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VMware Announces Availability of vSphere 5.5

More Capacity, Storage, Flash and Big Data too.

VMware announced the release of the latest generation of its flagship product, VMware vSphere 5.5. Enhancements include support for larger storage systems, support for management and deployment of big data environments, and support for Flash Memory performance improvements. VMware vSphere 5.5 also expanded its support by allowing configurations with two times the previous physical CPU, memory and NUMA node limits. vSphere now supports up to a maximum of 62TB virtual disk. This is an increase from the previous limit of 2TB.

VMware also announced VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions(BDE), which makes it easier to virtualize big data environments. With VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions, customers can now run Apache Hadoop and Big Data workloads on VMware vSphere 5.5, alongside other applications, to achieve greater resource utilization, reliability and agility. BDE allows virtual infrastructure administrators to provision and deploy big data environments as easily as any other resource in the Software-Defined Datacenter. VMware's Gelsinger commented that Physical Hadoop will now be a thing of past.

New VMware vSphere Flash Read CacheTM virtualizes server-side flash to lower application latency dramatically. vSphere Flash Read Cache enables the pooling of multiple Flash-based devices into a single consumable vSphere construct called vSphere Flash Resource, which is consumed and managed in the same way as CPUand memory are done today in vSphere.

More information about the improvements to vSphere 5.5 can be found on VMware's web site, in What's new in vSphere 5.5.

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