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Jul 20 2020

What’s new with vSphere and vSAN 7.0?

Fujitsu, a global partner of VMware, was the second company to be appointed as an OEM partner of VMware. Over the years, Fujitsu has promoted virtualization mainly in Japan and Europe and delivered the first server with integrated ESXi worldwide. Thanks to their VMware-based cloud offerings and their access to large public sector customers, Fujitsu will continue to be a strategic partner for VMware in the future, and is already delivering modern software development platforms based on vSphere 7 and Kubernetes to their customers.

Let’s take a look at a few of these new features.


vSphere with Kubernetes

The first of the vSphere 7 features is vSphere with Kubernetes, which is built on top of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.  Kubernetes is now built into vSphere, allowing developers to continue to use the same industry-standard containers, tools and interfaces they have been using to create modern applications. vSphere admins also benefit because they can help manage the Kubernetes infrastructure using the same tools and skills they have developed around vSphere.


Improved Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)

vSphere DRS has been reimagined to better serve both containers and VMs. DRS used to focus on the cluster state and would recommend a vMotion when it would benefit the balance of the cluster as a whole.

But what about individual VMs? How would that vMotion impact the VM that was moved, or indeed its old or new neighbours? The new DRS logic takes a very different approach that addresses these questions. The biggest difference from the old DRS version is that it no longer balances host load. This means DRS cares less about the ESXi host utilization and prioritizes the VM “happiness”.


Assignable Hardware

In vSphere 7, there is a new framework called Assignable Hardware that was developed to extend support for vSphere features when customers utilize hardware accelerators. vSphere DRS and vSphere High Availability (HA) will now check when that VM is powered on, or restarted, to find an ESXi host that has the right hardware accelerator available, claim that device, and register the VM to that host.


Intrinsic Security

One of the primary ways that our customers can improve their security is through good password policies, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to implement multifactor authentication (MFA). The problem is that there are so many ways to implement MFA, and it’s nearly impossible to extend vCenter Server with all of them.

The solution is federation, using open authentication & authorization standards like OAUTH2 and OIDC. With vSphere 7 and Identity Federation, vCenter Server can talk to an enterprise identity provider. vSphere 7 supports ADFS out of the box and will build support for more providers over time.


Adrian Turner


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Currently part of the European Integrated Systems Technical Competence team, focusing on VMware based solutions. Adrian previously worked as a Pre Sales Cons...


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