Another week, another vSphere update

This time version 5.5 gets its third major update

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VMware's updated vSphere again, this time with a refresh for version 5.5.

Virtzilla last week announced the first update to vSphere 6.0 and expects that release will be the catalyst for users of vSphere 5.5 to upgrade. But as CEO Pat Gelsinger told us at VMworld 2015, vSphere's so good that VMware customers aren't in a hurry to buy more stuff, so plenty of folks will still be using version 5.5. Ergo the need for an update, detailed here.

The upgrade largely consists of bug fixes, plus some log management niceties and support for more CPUs. There's also support for encryption for Kerberos communication between ESXi and Active Directory.

vCenter's upgrade sees it support for recent versions of Oracle and Microsoft datbases, plus guest operating system support for the following:

  • CentOS 7.0
  • Oracle Linux 7.0
  • Ubuntu 14.10
  • Windows 10
  • RHEL 6.6
  • RHEL 7 .1
  • CentOS 7.1
  • Oracle Linux 7.1

The new batch of updates also includes a tickle for vSphere Data Protection and the vOrchestrator Appliance.

Nothing earth-shaking, then, but VMware's clearly doing right by those who aren't ready for a move to vSphere 6.0. More head-turning fare is on the horizon, in the form of the company's security play and the Photon “microvisor” containerisation and microservices platform. ®

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