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VMware quietly launches its new ESXi vSphere 6.5 OS

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November 18, 2016

Earlier today, VMware has quietly revealed that vSphere 6.5 is now available. VSphere 6.5 had a long incubation period.

An early version of the upgrade was used to run infrastructure for VMworld Europe 2015. A beta version appeared in February 2016 and then the update was formally announced at VMworld Europe 2016.

In the last week, rumors circulated that the new release might be delayed, leading VMware to remind its virtual community not to leak images or other information about when vSphere 6.5 would emerge.

When praising vSphere 6.5 at last week's vForum event in Sydney, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger mentioned that user interface enhancements as the first on his list of noteworthy changes and added that he is often asked if VMware employs user experience engineers.

He assured the crowd that VMware does have such people on staff. vSphere 6.5 also adds encryption of VMs, a feature we learned will be helped along by Australian firm Quintessence Labs whose Client Software Development Kit adds key management functionality to the new release.

The third key enhancement Gelsinger name-checked is the integration of containers, making vSphere 6.5 applicable to a few more tasks.

VMware has also told us that this release is not a major advance, in part because vSphere users are not asking for great leaps forward.

vSphere is more important in the context of VMware's Cloud Foundation, the bundle with Virtual SAN and NSX aimed at offering rapid rollouts of private clouds with easy extension into hybrid clouds run by VMware's big cloud partners like IBM and Amazon Web Services.

The release is still a significant milestone for VMware, as it's the first big vSphere enhancement in more than 1 1/2 year.

VMware has also announced a new release of its Identity Manager and vRealize Automation 6.2.5 this week. Both add a few minor features and address a specific Linux security vulnerability.

Source: VMware.


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