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VMware spun off the cloud computing-enabled tool suite as VMware Infrastructure 4 (VI 4 for short) to be distinct from VMware Infrastructure 3.5 (VI 3.5) that was then ready for release (March 30, 2009).
On April 21, 2009, VMware announced vSphere 4, instead of VI 4, releasing it on May 21, 2009.
VMware's vSphere 4.1 began shipping in August 2010. This update included an updated vCenter Configuration Manager, as well as vCenter Application Discovery Manager, and the ability of vMotion to move more than one virtual machine at a time from one server host to another.
On July 12, 2011, VMware released version 5 of VMware vSphere.
On August 27, 2012, VMware released vSphere 5.1. This extended vSphere to include VMware vSphere Storage Appliance, vSphere Data Protection, vSphere Replication and vShield Endpoint.
September 22, 2013, saw the release of vSphere 5.5.
- VMware ESX/ESXi, the hypervisor operating system component
- VMware VMFS, the VMware file system component
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