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Yesterday, during the live event, VMware has announced the new release of most of their Cloud Suite products (concept already introduced with the announce of the release 5).

New release will be v5.1 for all products to adopt a uniform and consistency enumeration across products (View 5.1 was already released some month ago!).

So this will be the versions changes for the suite:

  • vSphere 5.0 -> 5.1
  • vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 1.0 -> 5.1?
  • vCloud Director 1.5 -> 5.1
  • vShield 5.0 -> 5.1
  • vCenter SRM 5.0 -> 5.1
  • vCenter Operations 5.0 -> 5.1?

As you can notice, the suite is no more a simple virtualization suite (ESXi + vCenter Server), but is more complex according the evolution of the virtualization market (with more focus on the cloud) and, of course, of also the technologies and the customer’s needs.

The new vSphere 5.1 will probably be also a reply to the Microsoft Hyper-V3 announces (where most gaps will be closed). In this way we could finally be able to compare the features of two homogeneous product’s version!

What is really interesting is that, due to minor release changes (for most products), those products will be available for people that already have the last version.