Another day at VMworld Europe and more information on what’s new in the VMware ecosystem. As their recent press release has made obvious, VMware has gone all in with making their ecosystem more developer friendly: REST-based APIs, Container Support, expanded PowerCLI to name a few.
VMware vCenter Server® Appliance – The new vCSA appliance has made many significant improvements. From the migration path to the ability to now have HA to the new scales of what it can manage. There are now fewer and fewer reasons to stay with the windows version of vCenter, though there are still some use cases.
REST APIs – gives developers, DevOps, and Operations teams greater flexibility and automation options.
VMware vSphere Client – Goodbye flash-based web client, hello HTML5!, VMware listened to customer feedback and created an interface that is more responsive and (hopefully) more resilient.
VMware vSphere Integrated Containers™ – by getting in on containerized applications in a fashion that is consumable by their existing VMware infrastructure/employees, VMware is making it easier for their infrastructure and development teams to work together more cohesively.
iSCSI Support – will enable Virtual SAN storage to be presented as an iSCSI target for external physical workloads including clustered applications such as Microsoft SQL Server with Failover Clustering on a limited number of physical servers.
Containers Support – Virtual SAN will provide persistent data layer for containerized applications via VMware vSphere Integrated Containers.
Two-node Direct Connect – having an option for ROBO sites gives customers more flexibility & options.
Expanded PowerCLI – now that PowerShell is available Linux and Mac, the new PowerCLI integrations will be even more useable.
vRealize Automation 7.2
AWS, Microsoft Azure, and container support will give IT and DevOps teams greater flexibility in deploying cross-cloud, multi-tier applications. In addition, Log Insight 4.0 and vRealize Operations 6.4 were announced and will with all of the aforementioned technologies.
In addition, the vBrownBag Tech Talks that I’ve been helping to create have proved to be a great resource of exposure to new technical topics. We’ve published the VMworld Europe vBrownBag tech talks here. We recorded 21 videos! Next week I’ll be doing the OpenStack Summit Tech Talks, so expect many more videos in the coming week!