vCloud Director - End of Availability

VMware has announced the end of availability (“EOA”) of vCloud Director (vCD) for sale as standalone product effective September 30, 2013. However, vCloud Director 5.5 will still be available as part of vCloud Suite 5.5. vCloud Director 5.6 for Service Providers is also available for service provider customers that purchase VMware software through VSPP.

VMware will continue to offer technical support and maintenance services for vCloud Director product in line with our Enterprise Application Support Policy located here:
https://www.vmware.com/support/policies/lifecycle.html.

vCloud Director End of Availability FAQs

When is end of availability effective for vCloud Director?
End of availability for vCloud Director as a standalone product is effective September 30, 2013.

Will vCloud Director be available with any other product?
Yes. vCloud Director 5.5 was released in 2013 and it will be delivered as part of the vCloud Suite 5.5 and in the VSPP vCloud bundle. It will no longer be available as a standalone or a la carte perpetual SKU as of 5.5.

Where is specific functionality being moved as part of this plan?
VMware will move functionality that is today part of vCD into its virtualization platform (vSphere and vCenter Server). In addition, some functionality will be pushed into the vRealize Automation (vRA) product line.

Any details on licensing or how a customer would get to this state?
From a license perspective the transition will depend on how a customer acquired vCD:

  • For standalone vCD customers – VMware will use the fair value conversion program to move customers to the vCloud Suite.
  • vCloud Suite vCD customers – For customers that acquired vCD through the Suite an upgrade entitlement to the latest suite version (in this case 5.5) will now include the vRA product at all levels of the Suite.

Will any migration tools be available?
Yes, VMware will offer a product migration path that enables customers and partners to move from vCD to vRA and incorporate some functionality into their environment by upgrading to the latest version of the virtualization platform.