Welcome to IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions 2.0
By Julie Inlow Munoz
IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions 2.0: Enhanced Management Control and Performance for your Hybrid Cloud Environment
Since the strategic partnership between VMware and IBM Cloud launched almost 2 years ago, enterprise clients around the world have realized the myriad benefits of integrating their on-premises data center environments with IBM Cloud. Businesses seeking security and control in the cloud have leveraged IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions to create and deploy vSphere-based environments across the globe with dedicated compute, networking and storage.
Since inception, we’ve continuously enhanced the IBM Cloud for VMware solutions portfolio. In contrast to widely-spaced, expensive, and extensive on-premises upgrade efforts, the more nimble environment of the cloud enables expedient development and updates, delivering to clients more immediately the benefits of continuous software and hardware advancements. In the nine releases we’ve had just this past year, we’ve introduced numerous capabilities requested by our clients including: multisite deployment, new hardware and new data center support as well as new services from our growing ecosystem of partners including Zerto, Veeam, Hytrust, Intel, F5, Fortinet and NetApp.
And while the IBM team is constantly iterating on and updating VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud and VMware Cloud Foundation, we are especially excited to share with you the game-changing work we’ve done this past month. IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions 2.0 includes significant enhancements to the vCenter Server and Cloud Foundation solutions, providing clients better management control and enhanced security and performance for their IBM-hosted VMware environments. We now support more than 60 datacenters around the world, all of which offer VMware vSphere 6.5. Key updates include:
• VMware Cloud Foundation and vCenter Server on IBM Cloud are now deployed with VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 • VMware vSAN 6.6.1 and all SSD drives for VMware vCenter Server and Cloud Foundation • User-customized server option • Multi-site support for vCenter Server • Automated BYOL for VMware licensing for vCenter Server • Ability to add a cluster Cross Data Center and Cross-POD for VMware Cloud Foundation • FortiGate-VM virtual appliance as a solution • Additional configurations for NetApp ONTAP Select
VMware vSphere 6.5
VMware vSphere 6.5 is the latest version of VMware’s trusted virtualization technology. It provides a flexible and secure foundation for business agility that accelerates the digital transformation to cloud computing and promotes success in the digital economy. With vSphere 6.5, the management experience is greatly simplified with a fully integrated VMware Update Manager (VUM) for easier orchestration of patches and updates, new modern REST-based APIs for VM management, and an improved HTML-5-based vSphere Web Client user interface. The latest version also includes the enhanced security of encryption of data at rest at the VM level, encrypted vMotion capability, and enhanced audit-quality logging capability for more forensic information on user actions.
VMware vSAN 6.6.1 & all-flash storage
vSAN is the only vSphere-native software-defined storage platform. vSAN is offered in either Advanced or Enterprise edition and delivers the efficiency of deduplication and compression with the option for datastore-level encryption. vSAN pools together server-attached storage to provide a highly resilient shared datastore suitable for any virtualized workload.
With the update to the latest release of vSAN combined with IBM Cloud’s update to all SSD drives for Cloud Foundation and vCenter Server, clients have another storage tier option for high-IOPS workloads that require the enhanced security of encryption.