#079 – vSphere and vSAN 8.0 Update 3 with Tech Marketing Architect’s Feidhlim, Jason, and Pete!

VMware recently released vSphere and vSAN 8.0 Update 3, and of course, we had to invite Feidhlim, Jason, and Pete back on the show to discuss what’s new in these releases. There’s awesome new functionality released and some great enhancements, so make sure to listen to the full episode.

Key Takeaways:

  • vSphere 8.0 update 3 introduces the vSphere Live Patch Update Path, which allows for patching ESXi hosts without evacuating VMs or entering full maintenance mode.
  • Improvements in GPU functionality include the ability to use two DPUs in an ESXi host for availability, better support for VGPUs with different profiles and memory sizes, and simplified activation of GPU mobility with DRS.
  • The vSphere cluster service (VCLS) has been re-architected to reduce resource consumption and improve rollback mechanisms.
  • The 8.0 update 3 introduces stretched VVols, which customers have been asking for, and support for stretched fault tolerance.
  • There are enhancements in VVols, including unmapped support for NVMe over fabrics.
  • The updates in NVMe over Fabrics provide faster data migration and cloning.
  • NFS enhancements include VMK port binding and support for NFS version 4.1.
  • vSAN 8.0 U3 introduces new features and enhancements in flexible topologies, agile data protection, and enhanced management.
  • The support for stretch cluster arrangement in VCF allows customers to take full advantage of ESA and improve performance, storage efficiency, and resilience.
  • The full support of vSAN Max as principal storage within a workload domain enables customers to maintain a centralized shared storage model while leveraging the capabilities of vSAN.
  • vSAN data protection allows users to create snapshots based on groups of VMs, set snapshotting schedules, and easily recover VMs without them being part of the inventory.
  • Enhancements in alerting capabilities for NVMe storage devices and proactive hardware management provide better visibility and intelligence about the health and well-being of storage devices.

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