VMware has announced the end of general support (EoGS) for vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 effective September 19, 2018. Users can still get technical guidance for vSphere 5.5 until September 19, 2020, through the self-help portal; however, VMware will not be providing phone support. During the technical guidance period, VMware will not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest OS updates, new security patches or bug fixes. If you are using the vSphere 5.5 virtualization platform, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or 6.7 or a newer version before EoGS to maintain your full level of support and subscription services.
Purchasing Extended Warranties
If you are unable to upgrade from vSphere 5.5 before EoGS and are active on Support and Subscription Services, you may purchase Extended Support in one-year increments for up to two years beyond the EoGS date. Visit VMware Extended Support for more information.
Benefits of Upgrading
In addition to support and subscription, users will receive several benefits from upgrading. Newer versions of vSphere provide a refreshed core infrastructure platform delivering features not available in vSphere 5.5 including:
- Simplified Management: Simplified workflows for managing larger infrastructure footprints with greater simplicity and efficiency.
- Improved Performance: Delivers faster time to market, and enables seamless management of infrastructure.
- Security Enhancements: Support for Trusted Platform Module hardware devices and Virtual TPM secures the hypervisor and guest operating systems. It also secures data at rest and in motion through VM encryption and encrypted vMotion across different vCenter instances.
- Universal Application Platform: Enabling any app on any device on any cloud, it delivers reliable performance for business-critical applications and supports intelligent workloads such as AI, Big Data, and machine learning.
- Seamless Hybrid Cloud Experiences: Hybrid linked mode provides a single management pane for visibility across on-premises and hybrid cloud workloads. At the VM level, organizations can clone a VM and easily move it across cloud environments running different versions of vCenter.
Ready to Upgrade?
Is your organization ready to upgrade your vSphere platform? Is your server infrastructure capable of supporting an upgrade? If you would like assistance migrating to a newer version of vSphere, Cerium can help. We have the tools and expertise to assess your environment and vSphere configuration health and ensure compatibility with a new virtualization solution. Cerium can design a comprehensive roadmap for upgrading your virtual infrastructure with recommendations for planning and testing the upgrade, performing the upgrade, validation guidance, and rollback procedures.
Consider Your Options
We can also help you evaluate options beyond just upgrading your data center. A Cerium data center assessment can help you obtain insights into capacity, reliability, and security vulnerabilities. An assessment will provide actionable recommendations for optimizing performance and capacity while hardening security and preparing your data center for future growth and expansion.
This may also be the time to begin conversations around the value of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to simplify management and minimize maintenance hassles. Combining servers, storage, and networking into one integrated platform can reduce costs, increase agility and maximize compatibility between devices.
If you are considering an upgrade to your virtual environment, it helps to have an experienced partner like Cerium to capitalize on the significant innovative features and capabilities offered by newer versions vSphere and vSAN. You can learn more about EoGS for vSphere and vSAN by visiting the VMware Lifecycle Support Phases Web page.