VMware vSphere Version Comparison

vSphere 4.0 vSphere 4.1 vSphere 5.0 vSphere 5.1 vSphere 5.5 vSphere 6.0 vSphere 6.5
Hypervisor ESX & ESXi ESX & ESXi ESXi ESXi ESXi ESXi ESXi
CPUs per host 64 160 160 160 320 480 576
RAM per host 1 TB 1 TB 2  TB 2  TB 4 TB 12 TB 12 TB
vCPU per VM 8 8 32 64 64 128 128
vMEM per VM 255 GB 255 GB 1 TB 1 TB 1 TB 4 TB 6 TB
VMDK Size 2TB 2TB 2TB 2TB 62 TB 62 TB 62 TB
Cluster Size 32 32 32 32 32 64 64
FT Max vCPU 1 vCPU 1 vCPU 1 vCPU 1 vCPU 1 vCPU 4 vCPU 4 vCPU
VM Hardware Version 7 7 8 9 10 11 13
VMFS Version 3.33 3.46 5.54 5.58 5.60 5.61 6.81
New Features - Distributed Switch
- Update Manager
- Fault tolerance
- Host Profiles
- Storage vMotion
- Linked Mode
- Enhanced vMotion - Compatibility
- Distributed Power Management
- Hot Add VM CPU/Memory
- VMDirectPath
- VMXNET3
- Boot from SAN
- Scripted Installation
- Storage I/O Control
- DRS Host Affinity
- Memory Compression
- Array Integration
- Network I/O Control
- Auto Deploy
- Storage DRS
- vSphere Storage Appliance
- Profile driven storage
- vSphere Web Client
- vCenter Server Appliance
- ESXi Firewall
- Single Sign-On
- Enhanced vMotion
- Sparse Virtual Disks
- Single-root I/O Virtualization
- vSphere Replication
- vSphere Data Protection
- vShield Endpoint
- vSphere Flash Read Cache
- Virtual SAN
- Reliable Memory Technology
- vSphere Big Data Extensions
- vCenter Single Sign-On 2.0
- vSphere App HA
- 40GBps NIC Support
- Virtual Volumes
- vMotion across vSwitches
- Cross vCenter vMotion
- Native Linked Mode
- Platform Services Controller
- Certificate Authority (VMCA)
- Content Library
- vCenter Migration
- vCenter Server High Availability
- vCenter Backup and Restore
- REST API
- Virtual Machine Encryption
- Encrypted vMotion
- Audit Logging
- Proactive HA
- HA Orchestrated Restart
- Automated UNMAP
- vSphere Integrated Containers
Management C# Client C# Client C# Client
Web Client
C# Client
Web Client
C# Client
Web Client
C# Client
Web Client
Web Client
HTML5 Client
Authentication Management - - - Single Sign-On Single Sign-On 5.5 Platform Services Controller Platform Services Controller
Backup Strategy VMware Data Recovery (VDR) vSphere Data Protection (VDP)
vMotion Support - Boundary: Datacenter
- Shared Storage required
- max. 5ms RTT
- Boundary: Datacenter
- Shared Storage required
- max. 10ms RTT
- Boundary: Datacenter
- max. 10ms RTT
- Boundary: Datacenter
- max. 10ms RTT
- vMotion across vCenters
- vMotion across vSwitches
- max. 100ms RTT
Virtual SAN - - - - VSAN 5.5 VSAN 6.0
VSAN 6.2
VSAN 6.5
HA Agent AAM
Automatic Availability Manager
FDM
Fault Domain Manager
VAAI Primitives - - Atomic Test & Set
- Cloning Blocks
- Zeroing File Blocks
- Atomic Test & Set
- Cloning Blocks
- Zeroing File Blocks
- UNMAP
- Quota Exceeded Behavior
- TP LUN Reporting
- NFS Full File Clone
- NFS Space Reservation
- NFS Extended Stat
- NFS Space Reclaim
- NFS Fast File Clone
vCenter Type Windows Windows Windows
Linux (vCSA)
Windows
Linux (vCSA)
Windows
Linux (vCSA)
Windows
Linux (vCSA)
Windows
Linux (vCSA)
vCSA Scale (vPostgres) - - 5 Hosts
50 VMs
5 Hosts
50 VMs
100 Hosts
3000 VMs
1000 Hosts
10000 VMs
2000 Hosts
25000 VMs
  1. Thanks for the comparison

  2. thanks for the info. Your contribution is much appreciated.

  3. How about adding this please.

    Virtual NUMA topology is available to hardware version 8 virtual machines and is enabled by default when the number of virtual CPUs is greater than eight.

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