Jan 23

What’s new in VMware vSphere 5.5

What’s new in VMware vSphere 5.5

With the release of vSphere 5.5 it might be time to take a quick look at what is new, and determine if there are compelling reasons to pursue 5.5.  vSphere 5.5 is being called vSphere 2x because many of the configuration maximums have doubled.

  • Increased Maximum RAM and vCPUs per Host
    • Increased maximum supported RAM from 2TB to 4TB
    • Increased logical CPUs per host from 160 to 320
  • Increased vCPU per host
    • Increased from 2,048 to 4,096
  • Increased VMDK file size
    • Increased from 2TB to 62TB for both VMS-5 and NFS


Other advancements include;

  • Increased NUMA support
  • Support for CPU C-States
  • Scalability Enhancements for the free vSphere Hypervisor
  • Improved network performance
  • Expanded GPU support
  • APP HA
  • Latency Sensitivity
  • vCenter SSO
  • BDE (Big Data Extensions) to allow deployment and management of Hadoop clusters. Yayy!
  • Traffic filtering enhancements


For more detail on these enhancements, please refer to the following links;
Summary of what’s new from VMware Blogs
Windows IT Pro – top 10 features
VMware KB on 5.5 – what’s new


Jan 22

New VCP5-DCV Exam Based on vSphere V5.5

VMware released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Certification.  This new exam (exam code VCP550) is based on vSphere V5.5, whereas the existing exam (exam code VCP510) is based on vSphere V5.0/V5.1.  Passing either exam earns a VCP5-DCV certification.  The VCP550 also has a different EXAM BLUEPRINT, so make sure you are studying the correct one for the test you intend to take. There is also a SEPERATE “Install, Configure, Manage” training curriculum for each test now.


Learn more about the two certification exams available for VCP5-DCV.