Paper: Deploying Extremely Latency-Sensitive Applications in VMware vSphere 5.5

VMware has released a paper titled:"Deploying Extremely Latency-Sensitive Applications in VMware vSphere 5.5". The Paper which contains 17 pages provides details about a new per-VM feature introduced in vSphere 5.5. called Latency Sensitivity. Latency Sensitivity allows virtual machines to exclusively own physical cores, thus avoiding overhead related to CPU scheduling and contention. Combined with a pass-through functionality, which bypasses the network virtualization layer, applications can achieve Read more [...]

VMware vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide beta released

VMware released a beta of the VMware vSphere 5.5 hardening guide. The Excel sheet is full with recommended settings which improve security of vSphere components. The document covers the following components: Virtual Machines ESXi hosts Virtual Network vCenter Server plus its database and clients. vCenter Web Client vCenter SSO Server vCenter Virtual Appliance (VCSA) specific guidance vCenter Update Manager The releases are scheduled as follows: Release Candidate (RC)        – Read more [...]

Release: VMware vSphere 5.5

During the first day of VMworld 2013 in San Francisco VMwareannounced the release of vSphere 5.5 without revealing the date of general availability. Apparently the date is 22 of September and now vSphere and its Suite components are available for download.   As Duncan Epping did in a post on Yellow Bricks we resume the links to the download pages: Core vSphere and automation/tools: ESXi 5.5 vCenter Server 5.5 vSphere Data Protection 5.5.1 vSphere Replication 5.5 vSphere App Read more [...]

VMware announces Log Insight 1.5 TP 2

VMware announced the availability of VMware Log Insight 1.5 Technical Preview 2, its log management, aggregation and analysis solution. This was indeed a very fast release, probably representing the need of VMware to accelerate the release cycle in order to compete with the massive popularity of Splunk. VMware published a video that introduces the new features in version 1.5.   Some of these features can be summarized as follows: Content Gallery – As we continue to expand our Read more [...]

Paper: What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Platform

VMware has released a technical paper titled: “What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Platform“. The paper, which contains 22 pages and reached version 1.3, traces new features and enhancements introduced with version 5.5 of vSphere,announced at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco. The paper contains the following sections: vSphere ESXi Hypervisor Enhancements Virtual Machine Enhancements VMware vCenter Server Enhancements vSphere Storage Enhancements vSphere Networking Enhancements Read more [...]

Release: VMware Workstation 10

With the release of VMware Fusion 6, VMware released version 10 of its counterpart in desktop virtualization platforms for Microsoft’s OSes: Workstation. This new release supports Windows 8.1 virtualization and enhances Unity mode to work with its new UI.   Like Fusion, VMware Workstation 10 supports the new hardware version 10, introduced in vSphere 5.5, that allows VMs up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB SATA disks and 64GB of memory, among the other new features we can count a new Virtual Read more [...]

Release: VMware Fusion 6

As expected, at a short distance from the release of Parallels Desktop 9, VMware released version 6.0 of its desktop virtualization platform for Apple Mac: Fusion. The new release is already optimized for OS X Mavericks and leverages, in virtualized Microsoft OSes, its new features like multi-screen support,AirPlay and dictation. Like Parallels Desktop this new release supports the brand new Windows 8.1 allowing Metro applications to be visible in Launchpad, Applications folder or in Read more [...]

VMworld 2013: The Summary

The 10th edition of VMworld US took place in San Francisco between 25 and 29 of August 2013, with over 21,000 attendees this event confirmed that the market expectations for VMware is comparable to the one on Apple which has been answered with the presence on stage of large customers such eBay, Citi and GE and the announcement of several new releases. The intent of this article is to briefly summarize all the major releases in this edition: vSphere 5.5: is the core release on which VMware introduces Read more [...]

VMware launches NSX

Along with Virtual SAN technology VMware launched NSX (available in Q4 2013) its network virtualization platform that already covered in March. VMware NSX unifies in a single platform Nicira NVP and VMware vCloud Network and Security, covering the entire network and security model from Layer 2 to Layer 7 and integrating in the hypervisor to ability to manage switching, bridging, routing and firewall. The key highlights are resumed in this post from the “Office Read more [...]

VMware Virtual SAN Public Beta

Among all the announcements made in the first day of VMworld 2013, the public beta of VMware Virtual SAN technology is one of the most interesting. Virtual SAN is a software-defined storage tier embedded directly within vSphere 5.5 hypervisor (but licensed separately) and constitutes (with NSX) one of the key components of VMware’s vision of software-defined datacenter. vSAN leverages the local storage (each host will require at least one SSD and one magnetic disk) from a number of ESXi hosts Read more [...]