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What’s New with VMware vSphere 5

VMware® vSphere® is the industry-leading virtualization platform for  building cloud infrastructures. It enables users to run  business-critical applications with confidence and respond to business  needs faster. vSphere accelerates the shift to cloud computing for  existing datacenters and underpins compatible public cloud offerings,  forming the foundation for the industry’s only hybrid cloud model.

Infrastructure Services — Compute, Storage, and Network

Compute

  • vSphere ESXi™ convergence—vSphere 5 is converging on the ESXi  hypervisor architecture. ESXi—the gold standard in hypervisors— enables  vSphere users to leverage a thinner architecture, a more secure  footprint, and a streamlined patching and setup model. For more  information visit the ESXi and ESX info center at http://www.  vmware.com/products/vsphere/esxi-and-esx/overview.html.
  • vSphere Auto Deploy—Auto Deploy is a new deployment and patching  model for new vSphere hosts running the ESXi hypervisor. Deploy more  vSphere hosts in minutes and update them more efficiently than ever  before.
  • New virtual-machine format (Version 8)—The new virtual-machine  format in vSphere 5 has several new features, including support for    
    • 3D graphics for Windows Aero
    • USB 3.0 devices
  • Support for Apple products—vSphere 5 supports Apple Xserve servers  running OS X Server 10.6 (Snow Leopard) as a guest operating system.

Storage

  • vSphere Storage DRS—Improve management and enable more-efficient  use of storage resources through grouping, placement and balancing.
  • Profile-Driven Storage—Identify the appropriate storage to use for  a given virtual machine depending on service level. The result is a  streamlined approach to selecting the correct storage and ensuring its  delivery.
  • vSphere File System—Leverage enhanced scalability and performance  through a non-disruptive upgrade to the platform’s latest clustered file  system version.
  • vSphere Storage I/O Control—Improve management and enforcement of  service-level agreements (SLAs) through extension of limits and shares  in Network File System (NFS) datastores.
  • vSphere Storage API Program—Take advantage of extensions to the  Array Integration API that support thin provisioning. Leverage the new  Storage Awareness and Discovery API to interface with arrays when using  the new vSphere Storage DRS and Profile-Driven Storage features.

Network

  • vSphere Network I/O Control—New per–virtual-machine controls allow more-granular SLA enforcement.
  • vSphere Distributed Switch—Improves visibility of virtual-machine  traffic through NetFlow and enhances monitoring and troubleshooting  through Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) and Link Layer Discovery Protocol  (LLDP) support.

Application Services — Availability, Security, and Scalability

Availability

  • vSphere High Availability—New architecture enables superior  guarantees, simplified setup and configuration, and expanded  scalability.
  • vSphere vMotion—Migration of virtual machines over higher-latency network links is now supported.

Security

  • ESXi Firewall—New service-oriented and stateless firewall engine  restricts access to specific services by IP address or subnet. This is  particularly useful for third-party components that require network  access.

Scalability

  • Larger virtual machines—Virtual machines can now grow four times  larger than in any previous release to support even the largest  applications. Virtual machines can now have up to 32 virtual CPUs and  1TB of RAM.

Management Services

Core Management

  • vSphere Web Client—Access vSphere from any Web browser anywhere in the world.
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance—Run vCenter Server as a Linux-based virtual appliance.

Check upgrade Center of vSphere 5.0 http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/upgrade-center/overview.html