NVIDIA GRID Support
NVIDIA GRID? delivers a graphics experience that is equivalent to dedicated hardware when using VMware Horizon?. Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU? enables geographically dispersed organizations to run graphics-intensive applications with 3D at scale.
Virtual Machine Enhancements
This enhancement ensures that all regions benefit from the increase in RAM, enabling the virtual machine to scale without requiring any downtime. Support for workloads that must be protected using Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) has been improved. In addition to the currently supported platforms, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 have been added. This includes support for both WSFC and AlwaysOn Availability Groups.
Enhanced Linked Mode
Because PSCs replicate all the information traditionally required for linked mode, linked mode is now automatically enabled for any vCenter Server deployment. This is true when using a Windows install, vCenter Server Appliance, or a mix of the two, as long as all vCenter Server instances are joined to the same vCenter Single Sign-On domain. This eliminates extra configuration steps traditionally required to establish linked mode and enables vCenter Server Appliance to now utilize it.
vCenter Server Appliance
vCenter Server Appliance now has the same scalability numbers as the Windows installable vCenter Server: 1,000 hosts and 10,000 virtual machines. This is supported with the embedded PostgreSQL database or an external Oracle Database. This enables organizations to choose the platform that is best for them without sacrificing vCenter Server performance.
The performance improvements
The performance improvements include login times that are up to 13 times faster, right-click menus that are visible and usable four times faster, and other actions that are now at least 50 percent faster.
New vSphere vMotion enhancements enable greater flexibility when designing vSphere architectures that were previously restricted to a single vCenter Server system due to scalability limits and multisite or metro design constraints.
Cost-effective failover protection
vSphere HA delivers the availability required by most applications running in virtual machines, independent of the OS and application running in it. It provides uniform, cost-effective failover protection against hardware and OS outages within a virtualized IT environment.
Continuous availability for applications
VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance (vSphere FT) provides continuous availability for applications in the event of physical server failures by creating a live shadow instance of a virtual machine that is always up to date with the primary virtual machine. In the event of a hardware outage, vSphere FT automatically triggers failover, ensuring zero downtime and preventing data loss.
Multisite Content Library
The Content Library simplifies virtual machine template management and distribution for organizations that have several vCenter Server systems across geographic locations. It centrally manages virtual machine templates, ISO images, and scripts, and it performs the content delivery of associated data from the published catalog to the subscribed catalog at other sites.
vSphere Storage Enhancements
Virtual Volumes implements a significantly different and improved storage architecture, enabling operations to be conducted at the virtual machine level using native array capabilities.
vSphere Networking Enhancements
vSphere Network I/O Control Version ensures that other virtual machines or tenants in a multi tenancy environment do not impact the SLA of other virtual machines or tenants sharing the same upstream links?that is, bandwidth.