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Free eBook: vSphere Design Pocketbook

Several weeks ago Frank Denneman announced the contributors to the newly released vSphere Design Pocketbook: Tweet-sized vSphere Design Considerations. I am proud to say that a couple of my suggestions made it into the book. The eBook is available to download for free thanks to PernixData. Get it HERE.

If you’re looking for a hard copy, you’ll have to go to one of the following events and meet PernixData face to face to get one!

http://www.pernixdata.com/company/meet/

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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

New VMware PowerPoint Icons and Images – Released May 3, 2012

Several weeks ago the latest set of VMware icons and images were released via the VMware communities. These are a must have for anyone who create presentations or diagrams for any VMware product. Personally, I also use the images for non-VMware (system agnostic) related diagrams/presentations. The images are just pleasant to look at! Download them via the links below.

note: please respect the work that VMware put into these images and read the copyright information included in each of the files.

VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_1_of_3.pptx (17.4 MB)

VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_2_of_3.pptx (2.6 MB)

VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_3_of_3.pptx (2.9 MB)

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