Probably the biggest addition in this release is the introduction of a standalone PernixData Management Server Appliance that can be used an an alternative to the installed management service that previously only run on Windows. This had been a common request by PernixData clients so its good to see that they have responded and released the VSA. The Management Appliance contains a built-in PostgresDB though it does have the option to connect to an external MSSQL in order to preserve a current config.
Along with the new VSA there have been some improvements to the PDF Reporting and that reporting will now ignore blacklisted VMs that are ignored in the working set calculations. There are also some improvements to the clickability of the VM Performance graphs that take through through to VM performance data when clicked.
For FVP the biggest addition is support for both physical and virtual RDMs though there are limits in that all hosts must be on the latest version of FVP, MSCS and Oracle Clusters are not supported and there are conditions around the use or third part backup applications. Along with that there is increased search functionality for large environments and some better metrics for read and write operations.
Apart from the new features there are a number of general bug fixes and platform improvements as contained in the Release Notes. FVP is an amazingly simple and elegant solution for those wanting to get more out of their existing backend storage or looking to add new levels of performance via SSD or PCI Based Flash…FVP 3.5 and Architect 101 software, along with documentation, is available on the PernixData support portal at http://support.pernixdata.com.