The main thing to say is that this is a just an announcement. There’s nothing new to download and install yet....
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In fact, some of these products (as far as I am aware) aren’t even on a private beta yet, never mind a public beta. Some of this was announced at VMworld in the keynotes. I’ll focus on what’s new:
- 128GB of RAM for ESX 3.5
- 64GB of RAM for Virtual Machines
- Suport for Transparent Paravirtualization support for paravirtualized enabled Linux 2.6.21 kernels
- Support for MMU – Memory Management Unit – support for memory page tables handled by the new CPUs
- Support for NPIV – N-Port ID Virtualization – presenting a WWN to a VM
- Support for TCP Segment Offload and jumbo frames
- Suport for local SATA Drives
- Support for 10GigE
- Storage VMotion – Moving VMs files around while the VM is running
- Protect against operating system failures with virtual machine failure monitoring (experimental) in VMware HA.
- One-step restore of VMs using VMware Convertor/VirtualCenter
- Distributed Power Management (Power down ESX hosts when you don’t need them
- VMware Update Manager – “Windows Update” for ESX Hosts & the Vi Client integrated with DRS
- Consolidation Management – Mini-Capcity planner and VMware convertor integrated with VirtualCenter
- Site Recovery Manager
Offical Press Release: