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 Patches||Annual security patch. Includes catastrophic/critical security fixes only|
|New Bug Fixes||Ability to create hot patches for Severity 1 issues only|
|File a Support Request||Phone and Web|
|Workarounds for non-business critical issues||Included|
|Self-help web-based support||Included|
|Term||Extended Support can be purchased up to two years past EOSL. It is purchased in one year increments|
|Included Products||vSphere 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|
|Server, Client, and Guest OS updates||Not Included|
|Prerequisites||All licenses must be covered by an active support contract through the end of the Extended Support Contract|
|Number of Support Requests||Unlimited|
|Business Hours||Business Hours will be according to the SnS Support contract (Basic or Production)|
|Limitations||3rd 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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