VMware vSphere Foundation 5.2: Improved IT Infrastructure Management

Between August 1, 2024, and October 31, 2024, VMware vSphere Foundation (VVF) 5.2 will become generally available. New features include e.g., a new console, self-service infrastructure, ESXi live-patching.

 

What is VMware vSphere Foundation?

VMware vSphere Foundation (VVF) is a powerful tool that helps businesses manage their IT infrastructure more efficiently, with a focus on vSphere workloads. Here’s a simple breakdown:

  • Managing Resources: It helps companies use their servers and storage more effectively, making sure everything runs smoothly and without interruptions.
  • Security: It keeps data safe and secure, protecting against threats and ensuring that important information is always available when needed.
  • Supporting New Technologies: It works well with both old and new types of applications, including those that use containers and virtual machines.
  • Improving Performance: It constantly checks and optimizes the performance of the systems, making sure everything is running at its best.

With VMware vSphere Foundation 5.2, a new version is brought to market, that greatly enhances the experience by bringing useful innovations to IT professionals.

 

Key Innovations in VVF 5.2

  • New Console: The new console gives you a single control plane for all administrative tasks across your entire infrastructure.
    • Consolidated Diagnostics: Provides administrators with a streamlined mechanism to quickly identify issues and act on automated recommendations for remediation.
    • Single Sign-On: Ensures ease of operations and enforces security across all VVF components.
    • Centralized Certificate Management: Enables administrators to identify and track all digital certificates, monitoring their health and ensuring compliance.
    • Unified Licensing: Offers a single place to manage license keys across deployments, providing both point-in-time and historical views of license consumption.

  • ESXi Live Patching: This feature allows for faster updates with zero downtime. With ESXi Live Patching, customers can apply critical patches without rebooting or evacuating virtual machines. VMs are fast-suspend-resumed during the host remediation process. The host enters partial maintenance mode, loads and applies the patch, and then resumes the VMs. By enabling patches to be applied without rebooting or evacuating virtual machines, it ensures continuous operation and minimizes disruptions.

  • Self-Service Infrastructure: Developers now have easy access to infrastructure through the vSphere infrastructure as a service (IaaS) control plane and Local Consumption Interface. This empowers them to provision and manage resources independently, speeding up the development and deployment of applications. It reduces the dependency on IT teams for manual provisioning, thereby accelerating innovation and improving efficiency.

  • Independent TKG Service: The Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) service is now an independent entity, allowing for asynchronous updates. This means customers can access the latest Kubernetes versions more quickly, without waiting for the standard vSphere release cycle. It ensures that the Kubernetes environment is always up-to-date with the latest features, bug fixes, and security patches, providing greater flexibility and control over Kubernetes deployments.

 

Conclusion

VMware vSphere Foundation 5.2 addresses modern IT challenges with innovative features, enhancing efficiency, security, and performance. It will be released between August 1, 2024, and October 31, 2024.

 

More information

For the announcement, please visit: https://www.broadcom.com/company/news/product-releases/62326.

For more info and details on new features in VMware vSphere Foundation 5.2, please visit: https://blogs.vmware.com/cloud-foundation/2024/06/25/vmware-vsphere-foundation-launch-announcement/.

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