Are You Ready for VMware vSphere 6.5?

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VMware vSphere Server Virtualization Solution

By Brian Gallob, Intel Solution Architect

It’s a fact that approximately one half of all VMware vSphere customers have server virtualization solutions at version 5.5 or prior.

VMware’s vSphere 5.5 server virtualization platform will go into the End of General Support phase of its lifecycle on 9/19/2018 and enter its Technical Guidance phase until 9/9/2020.

Technical Guidance is provided from the end of the General Support phase and lasts for 2 years.  Technical Guidance is available primarily through the self-help portal and telephone support is not provided. Customers can also open a support request online to receive support and workarounds for low-severity issues on supported configurations only.  During the Technical Guidance phase, VMware does not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest OS updates, new security patches or bug fixes unless otherwise noted.  This phase is intended for usage by customers operating in stable environments with systems that are operating under reasonably stable loads. ( See Lifecycle Support Summary Table)

This event coupled with the new features of vSphere 6.5 should have you planning your server virtualization solution upgrade today!

Here are some new features of vSphere 6.5:

  • Larger scale (bigger Virtual Machines , bigger hosts)
  • VM mobility improvements
    • Cross-vSwitch vMotion
    • Cross-vCenter vMotion
    • Long-Distance vMotion
    • Cross-Cloud vMotion
  • Resource management improvements
    • Intelligent Workload Placement and Rebalance
    • Network-Aware DRS
    • Predictive DRS
  • Availability improvements
    • vCenter HA
    • Proactive HA
  • Security improvements
    • Multi-Factor Authentication
    • VM Encryption
    • Secure Boot
  • Integrated containers
  • Advanced processor support (XEON-SP)

See the VMware vSphere Feature Comparison Matrix for all features.

But are you ready to upgrade to vSphere 6.5 server virtualization?  Does your existing server infrastructure support this upgrade?

Evolving Solutions has the tools and the skills to quickly assess your server infrastructure’s hardware, Guest Operating Systems and PCI options to assure compatibility with this new virtualization solution.  During this assessment we will also work with you to identify optimization possibilities by identifying oversized virtual machines and rightsizing your infrastructure using the latest generations of server hardware.

Contact your Evolving Solutions Account Executive directly or complete this contact us form for more information about VMware vSphere 6.5 and to start your infrastructure assessment today.

Brian Gallob is the Intel Solution Architect at Evolving Solutions.

Brian Gallob Intel Solution Architect