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SDN blogs: VSphere 6.0 sees significant improvements

In this week's SDN blogs, VMware's vSphere 6.0 is analyzed, the Open Networking Summit gets a rave review for its Accelerate Workshop, and Brocade could be the solution for learning OpenDaylight.

VMware's new vSphere 6.0 is finally out, and virtualization expert Bob Plankers shares what improved features he enjoys most on his blog, The Lone Sysadmin. According to VMware, vSphere 6.0 is built with 650 new features and improvements, and is the "newest edition of the industry-defining virtualization solution for the hybrid cloud and foundation for the software-defined data center." Plankers offers nine of the most significant improvements from the previous version of the software, including enhancements to centralized services (including a new Platform Services Controller, content library and update manager), Web and classic client upgrades, and retooled auditing and security functions.

He also cites updates to vCloud Suite 6 and vCenter Server Appliance -- among other steps – that VMware has taken to improve its core operating system.

Check out his full list here and join in on the debate in the comments section. 

ONS Accelerate Workshop a success

On Feb. 10, the Open Networking Summit organized its Service Provider Accelerate Workshop, and Ivan Pepelnjak of ipSpace was one of the event's 200 attendees. He shared some of his findings in a recent blog post. 

Despite not knowing what to expect from the event, Pepelnjak was pleasantly surprised with the "realistic" information he received, he says. Representatives from Google, AT&T and Verizon discussed their projects, initiatives and frustrations, while Yukio Ito from NTT explained the OpenFlow issues his company encountered along the way.

The lack of network functions virtualization orchestration and the disconnect between operating support systems and business support systems was another hot topic, Pepelnjak says.

"As always, there was the usual group of people reinventing old wheels, and the occasional vendor pitches, but there was also occasional pure gold."

Find out why he said the workshop was "absolutely" worth attending in his post.

Brocade could be a solution for learning OpenDaylight

Virtualized Geek blogger Keith Townsend says he is frustrated by the lack of documentation available for learning OpenDaylight (ODL). In a recent entry on his blog, he explains some of his criticisms, but then offers up a new alternative that could help users better understand the ODL software.

That alternative, Townsend says, is Brocade's Vyatta Controller. The controller is a "full product," and because of that, it "comes with a full set of formal documentation." Because the Vyatta Controller is running an unmodified version of the ODL code, Townsend says users can download the software from OpenDaylight.org and exploit the Brocade documentation to learn the application.

Read the entire post and find out more about why the Vyatta Controller might be the newest solution for learning OpenDaylight software.

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At first glance I was a little shocked to see the changes made to the base architecture with Sphere 6.0's release. The new Platform Service Controller (PSC) seems like an unnecessary change and addition to the VSphere offerings, but I have yet to test it in protocol settings. The Virtual Appliance Center is intriguing and has the ability to help vendors and customers. So, VSphere 6.0 release is here with some good and some bad.
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From my perspective, vSphere 6.0 boasts of improved auditing and security tools, a new content library, vCould Suite 6 updates, and vCenter Server Appliance enhancements.
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