VMware vSphere 5.1 has finally been announced, with general availability on September 11

Posted by Paul Braren on Aug 28 2012 in
  • ESXi
  • Virtualization
  • Ran through the streets from my distant hotel, missed breakfast, and made it for the keynote here in San Francisco on this sunny Monday morning. Yes, the the announcement of vSphere 5.1 was made, with very little mention of the new features. What's unclear is what can be said about any beta testing folks have been doing, but I should have clarity on that soon.

    Meanwhile here's an excellent article that pulls together a lot of information known so far, enjoy!

    vSphere 5.1 Announced!,  Hersey Cartwright, August 28, 2012

    Here's Duncan Epping's excellent list of resources:

    FYI, Duncan Epping is aware that yellow-bricks.com is down, due to high traffic. I got to meet him today briefly, right after this fun panel:

    Here's the view from the front row, Chad Sakac, Frank Denneman, Duncan Epping, Scott Lowe, a customer, and moderator Rick Scherer, with hundreds in attendance behind us:


    And here's a panaramic look, click for a more immersive view:


    Aug. 28 2012 Update:

    Pricing and Availability 
    VMware vSphere 5.1 and VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1 are expected to be generally available on September 11, 2012.

    Source: www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-vmworld-smb-082712.html

    Sep. 11 2012 Update:
    Download now generally available: