The VMware Infrastructure 3 Support Life Cycle Policy


The VMware Infrastructure 3 Support Life Cycle Policy, and especially the End of Support Matrix that you can see a summary table below (full table available at VMware.com) covers the software suites VMware Infrastructure 3 Starter, Standard and Enterprise Editions and includes the following products:

  • VMware ESX
  • VMware vCenter Server (formerly VirtualCenter Server)
  • VMware VMotion
  • VMware DRS
  • VMware HA
  • VMware Consolidated Backup
  • VMware Virtual SMP
  • VMware VC Agent
  • VMware vStorage VMFS

VMware ESX 1,2

General
Availability
Date

End of
General
Support

Version 3.5 2007/12/10 2010/05/21

VMware ESXi 1,3

General
Availability
Date

End of
General
Support

Version 3.5 2008/01/10 2010/05/21

VMware Consolidated
Backup 1

General Availability
Date

End of
General
Support

Version 1.5 2008/07/25 2010/07/25

VMware vCenter Server (formerly VirtualCenter Server), VMware Vmotion, VMware HA, and VMware DRS 1

General
Availability
Date

End of
General
Support

Version 2.5 2007/12/10 2010/05/21

1. These dates do not apply to each individual maintenance (x.y.z) release or update. They apply to minor release level (x.y) only. For details on the maintenance release support lifecycle within a minor release, click on the appropriate minor release version number above.
2. Formerly known as VMware ESX Server.
3. Formerly known as VMware ESX Server 3i

VMware Virtual Infrastructure products being removed by May 2010:

  • ESX 3.5 versions 3.5 GA, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3 and Update 4
  • ESX 3.0 versions 3.0 GA, 3.0.1, 3.0.2 and 3.0.3
  • ESX 2.x versions 2.5.0 GA, 2.5.1, 2.5.2, 2.1.3, 2.5.3, 2.0.2, 2.1.2 and 2.5.4
  • VirtualCenter 2.5 GA, 2.5 Update 1, 2.5 Update 2, 2.5 Update 3, 2.5 Update 4 and 2.5 Update 5

As you can see, vCenter 2.5-> U5 and ESX3.5 ->U4 are about to have their General Support terminated by May 2010. Also reading at the Life Cycle Policy you can see that VMware has a shorter life cycle policy than others. 9 years of phased support from the general availability of a new Major Release, that is by means of a change in the digit to the left of the first decimal point (e.g. Software 5.0 >> Software 6.0).  In the case of vCenter 2.0 to 2.5 it is a ‘minor release’ whilst vCenter 4.0 is ‘major release’.

Source: VMware.com

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Didier Pironet is an independent blogger and freelancer with +15 years of IT industry experience. Didier is also a former VMware inc. employee where he specialised in Datacenter and Cloud Infrastructure products as well as Infrastructure, Operations and IT Business Management products. Didier is passionate about technologies and he is found to be a creative and a visionary thinker, expressing with passion and excitement, hopefully inspiring and enrolling people to innovation and change.
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