Innovation In VMware VSphere 6 Virtualization For Data Centers

The newest release of VMware vSphere 6 continues to upstage the competition. Every data center that uses virtualization should look at this software because it is the best of its class.

Usage Increases for Virtual Servers 

As cloud services and other uses for servers in a data center increase, most clients want the processing to be distributed across multiple servers and even in separate geographic locations for redundancy, better processing times, faster connection speeds, and network efficiency.

Innovation In VMware VSphere 6 Virtualization For Data Centers

Improvements in this release of vSphere 6 include: 

  • Inclusion of backup and recovery functions that were previously offered separately.
  • Advanced Data Protection services, which include Fault Tolerance that allows a single VM to run on multiple physical servers. If one physical server fails, there is an immediate rerouting of the load to the other servers without the need for action by the network operators or a restart.
  • Fault Tolerance protection limits increased to 4 VMs (or 8 vCPUs) per host with 4 vCPUs allowed per VM.
  • Long distance vMotion with enhanced capabilities. This is important to administrators with servers located in widely dispersed geographic areas.
  • vMotion latency tolerance has improved to work well in circumstances with up to 100ms in latency. The bandwidth required for each vMotion is only 250 megabits to operate properly.
  • When the infrastructure is configured correctly, VMs can be sent to other vCenter servers using vMotion without the need for sharing of storage.
  • More robust version of the Linux vCenter Server Appliance.
  • Ability to offload storage.
  • Now, included in the bundle is the vCenter Director Content Library, which is used for storing data plus OVF files, scripts, templates, and ISO images.
  • Automatic distribution of the vCenter Director Content Library to more than one vCenter server.
  • The screen for the vSphere Web Client more closely resembles a Windows client and has the addition of a Recent Tasks notification window towards the bottom of the screen.
  • vSphere 6 includes ESXi 6.0 hypervisor that increases the ability from 32 hosts to now handle up to 64 physical hosts in each cluster. This capability supports 1,000 VMs and up to 480 CPUs plus accommodates the use of 12 TB in Ram.
  • VMs now can run up to 128 vCPUs with up to 4TB in Ram and vNuma provides the ability to hot-add more memory capacity.
  • The new Platform Services Controller manages certificates, SSO, and licensing.

Innovation In VMware VSphere 6 Virtualization For Data Centers

Cross-Functionality Improvements in vSphere 6 

  • Running vCenter no longer means having to manage a Windows server as the vCenter Server Appliance performs all those tasks that previously required a Windows server. The installation is easier now for running vCenter Server in Windows. Everything needed installs in a single installation.
  • Improvements in the Web Client make it more useful and add the ability to use many browsers and operating systems that includes Mac OS X.
  • vCenter Server works well on one system or can be divided to run on more than one system with the vCenter Server and the Platform Services Controller separately installed.
  • The default database used is PostgreSQL. There is also support for Oracle and Microsoft SQL databases if desired. Using PostgreSQL as the local database now increases the capability to support one thousand hosts and ten thousand VMs.

Summary

Competition is fierce in the virtualization space but VMware continues to innovate and stays the leader with the newest release of vSphere 6.

Katrina is a computer savvy tech specializing in designing and manufacturing custom server racks with rack solutions

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