VMware vSphere 7 Update 2
VMware released vSphere 7 Update 2 for general availability in March. It includes the following features to support AI and machine learning workloads:
- Support for the latest generation of GPUs from the NVIDIA Ampere family. The A100 GPU delivers up to 20 times improved performance from the previous generation of GPU.
- Support for the latest spatial partitioning-based NVIDIA MIGs:
- vSphere is the only virtualization platform that enables live migration (using vSphere vMotion) for NVIDIA MIG vGPU-powered VMs, simplifying infrastructure maintenance such as consolidation, expansion, or upgrades, and enabling nondisruptive operations
- With the Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), vSphere provides automatic initial workload placement for AI infrastructure at scale for optimal resource consumption and prevention of performance bottlenecks.
- Enhanced performance of device-to-device communication, building on the existing NVIDIA GPUDirect functionality by enabling Address Translation Services (ATS) and Access Control Services (ACS) at the PCIe bus layer in the ESXi kernel.
VMware vSAN 7.0 Update 2
VMware vSAN 7.0 Update 2 provides scalable, secure, and easier to manage enterprise storage. It supports HCI Mesh, which enables vSAN clusters to share capacity with vSphere compute-only clusters or no-HCI based clusters. Features include the vSAN File Services feature and support for vSphere Native Key Provider for integrated encryption and data-in-transit encryption for vSAN File Service. These features are key elements for delivering a secure and native experience for all your data services.
To learn more about these new features, see the latest VMware vSAN datasheet.