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vSphere Deprecation Announcements

VMware recently announced plans to deprecate several of its vSphere products: vCenter Server for Windows, Flash-Based vSphere Web Client, and vmkLinux APIs. The content and links below provide an overview of the deprecation, migration plan, and helpful resources.

vCenter Server for Windows

VMware plans to deprecate vCenter Server for Windows with the next numbered release (not update release) of vSphere.  Partners who have not yet migrated to the VCSA should start planning their migrations as soon as possible as the next numbered release of vSphere will be the terminal release for vCenter Server for Windows.

For more information, please visit the vSphere blog.

Flash-Based vSphere Web Client

VMware plans to deprecate the Flash-based vSphere Web Client with the next numbered release (not update release) of VMware vSphere.  Partners should start transitioning over to the vSphere Client if they have not already done so as the vSphere Web Client will no longer be available after the next vSphere release.

For more information, please visit the vSphere blog.

vmkLinux APIs and Associated Driver Ecosystem

VMware plans to deprecate the vmkLinux APIs and associated driver ecosystem with the next numbered release (not an update release) of VMware vSphere.  The next version of vSphere will be the terminal release for which vmkLinux APIs and its associated driver ecosystem will be available.

Most partners won’t need to do anything as they adapt to the vSphere release after deprecation since most of the current and all future hardware will be compatible with the “native” vSphere driver ecosystem. For a small percentage of hardware, which are based on very old I/O technologies, it is possible that future vSphere releases may not be compatible after deprecation.

For more information, please visit the vSphere blog.

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