What is vSphere?

 

vSphere delivers essential services for the modern hybrid cloud. The new vSphere has been rearchitected with native Kubernetes to run existing enterprise applications alongside modern containerized applications in a unified manner.


vSphere 7
The new generation of vSphere for enterprise applications is available in two editions.


vSphere 7 with Kubernetes
The new generation of vSphere now supports modern containerized applications. vSphere 7 with Kubernetes is available through VMware Cloud Foundation.

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What’s New with vSphere 7?

Deliver elastic infrastructure for AI/ML applications using cloud pools of hardware accelerators such as GPUs.

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Benefits of vSphere 7

Simplified Lifecyle Management

Simplify vSphere software patching and firmware upgrades with the updated lifecycle manager and update planner. Automate lifecycle management using RESTful APIs and the industry standard JSON for added flexibility.

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Intrinsic Security and Control

Protect your vSphere hosts and applications with a simple, comprehensive and policy-driven model. Perform remote attestation for sensitive workloads using vSphere Trust Authority. Secure your access and account management using vSphere identity federation.

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Application and Hardware Acceleration

Deliver elastic infrastructure for AI/ML applications using cloud pools of hardware accelerators such as GPUs. Improve the performance and resiliency of applications using improvements in vMotion, DRS and persistent memory. Support for latency-sensitive applications with precision time protocol.

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Benefits of vSphere 7 with Kubernetes

Streamlined Development

Deliver fully compliant and conformant Kubernetes for your development teams with the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid service. Enable self-service access to infrastructure using Kubernetes APIs.

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Agile Operations

Manage role base access and quota allocation for VMs and containers using the familiar vCenter interface. Manage policies for an entire group of VMs, containers and Kubernetes clusters in vCenter.

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Accelerated Innovation

Remove barriers between developer and IT with a unified platform for managing both virtual machines and containers in a single infrastructure stack that is available wherever you run vSphere.

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Spotlight 

vSphere 7 with Kubernetes Technical Demo

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Get an in-depth look at new VMware Cloud Foundation Services and learn how to run and manage modern applications using vSphere 7 with Kubernetes.

Transform Your Infrastructure with a New Cloud Operating Model

Find out how vSphere has been rearchitected into infrastructure for modern applications.

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Discover the Key Features and Benefits of vSphere 7

Learn about the latest capabilities that enable applications to be deployed using any combination of virtual machines, containers and Kubernetes.

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Get vSphere 7 with Kubernetes through VMware Cloud Foundation

Get vSphere 7 with Kubernetes through VMware Cloud Foundation

Accelerate innovation by deploying modern applications on VMware Cloud Foundation—the hybrid cloud platform that delivers it all.

The Future of Apps Unveiled

Watch this special event to learn how vSphere 7 with Kubernetes works to revolutionize modern applications.

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Our new hub for vSphere admins includes lightboard videos, demos, and more. Hear what’s new and coming soon, directly from VMware experts.

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VMware Cloud Foundation Services 

What is VMware Cloud Foundation Services?

Powered by innovations in vSphere 7 with Kubernetes, VMware Cloud Foundation Services is a new, integrated Kubernetes and RESTful API surface that enables you to drive API access to all core services. VMware Cloud Foundation Services consists of two families of services—Tanzu Runtime Services and Hybrid Infrastructure Services.

  • Tanzu Runtime Services deliver core Kubernetes development services, including an up-to-date distribution of Tanzu Kubernetes Grid.
  • Hybrid Infrastructure Services include full Kubernetes and RESTful API access that spans creating and manipulating virtual machines, containers, storage, networking, and other core capabilities.

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  • Introduced as part of the Tanzu Runtime Services, the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service allows developers to manage consistent, compliant and conformant Kubernetes clusters.

Manage consistent, compliant and conformant Kubernetes clusters.

  • Introduced as part of the Hybrid Infrastructure Services, the Network Service allows developers to manage Virtual Routers, Load Balancers and Firewall Rules.

Manage virtual routers, load balancers and firewall rules.

