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Executive summary

Streamline operations with new and updated VMware vSphere 8.0 features on 16th Generation Dell PowerEdge servers

Managing infrastructure at scale requires significant monitoring and maintenance from data center administrators. By updating your environment with clusters of latest 16th Generation Dell PowerEdge servers and the latest versions of software, you can arm administrators with cutting-edge tools to help simplify routine tasks. The latest release of VMware® vSphere®, version 8.0, offers new and updated features to make monitoring and managing Dell PowerEdge servers easier.

Connecting to a cluster of two remote 16th Generation Dell PowerEdge R6625 servers from our data center, we explored how vSphere 8.0 can simplify some PowerEdge server, host, and VM configuration tasks as well as some ongoing monitoring tasks. We found that the new and upgraded vSphere 8.0 features we evaluated provide the functionality they aim to deliver. For your organization, that could translate to better hardware and software performance and less downtime. In addition, your data center admins could focus less on routine management and monitoring tasks and spend more time on remediation or other work to help the organization.

A front-facing view of the Dell PowerEdge R6625 server. Dell Technologies provided the image.

For latest 16th Generation Dell PowerEdge servers, what’s new and improved with VMware vSphere 8.0?

Centralized management capabilities for VMware vSphere 8.0 improved from the previous version to further ease management burdens for administrators. Figure 1 shows the improvements that we found.

A table with columns Admin task, vSphere 7.0 approach, vSphere 8.0 approach, and Benefits of vSphere 8.0. There are four admin tasks: configuring at scale, virtual TPM provisioning, staging updates, and remediating issues in the cluster. The benefits of vSphere 8.0 include consistent cluster-wide configuration across all hosts in a cluster, built-in configuration drift detection, quickly secures VMs when using encryption technologies, enables scale out of secured Windows 11 VMs, quickly updates hosts without migrating VMs, seamless payload staging in production environments, fast remediation across the cluster, and minimizes time in maintenance mode.
Summary of the lifecycle management features we investigated in vSphere 8.0 compared to the previous version. Source: Principled Technologies.

Stage cluster image updates

With vSphere 8, admins no longer need to put hosts into maintenance mode when staging updates for the 16th Gen PowerEdge cluster, which can lessen the time that hosts must spend in maintenance mode and thus reduce potential downtime due to host updating. In addition, VMs in the PowerEdge cluster do not need to shut down or migrate to a host not in maintenance mode.

Remediate hosts in a PowerEdge server cluster in parallel

Admins can remediate issues on multiple hosts in parallel in vSphere 8.0. Parallel remediation of hosts could reduce the overall time to remediate a cluster of latest-gen PowerEdge servers.

Configure hosts in a PowerEdge cluster at scale

Configuration Profiles, a new feature in vSphere 8.0, allows admins to configure all hosts in a PowerEdge cluster at once with the same configuration. Ensuring hosts in a cluster have the same configuration can help minimize errors at the host level so VMs can function properly regardless of placement within the cluster.

Reduce potential issues when securing VMs

Cloning a VM with a virtual TPM (vTPM) means cloning the secret Endorsement Key of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which could introduce security risks. vSphere 8 offers a new feature, called TPM Provision Policy, to ensure each cloned VM in the PowerEdge cluster can have a unique vTPM.


By using the latest software and 16th Generation Dell PowerEdge servers in your VMware vSphere environment, you can provide your data center administrators with new or updated tools that simplify routine tasks in both initial host setup and ongoing monitoring. In our exploration of the latest features in vSphere 8.0 Lifecycle Manager, we found that vSphere 8.0 on 16th Generation Dell PowerEdge servers offers advantages compared to the previous generation, which may make an infrastructure update worth your while. By introducing vSphere Configuration Profiles and providing simpler image updates to vSphere clusters, VMware vSphere 8.0 on latest 16th Generation Dell PowerEdge servers can help streamline operations for your administrative staff.

This project was commissioned by Dell Technologies.

April 2023. Revised April 2023.

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