What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1

VMware announced vSphere 5.1 at VMworld 2012 US. VMware also released a short video about “what’s new”.

What’s new?

  • Enhanced VMotion: Leverage the advantages of vMotion (zero-downtime migration) without the need for shared storage configurations. Perfect solution for SMB.
  • Zero downtime VMware Tools Upgrade: VMware clains that after you upgrade to the VMware Tools available with version 5.1, no reboots will be required for subsequent VMware Tools upgrades.
  • vSphere Web client:Say goodbye to the old C# client and hello to an improved web client for management.
  • vSphere Data Protection:A new backup solution based on EMC Avamar, read more in my previous post.
  • vCenter Single Sign-On: Ssimplify vSphere administration by allowing users to log in once to access all instances or layers of vCenter without the need for further authentication.
  • vSphere Replication:vSphere Replication enables efficient array-agnostic replication of virtual machine data over the LAN or WAN. Again a great solution for SMB.

A quick overview on what’s new can also be found in the What’s New paper.

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Niels Engelen
Working as a Global Technologist in Product Strategy for Veeam Software with an interest for anything virtual and cloud. Niels is as a VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DCV 4, 5, 6) and a Veeam Certified Architect (VMCA). Niels also gained the VMware vExpert award (2012-2017) and is an ex-PernixPro.
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