VMware vSphere 6.0: What’s New?

This blockbuster release contains the following new features and enhancements, many of which are industry-first features.  So what new features have arrived with VMware vSphere 6.0?

vMotion Improvements: You can now perform non-disruptive live migration of workloads across distributed switches and vCenter Servers and over distances of up to 100ms RTT. The astonishing 10x increase in RTT offered in long-distance vMotion now makes it possible for data centers physically located in New York and London for example to migrate live workloads between one another!

Cross vCenter vMotion: Copy and move virtual machines between hosts on different vCenter Servers in a single action!  In vSphere 5, migrating VMs between different instances of vCenter was not possible.

Long Distance vMotion: This allows the migration of applications from one datacenter to another datacenter located across the country.

Virtual Volumes (VVols): VVOL technology has finally arrived from VMware with several supported storage vendors. Virtual volumes or VVOLs provide storage for VMware virtual machines that currently need a LUN or other storage abstractions requiring a dedicated storage administrator. To summarize this feature storage arrays publish their services to ESXi using VASA (VMware APIs for Storage Awareness) 2.0 APIs and VMs request a selected service from the service availability list.

Increased Scalability: VMware increased configuration maximums and virtual machines can now support up to 128 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) and 4TB virtual RAM (vRAM). Plus hosts can now support up to 480 CPU and 12TB of RAM, 2,048 virtual machines per host, and 64 nodes per cluster!

Fault Tolerance (up to 4-vCPUs): Support for 64GB RAM and 4 vCPUs will be covered under with fault tolerance

Amazing Graphics: The new NVIDIA GRID vGPU is now integrated to deliver full benefits of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualized solutions.

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Technical White Papers:   

What’s New in the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform

NVIDIA GRID vGPU Enterprise Graphics

vRealize Announcements – What’s New?

vRealize Operations Manager 6.0

What’s New:

  • New resilient architecture
  • Unified user interface
  • Smart Alerts
  • Enhanced reporting
  • Flexible capacity models
  • Custom policies
  • Unified storage visibility

https://www.vmware.com/support/vrops/doc/vrops-60-release-notes.html

 

vRealize Automation 6.2

What’s New:

  • Supportability enhancements
  • Integration with vRealize Operations Manager
  • API Improvement and new CLI Tool
  • Endpoint Support Enhancements
  • Advanced Service Designer Enhancements
  • Application Services Enhancements
  • vRealize Orchestrator Enhancements
  • Branding Change to vRealize

https://www.vmware.com/support/vcac/doc/vrealize-automation-62-release-notes.html

 

vRealize Configuration Manager 5.7.3

What’s New:

  • Rebranded vCenter Configuration Manager to vRealize Configuration Manager.
  • VCM Collector installation on Windows Server 2012 or  Server 2012 R2 operating systems, and support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP2.
  • VCM Windows Agent and VCM Linux Agent are now Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Compliant.
  • Additional Managed Machines Platform Support : RHEL 7,OEL 7,Cent OS 7 and SLES 11 SP3.
  • Support of new Software Content Repository (SCR) Tool 6.1 on RHEL 7 Server (64-bit).
  • Option to hide SID and event lookup jobs from Running Jobs Window.
  • Upgraded JRE to 1.7u65

https://www.vmware.com/support/vcm/doc/vrealize-configuration-manager-573-release-notes.html

 

vRealize Business Standard 6.0.0

What’s New:

  • Integration – Integration with vRealize Automation 6.2 and EMC Storage Resource Management (SRM)
  • Cost Analysis – Enhancements to pricing, Improved consumption analysis, Support for budgeting and new currencies, and more.
  • Cloud comparison -Support for data center comparison
  • Public Cloud – Enhancements to AWS support, vCloud Air cloud usage visibility
  • Report Enhancements

 

vRealize Business Adv/Ent  8.2.0

What’s New:

  • Pprovides fast time to value with more automation and focused information and business cases, by focusing on the following areas:
  • Service planning and optimization
  • Usability improvements
  • Installation and Deployment enhancements

https://www.vmware.com/support/vrb-std/doc/vrealize-business-standard-60-release-notes.html

 

vRealize Hyperic 5.8.4 

What’s New:

  • Hyperic 5.8.4 is a maintenance release with major and minor bug fixes.
  • In addition to general issue fixing, the following changes have been made in vCenter Hyperic 5.8.4.
  • Non-English languages are supported for Windows operating systems.
  • JRE version 7u71 is supported.
  • Several updates have been made to some of the plug-ins

https://www.vmware.com/support/vfabric-hyperic/doc/releasenotes_hyperic584.html

 

vRealize Orchestrator vRA plugin 6.2.0

What’s New:

vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In works with vRealize Automation 6.2 and vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.0 and introduces  the following new functionalities:

  • TheResquestsHelper.setFormValues method and theResquestsHelper.setLiteralMapValues method are no longer restricted to primitive types for entry values.
  • New Create an Approval Policy and Add an approval level workflows for creating vRealize Automation approval policies.
  • New workflows for content management allow you to validate and share Advanced Service Designer content between tenants or between vRealize Automation hosts.

https://www.vmware.com/support/orchestrator/doc/vcac-plugin-62-release-notes.html

 

VMware vRealize Log Insight 2.5.0

What’s New:

–        Event Trends Analyzer

–        Role-Based Access Control

–        Integration with vRealize Operations Manager 6.0

–        Log Insight Forwarder

–        Integrated Load Balancer

–        Built-In Content Packs

–        Internationalization

–        New vRealize Log Insight Linux Agent

–        Contextual Log Browsing for Events

–        Several Usability, Performance and Security Improvements

 

https://www.vmware.com/support/log-insight/doc/log-insight-25-release-notes.html

Before & After vSOM/vCOPS

Anyone in sales confused as to why your current VMware customers needs vSOM or vCOPS?  I think I can help sum this up without using words…

 

Before:

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After:

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Simply put… before is reactive and confusing… after is proactive and provides clarity.  If you want to learn more details about vCOPS I have linked two videos on our VMware training playlist that demos vCOPS Standard in detail for 60 minutes at http://vmware.tdsolutionscenter.com.  Look for the note “vSphere Optimization Assessment” around 25th video.