Last Monday vSphere 5.5 was announced with a lot of improvements and new additions to. It will still take like 2 months before it will be GA.
Here is my Top 10 of new vSphere 5.5 features:
- VMware NSX – Network Virtualization
VMware NSX is the talk of VMware 2013 but is probably not going to be released until Q4 2013. VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform that will deliver the entire networking and security model in software, decoupled from networking hardware.
Looks like for network virtualization NSX is going to be the new ESX. Great post about VMware NSX can be found on VMware CTO blog or the WahlNetwork.
- Configuration Maximums
Just about all configuration maximums doubled from vSphere 5.1 to vSphere 5.5. Take a closer look at the Maximum Configuration numbers in the Hypervisor Comparison vSmackdown from my friends Scott & David! and compare them to the new maximums. Competition is a good thing.
- vSphere Virtual SAN
Very simple and easy to configure Distributed Storage (for now max 8 hosts). Virtual SAN turns the local storage of multiple vSphere hosts into highly available, shared storage that supports SSD for read caching and policy-based provisioning of virtual machines based on performance and availability requirements. VSAN is a completely new product (it will replace the VSA). VSAN does require a separate license and VSAN Public beta will be available in Q3 2013. vClouds.nl blog post here with more details.
- vSphere Single Sign On 2.0
The SSO component has been rewritten due to the known problems in the RSA component. Improved architecture, multi-master, built in replication and site awareness
There is no RSA database anymore! One deployment model for all scenarios.
- vSphere 5.5 Flash Read Cache (vFRC)
Hypervisor-based software-defined flash storage tier solution (Read and Write Through).
vClouds.nl Blog Post here with more details
- Enhancement to LACP feature
In vSphere 5.1 only the IP hash was supported, vSphere 5.5 supports 22 hashing algorithms!
- vSphere App HA
vSphere Application HA works with vSphere HA to recover from app failures and Reduces application downtime. vClouds.nl Blog Post here with more details
- vSphere Web Client
vSphere Web Client has been much improved, supports all the new vSphere features and seems much more responsive!
- Microsoft Cluster Services Enhancements
MCS Microsoft Windows 2012 Clustering supported, FCoE & iSCSI protocols supported.
- PDL Enhancements
PDL Enhancements on AutoRemove in vSphere 5.5 – PDL AutoRemove automatically removes a device with PDL from the host
The vSphere 5.5 release is a great one with lots of improvements and additions. I was hoping that Virtual SAN would be released together with 5.5 and the license would be included into vSphere Enterprise Edition but this is not the case.