In an Internet filled with web applications of different sizes, made for various needs, used by billions, servers are an inevitable part of the game. Hosting the application or website on your own computer may not be a wise choice anymore. That’s where the existence of the hosting/cloud platforms comes into play. But even after finding the perfect place for your application to reside, there are multiple things you might need to look after. One such thing is maintaining or optimizing the resources to deliver the best to the users.
If you are familiar with virtual machines, Kubernetes, containers, etc. (which I think you already are), you often find it difficult to combine them together. Matching the puzzle sometimes feels like a maze that you can never get out of. This is where the tools such as the VMware vSphere have their significance.
What is vSphere?
vSphere is a server virtualization tool that allows you to power your server/computing environment with any combination of containers, virtual machines, or Kubernetes. From the company that bought us one of the most popular virtualization tools for desktop computers, vSphere takes it a step further to the server environments. You can unify the complex architecture you have built just like a virtual machine with all of its ease, scalability, and maintenance.
You can run containerized applications along with your other enterprise applications on the same infrastructure without having to rebuild everything or clone it resulting in additional costs. So, we may also use it as an alternative for the popular Docket container or similar tools for isolating the development or production environments separate from the existing applications.
What does it offer?
Before blindly going for such a tool, you should be aware of the things that it can offer for your business or application. So, here are some of the most significant features the VMware vSphere offers.
Scaling servers are a nightmare for rapidly growing applications. The sudden surges, even with sufficient resources could be frustrating. But hosting it on a server with free resources all over the place waiting for the traffic to surge isn’t an ideal solution. Implementing the vSphere on your server makes it easier for you to partition the application into virtual machines and horizontally scale them whenever you are in need. Essentially cutting down the costs by hosting multiple applications on the same infrastructure.
Managing complex architectures combined with multiple applications running could be extremely hard, especially for those who do not have a dedicated server management team. vSphere makes this process much easier by simplifying lifecycle management, patching resources, and performing firmware updates. You can manage both on-premises and off-premises from the same interface provided by the tool.
AI and Developer Ready
Using vSphere, you can deploy developer-friendly, AI-ready applications within less than an hour. Deploying enterprise-grade applications secured to the core, optimized for efficiency, and able to scale the way you want is no more a manual job. You can build your own Kubernetes clusters customized specifically for your requirements.
Going through each and every feature the vSphere 7 offers would take days. Here are other significant features the tool provides.
- vSphere Lifecycle Manager
- vSphere Trust Authority
- Identity Federation with ADFS
- Assignable Hardware
Who needs it?
Not everyone might need a virtualization tool on their server. For beginners just getting started with hosting and infrastructure, jumping into a complex architecture or virtualization platform may not be a good idea. However, for medium to large enterprises with complex architecture powering their stack, and who want to simplify it, tools like vSphere would be the best way to move forward. With enhanced scalability, maintenance, deployment, and virtual networking, vSphere has a lot to offer.
You can either deploy an entirely new stack using the service or implement it on your existing infrastructure making it much more convenient to manage. Especially if you have an extremely complex application running tens of different services, moving them to the vSphere environment could make your life a lot easier.
The latest release doesn’t disappoint. Both in terms of features and performance enhancements, there have been some significant changes. Especially the introduction of the widely-adopted Kubernetes would largely benefit the virtualization stacks. Anyways, let’s see what the future holds and what next VMware has in mind for us. The vSphere 7 was definitely a big step to the future of server virtualization.