In contrast to vSphere 7, the latest iteration, vSphere 8, comes with notable enhancements in terms of scalability. However, it’s essential to note that many aspects have remained consistent, as vSphere 7 had already optimized the capabilities of the platform. For instance, parameters like vMem and vCPU per virtual machine, or pCPU per host, have stayed the same.
The changes introduced primarily focus on increased capacity. Notably, the vGPU allocation per virtual machine has doubled, and the lifecycle manager can now efficiently oversee up to 1000 hosts. The maximum number of virtual machines (VMs) per cluster has been expanded, allowing for a maximum of 10,000 VMs per cluster. Another significant improvement lies in the number of VMDirectPath I/O devices per host, which has surged from 8 to 32. This enables the combination of NIC and GPU devices and the sharing of a common PCIe switch or direct connection.
Furthermore, vSphere 8 introduces new device virtualization plugins (DVX), enhancing the platform’s versatility and functionality.
What’s New in vSphere 8
VMware vSphere 8 represents the premier enterprise workload platform, introducing cloud advantages to in-house workloads. It elevates performance using DPU and GPU-driven acceleration, streamlines operational efficiency through the VMware Cloud Console, smoothly integrates with supplementary hybrid cloud services, and propels innovation by offering an enterprise-ready integrated Kubernetes runtime supporting the concurrent operation of containers alongside virtual machines (VMs).”
File size: 639.97 MB
File type: iso
Release Date: 2023-09-21
Build Number: 22380479
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