VMworld and VMware Updates

I have to say, VMworld was pretty fun this year and it’s bringing forward a LOT of really good (and needed) updates to the vSphere suite of products. Veeam announced Veeam 8, which has some sick new features too. I’ll touch on all these later. For now, let’s talk VMware.

Fault Tolerance for VMs with up to 4 CPU Cores

Honestly, I was expecting better, but this is a HUGE improvement over a single core CPU. That was one HUGE limitation for Fault Tolerance in our particular environment. I know that VMware suggests using one CPU on some VMs (like small domain controllers), but I find that it takes FOREVER to update these VMs when they only have a single core.

vSphere Web Client that can manage ESXi Hosts

To be honest, I’m not a fan of the web client. But…

Updates to the Web Client for Stability and Speed

Alright, this is awesome. They demoed this at VMworld and I have to say that it looked MUCH more responsive and I’d say it was it bad need of an overhaul.

VMFS 6

Apparently there will be a lot of nice tweaks around VMFS and LUN Provisioning

VVOLS

This is a pretty sweet technology that will most likely replace the idea of RDMs and has been in development for about 2 or 3 years. More info on that here: http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/10/virtual-volumes-vvols-tech-preview-with-video.html

All in all, nothing really huge was announced (other than Veeam 8, which is going to be excellent) other than some cloud stuff.