VMware vSphere 5.5 – A Summary of Enhancements

The server virtualisation beast that is VMware has released its latest version of vSphere, now 5.5. As always, VMware continues to wow us with the enhancements they have made, including storage and networking changes, and an impressive Single Sign-On addition to vCenter.

It does appear that the majority of the advanced features are only available through the Enterprise Plus licenses, but still they are very cool! I’m very much looking forward to delivering my first vSphere 5.5 Project in September!

Summary of Features: 

  • Hot-pluggable SSD PCIe devices
  • Support for Reliable Memory Technology
  • Enhancements to CPU C-states

Along with the core vSphere ESXi Hypervisor improvements, vSphere 5.5 provides the following virtual machine–related enhancements:

  • Virtual machine compatibility with VMware ESXi 5.5
  • Expanded support for hardware-accelerated graphics vendor
  • Graphic acceleration support for Linux guest operating systems

In addition, the following vCenter Server enhancements include:

  • vCenter Single Sign-On Server security enhancements
  • vSphere Web Client platform support and UI improvements
  • vCenter Server Appliance configuration maximum increases
  • Simplified vSphere App HA application monitoring
  • vSphere DRS virtual machine–virtual machine affinity rule enhancements
  • vSphere Big Data Extensions, a new feature that deploys and manages Hadoop clusters on vSphere from within vCenter

vSphere 5.5 also includes the following storage-related enhancements:

  • Support for 62TB VMDK
  • MSCS updates
  • vSphere 5.1 enhancements
  • 16GB E2E support
  • PDL AutoRemove
  • vSphere Replication interoperability and multi-point-in-time snapshot retention

vSphere 5.5 also introduces the following networking-related enhancements:

  • Improved LACP capabilities
  • Traffic filtering
  • Quality of Service tagging

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