New features in VMware vCenter 8.0, ESXi OS Hypervisor 8.0 and Cloud related

By | January 27, 2023

VMware vSphere 8.0 includes several new features related to the ESXi hypervisor, vCenter Server, and cloud integration:

ESXi Hypervisor 8.0 new features:

  • Improved support for modern hardware, including support for the latest processors, memory, and storage devices
  • Improved scalability and performance through features such as vSphere Persistent Memory and vSphere Virtual NVMe
  • vSphere with Kubernetes (Project Pacific), which integrates Kubernetes-based container orchestration into vSphere
    Native Kubernetes-based container runtime
  • vSphere Tanzu, a feature that allows you to run Kubernetes clusters on vSphere
  • vMotion enhancements, including support for larger virtual machines and improved network resiliency
  • vSphere Lifecycle Manager, which automates and simplifies the management of ESXi host updates and upgrades
  • ESXi Quick Boot, which allows you to reboot an ESXi host without a full reboot of the host

vCenter Server 8.0 new features:

  • vCenter Server with embedded Platform Services Controller (PSC)
  • vCenter Server with external PSC
  • vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) with embedded PSC
  • Support for vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA)
  • Improved vCenter Server Backup and Restore
  • vCenter Server Migration Tool
  • vCenter Server with Kubernetes, which allows you to manage Kubernetes clusters directly from the vCenter UI

New Cloud-related features in vCenter 8.0:

  • vSphere with Kubernetes (Project Pacific) and vSphere Tanzu, which allow you to run and manage Kubernetes clusters on vSphere
  • vSphere Lifecycle Manager, which automates the management of ESXi host updates and upgrades
  • vSphere Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO), which allows you to manage remote vSphere environments from a central location
  • Improved support for cloud-native workloads and containers, including integration with popular container orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes
  • vSphere on AWS, which allows you to run vSphere on top of the AWS infrastructure

New Security features:

  • vSphere Trust Authority (vTA)
  • vSphere Secure Boot
  • vSphere TPM 2.0 support
  • vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption (VME)
  • vSphere Certificate Manager
  • Enhanced vCenter Server Security

This is not an exhaustive list of all the new features of vSphere 8.0, but it should give you an idea of some of the major changes and improvements in this release.

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