Together with vSphere7 and vSAN7, VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4.0 with Tanzu was released in March this year. Now VMware has announced VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 along with vSphere 7.0 Update1 and vSAN 7 U1, which builds on some of the new features of vSAN.
- vSAN Data Persistence Platform – This is an important feature for manufacturers of virtual appliances and container solutions that run on vSAN or VCF. Not all Container workloads are stateless. Some of them like object storage or NoSQL are stateful applications. Until now, separate replication mechanisms by the application were necessary. With vSAN Persistence Platform the providers are able to directly use the high availability of vSAN. First providers are for example MinIO, DataStax, Dell EMC ObjectScale or Cloudian.
- VMware Cloud Foundation Remote Clusters – A feature based on vSAN HCI Mesh. With this feature vSAN Datastores of other clusters can be integrated. This is especially interesting for remote locations.
- vVols in workload domains – Now you can deploy workload domains on vVol enabled storage. Supported protocols are FC, iSCSI and NFS.
- Automatic deployment of vRealize Suite 8.1 – vRealize Suite Life Cycle Manager (vRSLCM) now integrates with SDDC manager. You can deploy and update vRealize products from vRSLCM.
- New features and bugfixes in SDDC manager.
- VMware Skyline support for VCF.
The update is expected in early October during or shortly after VMworld2020.