vSphere 5.1 Unified vMotion and vMotion Architecture, Performance and Best Practices

VMware released a new whitepaper titled VMware vSphere 5.1 vMotion Architecture, Performance and Best Practices

The whitepaper gives some interesting  details about vSphere 5.1 vMotion and shows results of benchmarks.

An enhancement  of the vMotion feature in vSphere 5.1 is  “unified” vMotion which is a vMotion and Storage vMotion combined  in one action. “Unified” vMotion is equal to the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V feature named Shared Nothing Live Migration. This video shows how unified vMotion is performed

An official name for this feature does not exist. “unified” vMotion or enhanced vMotion are not officially used by VMware to indicate this function. It is an enhancement of vMotion.

Derek Seaman blogged about session INF-VSP1549 VMworld 2012: Insight into vMotion and Futures here. It has some interesting details and best practices on vMotion and “Unified” vMotion.
The presentation clearly talks about “Unified” vMotion.

Unified vMotion Enhanced vMotion

Unified vMotion


About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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