Explore the features of VMware vSphere, the industry-leading server virtualization platform with consistent management that lets you virtualize applications with confidence.

vSphere ESXi

A robust, high-performance virtualization layer that abstracts server hardware resources and makes them shareable by multiple virtual machines.

Distributed Resources Scheduler (DRS)

Aligns compute resources with business priorities through automatic load balancing across hosts. Optimizes power consumption by turning off hosts during lower load periods.


Eliminates application downtime due to planned server maintenance by migrating live virtual machines between hosts, across clusters, distributed switches, vCenter Servers and over long distances of up to 100 ms RTT.

Big Data Extensions

Runs Hadoop workloads on vSphere to achieve higher utilization, reliability and agility.


GRID vGPU brings the full benefit of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualized solutions.

Consistent Management

Provides unified and easy-to-use management capabilities purpose-built for vSphere.

Intelligent Operations

Offers better insights with intelligent operations that adapt to your environment.

Operations Automation

Safely automate operations with increased control.

Workload Capacity Optimization

Ensures environments are right-sized based on their workload demands.

vCenter Server

Provides centralized management for the vSphere platform.

vRealize Orchestrator

Lets you assemble workflows using an easy drag-and-drop interface.

High Availability

Delivers high availability across your entire virtualized IT environment without the cost or complexity of traditional clustering solutions.

Fault Tolerance

Provides continuous availability for applications (up to 4-vCPUs) with zero data loss in the event of server failures.

Data Protection

Delivers storage-efficient backups through patented variable-length deduplication, rapid recovery and WAN-optimized replication for DR.


Eliminates third-party replication costs through built-in vSphere replication.

Auto Deploy

Allows you to deploy and patch vSphere hosts in minutes.

Host Profiles

Lets you create a profile once and then use it to configure multiple vSphere hosts.

Update Manager

Reduces time spent on routine remediation by automating the tracking, patching and updating of vSphere hosts.

Content Library

Manage VM templates, vApps, ISO images and scripts with ease from a central repository.

OpenStack API Integration

Leverage VMware Integrated OpenStack with your existing vSphere expertise and infrastructure to provide developers with OpenStack API's.

vShield Endpoint

Eliminates anti-virus footprints in virtual machines and improves AV scan performance by offloading functions to a security virtual appliance.

Storage DRS

Provides smart virtual machine placement and load-balancing based on I/O latency and storage capacity.

Virtual Volumes

Enables abstraction for external storage (SAN and NAS) devices making them VM-aware.

Storage-Policy Based Management

Allows common management across storage tiers and dynamic storage class of service automation via a policy-driven control plane.

Storage vMotion

Performs non-disruptive storage migration, eliminates virtual machine storage and I/O bottlenecks and frees up valuable storage capacity.

Storage I/O Control

Prioritizes storage access by continuously monitoring I/O storage loads and dynamically allocating available I/O resources to virtual machines according to business needs.


Simplifies virtual machine provisioning and administration with a high-performance cluster file system optimized for virtual machines.

Storage Thin Provisioning

Increases virtual machine storage utilization through dynamic allocation and intelligent provisioning of physical storage capacity.

Storage APIs

APIs enhance storage awareness, data protection and array integration and let you leverage multi-pathing capabilities from third-party storage vendors.

Flash Read Cache

Virtualizes server side flash providing a high performance read cache layer that dramatically lowers application latency.

Network I/O Control

Lets you define priority access to network resources according to established business rules.

Distributed Switch

Centralizes network provisioning, administration and monitoring using data center-wide network aggregation.