VMware added new step for release model which is IA (Initial Availability). As everyone who work in IT business more then one release of any product, knows to NOT go with release 1.0 (first-generation product). My personal strategy is not the “latest and greatest” but to stay one version behind.
It looks like VMware finally has acknowledged what most IT pros have learned the hard way.
The brand new vSphere 8 has been released as IA and now its live. IA release is the model to ensure customers have all the information and lead time they need for successfully adopting and consuming the new releases.
In simple terms, the IA is for the brave ones, who adopt software soon after release find any bugs VMware missed.
VMware reckons four to six weeks will transpire between the IA release and software going GA.
IA is VMware tested release that has met all the release criteria we previously used for GA and is a full production quality release. VMware will designate the release as GA based on deployment experience with customers.
If you are one of the brave souls, here is a link to vSphere 8 download form customer connect website.
I am going to test vSphere 8 at my home lab like this:
- Deploy new vCenter
- Deploy new ESXi
- Upgrade vCenter from 7.0 to 8.0
- Upgrade ESXi 7.0 to 8.0
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