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VMware vSphere 8 is available but don' upgrade yet

VMware vSphere 8 is available but don' upgrade yet

‍VMsources

‍Secure Cloud and Business Continuity

‍Thursday, 22 February 2024 10:20 ‍

 

Hello  ‍,

 

 VMware vSphere 8 is finally available, but don’t upgrade just yet! Be sure to read our full write-up below and roadmap your upgrade when it best suits your Organization. Don’t forget, VMware vSphere 7 is fully supported until 04/02/2025 and might be your best choice if your current hardware won't support VMware vSphere 8.


We’re also offering true Certification of 3-2-1 Rule compliance, delivered by DocuSign, to our customers. As far as I know, VMsources is the only company in the business actually taking responsibility and giving you the tools you need to comply with requests from Instance Underwriters and auditors!

 

Our monthly newsletter is very simple this month:

  1. VMware vSphere 8 is now available!
  2. Certification of 3-2-1 Rule Compliance for Insurance Underwriters and Auditors

Please contact me directly if you have any needs or questions; remember the buck stops here!

 

Your Business Continuity Specialist,

 

John Borhek

CEO, Lead Solution Architect

VMsources Group Inc.

Mobile: +1 928.606.0483

Direct-dial office: +1 928.864.0850

Email: john@vmsources.com

Website: https://vmsources.com


1. VMware vSphere 8 is now available!

vSphere 8

VMware vSphere 8 went GA on 10/11/2022. That’s big news because it means the next generation of enterprise workload platform is here and available!

 

First and foremost, we recommend that you DO NOT upgrade to VMware vSphere 8 right away. Wait at least until it is fully supported by ecosystem partners such as Veeam, and until the first major update release:

  • Many platforms that your Organization relies on, such as Veeam Backup and Replication, have not yet certified their products for use with vSphere 8.
  • GA Release of a new version of VMware vSphere typically brings with it several critical issues which were not discovered during development and Beta testing.
  • The VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) for vSphere 8 is very limited, supporting the latest generation of servers. Be sure to check your hardware before upgrading.

What's new and different in VMware vSphere 8?

Although pundits would like you to believe that vSphere 8 is a whole new animal, the reality is that it is simply an incremental upgrade to previous versions of VMware vSphere. It has the same look & feel that you have become accustomed to, and does the same Compute, Network and Storage operations the same way as in previous versions. There are new and improved features in vSphere8, but as a whole it will be a seamless migration for most environments.

  • There’s a whole new look to the Embedded Host Client (ESXi Client)
  • There are many new acronyms describing combinations of features which previously existed
  • Updates are now being managed by images as opposed to baselines
  • Better support for deployment with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security
  • Improved support for latency-sensitive applications such as VoIP
  • DRS performance is improved through vSphere Memory Monitoring and Remediation (vMMR)

When should we roadmap vSphere 8?

As a general rule, all supporting platforms will have certified compatibility with vSphere 8 within 90 days of GA. Historically, VMware has also issued the first major updates of a new vSphere version within 90 days of GA. Since GA was 10/11/2022, if history proves correct, you could roadmap upgrading to vSphere 8 as early as Q1 2023.

 

If VMware is forced to issue several critical updates within the first 90 days of GA, that would be an indication that they pushed the release too soon and that the platform is not completely stable. If this proves to be the case, hold off on upgrading.

 

Hardware compatibility is also a factor. Previous versions of VMware vSphere (7.X and prior) have been much more forgiving of older hardware. VMware vSphere 8 has a very limited HCL which contains only the latest generation of major-vendor servers. Be sure that your servers are on the VMware HCL before attempting an upgrade: https://www/vmware.com/go/hcl

 

VMsources will notify you by email (directly if you are a customer) and by newsletter, when we think VMware vSphere 8 is ready for prime-time. Right now, we are roadmapping the upgrade to vSphere 8 for late Q1 or early Q2 2023 for our VMware vCloud and other internal services, pending testing and demonstrated platform stability.

 

Lastly, VMsources gets excellent pricing on HPE and Lenovo products. If your Organization is faced with a hardware refresh before upgrading to VMware vSphere 8, let us discuss the options to move forward.

From new servers and traditional iSCSI storage to a full Hyperconverged cluster, we’re prepared to help you upgrade and refresh. Also, because we don’t “sell” hardware except as a service to our customers, we’ll always design the system you need, rather than the one our bosses want us to push!

 

What do we do if we are on vSphere 6.7 or 6.7?

VMware vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 are now EOL. That means they will no longer be receiving security updates from VMware. It’s imperative that and Organizations still using VMware vSphere 6.5 or 6.7 (or even older releases!) upgrade immediately!

 

The good news is that VMware vSphere 7 is fully supported through 04/02/2025 – and has a much wider supported Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) than vSphere 8. The HCL for VMware vSphere 7.X includes many older generations of servers, often going back to servers purchased as early as 2016!

 

If your Organization is presently in the crosshairs, needing to upgrade from unsupported versions, VMware vSphere 7 may be your best choice!


2. Certification for 3-2-1 Rule Compliance for Insurance

Increasingly, insurance underwriters and other auditors are looking for proof that your Organization is protected from Ransomware with some form of Business Continuity plan.

 

VMsources is the only provider in the business willing to back you up, not just with secure Cloud backups, but also a monthly certification that your Organization is in compliance with the industry-standard 3-2-1 Rule, delivered to you by DocuSign.

 

Why VMsources? Because the buck stops here, and we take responsibility for our work and the safety of your data!


Offsite Backups to VMsources Secure Cloud provide one of the best protections to Ransomware there is. Offsite Backups don’t prevent Ransomware from occurring, but an effective Offsite Backup will give your Organization the ability to recover rapidly from Ransomware when it strikes. 


When you choose VMsources, you will benefit from our famous Concierge Service. That means that you CAN convert directly to our Secure Cloud running VMware vCloud native systems and one of our BC / DRaaS Consultants WILL actually do the heavy lifting for you and remain online and managing the entire process.


No Big Cloud will offer the level of service you will get from VMsources!


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