Watch the vSphere 5 Launch on Tuesday, July 12th!

VMware just announced a live webcast to be held on Tuesday, July 12 titled “Raising the Bar, Part V” in which Paul Maritz and Steve Herrod will “unveil the next major step forward in cloud infrastructure”.  As the “Part V” suggests, speculation is that vSphere 5 will be introduced during this live webcast.

What do we know about vSphere 5?  One thing would seem to be a significantly improved capacity to handle high end workloads.  Back in February, EMC’s Chad Sakac made a post detailing EMC’s success at virtualizing Oracle internally, but mentioned that the database tier had not yet been virtualized and that they’ve been working with VMware on “future vSphere releases” and that “one of the main goals of that next release is to handily virtualize the DB tier”.  We will have to wait for the details of course, but at the least we know that VMWare has been working towards supporting more demanding workloads in future releases and some of that may appear in vSphere 5.

There’s also been some “leaks” regarding vSphere 5 which is rumored to include the following new capabilities:

  • Support for up to 512 VMs per host (!!!)
  • Support for up to 160 Logical CPUs and 2 TB or RAM
  • vSphere Auto Deploy combining host profiles, Image Builder and PXE
  • Unified CLI framework, allowing consistency of authentication, roles and auditing.
  • Support for up to 1 TB of memory
  • Support for 32 vCPU’s per VM
  • Client-connected USB devices
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.6 (Snow Leopard) guest OS support
  • Improved version of the Cluster File System, VMFS5
  • Accelerator for specific use with View (VDI) workloads, providing a read cache optimized for recognizing, handling and deduplicating VDI client images.
  • Storage APIs – Array Integration: Thin Provisioning enabling reclaiming blocks of a thin provisioned LUN on the array when a virtual disk is deleted
  • 2TB+ LUN support
  • Storage vMotion snapshot support
  • vNetwork Distributed Switch improvements providing improved visibility in VM traffic
  • vCenter Server Appliance
  • Revamped VMware High Availability (HA) with Fault Domain Manager

Some of these rumored capabilities were discussed elsewhere.  For example, back in November, Duncan Epping at Yellow Bricks blogged about VAAI and mentioned that dead space relclamation for thin disks was being developed, which is mentioned among the above rumors.


VMware vSphere has established itself as the premier virtualization platform in an industry where cloud computing is gaining in importance.  Just this week Gartner began advising that businesses should not only be shifting from traditional computing to virtualization, but should also be leveraging virtualization to build private clouds.

VMware will certainly be raising the bar with vSphere 5, so be sure to watch the announcement and learn about the details of vSphere 5.  You can register for the event here.

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