ESXi 6.0 is next major version from VMware targeted as The Best Virtualization Platform, for any application at scale & operational Efficiency.
Dell as OEM partner supports ESXi 6.0 on PowerEdge Servers 10G - 13G with latest Intel C610 chipset, Haswell Processors, PERC9 controllers & FX2 chassis
Supports following 4 socket, 2 Socket & 1 socket PowerEdge Servers
Dell customized ESXi 6.0 Image starts shipping with factory install & Drop in box options from 4/7/15.
Dell system Management Software Open Manager 8.1 supports ESXi 6.0
What’s new in this release?
VMware vSphere 5 (ESXi 5) is a virtualization platform used for building cloud infrastructures. vSphere 5 represents a migration from the ESX architecture to the ESXi architecture.
The ESX architecture consists of the virtualization kernel, also known as the vmkernel, and a management partition known as the console operating system (COS or service console). The COS allowed management interface into the ESX host. On the other hand, the ESXi architecture removes the Console OS so all the VMware agents run directly on the vmkernel. Infrastructure services are provided natively through modules included with the vmkernel. Authorized 3rd party modules such as hardware drivers and hardware monitoring components can run in vmkernel as well. Only modules with VMware's digital signature are allowed to run on the system.
SC/COS + vCLI
PowerCLI + vCLI
Tech Support Mode
Boot from SAN
Supported - limited
3rd party agents in COS/SC
Serial Port Connectivity
Rapid deploy & central management of hosts via Auto Deploy
Custom image creation and management
Management interface firewall
For VMware's detailed comparison, refer to the VMware Knowledge Base article 1023990.
VMware vSphere 5 Layers & Services
VMware vSphere 5 includes three major layers: Virtualization, Management and Interface. The Virtualization layer includes infrastructure and application services. The Management layer is central for configuring, provisioning and managing virtualized environments. The Interface layer includes the vSphere client and the vSphere web client.
VMware vSphere 5 and its services enumerate out as:
Virtualization Infrastructure Layer
The virtualization layer consists of the ESXi hypervisor and incorporates the application services. VMware vSphere virtualizes the IT infrastructure consisting of servers, storage, and networks. These resources are aggregated and can be presented as a uniform set of elements in the virtual environment.
VMware vCenter Server provides centralized management for datacenters. VMware vCenter Server provides a 1:many view into the physical resources from multiple ESXi hosts and presents a central collection of flexible resources for the system administrator to provision to virtual machines in the virtual environment. VMware vCenter Server components are user access control, core services, distributed services, plug-ins, and various interfaces.
Users can access a VMware vSphere datacenter through the vSphere Client, through a Web browser with vSphere Web Client, through a command line interface, or terminal services.
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