  • Introduced as part of the Hybrid Infrastructure Services, the vSphere Pod service extends Kubernetes with the ability to run pods directly on the hypervisor. When developers deploy containers using the vSphere Pod service, they get the same level of security isolation, performance guarantees and management capabilities that VMs enjoy.

Run containers directly on the hypervisor for improved security, performance, and manageability.

  • Introduced as part of the Hybrid Infrastructure Services, the Registry Service allows developers to store, manage and secure Docker and OCI images using Harbor.

Store, manage and secure Docker and OCI images.

  • Introduced as part of the Hybrid Infrastructure Services, the Storage Service allows developers to manage persistent disks for use with container, Kubernetes and virtual machines.

Manage persistent disks for use with container, Kubernetes clusters and virtual machines.

Use Cases

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) 

Take advantage of the elastic infrastructure for AI/ML applications using cloud pools of hardware accelerators such as GPUs.

Database and Analytics Applications

Deploy a wide range of data and memory intensive applications with real-time analytics, using enhancements in DRS, vMotion and persistent memory (PMEM) support.

Time Critical Applications 

Deliver predictable quality of service for time critical applications like financial trading, process manufacturing, and high-performance computing.

Business-Critical Applications 

Balance workloads and prioritize resources to ensure top performance for mission-critical applications, such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft SQL Server, Active Directory and Exchange.

Cloud Migration Using VMware Cloud on AWS 

Extend on-premises environments to vSphere-based public clouds, such as VMware Cloud on AWS, and enjoy a streamlined hybrid cloud experience.

Legacy to Virtual Linux Migration 

Move a running VM from one server to another without downtime, gain rollback and recovery capabilities, for patching and updating.

Data Center Consolidation and Business Continuity 

Simplify data center operations and management at scale, increase business efficiency, and decrease CapEx and OpEx through virtualization.

Solutions

Remote Office and Branch Offices (ROBO)

Manage your remote and branch offices with little or no local IT staff. Enable rapid provisioning of servers, minimization of host configuration drift, and visibility into regulatory compliance across multiple sites.

Big Data and Modern Data Applications

Simplify your big data infrastructure management while making it more cost effective. Minimize downtime with uniform, cost-effective failover protection; easily organize, prioritize, and share data center resources for intelligent decision making.

High Performance Computing (HPC)

Get insights faster with infrastructure on demand, centralized management, data governance and control of sensitive data. The scale out edition of vSphere is custom-built with high performance computing workloads in mind.

Customer Success

Secure Solutions Anytime, Anywhere for Cubic

“Together, vSphere and vSAN create an unstoppable system. It’s stable, and lives depend on it.”

– Tom Lynott, Director of Software Architecture, Cubic

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“Always-Up” Infrastructure for Angel MedFlight

“Without VMware, I don’t think we would have the uptime or the reliability to perform what we do at 40,000 feet on a global scale and do what we do best—save patient lives.”

– Paul Green, CIO, Angel MedFlight

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Maximized Data Center Resources for University of Groningen

“IT efficiency is extremely important to us. vSphere helps us to use resources to the fullest.”

– Gemma van der Voorst, Virtualization Specialist, University of Groningen

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Compare vSphere Editions

Find the best option for your virtual infrastructure and cloud platform.

  • Standard: Server Consolidation and Business Continuity
  • Enterprise Plus: Resource Management, Simplified Lifecycle Management, Intrinsic Security, Resiliency and Performance for Enhanced Applications

Run Modern Applications on VMware Cloud Foundation using vSphere 7 with Kubernetes.

 

Compare vSphere Editions  Compare vSphere Versions

 

Explore options for highly available IT infrastructure for Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) sites.

  • ROBO Standard: Business Continuity and Backup Features
  • ROBO Advanced: Standardization of Host Configurations
  • ROBO Enterprise: Data Security Through Encryption

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Additional Resources:

vSphere Standard
vSphere Enterprise Plus
Overview
vSphere Standard Server Consolidation and Business Continuity
vSphere Enterprise Plus Resource Management, Enhanced Application Availability, and Performance
License Entitlement
vSphere Standard Per 1 CPU
vSphere Enterprise Plus Per 1 CPU
vCenter Server Standard (sold separately)
vSphere Standard
vSphere Enterprise Plus