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The End of General Support (EOGS) for vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 is September 19, 2018.
To maintain a full level of Support and Subscription Services after this date, you will need to upgrade to vSphere 6.5. Upgrading to vSphere delivers 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.
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:
Reduce IT Operational Complexity with vCenter Server Appliance The re-imagined VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ provides up to 2–3x greater performance and scale, native vCenter High Availability, file-based backup and recovery, and integrated vSphere host management and patching.
Mitigate Risk with VM-Level Encryption Policy-driven vSphere encryption safeguards data—both at rest and in motion—at scale across the enterprise data center.
Drive IT Automation and Business Agility with APIs Simple, REST-based APIs makes it easy to automate operations for a more agile, modern data center.
Secure the Data Center Infrastructure with Secure Boot Protect both the hypervisor and the guest operating system from tampering by validating code with a digital signature, ensuring
Gain Forensic Insights with Audit-Quality Logging Gather insights about user actions so that IT teams can better understand who did what, when, and where in the event of a security threat or anomaly.
Maximize Data Center Resources with Predictive Load Balancing Predictive DRS leverages system usage patterns and analytics to help maximize IT resources and minimize CapEx.
Modernize the Data Center with vSphere Integrated Containers Run enterprise containers side by side with virtual machines in an existing vSphere environment with no tooling or process changes.
Prevent Downtime with Proactive High Availability Proactive HA anticipates hardware failures before they occur and preemptively migrates workloads before problems happen.
Streamline Management with a Modern HTML5-Based User Interface Administer and manage the virtual data center with the responsive, easy-to-use new HTML5-based vSphere client interface.
Improve IT Compliance with Host Profile Management Streamlined and scalable host profile management enables better compliance with the policies and procedures put in place by IT.