As part of the announcement, VMware said, "As applications continue to evolve, the infrastructure needs to be flexible enough to support those changes, and 6.7 Update 3 provides new capabilities to help administrators manage cloud-native applications on the same infrastructure as their traditional applications."
The key driving force behind this change is microservices, and the predominant deployment method for them is containers. Which is why Update 3 will add container-ready infrastructure to vSAN.
"We are now introducing vSAN 6.7 Update 3, to enable customers with container-ready infrastructure that can deliver high velocity scaling, multi-cloud portability and unified management," reports the VMware vSAN team. "With vSAN 6.7 Update 3, IT can unify their virtual machine and container-based compute and storage management using familiar tools and processes, reducing time to remediate storage issues. vSAN 6.7 Update 3 scales at the pace of containers, and it provides developers seamless access to infrastructure. As VMware provides consistent infrastructure operations from the core data center to public cloud, workloads and their data can easily migrate across clouds."
VMware will also be rolling out a vSAN Enterprise Plus Edition, a bundle of vSAN Enterprise and vRealize Operations Advanced licenses. Key benefits of vSAN Enterprise Plus Edition will include:
- Stretched clusters with local protection - Create a robust stretched cluster with site and local protection between two geographically separate sites, synchronously replicating data between sites. It enables enterprise-level availability for 50 percent lower costs than the leading traditional solution.
- vSAN Encryption - Native to vSAN, vSAN Encryption provides data-at-rest security at the cluster level and supports all vSAN features, including space efficiency features like deduplication and compression. Enabled with a few clicks, vSAN Encryption is built for compliance requirements and offers simple key management with support for all KMIP compliant key managers, such as CloudLink, Hytrust, SafeNet, Thales, and Vormetric. vSAN Encryption is FIPS 140-2 validated, meeting stringent U.S. federal government standards.
- Continuous performance optimization - Enable performance at minimal cost, driven by operational and business intent with predictive analytics driving actions to automatically balance workloads and proactively avoid contention.
- Efficient capacity management and planning - Reduce cost and capacity risk with real-time, predictive capacity analytics, delivering optimal densification and proactive planning. Predict future demand, get actionable recommendations, and automate reclamation and right-sizing.
- Intelligent remediation - Predict, prevent, and troubleshoot faster with actionable insights correlating metrics and logs, and unified observability from applications to infrastructure. Centralize IT operations management with native SDDC integrations, federated views, and a highly scalable and extensible platform.
Watch this video from VMware to learn more about the new features and enhancements that VMware is introducing in vSAN 6.7 Update 3