Virtualization Technology: VMware vSphere 5.0 Upgrade

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-08-12 Print this article Print


Theres been a lot of hoopla made over how will VMware charge for vSphere licenses. Heres a look at what youre buying.
eWEEK Labs is using the final vSphere 5.0 code in the lab today. While there isn't a "general availability date that I can discuss, I can show you what's happening during our upgrade. To begin, I updated two physical hosts (an HP DL360 G6 and an HP DL380 G6) that had been running vSphere 4.1. I also added a third server, an Acer AR380 F1 on which I installed vSphere 5.0 from scratch. After upgrading and installing vSphere 5.0 ESXi on the hosts systems, we then upgraded our shared storage from VMFS-3 to VMFS-5.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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