Goodbye vCenter Server for Windows and Flash-based vSphere web client!

Hmm…. it’s not even VMworld yet and VMware decide to make 2 big-ish announcements.

Although tbh, since vSphere 6.5 was released these 2 announcements have long been coming!

Finally, after loads of speculation, VMware had announced that vCenter Server for Windows and the Flash-based vSphere web client is to be deprecated with the launch of the next version of vSphere. Updates to 6.5 will continue supporting the 2 features, but come vSphere 7.0 it will be no more….

https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2017/08/farewell-vcenter-server-windows.html

 

“vCSA-exclusive capabilities such as file-based backup and restore, unified update and patching, native vCenter High Availability, and a significant performance advantage mean that the VCSA has become the platform of choice for vCenter Server.  Additionally, due to the integrated nature of appliance packaging, VMware is able to both better optimize and innovate vCenter Server at an accelerated pace.  Finally, with the VCSA, VMware can provide support for the entire vCenter Server stack including the vCenter Server application, the underlying operating system (Photon OS), and the database (vPostgres). By doing so, VMware can ensure that customers can focus on what matters most while having a single source for updates, security patches, and support.  The VCSA model is simply a better model for vCenter Server deployment and lifecycle management.”

That pretty much sums up why VMware are 100% behind the vCSA, although they miss out the whole “screw you Microsoft licensing!!” part! Plus given that 6.5 ships with a migration tool that helps you move/upgrade from a Windows vCenter to an Appliance vCenter, it’s no surprised that more and more people are moving over when it comes round to upgrade time!

In fact ever since 6.5 was released, I’ve not even deployed a single Windows vCenter Server – all my customers have been moved over to the vCSA.

https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2017/08/goodbye-vsphere-web-client.html

With regards to the vSphere Web Client, loads of people found the flash-based version was frustratingly difficult to use – it was slow, it was notoriously prone to crashing and frankly it was based on in-secure Flash technology (not to mention that Adobe themselves are dropping flash). HTML5 is the way to go baby!

So with those announcements in mind….. I may think about changing some of my VMworld sessions to jump on the vCSA and Web Client update sessions!!

 

RIP…..

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Nutanix to gobble PernixData?!?

Hmm, interesting rumours……
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/01/hyperconverged_nutanix_could_be_buying_vmcare_cacher_pernixdata/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/06/nutanix_gobbling_pernix_why_not/

Anthony Spiteri sums up my thoughts about PernixData quite well in his blog: http://anthonyspiteri.net/nutanix-buying-pernixdata-critical-analysis/

Based on past experience with FVP and Architect and running both in a demo lab, I’ve always thought they’re pretty clever products…. FVP especially with the way it handles fault tolerance with their clever clustering functionality for the cache!

Anyways, it was always a hard sell…. trying to solve storage problems (which may not exist) with a software caching solution which – let’s be quite frank – was expensive!

Plus with the discounts you can now get for All Flash Arrays, and the price of SSDs dropping, it was always going to be hard to convince a customer to part with money to put in FVP and some local SSDs rather than purchasing a brand new storage array full of Flash!
Be interesting to see what Nutanix does with them!