Today, VMware released vSphere 7.0 support into public domain. Hitachi is happy to continue supporting current and next generation vSphere environments and we have been busy looking at 7.0 from the early builds.
vSphere 7.0 delivered some key advancements in storage and Jason@VMware covered many of the new storage related enhancements in vSphere 7.0 at his blog here
First, all Hitachi VSP Storage including all-flash NVMe systems have been certified for vSphere 7.0 including our recent VSP 5000
series which is NVMe data platform that customers are embracing and handily beating our projections. View the VMware compatibility guide (vCG
) for specifics. Regarding integrations into VMware management software ecosystem, some are supported today and others typically follow in the 90-120 day window after a major GA release but let me pick on some the areas that Jason referred to in his blogvVols :-
vSphere 7.0 continues the vVols adoption train (you will notice that vVols is now front and center and matches branding with its lower "v")
We recently produced a vVols reference guide (quick start guide) to give customers the complete a-z for deploying and implementing vVols for a green field or brown field environment complete with copious screenshots. They wanted to understand how to deploy it from scratch to get a better understanding of everything involved versus just running that install script. You can view that guide at our VASA download location here Kubernetes Containers and Persistent Storage :-
We recently rolled out an architecture guide for using persistent cloud native storage (CNS) for containers. We covered 4 use cases include vVols, VMFS, vSAN and bare metal LUNs as persistent storage for kubernetes clusters. Review the guide here https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/pdfd/architecture-guide/deployment-options-for-kubernetes-container-applications-on-ucp-ci-with-vsp-series.pdf
to see how simple it is to get persistent storage operational and take advantage of some uniqueness that Hitachi provides with storage policy based management. This was tested on our converged system and vSAN hyperconverged system (UCP CI and UCP HC) but applicable to generic compute with VSP Storage as well.VCF :-
We continue to see strong interest in VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) with external storage. Hitachi provides a platform (UCP RS) for deploying VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and customers can use VMFS/vVols as principal/supplemental storage to augment/supplant the vSAN storage that comes natively with VCF. I highly encourage to check out our VCF offering
as the combination of VSP Storage with VMware integrations including UCP Advisor to provide lifecycle management of compute/network/storage is providing compelling outcomes.SRM, Stretched Cluster (vMSC) and VSP Global Active Device (GAD)
This is one that falls into the 90 day window as we are currently certifying ESXi 7.0 with Stretched VSP Storage (aka GAD). I reference this as this is a configuration for both 2DC and more so lately with 3DC environments that I receive allot of inquires about. Continue to refer to our KB article
for the latest updates in this area.Automation and Operations with vRO/vROPS/vRLI
Per the earlier screenshot, we have a number of different offerings to enable automation from customers. So whether you favor vRealize Orchestrator, PowerShell or vCenter Plugin experience, they are being certified/updated as we speak for this release. We support vVols with current version of vROPS but looking forward to have an official support with vROPS 8.0 to rollout shortly.
More to come but congratulations to VMware on delivering another compelling major vSphere release. If you have specific questions, feel free to reach me @pmorrissey3000 on twitter
or leave comment here.