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VMworld 2012: VMware vSphere 5.1 Delivers New Features for SMBs

By Mike Adams, Group Product Line Marketing Manager, Infrastructure Product Marketing, VMware

Great effort has gone into the newly announced VMware vSphere 5.1, the foundation of the VMware vCloud Suite, to build out capabilities that help businesses of all sizes and varying IT resources and skill sets to get more out of their virtualized and cloud environments. With the blog we’re focused on how VMware vSphere 5.1 solutions will help small and midsized businesses (SMBs) simplify and protect IT with industry-leading virtualization, business continuity and automated management capabilities.

VMware vSphere 5.1 delivers a breadth of new and improved capabilities to ease daily administrative tasks. Out of the gate administrators will notice the new, browser-based VMware vSphere Web Client. The Web Client is highly scalable enabling administrators to manage more objects and 3x more sessions than before. The Web Client will also allow administrators to pause and resume even the most complex task or workflow without losing their place if interrupted — by storing workflow and state on the server. VMware vCenter Single Sign-On further streamlines VMware vSphere 5.1 operations by enabling administrators to log-in once and access all instances or layers depending on their profile and rights. No more logging in multiple times to carry out basic activities.

Together these new and enhanced capabilities ease the deployment and administration of VMware vSphere 5.1 environments significantly by automating previously manual tasks to deliver time savings and reduced complexity.

Improved IT Availability via New and Enhanced Backup and Recovery, Replication Capabilities

SMBs will be able to further protect and secure their IT systems with VMware vSphere 5.1.  VMware vSphere Data Protection is a new backup and recovery solution delivering complete data protection for virtual machines.  It is integrated with VMware vCenter Server to simplify set up and on-going management of backup and recovery tasks.

VMware vSphere 5.1 introduces VMware vSphere Replication. This new feature offers powerful and affordable virtual machine level replication allowing customers to use of lower tier storage at their failover site.

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1 delivers functionality to more easily and cost-effectively deploy a shared storage software environment, enabling high availability in SMB and Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) environments.

To secure virtual machines, VMware vSphere 5.1 now features the newly integrated VMware vShield Endpoint.  VMware vShield Endpoint helps businesses strengthen security for virtual machines while delegating antivirus and anti-malware agent processing to a dedicated secure virtual appliance delivered by VMware partners.  The solution allows customers to take advantage of existing investments by relying on the same management interfaces used to secure physical environments.

VMware vSphere 5.1 delivers new features and enhancements across administration, compute, backup and recovery, among other areas, to help SMBs simplify and protect their IT environments.

To learn more about VMware vSphere 5.1 based solutions for SMBs, join us this afternoon at the VMworld SMB Spotlight Session at 1:00 p.m. PDT (located at the Lam Research Theater, Yerba Buena Center) or if you are not at VMworld go to: http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-vmworld-smb-082712.html.

9 thoughts on “VMworld 2012: VMware vSphere 5.1 Delivers New Features for SMBs

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  4. Hussain


    Great to hear that.. But don’t you think VMware just focuses/giving higher priority to the Maximum Configuration rather than spending much time to introduce fancy feature or enhancing the current feature?

    Thinking of everything as a Maximum, I don’t think one day will come that I have to use 1 TB or vRam or 64 vCPUs. May some people are there to use this much of amount, but if VMware count the customers that will use this much of Configuration maximum and compare them with those that looking for more features enhancement, I think the ratio will higher for those whose looking for features enhancement.

    I have already budgeted to upgrade my hosts from Enterprise to Enterprise Plus, but thanks that the licensing policy has changed :) well-done vMWare.

    Looking forward to experience more fancy features such as :)

    * Backup Replication
    * Built-In vCenter that would install on each host and synchronize with other vCenter within the hosts clusters. So, no chance of losing the vCenter if vCenter running on a VM and the host that hosts the vCenter powered off / Outages. vCenter will be available from any hosts…
    * Adding Hardware resources at once, such as adding vNICs, select the number of vNICs and point them to the PortGroups and apply the configuration at once.
    * Adding HardDisk instead of now only one hard disk can be added at a time, multiple hard disk would be added at once and apply configuration
    * Adding iSCSI Targets, better to implement a scan feature on the IP Subnet to detect the iSCSI Targets and add them all at once after identified / selected the targets and add them all at once.
    * Adding multiple iSCSI Targets all at once instead of adding one by one.. IP Address and beside it the port.
    * In Scheduled tasks, in case I have a power maintenance, and I want to shut down all the VMs. In the Change Power State of VM, I can’t select multiple VMs to change it’s power state as of now only one per task.
    * Events/ Errors / System Logs. If vMWare would enhance this category of Events/Errors same as Windows that give sufficient explanation to the Administrator along with KB Articles for the Administrator to response,, I think it will enhance this part as well.

    * With regards to vSphere and VMWare View. Here I will give a clear example of vSphere Hosts / vCenter / VMWare View from a security prospective only and hoping/looking forward that vMware will change this.

    If vSphere Management network behind a firewall / on another subnet different than the production network where application servers / domain controllers are hosted. and vCenter server for sure it’s beside the vSphere Management Network to control hosts operation. the vCenter is not joined to the Production Domain, because it has nothing to do with. When it comes to VMWare View Deployment, agents that installed on View Composers and other agents need to be part of the domain, and the vCenter requires that to be part of the domain. since vCenter on another subnet, the soltuion for this either communication must be established between both subnet in order for vCenter to be joined to the domain or put the vSphere Management and vCenter on the Production network beside the core applications and domain controllers. “Would you agree on bringing your heart of your network infrastructure to the production network where everything available, internet, users etc etc etc..?” It’s vary between organization to another.

    Keeping the vSphere Management and vCenter behind firewalls and introducing an additional vCenter for the purpose of VMWare View only, the ESX Hosts requires to be added to the vCenter View :) Which is not possibe to add ESX host to more that one vCenter as the vpxa agent will be uninstalled automatically from the current vCenter which is managing those hosts..

    The only solution to this either the hosts should be brought to the production network or a communication must be established between both subnet in order to centerlize VMWare View on same vSphere Setup.

    Or having different hosts along with vCenter Server that beside the production network only managing VMWare View VDI Images.

    Well, it’s a bit of dilemma in here and it’s all depends on the customer, but vMWare should think about this and enhance it a bit.

    If an additional thinks comes in mind, I won’t be hesitate :)


    1. marcottt

      i think you’re right. For backup exist many many good software. For vm replication again; i don’k know how many dsa are in world… i think not much.

      1. Hussain

        I know there a bunch of good software out there, but since vmware introduce VDR or VDP that what they called it now, a suggestion to enhance it a bit with Replication to be Hardware Agnostic, by removing the stack from Storage Level to a Hypervisor level. It’s possible and it would be a cool feature. But I think VMWare against that because SRM is exist and they don’t want to lose customers/Money by introducing Integrated Software Replication.

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