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Time is running out for vSphere 5.5

May 29th, 2018 by BrightCloud

With just over 100 days to go the vSphere 5.5 End of General Support is fast-approaching on September 19, 2018.

To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or 6.7. (Note that by upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or 6.7 you not only get all the latest capabilities of vSphere but also the latest vSAN release and capabilities.)

vCloud Suite 5 and vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) customers running vSphere 5.5 are also recommended to upgrade to vSphere 6.5 or 6.7.

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.

Why Upgrade

vSphere 6.5 provides a highly available, resilient, on-demand infrastructure that is the ideal foundation for any cloud environment. It offers innovation that will enable digital transformation for the enterprise, and makes the IT administrator’s job simpler, freeing up their time, so they can innovate rather than maintain status quo. vSphere 6.5 is also the foundation of VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy moving forward and is required for cross-cloud architectures. Some key new capabilities of vSphere 6.5 include:

  • Simplified Architecture, Streamlined Operations – vCenter Server Appliance capabilities enhance your efficiency with REST-based APIs for simple automation, native built-in vCenter Server Appliance high availability, file-based backup and recovery, one-step migration with our vCenter Server Appliance Migration Tool, and unified patching of OS, vCenter Server and database.
  • Modern User Interface – HTML5-based vSphere client for fast performance and ease of use.
  • Comprehensive Built-In Security – vSphere Encryption and encrypted vMotion protects data at rest and in motion. Secure Boot prevents hypervisor and guest operating system tampering. Audit-quality logging provides superior forensic information to help understand who did what, when and where if security threats occur.
  • Proactive Datacentre Management – Predictive DRS learns your environment and, based on usage patterns, pre-emptively rebalances workloads in advance of upcoming demands and spikes – eliminating resource contention before it occurs. Proactive HA anticipates hardware failure and leverages vSphere vMotion to redirect workloads to servers in good standing before a failure occurs.
  • vSphere Integrated Containers – vSphere Integrated Containers delivers an enterprise container infrastructure that provides the best of both worlds for the developers and vSphere operations teams. It enables containers to be run side by side with virtual machines on the same vSphere infrastructure without any new tooling requirement.
  • Advanced Processor Support – Increased scale enables support for any application. vSphere 6.5 supports the latest x86 chip sets, devices, drivers and guest operating systems.

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Need help upgrading?

If you require assistance upgrading to a newer version of vSphere, BrightCloud’s vSphere Upgrade Service is available. Our service delivers a comprehensive review of your virtual infrastructure including recommendations on your future strategy, plus a plan to remediate any health or security issues we find. We also investigate all integrated infrastructure services/features for compatibility to ensure a smooth migration. We’ll then perform the actual upgrade, including testing and validation.

Alternatively we can migrate you into a Private Cloud and deliver your Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This means we will look after all future VMware upgrades for you, as well as the configuration, management, troubleshooting, and performance tuning of the underlying physical and virtual elements of the Private Cloud.

PS: Did you know that all users with a supported vCenter Server license are entitled to a 25-OSI pack of vRealize Log Insight for vCenter Server, at no extra charge?

Contact us for more information, or to discuss your requirements.

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