(The following is taken from a newsletter I produce for my clients that I’m pre-posting here on the blog.)
Back on July 12th, VMware unveiled the Cloud Infrastructure Suite which included vSphere 5.
vSphere 5 New Features
The blogosphere has been super active since the VSphere 5 announcement. Here is a sampling of some of the great work done by VMware community to highlight some of the great new feature available in vSphere 5:
- ESXi only form factor
- Monster Sized VMs (up to 32 vCPUs and 1 TB of RAM)
- VMFS-5: Which includes Unified 1MB File Block Size, Large Single Extend Volumes up to 64TB, Smaller Sub-Block, and Small File Support (Note VMFS volumes needs to be ugraded to v5 to obtain all these benefits and that can be done online and non-disruptively.)
- vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) – Which is implemented by Storage Vendors and is a 1.0 API which always has room to grow.
- Profile Driven Storage
- Storage DRS (SDRS)
- New HA architecture for expanded scalability
- vCenter Server Linux appliance
- vSphere Web Client (the future)
- Stateless ESXi Auto-Deploy
And many more. With over 200 new enhancements it’s hard to list all of the new features.
Cloud Infrastructure Suite
- vCloud Director 1.5 – Now with fast provisioning via Linked Clones and more.
- vShield 5 – new flow monitoring, L2 firewall, REST APIs, enhanced groupings
- vShield App with Data Security – Adds policy based management to protect sensitive data is not being shared inappropriately.
- Site Recovery Manager 5.0 – works with vCenter 5.0, vSphere (host) based replication, Automated Failback, and more.
- vCenter Heartbeat 6.4 – works with vCenter 5.0
- vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 1.0 – New Product – allowing you to take local storage from up to 3 servers and turn that into a Virtual NAS. VSA is designed for the SMB users but can be useful for point deployments with the enterprise.