vSphere 4.1 enabled higher consolidation ratios with unequaled performance by providing groundbreaking new memory management technology and expanding its resource pooling capabilities with new granular controls for storage and the network. The platform also offers dramatic “cloud scale” to support even the largest environments.Compute/Performance-Memory Compression – Reclaim application performance by up to 30% by reducing memory contention as a bottleneckStorage- Storage I/O Control – Set storage quality of service priorities per virtual machine for guarantee millisecond access to storage resources-Performance Reporting – Deliver key storage performance statistics regardless of storage protocol.Network- Network I/O Control – Set network quality of service priorities per flow type for guaranteed access to network resources. Scalability-vSphere 4.1 –Fully virtualize the data center and scale at least 2x more than ever before. VMs per Cluster – 3,000 (3x vSphere 4.0)Hosts per vCenter – 1,000 (3x vSphere 4.0) Virtual Machines per Data Center – 5,000 (2x vSphere 4.0) vSphere 4.1 extends its award winning availability and security capabilities with the world’s fastest live migrations and the ability to respond in parallel to any business need or change. Application services enhancements deliver new status details for high availability, tighter integration with an existing directory service, and new granular policies for virtual machine load-balancing. Availability -vMotion– Speed and scale enhancements to vMotion deliver superior platform response and availability by migrating virtual machines up to 5x faster and enabling up to eight vMotion events in parallel. -VMware High Availability (HA) – Deeper diagnostic and health check for VMware High Availability (HA) further enhances the already high levels of availability for virtual machines.SecurityActive Directory integration–Seamless user authenticationat the ESX or ESXi host (rather than vCenter Server) for centralized user management. Easily assign privileges to users or groups plus roll out permission rules across hosts.vShield Zones (new version available in Q3’10Control-DRS Host Affinity– Set granular policies for virtual machine movement (for example, restricting a virtual machine to a specific host due to licensing impact).vSphere 4.1 builds on the VMware ecosystem not only in terms of increased hardware and software support but also by opening new possibilities for tie-in with cloud computing. Open and InteroperableArchitecture– vSphere 4.1 enables partners to leverage new storage APIs for array integration (for availability requirements). The vSphere platform can also be leveraged through the new vCloud API for an open and interoperable computing model in the cloud. Expanded Support – The vSphere 4.1 latest hardware compatibility list (HCL) expands the platform to support more operating systems, devices, applications, and service providers than any other virtualization platform. This also now includes new support for 3rd party serial port concentrators (for enhanced management) and the latest x86 processors on the market.
Accelerate VM storage placement decision to a storage pod by:Capturing VM storage SLA requirementsMapping to the storage with the right characteristics and spare space
Data Recovery Enhancements - reports, performance, support of datastore maintenance windows
Starting from the next release however vSphere will on be avilable with the ESXi hypervisor architecture. This slide shows the release note that we published when we launched vSphere 4.1 last July. ESX will continued to be supported according to our standard policy, however we won’t develop it further and it won’t allow customers to take advantage of the new features that will be part of vSphere future releases. For this reason, as you can see from the note we recommend that any new deployment of vSphere even in the current version are done using ESXi architecture and that customers migrate to ESXi with their upgrade vSphere 4.1
ESXi Upgrade Center - http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/esxi-upgrade/
ESXi Upgrade Center - http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/esxi-upgrade/
Impact of vCenter DowntimeKEY = Component - Impact ExperiencedVirtual Machines - Management requires direct; can’t provision new VMs from templatesESXi Servers - Management requires direct connectionsPerformance & Monitoring Statistics - Historical records will have gapsvMotion / Storage vMotion - UnavailablevSphere DRS - UnavailablevCenter Plug-ins (e.g. VUM) - UnavailablevSphere HA / FT - HA / FT failover works once,admission control unavailableVMware VIEW - Cannot provision new desktop instances
What’s New in vSphere 5 and Heartbeat 6.4?
Agenda vSphere Platform Recap vSphere 5 Overview Infrastructure Services – Compute, Storage, Network Applications Services – Availability, Security, Scalability Additional Features and Enhancements – “The Best of the Rest” ESXi migration vSphere 5 Kits and Editions Upgrading vCenter Heartbeat 6.4
Relies on a Linux OS (Service Console) for running partner agents and scripting
VMware ESXi Architecture
Installs “bare metal”
Management tasks are moved outside of the hypervisor
VMware Server Service Console VMkernel VMkernel Windows or Linux OS 2001 2003 2007 The ESXi architecture runs independently of a general purpose OS, simplifying hypervisor management and improving security.
Converging to ESXi with the Next vSphere Release With the GA of vSphere 4.1 in July 2010 VMware officially announced that starting with the next vSphere our hypervisor architecture will converge to ESXi From the release note: VMware vSphere 4.1 and its subsequent update and patch releases are the last releases to include both ESX and ESXi hypervisor architectures. Future major releases of VMware vSphere will include only the VMware ESXi architecture. VMware recommends that customers start transitioning to the ESXi architecture when deploying VMware vSphere 4.1. VMware will continue to provide technical support for VMware ESX according to the VMware vSphere support policy on the VMware Enterprise Infrastructure Support page. To learn more about the ESXi architecture and how to migrate from ESX to ESXi, go to the VMware ESXi and ESX InfoCenter.
How Does A User Plan an ESX to ESXi migration? Visit the ESX and ESXi Info Center Start testing ESXi If you’ve not already deployed, there’s no better time than the present Ensure 3rd party solutions used by your customers are ESXi Ready Monitoring, backup, management, etc. Most already are. Bid farewell to agents! Familiarize with ESXi remote management options Transition any scripts or automation that depended on the COS Powerful off-host scripting and automation using vCLI, PowerCLI, … Plan an ESXi migration as part of vSphere upgrade Testing of ESXi architecture can be incorporated into overall vSphere testing
ESXi and ESX Info Center All Resources in One Centralized Location
vCenter Heartbeat What is it? High availability for vCenter Server What does it help protect against? Failures that occur with: Hardware, Networks, OS, Applications Loss of key vSphere features and functions if vCenter is unavailable
What’s New in vCenter Heartbeat 6.4? Enhanced architecture allows the active and standby nodes to be reachable over the network at the same time, enabling both to be patched and managed Better integration with VMware vCenter Server: New Plug-in to the vSphere Client provides monitoring and management of vCenter Server Heartbeat from the vSphere Client Heartbeat events and alerts will register in vCenter and display in the vSphere Client Supports VMware vCenter Server v5.0 and VMware View Composer v5.0 Supports Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
Selling vCenter Heartbeat Sold per instance $9,995 List Price One license protects both vCenter Server and its database (even if the database is installed on a different host). Qualifying opportunities Customers with vCenter Server Standard that are virtualizing mission critical workloads, running vCloud Director or running VMware View.