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End of Support for VMware ESXi 5.5 is September 19, 2018! Don’t get burned by running on an out of support hypervisor!
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What does End of Support mean?
Direct from VMware’s website – “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.” Basically, End of Support means a product is no longer covered by new maintenance and security patches, nor will there be new hardware support.
What happens when support expires?
Nothing will start smoking if you are still running ESXi 5.5 on September 20th, outside of what Murphy’s Law might bring you. Your VMware environment will not lock up or suddenly turn off as a result of support ending. What will happen though, is VMware Technical Support will not be able to assist you when you do have an issue and need their assistance if you are still running ESXi 5.5.
What do you need to do as a result of ESXi 5.5 End of Support?
Reach out to your ISG Account Executive and ask what your options are. Our engineers and architects can walk you through upgrade paths and discuss options, covering simple ESXi upgrades all the way to infrastructure overhauls to support a growing workload.