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VMware launches its second update to vSphere 6.0, also changes its GUI

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March 17, 2016

Earlier today, VMware said it completed the second update to its vSphere 6.0 software and addressed a long-time vAdmin irritation by adding a new graphic user interface that uses modern design principles.

To be sure, the new VMware Host Client is an all new HTML-5 concept. The modern code is derived from an article VMware posted a few weeks back and has now made it into ESX.

But it's still no masterpiece of usability as the illustration at top attests. However, it's still notable for two reasons-- one is that VMware has remained loyal to the ancient Netscape derived NPAPI plugin standard.

Moving to HTML5 does away with that. The second is that vAdmins have often complained about the state of the web clients available to them.

VMware's new enhancements in the new version will be welcome, it is hoped. The headline feature of the vSphere update is support for 25 G and 50 G ethernet link speeds.

There's also an upgrade to vSphere's VAIO, the vSphere APIs for I/O filtering, to better handle all-IPv6 environments.

There's also seven security fixes included, and fixes for the usual range of small issues like “Hosted randomly stops responding on hosts with 3D acceleration” and “Unable to perform vMotion with VMs that has two 2 TB virtual disks.”

Additionally, AMD's Opteron 12xx, 22xx and 82xx series CPUs are no longer supported because they're not on sale so VMware can't be bothered supporting them any more.

Release notes and download links are available on VMware's site.

Source: VMware.

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