Neal Mueller – Cisco product manager will show in this video how to install and try the software implementation of a Cisco Nexus 1000V switch. You can evaluate the fully featured Cisco Nexus 1000V during 60 days for 16 CPU.
This is a great video, which makes the steps easy to follow. Where to get the software, how to register to obtain the license etc….
New features was brought to VMware vSphere 5 and here are some of them:
VMware Enhanced vMotion is manual process – it means that DRS or sDRS dont’ make use of Enhanced vMotion. There is a limit (soft limit I imagine, which could possibly get tweaked through a conf file) maximum two concurrent Enhanced vMotions per host. I think that VMware (as always) setting up things, so they work, so even if there is no doubt that this limit can be lifted, it’s clearly not recommended. Read more about enhanced vMotion in my detailed article here – vSphere 5.1 and New VMware Enhanced vMotion.
iSCSI with Jumbo Frame – The Jumbo frames are supported through all the iSCSI adapters ( Software, Hardware Dependent, Hardware Independent).
Storage vMotion Enhancements – Storage vMotion has been enhanced with the possibility to migrate more VMDKs in parallel. Now you can migrate up to 4 VMDKs at the same time if the source and destination datastores are unique. This does not change or impact the number of concurrent sVMotion operations.