VMware vSphere 5.5 vs. vSphere 6.0

This site explains the key differences between vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.0. An overview comparison from all vSphere Versions is available here.

vSphere 5.5 vSphere 6.0
Released September 2013 March 2015
Physical CPUs per host 320 480
Physical RAM per host 4 TB 12 TB
VMs per host 512 1000
vCPU per VM 64 128
vMEM per VM 1 TB 4 TB
VMDK Size 62 TB 62 TB
Cluster Size 32 64
FT Max vCPU 1 vCPU 4 vCPU
FT Supported Disk Types Eager-Zeroed Lazy-Zeroed
Thin Provision
FT Supported Features HA, DPM, SRM, VDS HA, DPM, SRM, VDS, Hot Configure FT, H/W Virtualization, Snapshot, Paravirtual Devices, Storage Redundancy
VM Hardware Version 10 11
VMFS Version 5.60 5.61
Management vSphere Web Client
vSphere Client (C#)
vSphere Web Client
vSphere Client (C#)
Authentication Management Single Sign-On 5.5 Platform Services Controller
vMotion vMotion restricted to Datacenter object vMotion across vCenters
vMotion across vSwitches
vMotion Network Support L2 Network
max. 10ms RTT
L3 Network
max. 100ms RTT
Content Library NO YES
Certificate Authority (VMCA) NO YES
Virtual Volumes NO YES
Virtual SAN VSAN 5.5 VSAN 6.0
VSAN Scale 32 Nodes 64 Nodes
VSAN Fault Domains NO YES
vCenter Type Windows
Linux (vCSA)
Linux (vCSA)
vCenter Linked Mode Windows only
Microsoft ADAM Replication
Windows & VCSA
Native Replication
vCSA Scale (vPostgres) 100 Hosts
3000 VMs
1000 Hosts
10000 VMs
  1. Thanks! Just what I was looking for.

  2. verry useful indeed! I am just wondering if there is a comparison between features when running a "free" license.

  3. Excellent!
    You contribution is always welcome. Thank You!

  4. Deepak Solanki

    Thanks Much

  5. Thanks A Lot!

  6. Awesome thanks

  7. very useful info mate, without marketing shit, good, vgood, thank you mate!!!

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