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VMware: What’s New for 2012?

07 November 2011

For years VMware has benefited as businesses invest in data centres to run software in the so- called cloud, or stored on the Internet instead of their own server computers. However the company face a tough trading environment in 2012 with the likes of Microsoft now offering free virtualisation. To counter this, VMware has a number of programme and software updates planned for launch in the New Year, namely vSphere 5.0.

New features of vSphere 5.0 will include VMware vCenter Server 5.0 and VMware ESXi 5.0. Current VCP4’s will be expected to upgrade their qualifications to version 5.0 and learn to install VMware vSphere and upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.0, the first version of vSphere to include only the ESXi hypervisor.

New Infrastructure Services of vSphere 5.0 include:
Compute
vSphere ESXi convergence – enables vSphere users to leverage thinner architecture, a more secure footprint and streamlined patching and set-up model.

New virtual-machine format (Version 8) – features include support for 3D graphics for Windows Aero and USB 3.0. devices.

Storage
vSphere Storage I/O Control
– improve management and enforcement of service-level agreements (SLA’s) through extensions of limits and shares in Network File System (NFS) datastores.

Network
vSphere Distributed Switch
- Improves visibility of virtual-machine traffic through NetFlow and enhances monitoring and troubleshooting through Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) and the Linked Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) support.

New Application Services include:
Availability
vSphere High Ability
– new architecture enables superior guarantees, simplified setup and configuration and expanded scalability.

Security
ESXi Firewall
– New service orientated and stateless firewall engine restricts access to specific service by IP address or subnet. This is particularly useful for third party components that require network access.

New Management Services include:
VMware vCenter Server Appliance – Run vCenter Server as a Linux-based virtual appliance.

To enquire about training courses for VMware vSphere 5.0 please call Total Training Solutions on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com. For a full listing of all our VMware courses please see our Course Directory.

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