VMware vSphere 5.1 is new and shiny and doesn’t use VRAM!
Hardware version 9 and the naming of these versions is getting fixed up.
64 way SMP
1 TB VM memory
The vCenter Infrastructure Client is going to be end of life. The new web client is what you’ll need to get used to. Remember the web client from VMware 2 lol.
New tools no longer requires tools reboot.
vMotion without shared storage
Enhanced distributed switch
Storage DRS and profile driven storage integration with VCD.
Enhancements to Auto Deploy
DVS now supports LACP, Configuration backup and restore.
2x VM size shows VMware is serious about running all workloads in VMware.
VDP – VMware Data Protection, built on Avamar. Has some restrictions like ten virtual appliances and each appliance can protect about 100 VM’s. Replaces vSphere Data Recovery.
vSphere Replication uses virtual machine level replication. Included with vSphere. Does integrate with Site Recovery Manager and does support auto fail back.
vShield Endpoint lets you offload av scanning, uses 3rd party appliance.
New vCenter web client supports tags, pause and resume tasks, support for IE, Firefox, and Chrome. No safari.
Single sign on support for AD, Open LDAP, NIS, and local OS users.
Windows 8 server and desktop support
Express and Full install models for new vCenter server
VRAM is gone
I think auto deploy is great. I’m done patching hosts. I’m done troubleshooting them. Take a lesson from the pc guys who are just re-imaging your desktop when it breaks. Do the same thing on your hypervisors.
I think vCenter Orchestrator is awesome. I have said for years it will end up being the glue that connects all of the VMware products together.