vSphere 5.1 Announcement, Features, and Specifications

Today at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, VMware announced the new version of their flagship product vSphere 5.1.  Version 5.1 builds on the success of vSphere 5, enabling more flexibility, scalability, and automation for running your private cloud of storage, network and compute resources.  There's lots of coverage of vSphere 5.1 by the tech media, bloggers, and VMware, so I won't cover all of the nitty gritty details, but I do want to highlight several that are of interest.  I'm saving some of the features for more in-depth posts, so stay tuned for more! vSphere vMotion no longer requires … [Read more...]

VMware Releases Workstation 9 and Fusion 5

Today, VMware released the latest version of their VMware Workstation product - version 9.  VMware Workstation was the first VMware product that I used (some 13 years ago) and has continued to be a product I rely on to do my work.  I've been using the Technology Preview versions of Workstation 9 for months and am impressed with its speed, stability, and features.  Using VMware Workstation Tech Preview 9 on my laptop, I run a full VMware View environment, complete with firewall, load balancer, OpenFiler storage appliance, vCenter, a couple nested vSphere 5 ESXi servers,  View Composer and View … [Read more...]

VMware Fusion Updated to 2.0.5

While setting up a new 17" MacBook Pro today I found that an update to VMware Fusion has been released. The update, version 2.0.5, has a release date of June 23. According to the release notes, the update includes: Support for Mac OS X Server guest operating systems on Macs with Intel Xeon 5500 and 3500 Series processors (based on Nehalem micro-architecture) Provides experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server as a guest operating system (32-bit only) Provides experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard as a host operating system (32-bit only) Supports Ubuntu … [Read more...]