VMware Announce the General Availability of VMware vSphere 6.5

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Received from VMware today:

On behalf of VMware, we are pleased to announce the General Availability of VMware vSphere 6.5. It’s been 2 years in the making and it’s a huge release for both VMware and our customers.

vSphere 6.5 is the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization platform which delivers the Next gen infrastructure for your Next gen apps. This release of vSphere features several new capabilities and enhancements that addresses the challenges of digital transformation by delivering:

• Dramatically simplified experience:
We have made the new Photon based, vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) the building block for a Simplified and Streamlined architecture of the future. To enable this, we have delivered Rest-based APIs, HTML5-based GUI, embedded Update Manager, native VC HA w/ 5 min RTO, integrated backup & restore and a host of other great new capabilities.

But it’s not all about new features, we have done some amazing grass roots engineering to ensure vCenter Server Appliance delivers a tremendous amount of optimization and innovation, including an over 2x increase in scale and 3x in performance.

• Comprehensive built-in security:
vSphere 6.5 is the core of a secure SDDC and natively provides capabilities to secure data, infrastructure, and access at scale via its operationally simple, policy-driven model. To deliver this, we have delivered exciting new capabilities such as VM Encryption, Encrypted vMotion, Secure Boot support for ESXi and Guest VM’s.

Along the way, we have enhanced our logs and VC events to ensure authorized administration and control of vSphere environments by providing our customers granular visibility & audit level capabilities.

• Universal app platform for running any apps:
vSphere 6.5 is a universal app platform that supports both traditional and next-generation apps (including 3D Graphics, Big Data, Machine Learning, In-Memory Databases).

vSphere 6.5 expands its existing workload coverage model by focusing on both scale-up and scale-out next-gen apps, which are increasingly built using containers and other evolving technology building blocks. Today, we are launching vSphere Integrated Containers as the easiest way for vSphere users to bring containers into an existing vSphere environment.

vSphere 6.5 launch is going to be accompanied by other SDDC components: VMware vSAN 6.5, VMware vRealize Log Insight 4 and VMware vRealize Operations 6.4. Together these features help IT more efficiently run, manage, and secure their applications both on- or off-premises and help deliver on the promise of an industrialized SDDC.

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