What’s New with VMware vSphere 5.1

Once again, another VMworld has passed and as usual, VMware does not disappoint with the announcement of vSphere 5.1 and a slew of new features. The following is a summary of all the latest additions and improvements to vSphere. In addition, below are the PDF links to VMware’s technical documents that give you a deep dive and talk about other minor but still important features. Spread the word, retweet and Enjoy.

Compute:

• Larger virtual machines :  64 vCPU and 1TB RAM

• Version 9 of VM Hardware: Better graphics and CPU performance counters

Storage:

• Flexible, space-efficient storage for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Network:

• vSphere Distributed Switch: Network health check, switch config backup/restore, LACP support

• Single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) support

Availability:

• vMotion: No shared storage required!

• Data Protection: EMC Avamar backup platform replaces VMware Data recovery software.

• vSphere Replication: RPO as low as 15 minutes.

• Zero-downtime upgrade for VMware Tools: No reboots! One of my favorite features.

Security:

• VMware vShield Endpoint: Improvements

Automation:

• vSphere Storage DRS and Profile-Driven Storage: New integration with vCD, further efficiencies and automation in private cloud environment.

• vSphere Auto Deploy: Two new methods for auto deploying hosts.

Management:

• vSphere Web Client : Looks amazing, The vSphere Web Client is now the core administrative interface for vSphere.

• vCenter Single Sign-On: access all instances or layers of vCenter with SSO authentication.

• vCenter Orchestrator: Newly designed workflows enhance ease of use, and can also be launched directly from the new  vSphere Web Client

Licensing:

• No more vRAM licensing, no CPU core limits, 1 license per socket, that’s it!

VMware Document Links:

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1

What’s new in VMware vCenter 5.1

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Networking

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Platform

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Storage

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Performance

Introduction to VMware vSphere Replication

Introduction to VMware vSphere Data Protection

What’s new in VMware vSphere Storage Appliance

What’s new in vCloud Director 5.1

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