End of Availability (EOA) of VMware vSphere Data Protection
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End of Availability (EOA) of VMware vSphere Data Protection


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VMware vSphere ESXi


This article provides information on the End of Availability of VMware vSphere Data Protection.


On April 5th, 2017, VMware announced the End of Availability (EOA) of the VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) product.

VMware vSphere 6.5 is the last release to include vSphere Data Protection and future vSphere releases will no longer include this product. We have received feedback that customers are looking to consolidate their backup and recovery solutions in support of their overall software-defined data center (SDDC) efforts. As a result, we are focusing our investments on vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection to further strengthen the vSphere backup partner ecosystem that provides you with a choice of solution providers.

All existing vSphere Data Protection installations with active Support and Subscription (SnS) will continue to be supported until their End of General Support (EOGS) date. The EOGS dates for vSphere Data Protection are published on the VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix under the dates listed for different versions. After the EOA date, you can continue using your existing installations until your EOGS dates.

VMware supports a wide ecosystem of backup solutions that integrate with vSphere and vCenter using vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection framework. You can use any data protection products that are based on this framework.

Web Client User Interface for the VDP user console,  running on Adobe Flash supported browser, will be under Technical Guidance phase till VDP End of Technical Guidance (EOTG) date.
Note: For vSphere Web Client Supportability, see KB
vSphere Web (Flash) Client Supportability and End of Life

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