vSphere 6.0 is on the way !!! …. Are you ready???
Mar 07, 2015

Hello all,

It has been a bit since I have turned my attention to posting. I have been very busy working with customers and helping them to figure out there technology needs. Along the way I have been spending a lot of time working on VMware related technologies and teaching VMware classes to a number of my customers. The general theme that keeps cropping up in class and in conversations has been the arrival of vSphere 6.0 and the changes that it will bring to the enterprise.

There are over 650 new features/updates/changes that have been added or made to the vSphere 6.0 release !!!! A small sampling of them is listed below:


• Increased Scalability – Increased configuration maximums: Virtual machines will support up to 128 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) and 4TB virtual RAM (vRAM). Hosts will support up to 480 CPU and 12TB of RAM, 2,048 virtual machines per host, and 64 nodes per cluster.

• Expanded Support – Expanded support for the latest x86 chip sets, devices, drivers, and guest operating systems. For a complete list of guest operating systems supported, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

• Amazing Graphics – NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ delivers the full benefits of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualized solutions.

• Instant Clone – Technology, built in vSphere 6.0, that lays that foundation to rapidly clone and deploy virtual machines, as much as 10x faster than what is currently possible today.


• Transform Storage for your Virtual Machines – vSphere Virtual Volumes enables your external storage arrays to become VM-aware. Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) allows common management across storage tiers and dynamic storage class of service automation. Together they enable exact combinations of data services (such as clones and snapshots) to be instantiated more efficiently on a per VM basis.


• Network IO Control – New support for per-VM Distributed vSwitch bandwidth reservations to guarantee isolation and enforce limits on bandwidth.

• Multicast Snooping – Supports IGMP snooping for IPv4 packet and MLD snooping for IPv6 packets in VDS. Improves performance and scale with multicast traffic.

• Multiple TCP/IP stack for vMotion – Allows vMotion traffic a dedicated networking stack. Simplifies IP address management with a dedicated default gateway for vMotion traffic.


• vMotion Enhancements – 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 to migrate live workloads between one another.

• Replication-Assisted vMotion – Enables customers, with active-active replication set up between two sites, to perform a more efficient vMotion resulting in huge time and resource savings – as much as 95 percent more efficient depending on the size of the data.

• Fault Tolerance (up to 4-vCPUs) – Expanded support for software-based fault tolerance for workloads with up to 4 virtual CPUs.


• Content Library – Centralized repository that provides simple and effective management for content including virtual machine templates, ISO images and scripts. With vSphere Content Library, it is now possible to store and manage content from a central location and share through a publish/subscribe model.

• Cross-vCenter Clone and Migration – Copy and move virtual machines between hosts on different vCenter Servers in a single action.

• Enhanced User Interface – Web Client is more responsive, more intuitive, and more streamlined than ever before.


WOW !!!! — Take a look at the What’s New in the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform Whitepaper here:


If you want to actually read up on how all this comes together, and what it will take to deploy vSphere 6.0, along with vCenter 6.0, the VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Deployment Guide:

The VMware vCenter Server™ 6.0 release introduces new, simplified deployment models. The components that make up a vCenter Server installation have been grouped into two types: embedded and external.

This paper defines the services installed as part of each deployment model, recommended deployment models (reference architectures), installation and upgrade instructions for each reference architecture, postdeployment steps, and certificate management in VMware vSphere 6.0.







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