VMware updates vSphere, recommends new security fixes

Final nail in XP's coffin as Virtzilla bans it as Web Client host?

VMware has released a second update to vSphere 5.5.

The headline news in the new release is that hosts can now run up to six terabytes of RAM. And yes, we do mean terabytes.

vCenter Server can now support Oracle 12c, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Those considering hybrid cloud get to play with “a new container, Hybrid Cloud Service, on the vSphere Web Client home page.” The container offers all the bits needed to install VMware's vCloud Air extensions, including the vCloud Connector installer.

There's also a new name for the VMware vShield Endpoint Thin Agent: it's now the “VMware Tools Guest Introspection plugin” but there's no major functionality changes.

Intel tells Vulture South the update is also ready to consume the many new server metrics its latest Xeons spit out, the better to enable hardware management.

On the minus side, VMware has surely driven the final nail into Windows XP's coffin by striking it from the list of OSes supported as hosts for the vSphere web client. Windows Vista's been axed, too. And so has Linux thanks to Adobe's loss of interest in Flash for the penguinistas.

Virtzilla has also announced that users need to get busy replacing some third-party libraries that can cause problems for its products. The company's advisory explains that new versions of Apache Struts, Apachae Tomcat, the glibc package and Oracle JRE 1.7 Update 55 are all worthy of users' attention.

The update to vSphere is formally known as vSphere 5.5 update 2. The Reg's virtualisation desk understands vSphere 6.0 will land early in the new year. ®

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