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Sep 6 2013   6:50PM GMT

What’s new in vSphere 5.5

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The biggest announcement out of VMworld was vSphere 5.5 information (see information below) along with vCloud Director 5.5 (What’s New PDF) and NSX Networking (read about it here)

Scalability & Increased maximums

  • Logical CPUs per ESXi host:  320  (up from 160)
  • Virtual CPUs per ESXi host:  4096  (up from 2048)
  • NUMA nodes per ESXi host:  16  (up from 8)
  • RAM per ESXi host:  4TB  (up from 2TB)
  • VMDK max size:  64TB  (up from 2TB)
  • 16Gb FC end to end support
  • 40Gb NIC support

Physical RAM restriction (32GB/host) removed from free vSphere Hypervisor

vSphere ESXi Hypervisor Enhancements

  • Hot-Pluggable SSD PCI Express (PCIe) devices
  • Support for Reliable Memory Technology
  • Enhancements for CPU C-States (better performance & reduced power consumption)
  • Native drivers for ESXi hypervisor enhancements

Virtual Machine Enhancements

  • Virtual Machine Compatibility with VMware ESXi 5.5 (HW Version 10)
  • LSI SAS support for Oracle Solaris 11
  • Enablement for new CPU architectures
  • Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) support – 4 Controllers – 30 Devices per controller – 120 total devices
  • Expanded vGPU Support – Includes both Intel- and AMD-based GPUs – Render modes: automatic, hardware, software
  • Graphic Acceleration for Linux Guests – Ubuntu 12.04 +, Fedora 17 +, RHEL 7

VMware vCenter Server Enhancements

  • VMware vSphere Web Client – Full client support for Apple Mac OS X – Drag and drop – Filters – Recent Items
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance – Supports up to 500 hosts or 5.000 VMs
  • VMware vCenter Single Sign-On – Updated with multi master architecture supporting a single deployment model – Built in replication – Removed database requirement – Support for SSL Certificate Automation Tool – Diagnostic tools
  • vSphere Big Data Extensions – Plugin to deploy and manage Hadoop clusters

Availability Enhancements

  • vSphere App HA – Restart pre-defined application services on issues
  • vSphere HA and VMware DRS – VM antiaffinity rules now recognized as part of HA failover
  • vSphere Replication Interop – Storage vMotion/SDRS
  • vSphere Replication Multiple-Point-In-Time  Snapshot Retention

vSphere Storage Enhancements

  • vSphere Flash Read Cache – Virtual Machine Virtual Flash Read Cache – Virtual Host Swap Cache
  • Support for 64TB (62.9) VMDK
  • 16Gb FC end to end support (HBA-Switch-Array)
  • Microsoft Cluster Services (MSCS) Enhancements – Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 – Round-robin path policy for shared storage – iSCSI protocol for shared storage – Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) for shared storage
  • PDL AutoRemove
  • VAAI UNMAP improvements
  • VMFS heap improvements

 vSphere Networking Enhancements

  • 40Gb NIC support (Mellanox ConnextX3 VPI adapters)
  • Link aggregation control protocol (LACP) enhancements
  • Traffic filtering
  • QoS tagging for end to end SLA
  • SR-IOV enhancements for low latency applications
  • Enhanced host level packet capture

 VMware vSphere 5.5 with Operations Management line-up

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