Day two of VMworld 2014 started on a positive note for those looking for more regarding vSphere 6.0. VMware introduced some intriguing new perks for the latest version of vSphere, including Cross vCenter vMotion and Fault Tolerance for multi-processor virtual machines.
Cross vCenter vMotion. Can vMotion between different vCenters. Cool!— Corey Ehrenwerth (@ehrenwerth) August 26, 2014
Sweet. vMotion now supported long distance and across vCenters. #vmworld— Jason Pearce (@jasonpearce) August 26, 2014
Finally, #VMworld, fault tolerance has improved...— craigb_nz (@craigb_nz) August 26, 2014
It was welcome news for those in attendance in San Francisco as both new features had been high on users' wish lists with vSphere 6.0, which is still in beta.
Long distance vMotion in vSphere 6 lets you move a VM across the country in a click. NSX makes the networking follow it too. #VMworld— Todd S. Knapp (@Envision_Todd) August 26, 2014
Keep in mind: Cross vCenter vMotion does not equal Disaster Recovery! It is Disaster Avoidance and the move will take time!— Duncan Epping (@DuncanYB) August 26, 2014
Moving a virtual machine cross country can now happen with just a single click. It seems like a good option if something bad happens in your environment, right? Well, as VMware's Duncan Epping points out, Cross vCenter vMotion is not a disaster recovery option but disaster avoidance. Other possible scenarios to use it would be permanent migration or if you're moving into vCloud Air.
vSphere 6 supports 4 vCPUs for fault tolerance - finally! #VMworld— Steve (@vmsteve) August 26, 2014
The word 'finally' might not have been trending but it was definitely included in many tweets when the news broke Fault Tolerance would support up to four vCPUs. Support for four vCPUs means over 90% of your applications will be covered.