|VMware vSphere 5 (ESXi 5) is a virtualization platform used for building cloud infrastructures. vSphere 5 represents a migration from the ESX architecture to the ESXi architecture. The ESX architecture consists of the virtualization kernel, also known as the vmkernel, and a management partition known as the console operating system (COS or service console). The COS allowed management interface into the ESX host. On the other hand, the ESXi architecture removes the Console OS so all the VMware agents run directly on the vmkernel. Infrastructure services are provided natively through modules included with the vmkernel. Authorized 3rd party modules such as hardware drivers and hardware monitoring components can run in vmkernel as well. Only modules with VMware's digital signature are allowed to run on the system.|
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Below: ESX Capability Chart with ESX 4.1, ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0.
Table1: ECX capabiiity Chart
|Capability||ESX 4.1||ESXi 4.1||ESXi 5.0|
|Admin/config CLIs||SC/COS + vCLI||PowerCLI + vCLI||PowerCLI + vCLI|
|Advanced Troubleshooting||COS/SC||Tech Support Mode||ESXi Shell|
|Boot from SAN||Supported||Supported||Supported|
|SNMP||Supported||Supported - limited||Supported|
|HW Monitoring||3rd party agents in COS/SC||CIM Providers||CIM Providers|
|Serial Port Connectivity||Supported||Not Supported||Not Supported|
|Rapid deploy & central management of hosts via Auto Deploy||Not Supported||Not Supported||Supported|
|Custom image creation and management||Not Supported||Not Supported||Supported|
|Secure syslog||Not Supported||Not Supported||Supported|
|Management interface firewall||Supported||Not Supported||Supported|
For VMware's detailed comparison, please see KB article 1023990.
VMware vSphere 5 includes three major layers: Virtualization, Management and Interface. The Virtualization layer includes infrastructure and application services. The Management layer is central for configuring, provisioning and managing virtualized environments. The Interface layer includes the vSphere client and the vSphere web client.
VMware vSphere 5 and its services enumerate out as:
VMware vSphere Component Layer Diagram
Figure1 : VMware vSphere Component Layer
The virtualization layer consists of the ESXi hypervisor and incorporates the application services. VMwarevSpherevirtualizes the IT infrastructure consisting of servers, storage, and networks.These resources are aggregated and can be presented as a uniform set of elements in the virtual environment.
VMwarevCenter Serverprovides centralized management for datacenters. VMware vCenter Server provides a 1:Many view into the physical resources from multipleESXihosts and presents a central collection of flexible resources for the system administrator to provision to virtual machines in the virtual environment. VMware vCenter Servercomponents are user access control, core services, distributed services, plug-ins, and various interfaces.
Users can access a VMwarevSpheredatacenter through the vSphere Client, through a Web browser withvSphere Web Client, through a command line interface, or terminal services.
Article ID: SLN312573
Last Date Modified: 08/20/2018 05:54 AM
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