It’s the end of the road for these VMware products in 2016

I was browsing through the latest docs in the VMware KB this week and noticed one describing the end of availability of vSphere Enterprise, vSphere with Operations Manager (vSOM) Standard and Enterprise edition. That got me to browsing through VMware’s product lifecycle matrix which provides dates for every VMware products on GA, end of availability, end of support and end of technical guidance. Going through the huge list (VMware has so many products past and present), these are the key ones listed that are ending support in 2016:

  • VMware App Volumes 2.5, 2.6, 2.7 – 2016/12/09
  • VMware Data Recovery 2.0 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware ESXi 5.0 and 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware EVO:RAIL 1.0 and 1.1 – 2016/09/09
  • VMware EVO:RAIL 1.2 – 2016/12/10
  • VMware Fusion 7.x – 2016/03/03
  • VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1 – 2016/10/15
  • VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 – 2016/06/10
  • VMware vCenter Operations 5.8.5 – 2016/12/31
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.0 and 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0 and 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0 and 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware vCloud Automation Center 5.2 – 2016/12/10
  • VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 – 2016/09/19
  • VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 and 6.1 – No earlier than 2016/12/09
  • VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware vSphere Replication 5.1 – 2016/08/24
  • VMware Workstation 11.x – 2016/06/02

Again these are the end of support dates for these products which means if you have SnS, VMware offers maintenance updates and upgrades, bug/security fixes and technical assistance until these dates. After these dates they have typically have a technical guidance phase which lastes for a fixed duration and provides support through their self-help portal only (no telephone support), they do not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest OS updates, new security patches or bug fixes during this phase. You can read more about these different product support phases here. So for those of you still on vSphere 5.0 & 5.1, the clock is ticking, better start planning your upgrades.

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    • Dave on March 11, 2016 at 10:47 am
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    The one that I found interesting was “VMware vCenter Operations 5.8.5 – 2016/12/31”. When you go to VMware’s download page for vSphere, that is the version that is listed for download as the current version that is included with vSphere (Foundation that is). The implication is that version 6 is not being included with the basic levels of vSphere, only 5.8.5. i.e. Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus which are all supposed to have the VMware vSphere Operations Manager Foundation included. If you are allowed to install v6, then they really need to update their download pages with links to v6.

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