Effective February 4, 2021, VMware vRealize Operations 8.3 is generally available with the following new features:
- Cloud Management Assessment: expands assessment from being focused on just vSphere (like the vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA)) to broader business use cases
- Pathfinder: collection of educational material
- Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2: ability to enable FIPS mode during deployment or after upgrade from the Admin user interface
- 20-Second Peak Metrics: show you the peak value observed during that five-minute window for VM’s and Pods
- VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS): New inventory trees have been added for VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) to help you view your VMC Software-defined data centers (SDDCs) from compute, storage, and network perspectives
- VMware vRealize Operations Cloud: is now System and Organizational Controls (SOC) 2, SOC 3, and ISO 27001/17/18 certified
For more information on VMware vRealize Operations 8.3, please visit: https://blogs.vmware.com/management/2021/02/whats-new-in-vrealize-operations-8-3.html.
Effective September 29, 2020, the Microsoft Azure VMware solution is generally available (GA). This enables customers to seamlessly move VMware-based workloads from their data centers to Azure and integrate their VMware environment with Azure.
From a licensing perspective, customers running Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server workloads can use the Azure Hybrid Benefit to reuse existing on-premises licenses and can also save money on the infrastructure by purchasing Reserved Instances.
For further information, please find the announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/the-new-azure-vmware-solution-is-now-generally-available/.
For details on the solution itself, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-vmware/.
Effective August 6, 2020 to July 23, 2021, the promotion for VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) Kit is available. VMware HCI Kits are designed to easily adopt HCI and provide customers with the foundational building blocks of the hybrid cloud: VMware Cloud Foundation. VMware vSAN is the only hyperconverged infrastructure solution that is natively integrated with industry leading virtualization platform, VMware vSphere.
VMware HCI Kits offer a simple way for customers to purchase VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN licenses together while still offering flexibility for independent deployment and upgrades.
The VMware HCI Kit promotion offers a 25% discount off license list prices for select HCI Kits including: HCI Kit Standard, HCI Kit Advanced, HCI Kit Operations Management, HCI Kit ROBO Advanced.
For further information on the VMware HCI Kit promotion, please visit: https://blogs.vmware.com/cloud-foundation/2020/08/06/vcf-express-hci-kit-promotions.
For more information, please visit: https://www.vmware.com/products/hyper-converged-infrastructure.html.
VMware announced the end of availability of vSphere Platinum, Cloud Foundation Platinum, and vCloud Suite Platinum product editions. Effective April 2, 2020 the Platinum portfolio is no longer available for purchase. VMware continues to support the components of the above bundles through their respective published support periods, which you find here: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/support/product-lifecycle-matrix.pdf?mid=31536&eid=CVMW2000023613295.
For more information on the end of availability of the VMware Platinum portfolio, please visit: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/77536?mid=31536&eid=CVMW2000023613295.
Effective April 2, 2020, VMware will be updating its per-CPU licensing model to align more closely to the industry standard of licensing software based on CPU cores as a main licensing metric. This means that VMware uses the per-CPU licensing model while requiring one license covering CPUs with up to 32 physical cores. Prior to April 30, 2020 customers who purchase VMware software per-CPU licenses, to be deployed on a physical server with more than 32-cores per CPU, will be eligible for additional free per-CPU licenses to cover the cores on those CPUs.
For further information on the VMware Per-CPU Licensing Model, please visit: https://www.vmware.com/company/news/updates/cpu-pricing-model-update-feb-2020.html?mid=30323&eid=CVMW2000023613295.
On March 2, 2020, VMware instituted some price increases for a limited set of offerings, including a number of VMware Professional Services offerings, such as VMware Technical Account Manager Services and Consulting Services. Beginning April 2, 2020 prices will increase on VMware vRealize Suite and associated bundles (perpetual products only). Also, some customers in Europe will experience price increases due to currency changes across most VMware SDDC Solutions.
VMware announced the End of Availability of VMware vRealize Automation Standard Edition, effective December 2, 2019; it will no longer be available for purchase. VMware will continue to support this product through April 11, 2022. Refer to the Product Lifecycle Matrix for the latest updated dates: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/support/product-lifecycle-matrix.pdf.
The End of General Support for vSphere 6.0 is March 12, 2020. This includes the following releases:
- vCenter Server 6.0,
- vCenter Update Manager 6.0,
- ESXi 6.0,
- Site Recovery Manager 6.0 and 6.1,
- vSAN 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2,
- vSphere Data Protection 6.0 and 6.1 and
- vSphere Replication 6.0 and 6.1.
To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or vSphere 6.7. VMware has extended the general support for vSphere 6.5 to a full five years from date of release, which means the general support for vSphere 6.5 will end on November 15, 2021. The End of General support for vSphere 6.7 will also be on November 15, 2021. For more information, please visit: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/66977.
VMware announced the release of vSphere Platinum on October 31, 2018. VMware vSphere Platinum is a new edition of vSphere that delivers advanced security capabilities fully integrated into the hypervisor. This new release combines the industry leading capabilities of vSphere with VMware AppDefense, delivering purpose-built VMs to secure applications. Included with vSphere Platinum, VMware AppDefense delivers key capabilities to protect applications running on vSphere. AppDefense understands an application’s intended state and behavior, then monitors for changes to that intended state. Any change from this “known good” state would indicate a threat. This method enables the virtual machine to run in “known good” state rather than trying to detect threats that may not fit a known signature.
VMware announced the end of availability of the bundle vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus – effective February 1st, 2019. After this date, the corresponding licenses – vSphere Enterprise Plus and vRealize Operations Standard – can still be purchased separately. If you are currently active on your support and subscription (SnS), following are some options that can be discussed based on your business needs:
- Remain on current vSphere Enterprise Plus and vRealize Operations Standard components. VMware announced a nominal increase in SnS costs at the time of renewal.
- Upgrade your components to a higher edition: vSphere Enterprise Plus can be upgraded to vSphere Platinum. vRealize Operations Standard can be upgraded to vRealize Operations Advanced or vRealize Suite Standard.
Please see the current promotions concerning VMware upgrades.