VMWare is the leading provider of virtualization products. This software allows businesses to reduce downtime and add additional virtual servers without purchasing additional hardware. Virtualization is a highly technical subject, but it plays a vital role in the modern IT network.

It’s a fact of corporate life that software, no matter how critical, has a limited lifespan. Even more importantly, each piece of software has a limited window of support. When that support window closes, updates end, patches cease and vulnerabilities increase.

If your business relies on vSphere and vCenter 5.5, take notice. Support is ending for both of these products, and soon, VMWare will no longer provide critical updates for either of these popular products.

Support Ending September 2018

As of September 2018, VMWare will no longer be supporting vSphere and vCenter 5.5. This September deadline is an important one to keep in mind, especially if your company relies heavily on these two pieces of software.

When this deadline arrives, VMWare will no longer provide support for either of these two products. This means there will be no support for security, no support for functionality and no further updates for these or earlier products.

Why Upgrade?

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Well before VMWare announced an end for vSphere and vCenter 5.5 support, there were compelling reasons to upgrade. The latest version of these products are designed to be more robust, more scalable and more secure than the earlier versions they replaced. Upgrading can give your organization a whole host of benefits.

Now that support is coming to an end, the need to upgrade is critical. While your current software may still be functioning, the end of support and lack of future security patches can put your company data at risk.

Virtualization is widely used in the corporate world and the reality is this – a single piece of outdated software could jeopardize your entire network.

Cyber security threats have never been greater and there has never been a more compelling reason to upgrade your VMWare products. If your business uses vSphere or vCenter 5.5 software, contact Ontech Systems at 262-522-8560 for assistance upgrading your software before September 2018.

Upgrading to the latest version of your VMWare products may seem like a daunting task, but it all starts with a plan. Ontech Systems can help you create that upgrade path, so you can achieve greater security and consistency moving forward.

If you have been putting off your VMWare upgrades due to inertia or worry about how long the process will take, the expert staff at Ontech Systems can set your mind at ease. The amount of time and effort required for your upgrade is dependent on a number of factors like the number of software licenses your company owns and your own time horizon.

Ontech Systems is your upgrade partner and we can assist with everything from system testing to licensing upgrades. Rest assured, we will do everything we can to ensure your upgrade path is as simple and straightforward as possible.

Just give us a call at (262) 522-8560 or email us to begin your customized VMWare upgrade path today.

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