vSphere 8 is the latest version of VMware’s virtualization platform. It is available in several different versions, including:
vSphere 8 Standard: This is the basic version of vSphere, which includes the vCenter Server for managing virtual machines and hosts, as well as the vSphere client for creating and managing virtual machines.
vSphere 8 Enterprise Plus: This version includes all the features of vSphere Standard, as well as additional features such as vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), vSphere High Availability (HA), and vSphere App HA for increased availability and disaster recovery.
vSphere 8 with Kubernetes: This version includes all the features of vSphere Standard, as well as built-in Kubernetes support for managing containerized applications.
vSphere 8 Advanced: This version includes all the features of vSphere Enterprise Plus, as well as additional features such as vSphere Storage DRS, vSphere Storage I/O Control, and vSphere Data Protection.
vSphere 8 Enterprise: This version includes all the features of vSphere Advanced, as well as additional features such as vSphere Replication, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and vSphere App HA.
vSphere 8 Platinum: This is the most comprehensive version of vSphere 8 and includes all the features of vSphere Enterprise, as well as additional security features such as vSphere Trust Authority and vSphere Secure Boot.
It is important to note that each of these versions may have different licensing costs and features.
How long VMware is going to support vSphere 7 version?
VMware typically provides support for a major version of vSphere (such as vSphere 7) for a period of 5 years from the date of its general availability (GA). This includes both general support and technical support.
After the 5-year period, the version enters into a “technical guidance” phase for an additional 2 years, during which VMware continues to provide technical guidance and knowledgebase articles for the product, but does not provide any updates or patches.
So vSphere 7 will be in General Support till 2022-11-15 and Technical Guidance till 2024-11-15.
It’s important to note that VMware’s support policy is subject to change, so it’s a good idea to check the VMware website for the most up-to-date information on support for vSphere 7.