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Will VMWare ESX4.End of Life Affect You?

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VMware has recently announced the end of life for vSphere ESX hypervisor 4.X (more info).  What does this mean for you?

If you are running vSphere ESX version 4.X, you will still be able to operate your virtualized environment but you will not be able to generate additional keys, nor will you be able to access the operating system download on VMware’s website.  If you are running vSphere ESXi 4.X this announcement does not affect your environment…or does it?

This announcement is also a reminder of the importance of ensuring that you keep your network environment up to date.  This includes staying up to date with your applications, your operating systems and your firmware. 

Let me ask, are you still operating on ESX/ESXi 4.X?  If so I would like to mention a few points to consider.

  • The current version of the vSphere hypervisor is 5.1, so running 4.X is at least two versions behind or maybe even three if you are on 4.0.  To help this make sense, being two versions behind is the equivalent of running Microsoft Server 2000, being three versions behind, Microsoft NT4.  Would you consider running your business on these legacy systems?
  • Do you keep your maintenance up to date with VMware?  If so, you are entitled to the new versions released by VMware at no additional cost for licensing.   If not, contact us to get a maintenance agreement in place to ensure you are able to receive the latest versions.
  • New management tools and increased efficiencies when upgrading to the most recent version of the vSphere hypervisor.  Click herefor more information on what’s new in vSphere 5.1.

If you would like to discuss upgrading your environment to the latest version of the vSphere hypervisor you can contact your account manager or our Virtualization Practice Manager, Cindy DeHart at (540) 443-3392.

Jeff Bowers, VCP4/5, VCP-DT5, MCITPEA, MCITP Exchange
Senior Network Engineer
Advanced Logic Industries



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