Dec 06

vSAN 6.2 Named Software-Defined Technology Category Winner For The CRN 2016 Product of the Year Award!

By Anita Kibunguchy

crn-products-of-the-year-2016-400.jpgThe Storage and Availability solutions team is excited to announce that vSAN 6.2 was named the overall winner in the Software-Defined Technology category for the CRN 2016 Products of the Year Awards! We are extremely humbled by this recognition and couldn’t be more proud of the team.

CRN’s annual Products of the Year Awards are given to standout products and services that represent best-in-breed technological innovation backed by a supportive channel partner program. For the first time, CRN did the judging a little differently. CRN editors selected five finalists among 17 technology categories and then asked solution providers to rate the products to determine a winner based on the subcategories of Technology, Revenue and Profit, and Customer Demand. The finalists and winners were originally selected from a survey that netted more than 5,000 responses. This captured real-world satisfaction among customers and partners.

About vSAN

vSAN 6.2 introduced key space efficiency features like deduplication, compression and erasure coding including Quality of Service (QoS) and Software Checksum. With vSAN’s fast pace of innovation, the storage and Availability Solutions team introduced vSAN 6.5 which GA’d on November 15, 2016 and introduced features like: 2-node direct connect which could save customers up to 20% per ROBO site, full-featured PowerCLI for scalability and ease of enterprise-class automation and support for next-gen hardware including large capacity drives with 512e support.

This rapid innovation, has led to rapid adoption of vSAN. We’re adding ~100 customers per week and this positive recognition is consistent with the customer feedback we’ve been getting from customers who have adopted vSAN 6.2. Yellow Pages Canada is one such customer who adopted vSAN all-flash to power their front end apps, search engines, BI and SQL databases and to support their mixed workload environments. Learn more about Yellow Pages Canada here:

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Nov 15

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Martin Yip

vSphere 6.5 is here!

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 6.5 along with new releases of other SDDC components: VMware vSAN 6.5, VMware vRealize Log Insight 4 and VMware vRealize Operations 6.4. Together, these products help IT more efficiently run, manage, and secure their applications both on- or off-premises.

vSphere 6.5 is the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization platform. As previously mentioned, this release of vSphere features several new capabilities and enhancements that addresses the challenges of digital transformation by delivering:

  • Dramatically simplified experience (Simplified and Streamlined architecture, Rest-based APIs, HTML5-based GUI)
  • Comprehensive built-in security (Secure Data, Infrastructure and Access)
  • Universal app platform for running any apps (vSphere Integrated Containers)

One more thing…

If the vSphere 6.5 release was not already compelling enough, vSphere 6.5 will also include the highly anticipated feature, vSphere Predictive DRS, that was featured as a Tech Preview at VMworld 2016. Predictive DRS is a game-changing new technology that leverages self-learning and predictive analytics provided by vRealize Operations. It learns your environment and based on usage patterns, preemptively rebalances your workloads in advance of upcoming demands and spikes. This ensures your applications remain performant and your workloads get all the resources they need. This is extremely useful in a wide variety of scenarios including applications that are latency sensitive or experience regular spikes in demand. Predictive DRS is just another example of how VMware continues to innovate and deliver value to you.

Things to Note

vSphere Integrated Containers, a feature that extends vSphere capabilities to run container workloads in vSphere environments, will be made generally available later this year.

For more details on the release please refer to the vSphere 6.5 announcement.

If you are interested in learning more about vSphere 6.5, there are several options:

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