vSphere 5.5 Improvements – Links

So, if you are like me and have been looking over the web since the announcement of the new features in vSphere 5.5, you’ll notice that there are lots of different bloggers telling you what the new features are.

Instead of me going around and offering the same information, but in my own way (how many ways can people describe the technical features of a new product), I thought that I would provide a few link to what I believe is the best review of the new software from Chris Wahl (wahlnetwork.com)

Part 1 – The New Hotness in ESXi 5.5

Part 2 – Pushing For A Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)

Part 3 – Lions, Tigers, and 62TB VMDKs

Part 4 – Virtual SAN (VSAN)

Part 5 – vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFlash)

Part 6 – Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and vSphere Replication

Part 7 – Single Sign On Completely Redesigned

Part 8 – Network Virtualization with NSX

Part 9 – Networking and VDS Razzle Dazzle

About the Author


I have been in IT for the past 15 years and using virtualisation technologies for around the past 8 years. I started, as quite a lot of people do, working with PCs after playing with such iconic systems like the ZX81, ZX Spectrum and then progressing through 386s, 486s, Pentiums etc. After being headhunted at sixth form to work for a small company based around Hertfordshire, UK. I began working with small businesses and gaining a lot of hardware experience. Three years later, after helping to increase the size of the business, I needed to gain exposure to a larger environment to progress my own career. I joined a large manufacturing company around Electronic Test and Measurement which progressed my skills onto more PC work, hardware work and then onto Server Operating Systems. I progressed again onto a consultancy company based in Reading, UK. Initially working as an engineer performing hardware / software installations for larger companies contracted out to the consultancy company, I moved up into a Consultant position continuing my travel across the UK assisting and providing solutions to companies. I finally moved on again to my current position, working back in Hertfordshire, UK. Again working for a large manufacturing company, this time with over 50,000 users worldwide. I am responsible for the datacenter hardware, the storage environment, the vmware environment and also implementing their new Citrix XenApp farm. My days are busy but also productive, its a friendly environment and in my four years of being with the company, I have seen many changes in technology and infrastructure in use within the company. About the site I started this site as I had been thinking of having more of a presence on the web for a while. On a daily basis, I perform tasks and use tools that others may not use or may not think to do and therefore I thought that I would share some of these experiences and tips with others to help with their day to day work. Currently, my main focus of work is around VMware and Veeam Backup & Replication but hopefully as my tasks progress, I’ll be able to share useful bits of information about other areas of IT as well.

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