VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2 available before end of September

During VMworld ,VMware announced it will make available vSphere 5.5 Update 2 before the end of September.

Update 2 will not bring new features but will bring new support.

Some of the changes Update 2 will have:

  • support for the new vCloud Suite 5.8
  • additional updates and patches (over 100 fixes)
  • the vSphere client (written in C#, the one you need to install on Windows) will support virtual machines on hardware level 10. Untill now once a VM has hardware level 10 editing configuration of the virtual machine can only be done using
  • support for new chipsets
  • Haswell EP legacy support (soon to be released Intel Xeon E5 v3 processors)
  • support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7  and Ubuntu 10
  • support for business critical applications (not sure what that will be)
  • support for  6TB hosts (not on the market yet)
  • support for additional versions of SQL Server (like 2012 SP1 , 2014)  and Oracle 12c as database for vCenter Server
  • storage vMotion with Change Block Tracking
  • vsphere55-u2

Source: this recording of a breakout session called ‘what is new in vSphere’

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