiple vCenters. Now you can export your vCenter Server configuration in .json format and then import it to up to 100 different vCenters.
With this version it is already possible to have up to 4 NICs (Network Information Center) or Network Information Center in a supported way. Also with vSphere 7.0 we will have a greater capacity to support more components within the infrastructure. With the new version we could have 2,500 hosts per vCenter.
Time saving and flexibility! That’s something we will achieve with vSphere 7.0, because in its new version we will be able to do the upgrade from a vCenter Window, or a vCenter Appliance containing an External PSC. This way vCenter Server 7 will make the convergence and upgrade all in one.
VMware has also upgraded DRS, the service that is activated at cluster level. Now vCenter Server 7 includes a new DRS that focuses more on workloads, not so much on the cluster as in previous versions, and runs every minute, reducing the precious time of five minutes.
Remember that Globenet International Corp, in partnership with VMware, can help you solve all your challenges in the Cloud to make your vCenters more efficient.
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