VMware vSphere Version Comparison 4.0 4.1 5.0 5.1 5.5

VMware vSphere Version Comparison
Hypervisor
Physical CPUs per host
Physical RAM per host
vCPU per VM
vMEM per VM
VMDK Size
Cluster Size
FT Max vCPU
VM Hardware Version
VMFS Version
Features
Preferred Management
Authentication Management
Backup Strategy
vMotion Support
Virtual SAN
HA Agent
VAAI Primitives
vCenter Type
vCSA Scale (vPostgres)
vSphere 4.0
ESX & ESXi
64
1 TB
8
255 GB
2TB
32
1 vCPU
7
3.33
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
vSphere 4.1
ESX & ESXi
160
1 TB
8
255 GB
2TB
32
1 vCPU
7
3.46
Boot from SAN
Scripted Installation
Storage I/O Control
DRS Host Affinity
Memory Compression
Array Integration
Network I/O Control
vSphere Client
-
vSphere Client
VMware Data Recovery (VDR)
Boundary: Datacenter
Boundary: Datacenter
Shared Storage required
Shared Storage required
max. 5ms RTT
max. 5ms RTT
AAM
Atomic Test & Set
Cloning Blocks
Zeroing File Blocks
Windows
Windows
-
-
vSphere 5.0
ESXi
160
2 TB
32
1 TB
2TB
32
1 vCPU
8
5.54
Auto Deploy
Storage DRS
vSphere Storage Appliance
Profile driven storage
vSphere Web Client
vCenter Server Appliance
ESXi Firewall
vSphere 5.1
ESXi
160
2 TB
64
1 TB
2TB
32
1 vCPU
9
5.58
Single Sign-On
Enhanced vMotion
Sparse Virtual Disks
Single-root I/O Virtualization
vSphere Replication
vSphere Data Protection
vShield Endpoint
vSphere 5.5
ESXi
320
4 TB
64
1 TB
62 TB
32
1 vCPU
10
5.60
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
vSphere 6.0
ESXi
480
12 TB
128
4 TB
62 TB
64
4 vCPU
11
5.61
Virtual Volumes
vMotion across vSwitches
Cross vCenter vMotion
Native Linked Mode
Platform Services Controller
Certificate Authority (VMCA)
Content Library
vSphere Client
-
vSphere Web Client
Single Sign-On
vSphere Web Client
Platform Services Controller
Boundary: Datacenter
Shared Storage required
max. 10ms RTT
-
Boundary: Datacenter
max. 10ms RTT
vSphere Web Client
Single Sign-On 5.5
vSphere Data Protection (VDP)
Boundary: Datacenter
max. 10ms RTT
-
VSAN 5.5
vMotion across vCenters
vMotion across vSwitches
max. 100ms RTT
VSAN 6.0
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
Windows
Linux (vCSA)
100 Hosts
3000 VMs
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
Windows
Linux (vCSA)
1000 Hosts
10000 VMs
FDM
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
Windows
Linux (vCSA)
5 Hosts
50 VMs
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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
Windows
Linux (vCSA)
5 Hosts
50 VMs