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Announcing General Availability of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4


The VMware Cloud Foundation team is proud to announce general availability of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4, bringing forward the latest innovations in full stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure as a Hybrid Cloud Platform. The Bill of Materials for VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4 includes the following products as part of the platform offering:

  • VMware SDDC Manager 4.4
  • vSphere 7.0 Update 3c with Tanzu
  • vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3c
  • vSAN 7.0 Update 3c supporting enhanced cloud native storage, integrated file services.
  • vRealize Suite provides numerous security fixes and enhancements to vRealize log insight 8.6.2, vRealize Operations 8.6.2, and vRealize Automation 8.6.2.  Note: VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4 deploys vRealize Lifecycle Manager (VRSLCM) 8.6.2, then vRSLCM deploys and provides ongoing LCM of other vRealize Components.
  • NSX-T 3.1.3.5, providing security patches for NSX-T.
  • VMware Workspace ONE Access 3.3.6
VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4
Figure 1: VMware Cloud Foundation Software Bill of Materials

Here are some of the new features in VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4:

  • Enhanced AI/ML workload support through integration with NVIDIA AI Enterprise Suite and ability to share vGPUs across multiple instances (read this blog for more details).
  • Flexible vRealize Product Upgrades:  After upgrading to VCF 4.4, customers will be able to upgrade vRealize products directly through vRealize Lifecycle Manager, instead of waiting for a newer release of VMware Cloud Foundation that has the required vRealize product versions, to become available. Deployment and Upgrade of vRealize products will be managed through vRealize Lifecyle Manager.
  • Improvements to upgrade prechecks: Upgrade prechecks have been expanded to verify filesystem capacity, file permissions, and passwords. These improved prechecks help identify issues that you need to resolve to enable a smooth upgrade.
  • Disable SSH on ESXi Hosts : This release allows SSH service to be disabled on ESXi hosts in a VCF instance, following the vSphere security configuration guide recommendation 
  • User Activity Logging : New activity logs will capture all the API invocation calls, along with sufficient User context. User Login/Logout to the UI will also be captured
  • Security fixes: This release includes security fixes for Apache Log4j Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228 and CVE-2021-45046, see VMSA-2021-0028 for more information) and Apache HTTP Server (CVE-2021-40438).

For more information about VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4, refer to the VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4 Release Notes

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