VMware will be having a big announcement event next week, most likely regarding the public release of their vSphere 6 suite of products. Version 6 has been in a “private” beta that anyone can join for the past 5 months or so and looks to include various features to move the product along. The beta program is still open for enrollment with the latest version being an RC build, you can sign up here to gain access to the bits themselves but also various documents and recorded webinars regarding the new features.
Just going by what was discussed at VMworld 2014 what is included in this version includes
- Virtual Volumes: A VMware/Storage vendor interoperability technology that masks much of the complexity of storage management from the vSphere administrator and makes the storage more virtualization-centric than it already is. There is a lot of information out there on this already available through the power of Google, but the product announcement on the VMware blogs is nice and concise.
- The death of the fat VI Client: This is the release where we are supposed to be going whole hog on the vSphere Web Client. Can you feel the enthusiasm I have for this?
- vMotion Enhancements: One feature really worth getting worked up for is the ability to across the both vCenters and datacenters, neither of which was possible in the past. This is great news.
- Multi-CPU VM Fault Tolerance: While the fault tolerance feature, the ability to have in essence a replica of protected VMs on separate hosts within your datacenter, has been around for years it has been relegated to the also featured category due to some pretty stringent requirements for VMs to be protected in this manner. In vSphere 6 the ability to protect VMs with multiple CPUs will finally be supported.
In any case the announcement will be available for all to attend online. You can register to attend the event at VMware’s website.