VMware Product Updates

Today VMware announced quite a few updates to their product lines including vSphere, vCloud Director, and a few new products or packages such as vCloud Suites and vCloud Network & Security.

VMware vSphere 5.1

The biggest news – vRAM entitlements have been removed.

Support for larger virtual machines: 64 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) and 1TB of virtual RAM (vRAM).  There is also an update to the virtual machine format now version 9 to support the larger VMs, CPU performance counters and graphics acceleration.

vSphere Distribute Switch now has functionality for health check, configuration backup and restore, roll back and recovery and LACP.

Enhanced vMotion – support vMotion without shared storage.

vSphere Data Protection – New architecture based on EMC Avamar to back up virtual machine data to disk without agents and deduped.

vSphere Replication allows for host based replication decoupled from SRM.

vSphere Web Client is now feature parity with vCenter Client.  vCenter Client will soon perish.  Also integrated with vCenter Orchestrator.

Support for 16Gbps Fiber Channel and boot from FCoE via software initiator.

vShield Endpoint is now bundled into vSphere product line.

There has also been some updates on features and entitlements with the different vSphere editions shown below.

vCloud Network and Security

VMware has rebranded vShield product line to vCloud Network and Security.   Below is a screenshot of the functionality available in each edition.

Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA)

Couple of updates in VSA 5.1:

  • You can now deploy VSA on an existing ESXi cluster.
  • Run vCenter within the VSA Cluster
  • Increase storage capacity while the cluster is online, also includes support for 2 and 3 TB drives.
  • Centrally manage multiple VSA clusters.

vCloud Director 5.1

  • Storage Profiles now available in vCD including storage vMotion and DRS.
  • vCNS integration
  • Snapshots for VMs or vApps
  • Single Sign On

vCloud Suite 5.1

With the launch of vSphere 5.1 there is now a new licensing model that combines multiple products for an easier buy/rollout around Private Cloud.  This combines vSphere Enterprise Plus, vCloud Director, vCloud Networking and Security, vFabric Application Director, Site Recovery Manager, and vCenter Operations.  This is licensed much like vSphere ie Per Processor with no vRAM entitlement.  Below is a snap shot of the editions available.

One thing to note, customers with current SnS support and are current Enterprise Plus customers they get a free upgrade to vCloud Suite Standard.  All others will have an upgrade cost that isn’t that bad.