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vSphere 7 – vSphere Trust Authority

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At VMware we talk a lot about intrinsic security, which is the idea that security in a vSphere environment is baked in to the product at a deep level, not sprinkled on as an afterthought. Security is a huge focus of vSphere 7, even though when we talk about the new features it’s usually about Read more...
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Announcing Flatcar Linux Support on vSphere

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We are excited to share the news that Flatcar Container Linux by Kinvolk is now officially supported on vSphere. Flatcar Container Linux  is a popular container OS and the perfect drop-in replacement to CoreOS Container Linux. CoreOS Container Linux will be end-of-life on May 26, 2020, so users who want to receive ongoing maintenance and Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Introduction to Kubernetes and vSphere Namespaces

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The next component I’m going to cover in vSphere with Tanzu for the vSphere Administrator is vSphere Namespaces. vSphere Namespaces are set up by the vSphere Admin, run in the context of the Supervisor Cluster and allow admins to control resource limits and other policies. We’ll go into those details below! What is a Kubernetes Read more...
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vSphere 7 – vSGX & Secure Enclaves

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Virtualization is a pretty revolutionary idea, adding a layer of software to help us solve other problems in IT. From a risk perspective, though, it adds more things to track. This isn’t to say that ESXi is insecure – far from it. ESXi is the most secure hypervisor around (our Common Criteria certifications help demonstrate Read more...
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vSphere 7 with Kubernetes: Announcing General Availability of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 to Take Organizations from Zero to Kubernetes

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vSphere 7 with Kubernetes, the new generation of vSphere for containerized applications, is now generally available through the VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4.0 release. Organizations can literally go from zero to Kubernetes, by transforming their current hybrid cloud infrastructure to support containers and Kubernetes by using VCF 4. IT teams can use vSphere’s vCenter Server Read more...
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vSphere 7 with Kubernetes – Declarative GitOps Continuous Delivery for Tanzu Kubernetes clusters

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(By Michael West, Technical Product Manager, VMware) Development teams are moving at ever increasing velocity.  Driven by dynamically changing requirements from the lines of business, they are embracing unprecedented levels of automation.  Infrastructure teams are designing new automation frameworks as well.   The traditional approach has been an imperative framework.   This requires the operations team to Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Lifecycle Management

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We greatly improved lifecycle management in vSphere 7. The new innovations for lifecycle management in vSphere 7 make it easy for customers to have consistent and up-to-date systems. The major lifecycle management improvements in vSphere 7 are vCenter Server Profiles, Update Planner and vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM). vCenter Profiles is way to ensure configuration and Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Introduction to the vSphere Pod Service

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It’s an exciting time to be a vSphere administrator! vSphere 7 is now available and there’s lots of really cool things incorporated into it. What I’m going to introduce to you in this blog is the vSphere Pod Service. If you have been following any of the Project Pacific announcements and content from VMworld 2019 Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Update Planner

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Updating and patching systems can potentially include many steps. When planning to update we must consider the many moving parts of the environment to be sure of interoperability as well as compatibility between products in the datacenter. In previous versions of vSphere, discovering the interoperability of VMware products within an environment included manual steps. Steps Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Certificate Management

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Now that vSphere 7 has shipped and support for vSphere 6.0 has ended it’s time to revisit a lot of the certificate management methods and techniques we use when managing vSphere environments. Certificates are what drive the TLS encryption that protects all network communication to & from vSphere. First, vCenter Server 7.0 has done some Read more...