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.
• Larger virtual machines : 64 vCPU and 1TB RAM
• Version 9 of VM Hardware: Better graphics and CPU performance counters
• Flexible, space-efficient storage for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)
• vSphere Distributed Switch: Network health check, switch config backup/restore, LACP support
• Single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) support
• 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.
• VMware vShield Endpoint: Improvements
• 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.
• 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
• No more vRAM licensing, no CPU core limits, 1 license per socket, that’s it!
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