Review: VMware vSphere 5.5 adds speed and usability
VMware's latest vSphere with Operations Management bundle has must-have improvements for both large and small shops
VMware vSphere 5.5, the latest release of VMware's flagship virtualization hypervisor and central management server, has something for companies of all sizes. Usability and speed enhancements to the vSphere Web Client and the redesign of the vCenter single sign-on architecture are good reasons for all vSphere customers -- large or small -- to plan on making the move to vSphere 5.5 without delay.
While most customers will make the move for those two reasons, large enterprises will gain the most new features from version 5.5 with additions like vSphere Flash Read Cache, 16GB Fibre Channel, 40GB NIC support, 62TB VMDKs, enhanced SR-IOV, and vGPU support. And small shops will appreciate the new vSphere Data Protection (disk-based backup with deduplication) and the increased scalability of the new vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA), which makes vCSA the ideal choice for vSphere management for the long term.
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Further, all customers will enjoy the latest features found in vCenter Operations Manager, a performance-monitoring and capacity-planning tool now bundled in vSphere with Operations Manager editions. For those shops that skipped the vSphere 5.1 update, it was likely a good move as the SSO architecture was problematic. With vSphere 5.5, VMware has completely redesigned vCenter SSO to eliminate complexities and past issues. You'll find implementing vCenter SSO to be much smoother and simpler in version 5.5.
What is vSphere with Operations Management?
The various commercial editions of vSphere with Operations Management are composed of a number of pieces. These include: