Aug 28

vSphere 5.1 Announced!

Lot of great announcements this morning during the VMworld keynote. One of these being the official announcement of vSphere 5.1 and there are already a number of blogs out there posting information on many of the new features and enhancements. Here are just a few of the new features and enhancements I am looking forward to:

  • Enhanced Web Client
  • Enhanced vMotion (Shared storage no longer necessary < face melting stuff!)
  • Lots of virtual Distributed Switch enhancements (LACP, vDS backup and restore)
  • Virtual Data Protection (VDR replacement based on EMC AVAMAR technology)
  • Reboots no longer necessary after guest VMware Tool upgrades (makes this VM admin very much happy!)
  • Licensed by physical CPU socket – No vRAM licensing!
  • and more…

You can find a good overview of the new features of vSPhere 5.1 here http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vsphere/vmware-what-is-new-vsphere51.pdf and vCenter Server 5.1 here http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/Whats-New-VMware-vCenter-Server-51-Technical-Whitepaper.pdf

I have had the vSphere 5.1 beta installed in my Home Lab for some time now but have not had a lot of time mess with it much. The new Web Client is pretty slick and it seems to have all the functionality of the Windows vSphere Client. The vDS backup and restore is also a great feature. Going to have to make some time to work with it a bit more.

Of course once the NDA curtain was lifted the blog post started flying. Here are a few post that dive a bit deeper into the 5.1 release.

There will be many more post in the near future so keep an eye out for them!

Some really exciting stuff! What’s your favorite new 5.1 feature?

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Hersey Cartwright is an IT professional with extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and supporting technologies that improve business processes. Hersey is Solutions Architect for SimpliVity covering Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. He holds the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DV #128) certification. Hersey actively participates in the VMware community and was awarded the VMware vExpert title in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. He enjoys working with, teaching, and writing about virtualization and other data center technologies. Follow Hersey on Twitter @herseyc

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  1. John

    Glad to see LACP support without the need for a Nexus 1000v, the SR-IOV is also a really great feature for VDI deploys, and who can forget the vRam gone.

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