VMworld 2012: What’s New with vSphere 5.1 (INF-VSP1372)

Speaker: Michael Adams, VMware (madams@vmware.com)

  • vCloud Suite Launches very soon – Free upgrade for Enterprise Plus Customers. Should be in Q3, meaning Sept 2012.
  • Jump upgrades possible in the future, or VMware may recommend customers can skip a release
  • VMware plans on yearly vSphere Suite upgrades for customers
  • vCloud Suite launched this morning
    • Operations Manager, vFabric Application Director, vCloud Director, SRM, vSphere
    • Single license key for the entire suite
    • Software defined networking will be a common phrase
    • vCloud Director – More than just test/dev, single sign on, elastic capability
    • VCD – vCloud Director is key to building virtual datacenters
  • vCloud Suite – Three editions: Standard, Advanced (adds Operations Manager), Enterprise (adds SRM).
  • Hardly anyone uses AutoDeploy in the real world
  • Most customers use storage DRS in vSphere 5.0
  • Good uptake of VMFS 5.0
  • Future – Larger VMDK limitations, still at 2TB today
  • Everyone should be using the vDS, to take advantage of vCD, vShield, etc.
    • Load based NIC teaming, Network I/O control, etc.
  • Users have deployed a 32-way 256GB MS SQL VMs
  • Windows-based client will go the way of the dodo bird. Web management console only in the future.
  • vSphere 5.1 features
    • No more VMware tools reboots needed
    • 64-way vSMP
    • HW version 9
    • Enhanced auto deploy
    • RAID-5 or RAID-6 with VMware storage appliance, and you can now add capacity
    • Single sign on with vCD, vShield, vCenter
    • Storage space reclamation for VDI (delete a file, frees up storage on array)
    • 32-host linked clone maximum (up from 8 in 5.0)
    • Enhanced distributed switch features – SR-IOV support (enterprise plus only)
    • vShield EndPoint becomes part of the platform
    • vCenter Express installation now an option
  • Be sure to check out Release Notes and Config maximum docs when they are available
  • Auto Deploy Enhancements – Enterprise Plus only
    • Old model was a stateless only option
    • Stateless caching model, or boot from disk or USB
    • Stateful model – Full local install
    • Better tie-in with host profiles, and single installation model
    • Deploy new ESXi servers in less than 5 minutes
  • Distributed Switch Enhancements – Still only in enterprise plus
    • Network health check
    • Configuration backup and restore
    • Roll back and recovery
    • LACP support
    • Backup can be used as a vDS template for future deployments
    • RSPAN and ERSPAN, and port mirroring enhancements.
    • 350 to 500 host increase for the vDS
  • Larger VMs
    • 64-way, 1TB RAM
  • Availability, Security and Automation
    • vMotion without shared storage – across all levels except essentials
    • vMotion and Storage vMotion unified
      • Zero downtime, no dependency on shared storage
      • Slowly getting to long-distance vMotion (future)
      • 10ms latency max still applies
      • Must be in same vCenter server, same datacenter, and same L2 network
      • sDRS does not apply to unified vMotion
    • vSphere Data Protection
      • Based on EMC Avamar
      • New backup and recovery tool
      • Replaces vSphere data recovery
    • vSphere Replication
      • vSphere Replication is decoupled with SRM, and included with all license options except essentials. No need for enterprise plus.
      • Low cost, efficient replication
      • back-end Database enhancements
    • vSheild EndPoint included at all license levels
  • Web Client UI
    • This is the way of the future, Windows client is going away
    • Browser based UI, custom tagging, scalability
    • Platform independent
    • Chrome, IE, Firefox (Safari is unsupported)
    • Pause or resume even the most complex workflow or task
    • Manage 3x more active sessions and objects
    • Max 300 concurrent sessions into vCenter
    • Native plug-in experience
    • VUM does not have a native plug-in at this time (future), you must use Windows Client
    • Windows based client does NOT have all 5.1 functionality. Must use web client.
    • Native plug-in in CY12: HP, EMC, Dell, Cisco, VCE, Tegile, Fujitsu
  • Single Sign-on
    • Open LDAP, NIS, and other options for other identity services
    • vCenter, vCO, vSphere web client
  • vCenter Orchestrator Enhancements
    • Workflow engine enhancements
    • Customer told VMware it is the “biggest piece of crap” (version 5.0)
    • Automatic configuration
    • Deploy as virtual appliance
    • Supports Java script
  • Additional enhancements
    • Windows 8 and Server 2012 support
    • 5-node MSCS Cluster
    • Space efficient sparse Virtual Disks

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