VMworld 2013 Notes

By Nancy Rand
Posted in Virtualization
On September 03, 2013

VMworld 2013 included several items of interest for Gotham's clients, including expanded capabilities of vSphere 5.5, new architecture and updates to SSO, Virtual SAN, and coming Q4 - NSX, the Software Defined Network (SDN) portion of VMware's Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

VMware NSX represents VMware's SDDC SDN architecture expected in Q4 2013. It leverages their purchase last year of Nicira and contains management software, virtual routers, switches, and a gateway to talk to the physical switches. VMware plans to support multiple hypervisors and OpenStack. VMware's Software Defined Storage adds storage provisioning with policies.  The demo presented during Tuesday's General Session showed the SDDC - the provisioning of an application including application components, storage, network, and security policies using VMware vCloud Automation Center or vCAC in under 30 minutes.

Technical previews were provided of multi-processor fault tolerance, something we've all been waiting for.

Single Sign On has been redesigned and rewritten to remove the RSA component and leverage site replication. These changes will make those who are waiting willing to upgrade to 5.5.

Upgrading to vSphere 5.5 has a slightly different order: Single Sign On, vSphere Web Client, Inventory Service, vCenter and vCenter environment products, Update Manager, SRM, etc. This was done to allow for SSO troubleshooting with the Web Client.

The Web client contains all the new features. The phasing out of the cSharp client continues.

VMware published a 23-page guide to What's New in vSphere 5.5 Platform: It includes a list of the expanded capabilities of 5.5, leading to VMware's phrase of the meeting: "Apps love VMware." A repeated conference theme was VMware's statement that all applications can now be virtualized.

vSphere ESXi Hypervisor Enhancements

  • Hot-Pluggable SSD PCI Express (PCIe) Devices
  • Support for Reliable Memory Technology
  • Enhancements for CPU C-States

Virtual Machine Enhancements

  • Virtual Machine Compatibility with VMware ESXi™ 5.5
  • Expanded vGPU Support
  • Graphic Acceleration for Linux Guests

VMware vCenter Server Enhancements

  • VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On
  • VMware vSphere Web Client
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance™
  • vSphere App HA
  • vSphere HA and VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (vSphere DRS)
  • Virtual Machine–Virtual Machine Affinity Rules Enhancements
  • vSphere Big Data Extensions

vSphere Storage Enhancements

  • Support for 62TB VMDK
  • MSCS Updates
  • vSphere 5.1 Feature Updates
  • 16GB E2E support
  • PDL AutoRemove
  • vSphere Replication Interoperability
  • vSphere Replication Multi-Point-in-Time Snapshot Retention
  • vSphere Flash Read Cache

vSphere Networking Enhancements

  • Link Aggregation Control Protocol Enhancements
  • Traffic Filtering
  • Quality of Service Tagging
  • SR-IOV Enhancements
  • Enhanced Host-Level Packet Capture
  • 40GB NIC support

Gotham stands ready to assist you with moving to vSphere 5.5. Please contact your account manager to arrange a meeting.

Nancy Rand

Nancy Rand

Nancy has more than 20 years’ experience in information technology and security, solving business issues and implementing best-practice solutions that support organizational objectives. Her expertise includes leveraging, optimizing, and implementing diverse technology platforms, and management of large-scale technology projects.