VMware has recently announced that the end of general support for vSphere 5.5 will occur on September 19, 2018. Institutions that have existing Support and Subscription (SnS) already have rights to upgrade to the newest, vSphere 6.5. The advantages of upgrading off of unsupported versions of vSphere are clear.  To maintain your full level of support and subscription services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5. This uplift opens you up to full functionality for the entire array of VMware products.  In the event you are unable to upgrade before the End of General Support (EOGS) and are active on SnS, you have the option to purchase extended support in one year increments for up to two years beyond the EOGS date. Visit VMware Extended Support for more information.

How will upgrading to vSphere 6.5 help an IT Department?

The move from a Windows-based virtual center to an appliance-based virtual center is huge because that makes everything a whole lot easier in terms of management.  You don’t have to worry about Windows services and you don’t have to worry about a separate database or even an external database.  Everything is self-contained on that single appliance.  That greatly condenses the amount of upgrade time from what they were doing previously.

In addition to continued support, there are many benefits to the latest version. I wanted to take a moment to provide an overview of the top reasons to upgrade. The image shown above summarizes some of the new features.

My goal is to not only show you the benefits of moving to vSphere 6.5, but to also help provide the foundation for digital transformation.