There are several other products and features improved with the 5.5 release. vCloud Director has a number of changes focused around the content catalogue, provisioning, better lifecycle management, and now supports Macs for VM consoles.
Site Recovery Manager
Site Recovery Manager (SRM) has also been revised with new features, including:
- Support for VSAN datastores with HBR
- Support for SDRS and Storage vMotion
- Support for the new HBR snapshot/points-in-time
vSphere App HA
Finally, a new application called vSphere App HA integrates with vFabric Hyperic to provide application level monitoring. If a host crashes or a VM stops responding, we know that vSphere HA will restart it but what if the app inside that VM dies? App HA monitors the application using Hyperic and restarts it if needed.