What is VMware vSphere?

Unleash a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility that accelerates your digital transformation to hybrid cloud. vSphere is the industry-leading server virtualization software and the heart of a modern SDDC, helping you run, manage, connect, and secure your applications in a common operating environment across clouds.

New advanced security capabilities, fully integrated into the hypervisor and powered by machine learning, provide better visibility, protection, and response times for security incidences. With vSphere, you can support new workloads and use cases while keeping pace with the growing needs and complexity of your infrastructure.

vSphere Platinum Security

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vSphere Platinum Security

Secure applications, infrastructure, data, and access with a comprehensive, built-in architecture and a simple, policy-driven model. 

vSphere Platinum Vs. Other Security Solutions

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vSphere Platinum Vs. Other Security Solutions

Learn how vSphere Platinum compares to other security solutions and what key capabilities matter.


vSphere 6.7 Feature Quiz

vSphere 6.7 Feature Quiz

Think you are a vSphere expert? Test your knowledge of vSphere 6.7’s new features and benefits to see if you are up to date on our latest version.

Comprehensive Data Center Security

Holistic Security for your Datacenter with VMware SDDC

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Secure Applications and Infrastructure with vSphere Platinum

Learn how vSphere Platinum delivers built-in security powered by machine learning.

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VMware vSphere Platinum – Heart of a Secure SDDC

Discover how vSphere Platinum delivers comprehensive security for your datacenter.

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10 Reasons to Upgrade

Discover 6x faster app performance and more with vSphere 6.7.

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Cubic Mission Solution

Like any modern business, military forces need fast access to information. Learn why Cubic Mission Solutions chose VMware to support U.S. troops. 

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Data Center Consolidation and Business Continuity 

Simplify data center operations and management at scale, increase business efficiency, and decrease CapEx and OpEx through virtualization.

Enhanced App Performance and Hybrid Cloud 

Take advantage of the latest innovations in hardware to turbocharge the performance of existing applications. Support new workloads and use cases, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. Balance workloads and prioritize resources to ensure top performance for your critical applications. Extend on-premises environments to vSphere-based public clouds, such as VMware Cloud on AWS, and enjoy a streamlined hybrid cloud experience.

Virtualized Big Data 

Simplify your big data infrastructure management while making it more cost effective. VMware is the best platform for big data just as it is for traditional applications. Minimize downtime with uniform, cost-effective failover protection; easily organize, prioritize, and share data center resources; and provision virtual networking across multiple hosts and clusters from a centralized interface.

Legacy Unix to Virtual Linux Migration 

Get high performance, enhanced availability, larger VM capacity, and disaster recovery capabilities when you migrate legacy Unix infrastructure to virtualized Linux. Move an entire running virtual machine from one physical server to another, without downtime, and gain rich troubleshooting capabilities, including rollback and recovery for patching and updating.

Application and Infrastructure Security 

Secure applications, infrastructure, data, and access with a comprehensive, built-in architecture and a simple, policy-driven model. Protect apps running on vSphere using machine learning and behavioral analytics to monitor threats and automate responses. Get faster visibility and protection with a scalable solution, no agents to manage, and minimal overhead.

Containerized Modern Apps 

Bridge the gap between IT and developers with vSphere Integrated Containers. Leveraging the core capabilities of vSphere, your IT teams can run both traditional and containerized applications side by side on the same infrastructure, without the need for additional tooling or training.

Support for Remote Offices and Branch Offices 

Manage your remote and branch offices with little or no local IT staff. Enable rapid provisioning of servers through virtualization, minimization of host configuration drift, and enhanced visibility into regulatory compliance across multiple sites.


vSphere Standard
vSphere Enterprise Plus
vSphere Platinum
vSphere Standard Server consolidation and business continuity
vSphere Enterprise Plus Resource management, enhanced application availability and performance
vSphere Platinum Enhanced security and visibility, powered by machine learning and integrated into the hypervisor
License Entitlement
vSphere Standard Per 1 CPU
vSphere Enterprise Plus Per 1 CPU
vSphere Platinum Per 1 CPU
vCenter Server (sold separately)
vSphere Standard vCenter Server Standard
vSphere Enterprise Plus vCenter Server Standard
vSphere Platinum vCenter Server Standard
vSphere Integrated Containers
vSphere Standard NA
vSphere Enterprise Plus
vSphere Platinum
VMware AppDefense
vSphere Standard NA
vSphere Enterprise Plus NA
vSphere Platinum VMware AppDefense

*End of Availability of vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus is February 1, 2019

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vSphere 6.7 is the efficient and secure platform for your hybrid cloud. With vSphere 6.7, you can now run, manage, connect, and secure your applications in a common operating environment, across the hybrid cloud.

vSphere 6.7 supports both existing and next-gen workloads through these new capabilities:

  • Simple and efficient management at scale.
  • Comprehensive built-in security that starts at the core, via an operationally simple policy-driven model.
  • Universal application platform supporting new workloads and leveraging hardware innovations for enhanced performance.
  • A seamless hybrid cloud experience with easy visibility, migration, and management of workloads between on-premises and public cloud.

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