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What is VMware vSphere Plus?
According to VMware vSphere Plus is:
A multi-cloud workload platform, delivers benefits of the cloud to on-premises workloads. vSphere+ combines industry-leading virtualization technology, an enterprise-ready Kubernetes environment, and high-value cloud services to transform existing on-premises deployments into SaaS-enabled infrastructure that can help organizations centralize management, supercharge productivity, and accelerate innovation.
Basically, VMware vSphere Plus is a suite of virtualization features that are built on top of VMware vSphere. It provides businesses with an all-in-one virtualization solution that offers a range of features such as virtualization, networking, storage, and security. vSphere Plus is an ideal solution for businesses that need to optimize their IT infrastructure, improve efficiency, and reduce costs.
What does VMware vSphere Plus offer?
VMware vSphere Plus offers a range of features that are designed to enhance the virtualization experience for businesses. Some of the key features of vSphere Plus include:
- Virtualization – vSphere Plus provides businesses with the ability to create and manage virtual machines (VMs) on a single physical server. This allows for the consolidation of servers, which reduces costs and improves efficiency.
- Networking – vSphere Plus includes features such as Distributed Switches, Network I/O Control, and vSphere Network Security that provide businesses with a reliable and secure network infrastructure.
- Storage – vSphere Plus includes features such as vSphere Storage DRS, vSphere Storage I/O Control, and vSphere Storage APIs that provide businesses with a flexible and scalable storage infrastructure.
- Security – vSphere Plus includes features such as vSphere AppDefense, vSphere Encrypted vMotion, and vSphere Authentication Proxy that provide businesses with a secure virtual environment.
Why is VMware vSphere Plus important for businesses?
It's because it solves a lot of problems and brings solutions. VMware vSphere Plus is an essential tool for businesses that want to optimize their IT infrastructure, improve efficiency, and reduce costs. Here are some reasons why vSphere Plus is important for businesses:
- Simplified Virtualization – vSphere Plus provides businesses with a simplified virtualization experience by providing an all-in-one solution for virtualization, networking, storage, and security. This simplifies the management of virtual machines and reduces the time and effort required to manage virtualized infrastructure.
- Improved Efficiency – vSphere Plus improves efficiency by consolidating servers, reducing hardware costs, and improving resource utilization. This allows businesses to get the most out of their existing IT infrastructure, which reduces costs and increases efficiency.
- Scalability – vSphere Plus provides businesses with a scalable virtualization solution that can easily adapt to changing business needs. This allows businesses to scale up or down their virtual infrastructure as needed, which reduces costs and improves flexibility.
- Security – vSphere Plus provides businesses with a secure virtual environment by including features such as vSphere AppDefense, vSphere Encrypted vMotion, and vSphere Authentication Proxy. This ensures that virtualized environments are protected from threats and are compliant with industry regulations.
Admin services are delivered as SaaS through the Cloud Console, enhancements will appear without requiring any manual downloads or updates. New services will also be introduced when they are ready. Through the cloud console, several admin services can be utilized to simplify and streamline management of the entire vSphere+ estate. These services are delivered through the cloud, so they are easy to use without having to download or install anything.
vCenter lifecycle management service – This service makes on-premises vCenter updates a lot simpler and faster. When an update is available you simply click the ‘Update Now’ button and the service takes care of the rest. The maintenance window is only a few minutes, and if there’s a problem you can roll back to the previous version.
Global inventory service – With this service you can visualize available resources across the entire vSphere+ estate. See all your clusters, hosts, VMs at a glance, and quickly assess the CPU, memory, storage and other resources you have at your command.
Event view service – View all events and alerts across your entire vSphere+ estate. This makes it easy to quickly triage problems that need immediate attention without having to manually check individual vCenters separately.
Security health check service – Monitor your security posture across the entire vSphere+ estate. Highlight security exposures across all vSphere+ infrastructure, such as idle SSH sessions or deprecated SSL protocols and initiate remedial actions.
Provision VM service – Quickly create VMs from the cloud console without having to first connect to a vCenter instance. If you need to create a lot of VMs in different places, this can be a real time saver.
Configuration management service – Sometimes vCenter configurations can diverge from each other. With this service, you’ll be able to quickly spot configuration drift so you can keep your vCenter configurations in line with your global standard.
VMware vSphere Plus is an essential suite of tools for businesses that want to optimize their IT infrastructure, improve efficiency, and reduce costs. It provides businesses with an all-in-one virtualization solution that includes features such as virtualization, networking, storage, and security. vSphere Plus simplifies the management of virtual machines, improves efficiency, provides scalability, and ensures a secure virtual environment. With vSphere Plus, businesses can get the most out of their existing IT infrastructure while reducing costs and increasing efficiency.
Hopefully this chapter will help you to study towards VMware VCP-DCV Certification based on vSphere 8.x. Find other chapters on the main page of the guide – VCP8-DCV Study Guide Page.
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