Wednesday, February 21, 2024

VMWare Strike Back, Releasing Converter Tool from KVM to vCenter for Free

 In recent developments, VMware has subtly struck back at its rivals by releasing an updated version of its virtual machine conversion tool, vCenter Converter. This tool, often overlooked, plays a crucial role in moving virtual machines between different formats. The latest version, 6.6, quietly introduced in a community post, addresses functional gaps by enabling the conversion of KVM-based workloads. KVM, an open-source virtualization module, serves as the hypervisor for various platforms, including Nutanix's AHV hypervisor and Red Hat's virtualization products. By adding KVM support, VMware has indirectly taken a swipe at potential replacement contenders, including those considering moves due to dissatisfaction with Broadcom's licensing changes.

Moreover, the updated vCenter Converter includes support for RHEL 8 & 9 as source OSes, along with compatibility for Ubuntu 22.04 and 20.04. This move allows VMware users to easily bring more workloads into their environments. As organizations contemplate their virtualization future amid concerns about Broadcom's stewardship and ongoing security considerations, VMware provides an enhanced tool to facilitate workload migration.

In the midst of these updates, VMware users face security concerns, as evidenced by the recent CVE-2024-22245. This critical-rated flaw in the Enhanced Authentication Plug-in raises potential risks, prompting VMware's advice to remove the deprecated software from the environment for remediation. As the virtualization landscape evolves, users have much to consider, and VMware aims to reassure its user base while subtly countering rival propositions.

Release vCenter Converter 6.6 Beta you can download from here.


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