VMware ESXi/vCenter 5.0 and 5.1 reached End of General Support

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VMware ESXi/vCenter 5.0 and 5.1 reached End of General Support

Yesterday 24 of August was the end of support for VMware ESXi/vCenter 5.0 and 5.1.

Check link for End of support of ESXi/vCenter HERE

It means that VMware will not provide more updates(bugs or security), but also VMware support.

“End of Support Life (EOSL)

A product has reached its end of support life when it is no longer generally supported by VMware. End of support life for a specific product is either end of General Support or end of Technical Guidance, if available for that specific product.”

You can still buy extend license support for 2 years. The price of Extended Support is $300,000 per product per year that will provide protection against security threats and Severity 1 bugs after a product reaches its published EOSL. This is a huge amount of money and is preferable to migrate to newer versions.

In this extend license support this is what is include:

New Security PatchesAnnual security patch. Includes catastrophic/critical security fixes only
New Bug FixesAbility to create hot patches for Severity 1 issues only
File a Support RequestPhone and Web
Workarounds for non-business critical issuesIncluded
Self-help web-based supportIncluded
TermExtended Support can be purchased up to two years past EOSL. It is purchased in one year increments
Included ProductsvSphere 5.0, vSphere 5.1, vSphere 5,5, vCloud Director 5.5, Horizon View 4.x, Horizon View 5.x, Horizon View 6.0, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.x
MaintenanceNot Included
Server, Client, and Guest OS updatesNot Included
PrerequisitesAll licenses must be covered by an active support contract through the end of the Extended Support Contract
Number of Support RequestsUnlimited
Business HoursBusiness Hours will be according to the SnS Support contract (Basic or Production)
Limitations3rd Party or Open Source software will not be upgraded during the extended period.


You can read more about VMware Support Policies HERE

So if you company did not yet migrated to newer versions, start working in your next migration. For migration, you may get some support from VMware to the newer versions, but if not, you know that your Virtual Environment is at risk.

Note: For the next life cycle products, check the list HERE

Hope this can help.

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By | 2017-12-30T02:50:07+01:00 August 25th, 2016|VMware|0 Comments

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I am over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry. Working with Virtualization for more than 10 years (mainly VMware). I am an MCP, VCP6.5-DCV, VMware vSAN Specialist, Veeam Vanguard 2018/2019, vExpert vSAN 2018/2019 and vExpert for the last 4 years. Specialties are Virtualization, Storage, and Virtual Backups. I am working for Elits a Swedish consulting company and allocated to a Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company as a Teach Lead and acting as a Senior ICT Infrastructure Engineer. I am a blogger and owner of the blog ProVirtualzone.com

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