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Very small summary of VMware vSphere 5

on Tuesday, 12 July 2011. Posted in VMware

As many of many bloggers we all followed, the Raising Bar, Part V on july the 12th. Even while it's my holliday and I am almost leaving the country for well-deserved rest.

VMware executives Paul Maritz, CEO and Steve Herrod, CTO unveiled the next major step forward in cloud infrastructure. Officially the word vSphere 5 is out. It's out with a cool bunch of stuff. My twitter timeline went totally nuts. I guess I wasn't the only one. Enjoyed posting and reading tweets regarding #vmwarecloud.

With nearly 200 new and enhanced capabilities, VMware vSphere 5 will continue to set the standard in virtualization, delivering better application performance and availability for all business-critical applications.

VMware vSphere 5 will support up to 1 TB of RAM, 1.000.000 IOPS and 32 virtual CPUs per VM. Let me see the apps that come close to these figures. You must agree. It's far surpass the requirements of even the most resource-intensive applications on this moment. This releases include vSphere 5, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, vShield 5, vCloud Director 1.5, and the new vSphere Storage Appliance 1.0.

The most spoken was VMware changing its licensing terms in vSphere 5, paying more attention to the virtual machine in a reflection of how customers will utilize IT resources in cloud environments. It's called vRAM, which pertains to the amount of physical memory configured to a virtual machine. Customers with vSphere Essentials, Essentials Plus and Standard will receive 24 GB of vRAM per CPU license, while vSphere Enterprise will get 32 GB and Enterprise Plus will get 48 GB per CPU license.

One good thing is vSphere 5 licensing won't be coupled to the physical characteristics of the server. I am curious how things turn out in the future. vSphere 5 licensing guide

When can we get this new cool neXt Big thing? According to VMware GA for vSphere 5 is "Q3" 2011. Most likely before VMworld. This makes the event worth to visit. There will be a lot of talking vSphere 5 I guess :)

Off course there are way to many new features to mention. Some majors are:

VMFS 5
Redesigned High Availability HA
Good by Service Console.
Storage DRS
Profile Driven Storage
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)
Auto Deploy
Storage vMotion enhancements
and more, more and more...

A good explanation of some new features you can find here. http://basraayman.com/2011/07/12/vsphere-5-its-here-whats-new/

More about this latest version of vSphere: 
http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/overview.html

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