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VMware vSphere 5.5 What’s New? August 28, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in VMware blogs.
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At VMworld this week VMware introduced VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.5 introduces many new features and enhancements that further extend the core capabilities of the vSphere platform. The core vSphere ESXi Hypervisor enhancements in vSphere 5.5 include the following:


• Hot-pluggable SSD PCIe devices

• Support for Reliable Memory Technology

• Enhancements to CPU C-states


Along with the core vSphere ESXi Hypervisor improvements, vSphere 5.5 provides the following virtual machine–related enhancements:


• Virtual machine compatibility with VMware ESXi 5.5

• Expanded support for hardware-accelerated graphics vendor

• Graphic acceleration support for Linux guest operating systems


In addition, the following vCenter Server enhancements include:


• vCenter Single Sign-On Server security enhancements

• vSphere Web Client platform support and UI improvements

• vCenter Server Appliance configuration maximum increases

• Simplified vSphere App HA application monitoring

• vSphere DRS virtual machine–virtual machine affinity rule enhancements

• vSphere Big Data Extensions, a new feature that deploys and manages Hadoop clusters on vSphere from within vCenter


VMware vSphere 5.5 also includes the following storage-related enhancements:


• Support for 62TB VMDK

• MSCS updates

• vSphere 5.1 enhancements

• 16GB E2E support

• PDL AutoRemove

• vSphere Replication interoperability and multi-point-in-time snapshot retention


VMware vSphere 5.5 also introduces the following networking-related enhancements:


• Improved LACP capabilities

• Traffic filtering

• Quality of Service tagging

For more info on all of the above new features, have a look at VMware’s vSphere 5.5 What’s New document.




1. Ryan.Mangan - August 29, 2013

Reblogged this on Ryan Mangan's IT Blog.

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