Sunday, September 2, 2012

vCloud Suite 5.1

As announced on the VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, the vCloud Suite is finally here and it has bundled lots of solutions into one package with different editions to serve different type of customers.  The new licensing will also be included by per processor for this suite bundling.  You may refer to the different editions for the vCloud bundle here.

Below are some of the breakdown and descriptions to all the components.

vSphere 5.1
The same robust and reliable hypervisor that comes with new features like vSphere Replication for replication on recovery purposes which will be available from Essential Plus edition onwards.  Of cos with more features added which I would not go into much details but a few great ones will be GPU sharing and increased of vCPU to 64 .  No more dependency of root account.  Enhanced vMotion able to do a vMotion and a Storage vMotion in just one step even VM on a local datastore.  Single Sign on feature integration with Web client.  The vSphere web client now contains more feature enhancement than the C# client.

Introducing the vSphere Data Protection which is joint development with EMC based on Avamar.  This will replace the Data Recovery vApp.

vCloud Director 5.1 (vCD)
With also DNS relay and rate limiting on the interfaces are some of the new features.  Snapshot on vApps is not possible.  Works with SSO on vCenter and support of VXLAN.

vCloud Networking and Security
Incorporated with the new vShield Edge which has now 10 interfaces increase from 2 and able to make that internal or external however you want that. The vShield name will be replaced.  vSphere 5.1 comes with vShield Endpoint.  This bundle replace current vShield bundle.

Site Recovery Manager 5.1 (SRM)
Now with Reprotect for vSphere Replication.  Only works with vCenter 5.1.  It now extends to work with vSphere Essential Plus.  vSphere Replications now provide application consistency for windows VMs.

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