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VMware is beta testing a new version of vSphere

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February 8, 2016

VMware is looking at the IT community to indulge in some beta testing for a new version of vSphere.

VMware's community of anointed “vExperts” has also been asked to sign up. Just what's in the beta isn't being revealed just now, but VMware's asking testers to move rather fast, which is a bit unusual.

Those engaged for the testing need hardware available for a swift install and will be asked for feedback inside a month.

Testers can also expect lots of attention from VMware, which wants to know how its newest creation is holding up to its older version.

VMware once promised major vSphere releases every other year, but vSphere 6.0 changed that cycle.

The company's since admitted that vSphere is no longer its long-term priority, as it is not considered a source of long-term growth.

The company has also added that vSphere will be developed for vCloud Air. Just what those under-the-hood features are is anyone's guess, as VMware keeps that sort of thing very close to its heart.

It's also decided not to make any attempt at making vCloud Air a broad competitor to the likes of Azure and Amazon Web Services, which will mean fewer new features but not necessarily rule out the cloud as a source of ongoing enhancements to vSphere.

Maybe this is a beta test for a minor upgrade rather than a full new vSphere version. More hybrid cloud features are to be expected, as are more hooks for hyper-converged systems.

Scale remains something VMware admires, so we expect bigger virtual machines and hosts with greater capacity to take into account today's ever-more-powerful servers.

We also know that the next version of vSphere was already advanced enough to run the infrastructure at October's VMworld Europe.

And we also know that Microsoft is going hard with Azure Stack. We're therefore looking at a Q2 announcement to keep VMware front and centre in the hybrid cloud conversation before Microsoft starts making more noise, while also leaving somehting shinier and more interesting to reveal at VMworld later this year in August.

Source: VMware.

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