General Availability of vSphere 6.5 including Predictive DRS

At November 15, 2016 VMware made vSphere 6.5 general available. vSphere 6.5 was first announced at VMworld 2016 in Barcelona. The vSphere 6.5 datasheet is here.

Mind the bits are not available for download yet (November 15).

Along with the 6.5 release  other SDDC components are released as well: VMware vSAN 6.5, VMware vRealize Automation 7.2, VMware vRealize Log Insight 4 and VMware vRealize Operations 6.4.

Mind the new writing of vSAN with the lowercase v!

William Lam of VMware created a page with links to downloads and documentation!

Predictiv DRS is in Tech Preview at the moment until vRealize Operations releases their version of vROPs which will be compatible with vSphere 6.5, likely sometime in the first half of next year.

Taken from the blog of Brian Graf , Senior Product Manager – vSphere DRS/HA

Predictive DRS leverages a tight integration with vRealize Operations Manager (vROps). In doing so, vROPs computes and forecasts VM CPU and memory utilization based on metric history that it pulls from vCenter. vROPs creates Dynamic Thresholds and as more and more data points are introduced over time, the forecasts become more and more accurate with higher levels of confidence.

There are many new features and enhancements in the 6.5 release. See this post for an overview. VMware made vCenter Server Appliance now a mature product including features like vCenter HA not available in the version running on Windows Server.

vSphere HA got some enhancements as well. Orchestrated Restart is a new interesting feature. It allows an orchestrated restart of virtual machines part of an application over the remaining nodes in a vSphere HA cluster. Orchestrated Restart allows via a sort of runbook to define that VM1 on host 1 should start first, then VM2 on another host and then VM3 on a third host. Explained here.

 

 

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