Enhancements in VMware’s New vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Hypervisor

Recently some details appeared on the web about the next release of VMware’s enterprise hypervisor. Here are the details:

  • vSphere Auto Deploy combining host profiles, Image Builder and PXE
  • Unified CLI framework, allowing consistency of authentication, roles and auditing
  • Support for up to 1 TB of memory
  • Support for 32 vCPU’s per VM
  • Nonhardware accelerated 3D graphics for Windows Aero support
  • USB 3.0 device support
  • UEFI virtual BIOS
  • Host EUFI boot support
  • New GUI to configure multicore vCPUs
  • Client-connected USB devices
  • Smart card reader support for VMs
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.6 (Snow Leopard) guest OS support
  • Support for up to 512 VMs
  • Support for up to 160 Logical CPUs and 2 TB or RAM
  • Improved SNMP support
  • Storage driven storage delivery based on the VMware-Aware Storage APIs
  • Improved version of the Cluster File System, VMFS5
  • Accelerator for specific use with View (VDI) workloads, providing a read cache optimized for recognizing, handling and deduplicating VDI client images
  • iSCSI user interface support
  • Storage APIs – Array Integration: Thin Provisioning enabling reclaiming blocks of a thin provisioned LUN on the array when a virtual disk is deleted
  • Swap to SSD
  • 2TB+ LUN support
  • Storage vMotion snapshot support
  • vNetwork Distributed Switch improvements providing improved visibility in VM traffic
  • ESXi Firewall protecting the ESXi 5.0 management interface
  • A browser-based, fully-extensible, platform-independent implementation of the vSphere Client based on Adobe Flex
  • vCenter Server Appliance
  • Inventory Extensibility: providing a manager to monitor partner extensions
  • vCenter Solutions Manager, providing a consistent interface to configure and monitor vCenter-integrated solutions developed by VMware and third parties
  • System message logging enhancements
  • Revamped VMware High Availability (HA) with Fault Domain Manager
  • All hosts in cluster can be primary nodes
  • Cluster also uses shared storage as a channel for heartbeat detection

These are all major enhancements to the industry’s most robust hypervisor, but I think the most significant enhancement is support for Mac. Support for Mac is less about overcoming a technological issue (since it is FreeBSD based and FreeBSD is already supported on vSphere 4.x). Rather, it is a licensing (and therefore a corporate political) issue. I am excited about this new feature since a lot of our customers use Mac’s which can now be virtualized on our vPDC.

Credits to virtualization.info for exposing the details.

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