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
vSphere
6.7
vSphere
7.0
Released05/200907/201008/201109/201209/201303/201511/201604/201804/2020
HypervisorESX & ESXiESX & ESXiESXiESXiESXiESXiESXiESXiESXi
CPUs per host64160160160320480576768768
RAM per host1 TB1 TB2  TB2  TB4 TB12 TB12 TB16 TB16 TB
vCPU per VM88326464128128128128
vMEM per VM255 GB255 GB1 TB1 TB1 TB4 TB6 TB6 TB6 TB
VMDK Size2TB2TB2TB2TB62 TB62 TB62 TB62 TB62 TB
Cluster Size323232323264646464
FT Limit1 vCPU
64 GB
1 vCPU
64 GB
1 vCPU
64 GB
1 vCPU
64 GB
1 vCPU
64 GB
4 vCPU
64 GB
4 vCPU
64 GB
8 vCPU
128 GB
8 vCPU
128 GB
VM Hardware Version778910111314+1517
VMFS Version3.333.465.545.585.605.615.81 (VMFS5)
6.81 (VMFS6)
5.81 (VMFS5)
6.82 (VMFS6)
5.81 (VMFS5)
6.82 (VMFS6)
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
- Single Reboot Upgrade
- Instant Clone
- ESXi Quick Boot
- Persistent Memory Devices
- vCenter Appliance Backup
- 4k Native Storage
- TPM 2.0
- vTPM 2.0
- Tanzu
- Trust Authority
- Lifecycle Manager
- Improved DRS
ManagementC# ClientC# ClientC# Client
Web Client
C# Client
Web Client
C# Client
Web Client
C# Client
Web Client
Web Client
HTML5 Client
HTML5 Client
Web Client
HTML5 Client
Authentication Management---Single Sign-OnSingle Sign-On 5.5Platform Services ControllerPlatform Services ControllerPlatform Services ControllerPlatform Services Controller
Backup StrategyVMware Data Recovery (VDR)vSphere Data Protection (VDP)N/AN/A
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
- max. 150ms RTT
- Per-VM EVC
- vGPU Migration
- Logic Optimizations
- Reduced Stun Time
- Reduced Performance Impact
Virtual SAN----VSAN 5.5VSAN 6.0
VSAN 6.2
VSAN 6.5
VSAN 6.6
vSAN 6.7vSAN 7.0
HA AgentAAM
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 TypeWindowsWindowsWindows
Linux
Windows
Linux
Windows
Linux
Windows
Linux
Windows
Linux
Linux 
Windows
Linux
vCSA Scale (vPostgres)--5 Hosts
50 VMs
5 Hosts
50 VMs
100 Hosts
3000 VMs
1000 Hosts
10000 VMs
2000 Hosts
25000 VMs
2000 Hosts
35000 VMs
2500 Hosts
40000 VMs

17 thoughts on “VMware vSphere Version Comparison”

  1. 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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