VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 Released

VMware has VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 on Dell EMC VxRail 4.3.

What’s new:

  • Flexibility in Application Virtual Networks (AVN):  Application Virtual Networks (AVN)s, which include the NSX Edge Cluster and NSX network segments, are no longer deployed and configured during bring-up. Instead they are implemented as a Day-N operations in SDDC Manager, providing greater flexibility.
  • FIPS Support: You can enable FIPS mode during bring-up, which will enable it on all the VMware Cloud Foundation components that support FIPS.
  • Scheduled Automatic Password Rotations: In addition to the on-demand password rotation capability, it is now possible to schedule automatic password rotations for accounts managed through SDDC Manager (excluding ESXi accounts). Automatic password rotation is enabled by default for service accounts.  
  • SAN in Certificate Signing Requests (CSR) : You can now add a Subject Alternative Name (SAN) when you generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) in SDDC Manager.
  • Improvements for vSphere Lifecycle Manager images:  For workload domains that use vSphere Lifecycle Manager images, this release includes several improvements. These include: prechecks to proactively identify issues that may affect upgrade operations; enabling concurrent upgrades for NSX-T Data Center components; and enabling provisioning and upgrade of Workload Management. 
  • Add vSphere Clusters in Parallel: You can add up to 10 vSphere clusters to a workload domain in parallel, improving the performance and speed of the workflow.
  • Add and Remove NSX Edge Nodes in NSX Edge Clusters: For NSX Edge clusters deployed through SDDC Manager or the VMware Cloud Foundation API, you can expand and shrink NSX Edge clusters by adding or removing NSX Edge nodes from the cluster.
  • Guidance for Day-N operations in NSX Federated VCF environments: You can federate NSX-T Data Center environments across VMware Cloud Foundation instances. You can manage federated NSX-T Data Center environments with a single pane of glass, create gateways and segments that span VMware Cloud Foundation instances, and configure and enforce firewall rules consistently across instances. Guidance is also provided for password rotation, certificate management, backup and restore, and lifecycle management for federated environments.
  • Backup Enhancements: You can now configure an SDDC Manager backup schedule and retention policy from the SDDC Manager UI.
  • VMware Validated Solutions: VMware Validated Solutions are a series of technical reference validated implementations designed to help customers build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for their applications and workloads deployed on VMware Cloud Foundation. Each VMware Validated Solution will come with detailed design with design decisions, implementation guidance consisting of manual UI-based step-by-step procedures and, where applicable, automated steps using infrastructure as code. These solutions based on VMware Cloud Foundation will be available on core.vmware.com. The first set of validated solutions, that can be applied on vSAN ReadyNodes, include the following:

The BOM is also updated, so it now features vRealize Suite 8.4, and NSX-T 3.1.3.

See the release notes here:

VMware has VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 on Dell EMC VxRail 4.3

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