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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).
VMware eventually announced vSphere 4 instead of VI 4 on April 21, 2009 and released 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. 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.
- VMware ESX/ESXi, the hypervisor operating system component
- VMware VMFS, the VMware file system component
- Release article
- "VMware ESX 4.0 Update 1 Release Notes". December 18, 2009.
- "VMware ESX 4.1 Update 1 Release Notes". February 10, 2011.
- "VMware vSphere® 5 launched".
- "VMware vSphere® 5.1 Helps SMBs Simplify and Protect Their IT Environments with New Business Continuity and Management Capabilities".
- "vSphere 6.0 finally announced!". February 3, 2015.
- VMware Infrastructure product page - VMware, Inc.