Paper: What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1

This paper is particularly appropriate for this week, enriched with the VMworld 2012 in San Francisco.

The document summarizes the new features and enhancements introduced with release 5.1 of vSphere:

Compute

• Larger virtual machines: up to 64 vCPUs and 1TB vRAM

• New virtual machine format: with CPU performance counters and virtual shared graphics acceleration

Storage

• Flexible, space-efficient storage for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Network

• vSphere Distributed Switch: with Network Health Check, Configuration Backup and Restore, Roll Back and Recovery and Link Aggregation Control Protocol support

• Single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) support
Availability

• vSphere vMotion®: without the need for shared storage configurations

• vSphere Data Protection: based on EMC Avamar technology allows to backup VM data to disk without the need of agents and with built-in deduplication

• vSphere Replication: over LAN or WAN

• Zero-downtime upgrade for VMware Tools: no reboot required for subsequent VMware Tools upgrades after 5.1

Security

• VMware vShield Endpoint™

Automation

• vSphere Storage DRS™ and Profile-Driven Storage: with a new integration with VMware vCloud Director

• vSphere Auto Deploy™

Management (with vCenter Server)

• vSphere Web Client

• vCenter Single Sign-On

• vCenter Orchestrator

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