VMware Inc. says its latest hybrid cloud offerings will make life a lot easier for customers managing data across different platforms.

The company announced the latest releases for VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN, both of which come with a full set of upgrades. For hybrid cloud environments, VMware vSphere 6.7 features upgrades to its built-in security and vGPU support, but also comes with brand new single reboot and quick boot functions and a vCenter Hybrid Linked Mode that lets customers keep their current version of vSphere on-premises while enjoying the benefits of vSphere-based public clouds. Other enhancements include a 200 per cent boost in performance in vCenter operations per second, 300 per cent reduction in memory usage and 300 per cent faster DRS-related operations.

The vSAN 6.7 platform boasts HTML5 client support and a simplified dashboard – something Lee Caswell, vice-president of products, storage and availability, said will be met with open arms by administrators who have been spending more time on the vCenter Server – in addition to increased support for third-party products and overall performance upgrades.

“Customers are thinking of HCI [hyperconverged infrastructure] not just as a point product, but as a strategic investments that gives them the most investment protection across any hardware, any application and any cloud,” Caswell explained during a briefing call, adding their HCI offering is the only one running on the public cloud.

Total spending on hyperconverged systems running VMware vSAN software represented 32.4 per cent of total fourth quarter 2017 vendor revenue, according to the Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker report from IDC. This was the largest market share, and a clear indication that hyperconverged infrastructure systems are growing increasingly important for companies, said Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer of products and cloud services for VMware.

“The rapid adoption of vSAN, coupled with longstanding vSphere leadership is a testament to the importance of a digital foundation that extends from on-premises to the public cloud,” he said in a press release.

VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7 are expected to become available by May 4 this year.



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