VMware VSAN, vSphere 5.5 Update 1, VMware Horizon View 5.3.1 and PowerCLI 5.5 R2 released

This week the following new VMware update are released:

  • VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1. This update has support for Virtual SAN (VSAN) 5.5. VMware Virtual SAN is a software-defined storage technology that is available with vSphere 5.5 Update 1 (or later). A minimum of three nodes is needed. To check what hardware is supported, see the VSAN VMware Compatibility Guide for VSAN. Link. VSAN licensing is as follows:

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vSphere 5.5 Update 1 supports vCenter on Windows Server 2012 R2. The release notes can be found here. Link

  • VMware Horizon View Client for Windows 8,1 Store. The new version 2.3 has supports the PCoIP protocol. Link
  • Horizon View 5.3.1 support for Virtual SAN (VSAN). There are no other new features in Horizon View 5.3.1 update besides VSAN.  VSAN Desktop is licensing is per user ($50 per user). More information:
  1. Release Notes. Link 
  2. VDI Performance benchmarking on VMware VSAN 5.5. Link
  3. Horizon View 5.3.1 on VMware Virtual SAN – Quick Start Guide (2073795). Link
  • VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.5 R2. This new release includes support for Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and expands current capabilities. More information link.