What is vSphere+ ?

Today, VMware announced vSphere+ and vSAN+, but what does that mean? Is it a new version?

In simple terms, both vSphere+ and vSAN+ are offerings of the existing vSphere and vSAN products. Think of it in term of purchasing a vehicle. You know what product you want, let’s say a Porsche, but you have the option of doing a capital expense (pay cash – excluding financing for simplicity), or you can lease. The product remains the same, which in this case is the Porsche vehicle you want to buy, but the offerings are different. You can make a purchase and pay the balance at time of exchange (capital expense) or you can lease it and pay as you.

Both vSphere+ and vSAN+ allows you to purchase the same vSphere and vSAN products you know and love, but now you can move to subscription and pay-as-you-grow. This is one of the differences between vSphere and vSphere+. Both products are deployed on-premises, managed from vCenter UI, so there is no change to the way you deploy, manage and configure vSphere and vSAN. However, there are additional advantages to both vSphere+ and vSAN+.

vSphere+ does not only allow you to move to subscription(OpEx) model, but it also allows your on-premises infrastructure to the cloud WITHOUT migrating any workloads, vCenters or ESXi hosts to the cloud. Your on-prem infrastructure securely becomes cloud connected.

Once connected, vSphere+ delivers those cloud benefits businesses seek and love to on-prem. Some of the benefits include:

  • Centralized Management for ALL vCenters without limit
  • Simplified and Faster vCenter upgrades
  • Centralized Operations view of alert, event and security posture of the global infrastructure regardless of the location
  • Identify configuration drift among on-premises vCenters
  • Move to subscription from a simple centralized cloud console
  • Virtual Machine inventory and deployment to any vCenter while also being able to leverage vSAN datastores with vSAN+

These are just some of the features, and more coming soon.

My Top 10 VMworld 2021 Sessions

VMworld 2021, is fast approaching. In only two weeks we will be able to enjoy free sessions on new technology, features, and solutions. Imagine that!

I have recently moved to a new role, and I now have a little (a lot actually) more insight as to what is going on behind the curtain. I am exited for this year’s VMworld announcements about VMware partnering with vendors to deliver new, emerging tech to help customer solve their complex problems. From cost efficiency to high performance, to the cloud… I better stop before I give anything away.

I have compiled my top ten sessions. Make sure to check them out.

  1. Big Memory – An Industry Perspective on Customer Pain Points and Potential Solutions [MCL2384] 
  2. Introducing VMware’s Project Capitola: Unbounding the “Memory Bound” [MCL1453] 
  3. 10 Things You Need to Know About Project Monterey [MCL1833]
  4. Partner Roundtable Discussion: Project Monterey—Redefining Data Center Solutions MCL2379] 
  5. Project Monterey: Present, Future and Beyond [MCL1401]  
  6. Disaggregating Storage and Compute with HCI Mesh: Why, When, and How [MCL1683]
  7. VMware Cloud Foundation Tips and Tricks from the Trenches [MCL1025]
  8. How vSphere Is Redefining Infrastructure For Running Apps In the Multi-Cloud Era [MCL2500]
  9. The Big Memory Transformation [VI2342]
  10. Bring Intel PMem into the Mainstream with Memory Monitoring and Remediation [MCL3014S]

Go register for VMworld (free). See you there…