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Licensing vSphere 5.5.x/6.0.x/6.5.x and NSX for vSphere 6.x (2135310)

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This article provides information on vSphere edition and licenses that can be used with VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x.


The virtual switch in VMware NSX for vSphere is based on the vSphere Distributed Switch and requires additional components to enable rich services.
  • If you are using VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2 and earlier, VMware NSX requires vSphere Enterprise Plus license for vSphere Distributed Switch.
  • If you are using VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 3, vSphere 6.0.x or vSphere 6.5 and higher, VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x does not require a vSphere Enterprise Plus license and can run on any vSphere edition.
For more information, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.

Additional Information

For more information on NSX licensing, see Licensing NSX for vSphere 6.x (2078615).

See Also

Request a Product Feature

To request a new product feature or to provide feedback on a VMware product, please visit the Request a Product Feature page.


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