vSphere: Past, Present & Future

PAST

Pre-vSphere 6.5

With dates rapidly approaching for older versions of vSphere to go into “end of support” and end of “technical guidance”, SMP wants to make sure you are aware of what that means and to prepare you as much as possible, so it will not be a surprise.

vSphere version 5.0 and 5.1 have reached their “End of General Support” as of August 2016 and 5.5 will reach it on September 19, 2018. If you are running any version past “End of General Support”, you aren’t getting the level of support you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why else do the upgrades?

If you are not running up-to-date versions, you run the risks of:

  • Being less productive and efficient – Newer releases bring in new features that gives you a better functionality. You will get more for your money.
  • Reduces uptime – Being on the current version gives your organization patches that fix bugs that stop the environment from going down. Software is software and there will be bugs that will need to be remediated.
  • Reduction in security – Security is a hot topic right now. There are security breaches in organizations every day. The best way to protect yourself and your organization to make sure you are running up-to-date products. You get patches and updates that will keep your organization up and running and as secure as possible.

 

This table shows you the VMware patches to mitigate these vulnerabilities and which versions of vSphere have available patches. As you see, versions 5.0 and 5.1 are not on this list.

If you are running these versions, you are not receiving the patches necessary to keep your environment safe.

 

PRESENT

How can you leverage vSphere 6.5?

Exclusive features of vSphere 6.5 we found in the server appliance (not on the windows boxes today):

  • Native High Availability – Virtual Center is the heart of your environment. Without it, your environment will function, but you lose the ability to manage and there is a lack of vision and control. The VCSA provides you with the ability to have high availability.
  • Update Manager – It is built right inside the vCenter Server Appliance now. By migrating your current windows configurations to the vCenter server appliance you are eliminating two windows boxes that you must maintain and keep up-to-date with patches and versions. It will make life easier!
  • Improved Appliance Management – Gives you a great vision into the components and how they are performing in the environment, so you can see where you may have bottlenecks.
  • Native Backup and restore – If you are doing upgrades and changes now, you don’t have to mess with the enterprise backup application.
  • VCSA Monitoring – A very powerful tool. It can show you how the VM is performing and what it is doing. A simple but powerful UI.
  • Backup and restore – It is very easy. It removes dependency on third-party backup solutions. You can restore directly to VCSA ISO.

 

FUTURE

What’s to come

Management behind VSCA includes five components.  As you can see from the image – four components run on HTML5 and one runs on Flash. As you may have guessed the Web Client, running on Flash, will be going away in the next version of vSphere. So, we have gone from the Legacy VIC to the vSphere Web Client and now to the vSphere client. It will be cleaner, more user-friendly and faster. It is available to start using today and will be fully integrated into the next versions and there will be no need to run the Web Client.

 

 

Other benefits of the vSphere Client:

  • No more browser plugins to install/manage
  • Integrated into vCenter
  • Fully Supports enhanced linked mode

 

IN CLOSING

When you look at

this it can be a little daunting to walk through the upgrade process. SMP is here to help you – we are VMware certified and have many in-house vExperts to assist you. Our philosophy is Putting People First and YOU are our People! We want to make sure you are running the most up to date products to ensure that your environment is secure and that you have the support you need if/when you need it.

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