VMware vSphere

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VMware vSphere
Developer(s) VMware
Stable release 6.0
License Proprietary
Website vmware.com/products/vsphere/
VMware vSphere, a holistic view

VMware vSphere (formerly VMware Infrastructure 4) is VMware's cloud computing virtualization operating system.


While VMware Infrastructure 3.5 was in development, vSphere was conceived as an enhanced suite of tools for cloud computing utilizing VMware ESX/ESXi 4.[1]

The cloud computing-enabled tool suite was spun off as VMware Infrastructure 4 (for short, VI 4) to be distinct from VMware Infrastructure 3.5 (VI 3.5) that was then ready for release (March 30, 2009).[1]

VMware eventually announced vSphere 4 instead of VI 4 on April 21, 2009 and released it on May 21, 2009.[1]

VMware released Update 1 for vSphere 4 on November 19, 2009 to add support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.[2]

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.

VMware released Update 1 for vSphere 4.1 on 10 February, 2011 to add support for RHEL 6, RHEL 5.6, SLES 11 SP1 for VMware, Ubuntu 10.10, and Solaris 10 Update 9.[3]

On July 12, 2011, VMware released version 5 of VMware vSphere.[4] 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.[5] On September 22, 2013, vSphere 5.5 was released. On February 3, 2015, VMware's CEO Pat Gelsinger announced vSphere 6.0 with a large number of new features and enhancements.[6]

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