Whenever there is a major VMware release, a common question from EMCers, EMC customers, and EMC partners is: “what is supported day one, and what will break if I upgrade?”
Any vendor who tells you “nothing will break” is either:
As soon as you have a broad portfolio – getting everything to line up is impossible. As we near major VMware releases, as the “face for VMware inside EMC”, I rally across the product teams to make sure we’re aligning. We all work hard, and push as much as possible – but inevitably there are little time gaps. They are all on eLab and the VMware HCL – but I’ve found it’s useful to have it integrated in one place.
So – I’m taking the high road here and being as explicit as possible – even with gaps.
Read on for details, but in a nutshell – core storage support is a rock on day one, and almost everything else lands within Q3, with some Q4 stragglers.
BTW – also getting the inevitable “can I get a Vblock with vSphere 4.1?”. That one is a firm NO right now. Remember – the core idea of a Vblock is that it’s all integrated and tested so you don’t need to. That means that by definition it will always lag any given component a little bit – and that’s a GOOD thing. Of course, expect an update soon
Remember everyone – always test before putting anything into production!!!!
Read on for details…
Thanks – if there’s something you’re curious about, comment, and I’ll work to get the answer!
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